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McDonald’s New Pokémon Happy Meals Are Being Bought En Masse

Photo courtesy of Brian Yamamoto.

McDonald’s has teamed up with Pokémon to celebrate the gaming franchise’s 25th anniversary. Their way of doing that? Happy Meals branded with the titular game mascot, Pikachu, that also include toys and Pokémon trading cards.

While this was expected to be an easy way to get kids to ask for more McDonald’s, some of the biggest orders for these meal sets have come from adults seeking Pokémon treasure.

These people could honestly care less about the food, as they’re trying to score the packs of Pokémon cards in hope of scoring a rare one.

Over the past year, the value of rare types of Pokémon cards has vaulted through the roof. There are reports of celebrities like Logan Paul or Logic selling or buying the most coveted of these cards for over $100,000.

Rare cards include “holo” or “foil” varieties that have a kaleidoscopic sheen to them. They’ve been included at random in packs of Pokémon cards for years, but the recent spike in value they’ve seen has led to a craze where retailers struggle to keep the regular packs on shelves.

The Pokémon cards from McDonald’s include a brand new set of foil cards, some of which have already resold for close to $100 each. As such, folks are hoping to score some of these rare cards from the McDonald’s Happy Meals, and will clean out inventories to do so.

The cards themselves have a value of about $10 a pack on resale sites as of press time, making them more than double the price of the meal you would purchase to obtain one. Of course, most people are buying the meals in bulk to get their hands on these cards.

McDonald’s doesn’t have a unified policy on whether franchisees can sell just the toys or not, meaning that in some cases, folks can get away with buying out the whole stock of toys and cards and posting them on eBay. Some boxes of hundreds of these cards have popped up for sale there for close to $10,000.

Other locations have had limited amounts available or restrict to having to buy the meals. According to Kotaku, some YouTubers have gotten around this buy purchasing from multiple locations, hoping to generate enough boxes to make videos, and hopefully money, off of.

As for the meals themselves, it seems like people are trying to do their best to not have the burgers and fries go to waste. Some YouTubers will do mukbangs of themselves eating the entire order, while others gave them away to those in need.

There have been reports, although unconfirmed, of people throwing away the meals, but no physical or video evidence has emerged yet to support that case.

The Pokémon Happy Meals were just released on February 9th, meaning there should still be time to get your hands on one if you want. However, since they are a limited-time offering, chances are folks on the internet could buy the entire stock up fast.

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Feedback: Top User Comments Of The Week [Oct. 7]

Welcome to another edition of our weekly Foodbeast “Feedback,” where we feature your Facebook comments, and respond directly to your views on our recipes and stories.

The week was wild, and full of some crazy food stories, and your comments were just as crazy, per usual.

We saw a guy’s questionable move to smoke the world’s hottest pepper out of a bong, and even some cool horror-themed Happy Meal concepts. You guys responded to our stories through Facebook, and now it’s our turn to respond back.

We always appreciate that you read our posts, and take the time to add your own commentary.

Here’s what made the cut this week. Think you can make next week’s list?



STORY:McDonald’s ‘Horror Happy Meal’ Concepts Would Scare The Crap Out Of Children

I’d like to think that McDonald’s isn’t as scary as you make it out to be. I can’t be certain, but I want to believe I haven’t been eating anything sketchy at the Golden Arches. Fingers crossed. I’m putting my trust in them. In my heart of hearts. Yeah, I’ll just leave it at that.


Story: Whisky-Flavored Pocky Sticks Are The Latest Snacks From Japan

We hadn’t thought of Bill Murray, but that’s a nice Lost in Translation reference that we missed out on. Bill Murray should have shot the ad for their Whisky Pocky, but there’s a chance he’d get yelled at by the Japanese director.


Story: Taco Bell Has Low Key Become One of America’s Healthiest Fast Food Chains

That’s a good question, Jamerson. If I were to take a guess, I’d say people might be sensitive to the hot sauce, which could ring true for anything. I doubt our stomachs care too much for being doused in a fiery liquid. I don’t know. Just a guess, but now I want to find out for sure.


STORY: Watch These Guys Throw The World’s Hottest Peppers On Hot Cheetos And Eat Them

“Dumb asses way too much hotness.”

I say the same thing when trying to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.


Story: This Is What Happens When You Smoke The World’s Hottest Pepper

I’m 74 percent sure this comment has some copypasta to it, but still rings true. This guy has to be the dumbest person of the week. At least he didn’t chop up the pepper and snort it.


Story:Watch These Families Start A Massive Brawl At A Chuck E. Cheese’s

Hopefully none of the Chuck E. Cheese’s workers tried to stop the brawl, because they really don’t get paid enough to be peacekeepers. Their best move was probably just to call the police and watch the madness, hoping they don’t have too much to clean after.


Story:Here Are Some Of The Weird Things Starving College Kids Eat And Rarely Enjoy

Like the great DJ Khaled would say, “You smart. You very smart.” Solid strategy for staying away from these college struggle plates.

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McDonald’s ‘Horror Happy Meal’ Concepts Would Scare The Crap Out Of Children


People have been dying for the calendar to hit October, just so they can have an excuse to start finding their costumes and watch a bunch of horror films.

With that Halloween spirit in the air, artist Newt Clements put together an un-official series of what he feels McDonald’s Happy Meals should look like, and they look terrifyingly awesome.

Clements not only designed awesome boxes inspired by some of your favorite horror shows and movies, such as The Exorcist, and American Horror Story, but he also included some creepy toys alongside, because it really wouldn’t be a Happy Meal without a toy.

There’s even a Stranger Things box, as by now it’s a shoe-in for the Netflix darling to show up on any Halloween related series.

The concept is pretty creative, and McDonald’s would be pretty ballsy to put together something like this. Maybe one day they’ll hit this guy up and make some movie magic Happy Meals.

Check out the concept horror boxes below:










h/t thatsnerdalicious, picthx Newton Clements

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McDonald’s Japan Has DIY Food Kits that Come with Pokémon Toys


Growing up, every time I’d try to make my chicken nuggets dance I’d get a smack to the head stern talking to. Those kids in Japan have it lucky with McDonald’s new Happy Meal setup that invites customers to literally play with their food and not get in trouble.

The kids meal includes chocolate and strawberry “pens” that can be used to draw or write on your food. There’s also chocolate icing for those who want to doodle creative faces on their hotcakes. It gets better. Because food that are pretty much toys aren’t enough, the Happy Meals also come with Pokémon-themed toys.

The Oekaki Happy Hotcake meal is available for 314 yen ($3.10 US) and can also be purchased with a drink and fries (or corn) combo for 530 yen ($5.23 US).

H/T Rocket News 24


No Sh*t: McDonald’s Releases Chart Saying It’s Impossible to Live on a McDonald’s Salary

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McDonald’s wants their thousands of employees to know that anyone can survive on Mickey D’s minimum-wage paychecks . . . as long as they have a second job. And don’t buy food. And all of their expenses are way, way below the national average. Then they’re good to go.

Think we’re exaggerating? Take a look at McDonald’s step-by-step budgeting guide for their employees, most of whom are paid minimum wage to flip burgers and mop up gallons of “special sauce” from bathroom floors. McDonald’s partnered with Visa to create a bizarrely out of touch list of basic expenses that tells their employees to spend $20 a month on health insurance (for the record, McDonald’s cheapest health insurance plan charges employees $54 a month), $600 on rent/mortgage payments (average monthly rent in the United States is $804) and exactly $0 on heat (guess the employees at the twenty-one Alaskan locations are sh*t outta luck).

But wait, it gets better. Even after dramatically downplaying average monthly expenses, McDonald’s still couldn’t stretch the numbers enough to justify making a living on rock-bottom wages. So the list assumes that all McDonald’s employees have a second job that pulls $900 a month. And that they can survive without food, since the projected food budget is . . . nonexistent.

After taking a look at this list, we’re impressed by McDonald’s commitment to minimum-wage fantasyland. But we’re betting their employees would be more impressed with a raise. Peep the budget guide below.


H/T + PicThx Gothamist


The Big MaK Will Pulverize Your Measly Beanie Baby Happy Meal


The Big MaK comes complete with solar-mounted anti-air fry missiles, impressive Big Mac armor, a stealthy sniper-fry cannon and even a delicious Vanilla Frostie with sprinkles so that this bamfzilla can keep cool while simultaneously stomping out all other inferior McDonald’s toys.

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McDonald’s: Healthier Happy Meals

Starting today about 600 McDonald’s in Southern California began selling healthier Happy Meals. Each meal has less fries and is served with sliced apples. According to The Orange County Register, by early 2012 McDonald’s will start selling the healthier option nationwide. 

McDonalds: Happy Meals are Now Illegal in Santa Clara County

In Santa Clara County, California there is a new law that banishes McDonald’s Happy Meals because they promote unhealthy eating amongst kids due to the toys offered. There is a lot of controversy with the new law and some say it is wrong and that it should be up to the parents, not the county. Those pro happy meals argue that there have been changes in fast food companies that actually promote a healthy eating  like apple and milk options. Guess those arguments are just not good enough  because the vote won by one vote. The new law will be enforced in 90 days. I am sure going to miss those toys man. (Thx ABC News)