I'm doing a short series with some of my old toys since my toy trade with Derek of Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks prompted going through old boxes. Much like any proper 90s kid, I had Beanie Babies and a crapton of them!
So, at the peak of its popularity, McDonalds did the unthinkable and started putting tiny Beanie Babies into kids meals. The universe almost imploded at the news. I honestly don't know if I can explain the hysteria that went down to younger readers? ... Uhm, it was like if One Direction and Justin Bieber did a tour together and then decided they were going to give away free unicorns to the audience.
I honestly forget how you were able to get these particular tiny Beanie Baby bears at McD's, because I'm pretty sure they didn't come with a standard kids meal. If someone remembers, let me know in the comments!
Unfortunately, the packaging for ol' Glory is yellowed and all of the bears' packaging is deteriorating. But I do think it's funny that the bears came with that weird flap in the back so you could stuff it back into the box if you wanted to. That would totally help with its higher value in the future!
And then there were the kids meals tiny Beanie Babies...
These are the only ones I can find for now from my stash, but I can always dig deeper into the basement. It's like a nostalgia mineshaft down there!
You know, looking back on these, they weren't that bad for kids meals toys. Sure, parents went nuts and I feel real sorry for people who had to work at McD's during this time, but these little guys are still in great condition! They've moved all over the United States with me and are still cute as ever.
Since I have soooo many of these guys, I'm going to be using some of them in DIY projects and others will more than likely be given away or sold off. There's only a few I want to keep intact.
How about you guys, do you remember that crazy Beanie Babies phenomena?