|04.17.2014 – Late in March 2014 McDonald’s Philippines released their latest Happy Meal in the form of Super Mario 3D World, which is based on the Wii U game that has all your favorite Mario Bros. characters.
However the ones McDonald’s released doesn’t have everyone with the exception of Yoshi and Princess Peach in the line up that you need to collect all eight. These toys were released only in the Philippines while other neighboring countries settle for other toys.
Super Mario 3D World, the game for Nintendo’s Wii U was released sometime in November 2013. To accompany with that promotion McDonald’s in Japan released eight variations of Mario based from the game.
In Japan everything is all about quality than quantity, which is why the toys released for the Happy Meal in the Philippines is BIG. The smallest could probably Mario in the Penguin suit and the biggest was Mario punching the ‘Question Box’ that actually has the coin sound affects.
The ‘New’ Happy Meal Box Theme
Besides the release of the eight toys based from Super Mario 3D World McDonald’s in the Philippines released a new Happy Meal box with a Wild West motif. This is the fourth time they have changed their theme from the red box they introduced last September 2013. The second box had a Christmas theme which was followed by the LEGO colored Happy Meal box when they released those non-toy cups.
This time they go for a western theme which was first sighted to be given out with the latest Happy Meal at the McDonald’s store in Teindesitas. The box did not showed up in the other stores until early this month.
The box is similar to the previous releases with a different folding method to close it. This is the same Happy Meal box that is being given away at McDonald’s stores in Australia. When closing the box some reckless staff in a rush folds it in a rush not following the instructions. This leaves some customers unhappy with the box having damage corners or ripped sides that leaves kids not getting a decent one to take home and appreciate. This leaves in question why the Happy Meal box in Asia and Australia have to be different when it can follow the same pattern the North American release have.
Super Mario 3D World Toys
Mario with Question Block is the most sought after among the eight variations released for this month’s Happy Meal. It has a working sound when you slide Mario up to punch the box you the actual coins from the game. You may need to put this together upon opening as the ‘Question Box’ stickers need to be applied.
Besides having the iconic elements based from the game its details and sculpting of the Mario figurine is top notch. There’s a peg in his hat that you attach from the pole which slides for him to appear jumping to hit the box.
Mario with Pipe is the next collectible that’s big and carries a reference what makes previous games memorable. The gimmick for this one is simple you push down Mario inside the giant green pipe.
Underneath there’s a round part that the base platform hits springs out the famous Italian plumber. This is the second biggest Mario collectible that would immediately get sold out from the line up.
Mario with Goal Pole is an element of the game first seen in the original Super Mario Bros game for the Family Computer and Nintendo Entertainment System. Whenever completing a stage this is the last part you’ll see before going to the next one.
The Goal Pole actually works when you pull down Mario the flag raises up and this also doubles as a stamp pad that has the famous plumber’s face.