Monday, October 18, 2010

Doo-Dads and Thing-A-Ma-Bobs

Over the years we've had our share of trips to McDonalds. Much less frequently now - it's too expensive, too fatty and salty and just all out unhealthy - at least for the really yummy stuff, so we've scaled back (much to the kids regret). But we've managed to experience quite a slew of Happy Meal toys over the last 10 years. From tiny little dolls to plastic cars, movie-related gee-gaws to pop-up, flip-over, twist-around doo-dads, light-up thing-a-ma-bobs to glowing whats-its. All of them fun.

For about 5 minutes.

Then they are tossed aside and finally trashed. But the one that has stuck around all these years, the one with staying power, the one that we still pick up whenever we come across it and spend 10 minutes playing with is a tiny little hand-held video game. I think it's a Sonic the Hedgehog game. A little circle-y shape careens down a road, avoiding x's and squares and gobbling up dots. There are 4 levels and it gets faster with each level. We must have got those over five years ago! And we still play with them whenever they surface from the bottom of the toy box! (I think we have two of them). Now that was a worth the cost of a happy meal!

As for all the others. Well, you can't have a hit every time. Or even much of the time apparently. We have a few that earned more than the trash can treatment - there are some little plush penguins still kicking around, an iDog wanna-be, a Ty lion or two, even a Kidz Bop CD, but nothing quite as thoroughly enjoyed as that little game. Where is it? I want to play!


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