And why was it such a treat? Well, sure the chicken nuggets rocked! But that wasn't why! It was for the toy.
Ah.... the toy.
It was always something you could play with... ya know, actually enjoy.
"I wonder which one I'll get this time, mom!"
A Hot Wheels Car?
Or, possibly even The Lion King himself!
What has happened?! I mean, I know that the quality of the toys are never going to be as awesome as when we were kids, but even WITH lowered standards I find myself thinking.... what is THIS crap?!
I mean, my son actually got THIS as his kids meal toy a few days ago.
What can he do with THIS?!
My husband had to put it together (and did so only out of pure amusement). And of course my son had absolutely no interest in it.
The thing is made out of paper!! I've had paper CUTS that were more amusing to my child.
He doesn't even ask what toy he's going to get in his kids meals on the rare occasions we eat fast food. He doesn't care. There's ZERO expectation that it will be anything of interest to him.
It's sad honestly, and it's a little pathetic.
If companies aren't going to put a toy into the kids meal that will at least give the child some sort of entertainment, if only for 10 minutes then just don't put them in there! SPARE ME! I'm sick of picking the crap up out of the floorboard of my car because it's been immediately dismissed by my kid. Keep the "toy" and lower your prices.
AND SPARE THE ENVIRONMENT! I mean good GRIEF, everyone keeps blabbing about Green THIS and Green THAT and fast-food places are throwing cardboard "toys" into the millions of kids meals they pump out a day.
They're honestly more likely to make a kid of the 21st century happy by placing a tiny little message on the chicken-nugget box that says, "In lieu of giving you a piece of junk cardboard monstrosity and labeling it a "toy" we've donated 25 cents toward saving the rain forest!"
Until then, they can just take their TOYS and shove 'em!