We’re Lovin’ It: McDonald’s Is Bringing Back Retro ‘90s Happy Meal Toys

McDonald's, YouTube
McDonald's, YouTube

For many 1990s kids, the best toys of their childhood were the plastic trinkets McDonald's included in Happy Meals. If you still regret missing out on a mini Furby or Tamagotchi keychain 20 years later, now's your chance to grab one. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Happy Meal, McDonald's is launching a special-edition line of retro Happy Meal toys in November 2019, CNN reports.

Millennials will recognize many of the vintage toys featured in the throwback promotion. Miniature Hot Wheels cars, Beanie Babies, and Power Ranger action figures—all of which were real Happy Meal toys in the 1990s—have been revived for a limited time. The collectibles also include toys dating back to the earlier years of the Happy Meal's history. The McNugget gang—plastic chicken nuggets dressed as a cowboy, fireman, and mail carrier—originally debuted in the 1980s, and are part of the new promotion.

Since starting as a way to sell kids' meals in 1979, Happy Meal toys have grown into a sensation. Some vintage items are worth hundreds of dollars on eBay. The toys have also been the target of criticism over the years, with some people accusing them of promoting unhealthy eating habits in children and polluting the environment with single-use plastic.

If your nostalgia overrides any negative feelings you have about fast food, you can pick up your retro Happy Meal toys later this month. The promotion rolls out in 90 countries on November 7 until November 11.

[h/t CNN]

Jabba the Hutt Leaves Tatooine for Your Front Lawn

Amazon
Amazon

From life-sized Yoda LEGO sets to a pair of comfy Chewbacca slippers, Star Wars fans are always showing their love of the blockbuster franchise in unique ways. But now, you can outdo them all by decorating your lawn with a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt, which you can find on Amazon for $110.

Measuring 6 feet in height by 8 feet in length, this plasticized Jabba isn’t nearly as intimidating without Bib Fortuna by his side—nor as disgusting without a bowl full of Klatooine paddy frogs to snack on—but he lights up! He’s also got a built-in fan for easy inflation and comes with a set of stakes so that, just like in Return of the Jedi, he stays firmly planted. Unfortunately, digging your own Rancor pit for Jabba to lord over probably goes against most municipal building codes, but this intergalactic gangster works great as a solo act.

Think you know everything about Star Wars? Check out this list of 50 facts you might be surprised to learn.

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Naples, Florida, Resort’s Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar Costs $35 and Offers 48,000 Flavor Combinations

The Catch of The Pelican
The Catch of The Pelican

There's no limit to the snacks, garnishes, and full-fledged meals that can be served on top of a Bloody Mary. And at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, you don't have to edit yourself when assembling the cocktail. The bottomless Bloody Mary bar at the hotel's Catch of the Pelican restaurant has enough ingredients to make 48,000 possible combinations, and guests can access them all for $35, Travel + Leisure reports.

The drinks served at this bar start with either red or green Bloody Mary mix and vodka, or tequila if you want to make yours a Bloody Maria. You can dip the rim of your glass in one of the eight salt and spice mixtures created in house and up the heat factor with a dash of hot sauce—20 brands of which are available.

But the garnishes are where the bar gets serious. With 75 toppings to choose from, the spread looks more like a Vegas buffet than a Bloody Mary bar. Options include classics like olives and celery, as well as over-the-top indulgences like egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, and fried ravioli.

A single drink from the bar costs $14, but $35 for the bottomless option isn't bad if you think of the garnishes as all-you-can-eat brunch. The Catch of the Pelican also sells brunch items that aren't served on top of cocktail glasses. For diners looking for a more simple drink to go with their meal, there's a make your own mimosa bar.

The hotel restaurant serves brunch every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make it to Naples to try the Bloody Mary bar in person, you can experience the glory in the pictures below.

Bloody Mary Bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary.
The Catch of The Pelican

[h/t Travel + Liesure]

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