The McNugget Buddies Happy Meal toys actually started out as a non-holiday themed toy in 1988 with McNugget Buddies dressed as all types of different people. There was a rock star McNugget Buddy or a tennis player McNugget buddy, to name a few. Things changed though in 1992 when McDonald's released the highly popular Halloween McNugget Buddies. The first line featured six toys (not all are shown here) that ranged from McNuggula (Dracula) all the way to Monster McNugget. The series would garner quite the following and appear as a Halloween themed Happy Meal for a few other times throughout the '90s.
Released in the first series of Halloween McNugget Buddies, Pumpkin McNugget had a cute pumpkin costume. He also had green dots for some eye color.
The beauty about these Buddies was that they were completely interchangeable. There were all kinds of combinations and spooky creations the collector could come up with. These were the Modulok of Happy Meal toys. I also liked how the pumpkin could actually come together on its own.
And here we have a McNugget buddy missing half her costume. (I had the bottom part but I placed it somewhere else, because I can't find it.) The bottom half was just a bandaged mummy piece with the golden arches in the center. Mummy McNugget had some fun distinctions. Aside from the cool spider crawling on her head, her eyes were two different colors. Now I say she, and I suppose the McNugget Buddies could have any gender attached that suited the owner, but McDonald's made distinctions to show which McNugget Buddies were girls and which ones were boys.
Mummy McNugget had a dusting of light purple eye shadow and some lashes. That was really all it took to explain the gender of the nuggets. But considering some McNuggets could have come from the same chicken, would they then have their own unique personalities or would they be like alternate personalities of the main chicken? (I'm thinking way too hard on that one.)
McBoo McNugget was different from the other McNugget Buddies. For one there was only one piece for her costume. The ghost costume was actually really cool because at the right angle it looked like the McNugget was actually hovering on the ground.
McBoo was also the only girl McNugget that did not have eye lashes. She only had pink lipstick on. Also, there was an Under Age 3 version that had a slight biography on the bag. It read- "McBoo McNugget, she wrote the BOOk on Halloween fun." I like this little piece of McNugget Mythology, but what can we truly learn from that sentence? Well, McBoo was clearly an author in her spare time from scaring folks, and she happened to also write a best seller on Halloween fun. She is like the Martha Stewart of McNugget Buddies. Some would say that a McNugget Buddy Mythology is completely unnecessary, but I disagree. I think it is important to know and understand just who these McNuggets are and what part of the chicken they came from.
Don't call this McNugget a witch. She is Witchie! In the olden days, I usually involved her in story lines ranging from a torrid romance with McNuggula to a plot involving fast food world domination. She was my favorite McNugget Buddy. I loved the hat and her McDonald's pride. She was the only Buddy from the first series that had two golden arches on her costume.
Her face also had so much personality. That was the fun thing about McNugget Buddies. These were just Happy Meal toys, but a lot of thought and creativity went into these pieces of plastic and they really hold up so well today.
1996 saw a diverse series of McNugget buddies, two of which we are about to look at. There was even a Ronald McDonald costumed Buddy! On a side note, wouldn't that have been awesome to have the McDonald's characters as costumed McNugget Buddies? I mean a McNugget Buddy as Birdie would have been mind blowing. Anyways, the Spider Buddy was a very fun monster costume. It was also one of the bigger items available, as the spider costume had three eyes and eight legs.
And I totally dig that deep purple eye shadow! This was another favorite of mine, because it was just such a refreshing Buddy. Who would have ever thought it would one day make sense to own a McNugget dressed as a purple spider? Oh I just love it!
Fairy Princess McNugget
One of the more human type costumes, the Fairy Princess featured some really cool things. A cute Goldilocks wig is just the beginning. This McNugget has the full made up experience. Eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick grace her face, while her costume bottom is made up of glittery clear plastic! A fast food fairy tale dream come true! I love glittery plastic. I mean glitter inside plastic is such a hallmark of my childhood, though I was well into my teen years when this series came out. (Of course that didn't really stop me.)
Check out all that glittery plastic! Oh it is just the best! Sadly though, there would only be one other line of Halloween McNugget Buddies. 1998 would see a release of glow in the dark Halloween McNuggets, and I believe that was it. The McNugget Buddies have not been involved in a Happy Meal campaign since, and I just find that to be awful.
The world needs more McNugget Buddies. They were an iconic Happy Meal toy and should have their long awaited return to the fast food spotlight immediately. It sickens me to think that there are some generations that have not gotten the chance to own a Halloween McNugget Buddy. For shame.
For those who like their McNuggets with a face, these cute Happy Meal toys can still be found on eBay and other secondary selling sites for mostly affordable prices. Some folks ask for some obscene prices on mint McNugget Buddies, but deals can still be had. Trust me!
So enjoy this trip down the Toy Chest Tuesday Lane! Feel free to leave any comments about McNugget Buddies, and keep it here as there are always great things just around the corner! For example, there is some exciting toy news that is a big deal!
Oh I can't wait, some of you already know, but check this out- new Jem dolls Integrity Toys has announced 4 new Jem dolls, and they can be purchased through one of their dealers from this list: Integrity Dealers They all look fantastic, and I will be posting my thoughts soon!
pretty eloborate lunch pail they provided on these- that's FUNReplyDelete
Well the lunch pails came out a couple years ago as Happy Meal boxes. I just added them for background stuff. The actual Happy Meal boxes from the first series of Halloween McNugget Buddies was really nice.Delete
I remember these! What great fun they are.ReplyDelete
I know! I love them so much. I wish McDonalds would bring them back.Delete
Thats cool! I've seen them before and didnt realize they were McNuggets....duh! Now it makes sense! Pretty cool too!!ReplyDelete
I know! Such a great way to prmote a chicken McNugget! I love them and wish I had more.Delete
Oh god the nuggets toys always made me feel so hungry. In fact they still do - apparently I'm the only person I know who has eaten a box of 20 chicken nuggets :( Did you ever get that advert over there where the nuggets parachute into some sauce? If not I must review it :DReplyDelete
Oh dont worry Mrs Zippy! Every year around super boal time, my best friend and I order the 20 mcnugget box and go to town. Sometimes when we are really feeling sorry for ourselves, we'll get the 50 box. Gluttons. And yes, they did have that parachute commercial back in the day! I need to go check it out on youtube! Thank you for the comment, hope you are doing well!Delete
A friend of mine worked for Mickey D's for years and actually has a bunch of these nuggets with the faces--Teenage Mutant Chicken Nuggets...They were pretty neat if anything, and anything Halloween is just cool.ReplyDelete
I think they are missing some Jem dolls. If you are going to make a first selection off of Hollywood Jem, you need to have at least Kimber and Pizzazz--oh yeah, and not charge $125 or whatever they cost. Other than that; they are really nice. "Millennium" Rio looks better than 80's Rio and I love the Jerrica doll. I can guarantee if they make a Clash doll, I'll pay whatever they want for it. Financial suicide!
Oh my goodness, I bet your friend has a really cool collection! And Halloween is the best. I've been eating from a back of skull and bones SweetTarts and they are delicious.Delete
The new Jem dolls do look fantastic, and I do kinda wish there had been a Misfit in the first wave. I was surprised though that they went with such a goodlooking Rio and Synergy. I just wasn't expecting her so soon. I am dying for a Pizzazz and Kimber though.
wow-You have a lot of these.ReplyDelete
Do you remember when they also had the Fry Kids with interchangeable bodies in Happy Meals?
The boo pail era was great, but for me you can't beat the Mayor McCheese era. Mayor McCheese, Officer Big Mac, the Professor- all of those characters they had to stop using when they got sued by Sid and Marty Krofft (I believe I already told you that story)
Have you tried the Burger King nuggets they have at BK now? (as opposed to the tenders) I actually just got a twenty piece tonight. It's weird to eat a nugget without the Mc!
I do remember the Fry Kids, and they may end up on a future Toy Chest Tuesday! The boo pail era was fun and for the last few years it has seen a resurgence of sorts at McDs. And I have tried the new BK nuggets. They aren't that bad.Delete
Wow i didn't know they're nuggets until now hehehe. When i was young i was working on MacDonald's and i still have some of the happy meal toys , glasses and all that stuff. I enjoyed this one .ReplyDelete
Thanks for bring us those great moments on your toy talk :)
No problem Nastyroker! I bet you have some interesting Happy Meal toys. Because sometimes the Happy Meal toys will be similar from country to country, but then there are times where other countries get some really cool Happy Meal toys. I know that there were some awesome Disney Happy Meal toys made in certain European countries. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.Delete
You're not the only one Mrs.Zippy, lol, I remember eating 20 McNuggets and a large fries once, when I was about 12, haven't done it since!ReplyDelete
lol I love this! We all need to join a group for indulging in Mcnuggets. lolDelete