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regular figures...mega sized...what about minis?

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by beaker, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. FellowWLover

    FellowWLover Well-Known Member

    Hey Luke

    To my knowledge McDonalds is not offering Smurf figures with their happy meals here. They start a new line every so often, usually based on whatever kiddie movie is out at the time. Most times the toys are lame (plus then you have to choke down the food), but every once in awhile it is something cool. Never a SMURF though!
  2. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member


    I might just be so inclined to have you get some UK McDonalds toys for me. They often have different promotions then the US and there are a few sometimes that I just drool over. Let's talk about some sorta deal.
  3. FellowWLover

    FellowWLover Well-Known Member

    Oh and I meant to ask... here you can just purchase the toy if you wish, minus the food. Do they have that option in the UK?
  4. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    I know in German they don't let you buy just the toy (I've got friends from there that bring me back fast food toys and Kinder Eggs). I just looked at some of the past UK McDonalds promotions though, and I am upset. I didn't realize they did that many different sets from us each year. Luke, you gotta keep me posted on what toys are in the meals over there!
  5. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Hey Nate and Jess,

    I'll be happy to get em for all at any time. Yes, here in UK McDonalds you can buy the toy seperately, but everyone was doing that (they were like 59p) so they basically boosted the price of the toy last year to double that and thus there's not much difference now between getting the Happy Meal or just the toy. (and our boxes have great artwork, and you can ask for it dissasembled, but you only get it with the full meal)

    We do get some nice toys and things, some different from the states - we had beanies of all our classic TV characters a while back, Euro smurfs, and when it was the anniversary they re-released loads of past happy meal toys that had been retired.

    So basically what i'm saying is, scoffling the food down will be my commision and pleasure. :D
  6. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member


    I just saw the TV Beanies, and I am wetting myself. I would kill, well maybe not, oh all right mame Byron at least, for some of those. Especially Paddington, Corderoy, The Wind In the Willows Guys, and Rupurt the Bear. They were great. I'm drooling at all the toys I"ve found online right now. 'specially the Disney ones (I know they are considered evil round here, but there were still some cool kick butt toys!). I'm taking you up on your offer Luke.
  7. FellowWLover

    FellowWLover Well-Known Member

    Well Luke, it goes without saying that we will *need* any Angelina toys that hit your side of the pond. I am not holding out hope for them here, however.
  8. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    What's Angelina?
  9. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member


    For the retired ones you are best checking out www.ebay.co.uk or www.qxl.com - alot of the stuff is likely auctioned off there but might not get onto the international search engines.

    I'll help in any way with whatevers released in the future, and give a shout out if anythings cool.

    Angelina is a the all singing, all tap dancing, Ballerina mouse, and star of her own show in the UK. Not seen her at Mc D's yet - i guess she is watching her figure for the dancing !
  10. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link Luke. I always forget about the UK ebay. It makes me drool. sigh. Gonna look at toys, muppets, and alice in wonderland stuff all morning long now. :D
  11. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I noticed the Toys R Us sipsons minis are $9.99...so 5 simpsons articulated figures for $10? Too cool! Hot topic has them for $20, so you decide;)

    So sizes...my vote is for Fisher Price 1989 muppet figure size. What would some of your votes be for size wise?
  12. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think exactly the same as whatever Playmates are doing for the Simpsons line - they look defined enough to me, look good enough photographed at a close angle, can carry outfits and accessories off, and articulate well.
  13. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    What Fisher Price 1989 muppet figures? I don't remember these. I remember some die cast figures that came out, those were a good size. Anthing the size of a smurf (and I don't mean two apples tall) is good for me! :D
  14. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    ack, sorry i meant the 1978 line...hmmm I must be zoning off, hehe. No, I meant the 1784 Victorian Muppets line...

    >>>I think exactly the same as whatever Playmates are doing for the Simpsons line - they look defined enough to me, look good enough photographed at a close angle, can carry outfits and accessories off, and articulate well<<<

    I think youre right on. So ya saw Mcrawford's article...wow those things are done well!
  15. kansasteen14

    kansasteen14 Well-Known Member

    hi Luke could you email me whenever they come out with a Smurf line at mcdonald's.my email is spen_f@webtv.net

  16. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I can't promise to email everyone when a Smurfs line comes out over here, basically because i could never find the addresses in amongst everything i keep, but i WILL post it on the forum in a thread all of its own so you can see.

    I'm just realising all the benefits here - i could spend all day on Muppet Central posting, and then go out and eat at night for free as a result of my smurf dealing business. Man - i love the internet !!!! ;-)
  17. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    So...is it me or could we all just be blown away by various Palisades projects/negotiations in the coming months?
    Lets just say I know more than a few on here would rejoice at the news of minis or *gasp* sesame properties.
  18. Louis Kazagger

    Louis Kazagger Well-Known Member

    Yeah, then down the road you can contact New York attorney Samuel Hirsch and join the class action lawsuit against the major fast food chains and seek compensatory damages from them when all those free dinners cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. Talk about a win win situation. ;)

  19. ZootandDingo

    ZootandDingo Well-Known Member

    Okay, I'm going to throw caution to the wind, I guess.

    Am I the only one not really crazy about an idea for mini figures?

    I agree it would probably give fans an opportunity to *maybe* get characters they wouldn't see in the normal or mega scales, but I also wonder if maybe Palisades would be spreading themselves too thin if they introduced a third scale to the line?

    It kind of goes back to the recurring Simpsons vs. Muppets idea, but I just don't think the Simpsons line should be used as a gauge to see what other Muppet products should be produced. I just have a feeling it would make the Muppets line seem less unique and more like a copycat. And The Muppet Show looks like it will be Palisades' big break into the mainstream competition, and I'm sure they wouldn't want that kind of reputation.

    And frankly, Playmates hasn't been doing all that great with additions to their line. They also tried to market bigger plush figures, a radio-controlled skateboard, and Blocko figures, and they all tanked. If the Muppets are destined to follow the Simpsons' lead, then maybe it's a little too soon to see if mini-figs will take off.

    I do hope that once the normal figures and Mega Muppets (sorry, I just love that phrase) are settled in then we do see some third line of product, but I personally would want something completely unexpected.
  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The wonderful thing about the minis is that if the first series of 6 doesn't perform well they can always scrap future waves. The same goes for the Mega Beaker. I was waiting to hear someone make the argument that they are spreading themselves too thin, but I see all of this as a good strategy by a company who is trying to get the best out of their contract and make the fans happy.

    I'd say the minis have more of a chance being moneymakers than a full-size Lips figure, but I'd like to have both. Some collectors are only interested in mini PVC and some are only interested in action figures. If Palisades doesn't make minis, I'm sure another company will want to. We'll wait and see, but I don't think any minis would come out for a few waves. They have to see how the megas do.

    I'm ready for some surprises too. The lunchboxes were a nice touch. Maybe character posters would be cool but there are few possibilities that Palisades can really do. From what I have gathered they have specific parameters in their contract.

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