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MAMA MIA: Mario Kart 8 Toys Coming to McDonald’s Happy Meals


Rejoice Mario Kart fans: the newest McDonald’s Happy Meal toys just might be cool enough to outweigh the creepy new mascot.

About a month after the May 30 release of Mario Kart 8, McDonald’s will be rolling out a line of fancy new Mario figures riding bikes, go-karts, and hovercrafts (ooh. . . .). The whole gang is here, including Mario, Luigi, DK, Yoshi, Bowser, Toad, and even Princess Peach.

For girls (because Peach isn’t feminine enough apparently?), there are also Ty Teenie Beanie Boos, mini versions of Ty’s iconic Beanie Babies that, despite their giant anime eyes, will never be as precious as my Princess Diana bear.

Based on promotional images, it’s hard to tell if the go-karts actually go. but according to Nerdalicious, each toy does come with a kid-sized red Mario visor, which is almost as good.

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

4 replies on “MAMA MIA: Mario Kart 8 Toys Coming to McDonald’s Happy Meals”

Cool! Think I’ll pick a couple-few Happy Meals up on my way home from work tomorrow. I just want the toys. I’ll feed the burgers to my dogs, LOL

(I’m kidding, I like McDonald’s)

The fact that Mario Kart is considered “boy toys” and the Beanie Babies are now girl toys makes me sick.

When the very first McDonald’s Beanie Babies launched, every boy in my 4th grade class was collecting them, right alongside the girls. And I’ve played Mario Kart since it came out on SNES and even my non-gamer female friends love it. And thankfully they’ve gotten a grip and added more and more female racers. I admit, never have, never will play Peach. I rocked Toad & Yoshi as a kid. Hell yes, Toadette.

Anyways, it’s sad that LATER in my life, kids are being MORE gendered than they were when I was young. What is McDonald’s thinking?

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