10 Undeniably Nerdy Burger King Kids Meal Toy Sets

By Adrian Beiting in Daily Lists, Toys
Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:04 am
Like Coke and Pepsi, McDonald's and Burger King are locked in a seemingly-eternal battle over their slice of the food galaxy. Of course, that extends past their bland, factory-made burgers to their toy offerings, too. McDonald's struck first with its Happy Meal and its accompanying goodies (you can check out our favorites here), but Burger King was quick to respond with its own brightly colored cardboard box full of greasy kids' grub and equally greasy, cheap plastic toys once they realized kids will happily psychologically torture their parents for them.

Of course, even though they were cheap, that doesn't mean that some of their Kids Meal toys still weren't pretty darned cool. Indeed, the King gave his subjects a lot of great figures and figurines over the years, especially when it came to the DC animated universe. Hit the jump to check out some of our picks!

10) Superman: The Animated Series
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Superman: TAS is often lost in the titanic shadow cast by the animated work done for his more brooding Justice League teammate. That said, the S-Man's show would've made Ma and Pa Kent proud (if they'd watched it), and the BK tie-ins were qually worthy, featuring numerous Supermen and Lois in her sports car, because... I don't know, but at least it wasn't a toy of her hanging off a ledge or something. Our personal favorite is the transforming phone booth, because let's face it, no hero disrobes in public quite like Supes.

9) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Leave it to fast food to mesh consuming fattening patties with the adventures of pale dudes and bland ladies in search of love. Obviously, girl nerds got the lion's share of fulfillment out of these, but that didn't stop Burger King from trying (hilariously) to make them appeal to guys as well. We think a UV reveal wristband could be a cool idea, but c'mon, few self-respecting dudes would sport it, the Eclipse morphin' wallet or the Taylor Lautner backpack clip. That said, nerdettes had plenty to enjoy here, including the Edward Cullen crest hologram ring, and the set's charm bracelet.

8) Batman Beyond
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This group included three sweet figures of future Batman, and a host of other solid options to reenact Terry McGinnis's futuristic crusade against crime, but that's not to say there wasn't room for a few unfulfilled entries from our wishlist. For one, we're still lamenting the absence of Old Man Grumpy-Pants Wayne (with growl sound effect). Also, where the heck's Ace the Bat-Hound?! Sigh, ya can't win 'em all, eh?

7) SpongeBob SquarePants: Lost in Time
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Following SpongeBob through time is a pretty epic idea. We have to give the King a high five for committing so wholeheartedly to the concept -- there were 20 different SpongeBob figures to collect, including cowboy, viking, and knight versions of the cheery sea sponge. With all that variety, it's pretty much a time-hoppin' dream come true. And the fact that there's a Don Quixote SpongeBob figure totally blows our minds.

6) ThunderCats
This classic ThunderCats treasure trove looks pretty weird when compared to most of this list's other groupings, but that's okay. It's here mostly because of the ridiculously sweet lenticular Lion-O ring. Or was that the Snarf straw holder? The lightswitch plate? Actually, this whole thing's pretty much a must-have for any T-Cats fan, right down to the collector cup. Burger King, hoooooo!
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