Moorpark College students react to McDonald’s ‘Adult’ Happy Meal


New designs of the Hamburgular and Birdie the Early Bird were created by Cactus Plant Flea Market for their collaboration with McDonald’s. Photo Credit: Andres Garcia

By Andres Garcia

Earlier this month, McDonald’s collaborated with Cactus Plant Flea Market, to make a brand new Happy Meal specifically aimed at adults. Following the promotion, Moorpark College students expressed their thoughts on the collaboration and shared whether they have tried the meal.

The collaboration was announced on Sept. 27, with the “Adult” Happy Meal coming with either a Big Mac or a 10-piece order of chicken nuggets, paired with french fries and a drink. The real difference between this Happy Meal and the one for children was not seen in the food but rather with the Happy Meal box and toy.

The box, while the same size as a regular Happy Meal, is more colorful and has Cactus Plant Flea Market’s branding all over. The branding included the redesigns of classic McDonald’s characters such as Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and the Hamburgular.

The redesign of the characters was done by Cactus Plant Flea Market, with major differences seen in the characters eyes, as now they have four in the new design. Other differences seen in the figures are that they are more simplistic looking, lacking details that their original characters had, with Cactus Plant Flea Market using a minimalist approach when designing these figures.

While the box does stand out, the toy is the driving force behind all the hype around the meal. The toys included in the meals vary. With there being four different ones, three classic characters, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird and Hamburgular. The fourth toy was of a new character, Cactus Buddy, created by Cactus Plant Flea Market and made specifically for the meal.

The release of the collaboration has been a wide success with several restaurants running out of toys or boxes Cactus Plant Flea Market released clothing in collaboration with McDonald’s and it sold out instantly.

While successful, not everyone was feeling happy towards the new “Adult” Happy meals.

Raquel Kanalz, first-year student at Moorpark College, referred to the collaboration as simply a marketing strategy.

“I think it’s a cute idea to help adults feel included, but at the same time it seems it’s just another marketing strategy for a company that already makes billions,” Kanalz said.

Others have been more positive towards the collaboration.

Ryan Kaplan, first-year student at Moorpark College, shared that the adult meals are a welcomed surprise.

“Adult toys aren’t necessarily needed, but they’re a welcome surprise,” said Kaplan. “I haven’t tried the meal yet, but my inner child wants the Grimace to put on my shelf”

Katherine Viichis, a first-year student at Moorpark College, commented on the nostalgic factor for the adults that used to eat happy meals when they were young.

“I think that the happy meal is cool, since those now adults who grew up with happy meals are able to relive those times”, Viichis said.

For those interested in buying an ‘Adult’ Happy Meal, act fast. The collaboration is only out for a limited time and with supplies selling out. Click here to order a meal right now.