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    15 Happy Meal Toys From The '90s That Actually Blew

    Let's be honest, not all Happy Meal Toys were created equal.

    1. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Plush Toys

    Via moviepilot.com

    Year released: 1998

    Appeal: Duh, they were Lion King toys! Plus you were probably watching The Lion King sequel on a constant repeat -- even if deep down you knew it sucked.

    Why it blew: Aside from the fact that they were plush and not actual figures, these toys looked NOTHING like the characters from the Lion King (looking at you, Timon) and more like something from a direct-to-video rip-off movie.

    2. McFurbys

    Via childrenofthenineties.blogspot.com

    Year released: 1999

    Appeal: They were cuter and cheaper Furbys.

    Why it blew: They were cheap for a reason: ‘cause they did NOTHING.

    3. Halloween Pails

    Via vintagetoys.com

    Year released: 1991, 1992, 1994 (previously released in the mid-‘80s as well.)

    Appeal: This ~unique~ pail was a way to set yourself apart from everyone else who was carrying the standard plastic pumpkin pail.

    Why it blew: The pail's smaller size only allowed you to collect about a quarter of the candy you would normally get. Also the cheap plastic handle could not support the weight of the bucket and would break mid-way through trick-or-treating.

    4. 101 Dalmatians Figures

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    Year released: 1996

    Appeal: Aside from the Disney movie tie-in, there were 101 of them to collect!

    Why it blew ‘Cause there was 101 of them!!! It was practically impossible to collect all of them.

    5. Space Rescue Toys

    Via etsy.com

    Year released: 1994

    Appeal: A cool name that conjured up an image of some sort of cool spaceship that went on secret missions to save beings from other planets.

    Why it blew: These were cheap dollar store toys that had nothing to do with space. Well, except the tele-communicator toy that was just a copy of a communicator from Star Trek.

    6. Yo Yogi! Figures

    Via ebay.com

    Year released: 1992

    Appeal: They were a toy tied-in to a Saturday morning cartoon.

    Why it blew: Sorry, but Yogi really hadn’t been cool with kids since the 1960s, and I don’t think there was much appeal for the revamped early ‘90s version of him.

    7. Dinosaurs Figures

    Via babble.com

    Year released: 1992

    Appeal: Well they were both dinosaurs (instant kid appeal) and based on a TGIF show.

    Why it blew: These were way awkward to play with, you had to pump the toys in order to get them to move. To be honest, they would’ve been way cooler if they didn’t come with the pump.

    8. Sky Dancers

    Via answers.com

    Year released: 1996

    Appeal: They were magical Sky Dancers that gracefully flew through the sky for your amusement.

    Why it blew: These didn’t so much fly as much as spin around and topple over.

    9. Magic School Bus Toys

    Via ebay.com

    Year released: 1994

    Appeal: If you were a fan of the series this was one of the few toys, at the time, released with the series.

    Why it blew: They were literally only fun to play with once before it undoubtedly ended up at the bottom of your toy box, never to be seen again.

    10. Nickelodeon Game Gadgets

    Via Twitter: @ClassicNickUK

    Year released: 1992

    Appeal: The toys carried the all-too-important Nickelodeon brand name on it.

    Why it blew: Like the Space Rescue toys, these were basically just dollar store toys you’d get in a birthday party favor bag.

    11. The Little Mermaid Floating Figures

    Via survivingcollege.com

    Year released: 1997

    Appeal: They were the most perfect toys to accompany you in the bathtub.

    Why it blew: They were all GOLD, like WTF?! You felt like you were playing with special edition Monopoly pieces instead of figures based on Ariel's colorful underwater world.

    12. Food Fundamentals Figures

    Via timemachinetoys.com

    Year released: 1992

    Appeal: They looked cute.

    Why it blew: I don’t know if any kid was super-eager to play with a milk carton or steak action figure. Also, it’s pretty ironic that, especially in the early ‘90s, McDonald’s would be promoting healthy eating in its Happy Meals.

    13. Camping Toys

    Via uk.complex.com

    Year released: 1990

    Appeal: The canteen, collapsible cup, and dish set were a great way to play pretend camping.

    Why it blew: How many times were you really playing pretend camping? These probably took up space, along with the Magic School Bus toys, at the bottom of your toy box.

    14. Tamagotchi Toyz

    Via survivingcollege.com

    Year released: 1998

    Appeal: They were Tamagotchis!!!

    Why it blew: They weren’t actual Tamagotchis, instead it contained a small pet figure inside the egg. Yeah that sucked, BIG TIME.

    15. Teenie Beanies

    Via childrenofthenineties.blogspot.com

    Year released: 1997

    Appeal: Two words: BEANIE BABIES.

    Why it blew: They really were only meant for collecting – that is if you could get your hands on them at the time – so playing with them was out of the question. But the thing that blew the most was that, like almost all Beanie Babies, they are completely worthless. You can get a complete set of them, in the original packaging, for $10 on eBay. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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