Aside from the joys of collecting Happy Meal toys, I also have a really bad addiction to french fries. Some people drink until they dance on tables while others self-medicate with horse tranquilizers. I eat french fries. If I've had a real shitty day, I pick up a medium french fry and just zone out. If I'm having a particularly happy day I will pick up a medium fry and just zone out. So back in 1989 when McDonald's released toys that were based off of the Fry Friends... well... I went nuts. So let's check out some of those releases!
The Funny Fry Friends line consisted of 8 Fry Friends with swappable parts for endless customizing possibilities. Hoops is missing a yellow headband, but how cute is he? I love his floppy feet as well as the light purple. I hope to one day find his yellow headband, but I have yet to fully finish my archival room. Maybe one day!
I guess I should say I don't own a complete set of these Funny Fry Friends. I just skipped over Set 3, which was Matey, the pirate themed Fry Friend. Now we have the humorous Gadzooks. He came with a funny face and two different shoes on his feet. It was like opposite day or something. I had like three of these guys. I seem to remember him being that one toy that you always got in the Happy Meal, when you were really hoping for someone new.
Gadzooks was one of the more cuter toys. The funny glasses and face disguise is cute as well as the arrow through his head. I like to think that he was the Loki of the Funny Fry Friends, always ready for a good trick and possible world domination. (You can't always trust funny glasses and a fake moustache.) And not to go off on a tangent, but what was up with that recent trend of girls putting on fake handlebar moustaches? I totally missed that one. I'm thinking to myself, "We are all gonna be dealing with unwanted facial hair when we hit menopause, why on Etheria would anyone want to wear a fake one to be cute?" Just wait a couple decades, you'll have all the cute moustache pictures your camera can handle.
While I applaud McDonald's for breaking the glass ceiling and having a female Fry Friend have the cool role of the safari adventurer type character, I just have one issue to deal with and that is the name. 'Tracker' has got to be the worst name for a Fry Friend ever. Other Fry Friends were named Gadzooks or Rollin' Rocker. But Tracker? That just sounds so boring, which is so sad because she has a smiling snake wrapped around her legs! She needs a better name.
Skipping over Set 6 (which was named ZZZ's- that's an even worse name than Tracker) we move along to Too Tall. With a name like Too Tall I am half expecting the name to belong to a Masters of the Universe character. Instead, it belongs to the Fry Friend that is basically a clown on stilts. He also comes in as the tallest Funny Fry Friend from this collection.
clicking here. It is quite something to behold, that is for sure. Hoops, Rollin' Rocker, Too Tall, and Sweet Cuddles all make cameos.
And thus concludes the latest Toy Chest Tuesday! Be sure to check back next Tuesday to see what I pull out of the old archival room. What twisted toy story will capture your attention next? I'm keeping mum, but I will say this much, I have totally been moving things around and getting the archival room into tip top shape. So I am really excited to share with you some more toy talk for Toy Chest Tuesday!
In the mean time, don't go too far, because I have been on the road putting my April O'Neil journalistic skills to the test and will be bringing you all knew interviews with the toys that we can't help but love! Hope you are all doing well! Take care!