I have wanted one of these forever! I mean that, like forever. Here’s the problem. I didn’t know what to call them. What it is if you aren’t sure is a Mcdonald’s Happy Meal Spaceship. It’s the first Happy Meal that I ever remember getting back when I lived in Illinois. This was way back in 1982.
See, when I would do searches on it I was always looking for Mcdonald’s Happy Meal UFO. That’s what I remember them being called. U.F.O’s, when in reality they are called, McDonald’s Happy Meal Spaceships. That’s a good name too.
This was the one that I had and I had if for YEARS! I mean that, years. I loved the shape of it and I loved that it was green. That’s my favorite color. I do prefer a darker shade, more like forest as opposed to neon but Green is Green, I guess.
What I really loved about it though was that besides carrying hamburgers and fries it also made for a really great action figure space ship! See, it opens and you can put dudes inside! How great is that? Totally great!
It doesn’t have seats or anything, that’d be too much to ask for but you could fit a whole grip of figures in there. I remember that my Fisher Price Adventure People would zip around the living room inside of here and later my Star Wars dudes did the same thing. I had a bunch of Star Wars guys but only had one ship, Darth Vader’s Tie-Fighter so when Luke wanted to fight back against The Empire he did it inside of a Happy Meal..
Another cool thing about it was that it floated so it also got to double up as a boat when it was bathtub play time. Now that I think about it Mcdonald’s eventually made boat Happy Meals too. I’m not sure if I ever had one. If I did, it didn’t make the impact on my life that this green space ship did.
I was lucky enough to get this at an Ebay Auction. The sale ended on July 4th so I picked it up for only a couple of dollars while everyone else was out enjoying fireworks and BBQs. I don’t regret it at all.
Here is a TV Spot for these awesome Happy Meals. It’ll really bring you back if you happen to be from that era or it’ll take you there if you’ve never been. Either way, it’s great.
Super stoked! I picked up this IWA Star Studded Wrestler, Major Disaster in a trade with a stranger on Facebook. I had a different guy that I got at the Santa Rosa Toy Con but he wasn’t one of my favorite dudes. It was The Russian Wolf.
So when I mentioned during a posting on a wrestling figure group that I had the Wolf a fella messaged me and asked if I’d be willing to trade for a Major Disaster that he had doubles of. I was totally interested.
So, anyhow are you familiar with these dudes? BITD, and even still today I was crazy into wrestling and I’d pick up just about anything wrestling related that I could afford. Do you remember how at the Toys R Us they had an aisle of like lower quality or lower priced action figures? Like Eagle Force and whatever Remco had out at the time plus No Name Fare type stuff..? These guys were found there. As I recall they were also fairly cheap. Which was a concern for me, a kid on a budget.. Here is a pic of the back of the card where you can see The Major’s bio and such.
I liked how each grappler had a backstory. That raised them over other random wrestling figures of the time. It made them seem more important. More real.
I believe that I actually had every dude. I recall getting a multi-pack that had 4 dudes and that I picked up the other ones individually. There was also a ring but it was like 20 bucks and way out of my price range.
Major Disaster here was one of my faves. He crossed over into my GI Joe Universe and acted as a mercenary for The Joe Team.
I imagined that he was like a super tough master of unarmed combat. He also engaged in some classic fights with Cobra’s boxing instructor Big Boa in my yard.
I actually built a small ring out of a piece of wood, some long nails and giant rubber-bands. They’d break all the time.
I ran a small circuit with The Major, Big Boa, Sgt. Slaughter and some other figures that I thought were tough, Remco Mr. Miyagi too if I remember right.
Here is a nice pic of the rest of the dudes. Overall The Iron Barbarian was my fave. This was back in The Mad Max days where Punk Rock dudes where super scary so he really grabbed my attention. He also crossed over into my personal GI Joe Universe. He of course joined Cobra and was a Drednok of sorts before I had Zartan and his crew.
I actually had The Iron Barbarian way after I’d gotten rid of a lot of my childhood actions figures, most of them were real haggard. I wish I still had them but also wish that I’d taken better care of them so that it would have been worth keeping. Anyway, I held onto The Barbarian forever. His punk rock stylings earned him a place in my house amongst my early 20’s knick-knacks.
I actually don’t remember when he disappeared. It was one of those things where one day you notice that something that should be there isn’t there but you also realize that it’s pointless looking for it because it’d probably been gone for quite awhile. My guess is that a guest or a friend of a guest swiped him. At the time there were a lot of weird fools rolling through my pad. That’s like everyone’s 20’s I’d imagine.
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I’m at The Dig right? So I’m there and I look over to my left and a dude that I’m fairly friendly with is using a Toy & Model shopping bag to hold his Dig findings…I was like, gobsmacked. I could not believe it.
If you aren’t from the area here, Sonoma County, Toy & Model was a small chain of Toy Stores here in the area. There were I believe 4 stores, one in The Coddingtown Mall, one in Montgomery Village, one at The Town and Country Center and one in Rohnert Park.
Toy & Model in Montgomery Village was the closest Toy Store to my house and was thus the one that I went to the most. It was a really great store. They had Action Figures and Models and Dungeons and Dragons dice…I loved that place…It was where I bought all of my Super Powers figures as well as my first set of D&D Dice.
I went there a lot. Like all the time. I loved that place so much and was super sad when the chain shut down. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden they shuttered their stores and that was that. I never thought I’d have a part of it in my life again. How could I? It was 30 years ago.
Anyway dude has the bag and I just about fainted when I saw it. I immediately recognized it for what it was but man, I hadn’t seen one of these in years and really never ever thought that I would see one again. How could I? The store shut down forever ago and only the oldest of the Santa Rosa heads even remember that it existed. It’s sadly a distant memory.
I just did a sort of short/lazy web search in hopes of finding a picture of the store and found out if you enter a search for Toy & Model Santa Rosa all you get is pictures of that dude who runs the local Toy Shop that I’m not really that keen on. That’s practically a slap in the face to Toy & Model’s memory.
I’m hoping by writing this and sending it in to Vic Sage at The Retroist that maybe we can help to push these pics of the sack up to the top of Google Toy & Model searches…
Anyhow, I just couldn’t believe it. There it was in all of it’s yellow and brown glory. I had to have it so I strolled up to dude all dizzy and said “Can I have that bag?” He, having no attachment to it at all said “sure” and handed it over. Later I realized that I didn’t explain to him at all why I wanted it or what it meant to me. I just asked for it, took it and stumbled off. I wonder what he made of all that?
For real though, this is a great find. It’s not valuable, it’s not anything at all like that but it’s something really important, it’s something that shouldn’t exist.
It’s too fragile and too old and really too unimportant for someone to hold onto. Shopping bags get used for things like school lunches or to pick up dog mess when you’re out walking the hounds.. You don’t put them away for later.
Some folks do I guess, but they often wind up on Hoarders…
At any rate, However it managed to make it, I’m happy it did and I’m super happy that somehow it managed to make it to me who will put it away for safekeeping…
Hold on, gotta go, the phone is ringing. I think it’s the folks from Hoarders…
I spend a lot of time at The Goodwill Outlet store. That’s where they send all of the stuff that they don’t know what to do with. Stuff they tried to sell, things they don’t want to sell and all sorts of random whatevers. It’s the last stop before junk goes to die and I love it there. If you spend time and work hard you can unearth treasures. I don’t really know if this is one of those times but I did come up on some action figures so to me, it’s all good in the hood.
Here is how it works in a nutshell. Every half hour or so they take out some of the merchandise and replace it with new junk. While they bring the stuff out everyone has to wait behind a line and then the clerk gives the word and everyone runs like a maniac and grabs whatever they can. It’s chaos and also totally fun.
If you want to learn more I actually recorded a whole episode of my podcast, The Toys R Us Report about it. You can find it HERE! If you so wish.It’s kind of a good episode.
Anyhow, to me and to a lot of other fools who hang there Toys are the holy grail. I want em’ cause I dig toys but I think dudes there are gold panning and think that there might be some nuggets in those boxes of figures. IDK, I guess there could be but I really just want the toys for my personal collection of junk.
Whenever there is a box of toys in the new merchandise it’s nothing short of a match out of the Kumite for control of it. I seldom win one of these. Some of the Dig Dregs are crazy fast. I can’t keep up but this past week I actually got my hands on a whole box of action figures. It was a struggle to get it but this time your boy came out on top. Let’s take a look at what was in it..
I figure that what I’m gonna do is reach in, grab one and then take a pic of it and sort of improv some comments about each figure. Let’s start shall we?
First off. That’s a pic of the contents. Some of it is retro. Some not, but it’s all fun right? Ok, here we go. The first figure out of the box is….
a cool Punisher! and it looks like he is about to break into the running man! I really dig The Punisher but I don’t really understand his costume. I mean, what’s with the gloves and the boots? Pretty weird for a dude who’s super power is the power of murder. Actually, maybe it just goes to show how unhinged The Punisher really is.. Who knows..
This is a pretty nice figure. He has a ton of articulation and his hands is stuck in the HEAVY METAL! SATAN! Symbol. That’s undoubtedly dope. It looks right here like Spidey is giving The Dark Lord a big bow-wow. Nice figure overall.
Up next, The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard Of Oz. I really don’t recall this toy line. It’s a nice likeness though. It does look just like him. Oh ya, I found that base that he is standing on in the box. Now it looks like he is standing on the street but in front of a giant cardboard wall.
Who the heck is this? I’m a big comic nerd but not a big X-Men dude. I really have NO IDEA who this is. Don’t feel like you have to rush out and tell me. I’m fine not knowing. I do like his beard though. It looks like he threw up lava. That would be an awful mutant power. (That is Chamber from Generation X…who literally blew off his lower face and his upper chest when his Mutant powers manifested themselves. Sorry. -Vic)
What’s the deal with this Swashbuckling Batman? It must be some sort of Elseworlds tale. Some of those are great. Some not so great. I wonder where Pirate Batman fits in? It could be good but IDK, it could also be awful. I’m leaning toward awful but you never know.
I like this one too. He’s a Transformer, I guess. He starts off as some sort of hideous insect and then he becomes the robot that you see up there. Lets take a quick peek at what he looks like in insect mode.
Hideous! Bugs are gross. I do dig his pincers but IDK, I’m underwhelmed really. I’m not mad though. it could be worse. He could have transformed into a fly or something lame/gross like that..
I’m not sure where this one is from. He’s obviously some sort of X-Games athlete. He’s pretty neat. His jumpsuit is made of fabric which is always fun and he has a ton of articulation plus some sort of magnets on his feet. That’s a fun feature. I could stick him on the fridge if I wanted to. I think I do want to. Hold on…..
Well, I tried, they weren’t strong enough. He fell to his death and then rolled under the fridge where he will stay until, well, maybe forever..
And finally…. what to me was the best of the best, these 3 Ninjas. I went back in the house and got my desert backdrop for the photo shoot. After I did it I was all like, what are Ninjas doing in the desert? Vacation? IDK? They have as much right to go there as anyone I suppose.
What I dug about these dudes was there Red, White and Blue Motif. When I saw them my first thought was, All American Ninjas! How Rad! When I said that to my Old Lady she responded with “Maybe they are French” and then my daughter 2.0 said “Or Puerto Rican” Well, there you go, another Patriotic Dream dashed by knowledge of flags..
They still rule irregardless of national origin and I really hope they enjoyed their trip to The Desert. It looks like fun.
Those Ice Plants are huge.
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