But, we're not only here today to wax nostalgic about what the Happy Meal meant to us in its prime. While its glory days could very well be behind it, there's still much to celebrate in Nerd-dom. You see, plenty of nerdy properties were given the Happy Meal treatment before the dust settled, succeeding in improving our nerdy lives by inducing ridiculous glee. Long ago, TR featured some of the lamest Happy Meal toys ever -- now here are 10 of the best and nerd-friendliest toys that accompanied our burgers and fries. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments!
McDonald's had more than a couple of actual Transformers-themed Happy Meal sets, but they were always kind of a disappointment. Usually they looked awful, they didn't transform, and/or they could only move their arms. When compared to normal Transformer toys, they sucked. But they managed to avoid that problem with Changeables -- yes, the robot modes were lame, but their other forms looked just like McDonald's food and food packaging. And there's just something intriguingly bizarre about a robot that transforms into a styrofoam container of pancakes.That robot is seriously in disguise.
9) Sonic the Hedgehog 3
8) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
7) Super Mario Bros. 3
This set included a jumping Mario, a racing Luigi, a pump-powered Koopa Paratroopa and a Goomba. Yes, Bowser and Princess Toadstool were dishearteningly missing, but we like to imagine that Ronald McDonald established mathematically that the universe would implode had such perfection been reached, leaving them out to save us all. What a guy.
6) Marvel Superheroes
Any nerd not experiencing jubilance at finding a miniature version of The Hulk or select members of the X-Men in his Happy Meal should probably go ahead and turn in his license and move to another way of life. Plus, the color-changing-when-frozen Invisible Woman figure makes for excellent drink décor to this day.
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