When we think of finding cool toys in Kid’s Meal boxes, we seem to automatically defer to the MacDonald’s line of merchandise in the iconic Happy Meals. But the partnership between the Mouse and the Clown wasn’t the only alliance Disney formed. We can’t forget the King! No, not Elvis. Burger King!
Back in 1996, Disney and Burger King joined forces to produce and distribute eight toys to promote the release of Pixar’s first full-length animated feature: Toy Story, on video. You remember VHS, right?
In this post, which I shall imaginatively call Part One, we will share Scud, Slinky Dog, Hamm, and Lenny. We’ll save the stars of the movie, Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, and a LGM, for what I have also imaginatively called Part Two. I know, I’m like a literary genius.
Let’s start by checking out how these toys were presented:
I purchased each of these toys for just a buck a piece at a local flea market! All were in their original packaging but I have taken them out to show them clearly and produce a video of them in action (see the end of this post). Being as there were likely millions of these toys just given away, I don’t feel leaving them in the package would have increased their value.
As you can see from the pictures above, each toy came with an insert explaining the promotion which when opened gave you instructions on how to use the toy. So let’s have a look at the first one:
Scud is the pet dog belonging to Sid, the sadistic Toy Killer, and neighbor to Andy’s family. Did you wonder why Sid picked such an unusual name for his dog? Well, when you read where he got the name from, I think you’ll get it: A Scud missile is one of a series of tactical ballistic missiles developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was exported widely to both Second and Third World countries. The term comes from the name attached to the missile by Western intelligence agencies. And now you know.
Scud is a racer-type toy. You wind him up and he shoots across a surface. But he also chomps and bites as he goes. This is in line with his actions in the movie when he was chasing Woody and Buzz down the street.
Slinky dog is a walker-type toy. You wind him up and he slowly moves across a surface. He is supposed to contract and expand as he does so, but this function is weak.
Hamm is also a racer-type toy. When you press down on the coin on his back, he shoots away! And he’s fast! The coin has an image of Buzz Lightyear on one side and the Star Command insignia on the other.
Spoiler alert: Lenny is my favorite toy in this set! When you wind him up, he slowly waddles away with his googly eyes shaking and jiggling. Too cute!
To see these toys, along with Woody and Bo Peep, in action, please click on the video link below:
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Be sure to check out Part Two and learn why Buzz Lightyear and the LGM aren’t included in the video.