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PostSubject: LEGO fast food promotions?   Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:45 pm

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Well, it's a simple question (with some nuances) rather than an official discussion topic or whatever for today. So, what do you/did you think about LEGO's myriad promotions linked to fast food? The old Matoran (as well as LEGO Racers cars) available only at McDonalds, the Toa Nuva Burger King promotions... did you like them or not, and why?

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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:53 pm

I think that the original McToran were excellent. It was at a McDonalds that I first received a Hewki and then spent several weeks pining for the rest. I ended up with every single character except Matoro ... funny, he was likely the character which was most similar to me. Smarty pants and so forth, blue grey, scientist.

However, those horrid plastic toys from later years? The 2001 promos used the fast food chain as an extension of the storyline. The later promos were more advertisements than anything else. Its the difference between making the promotion a part of the story or just an add for it.

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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:51 pm

Yeah, I liked them a lot. I have Kongu, Onepu, and Macku (as well as parts of the rest - Jaller's torso and feet, Hewkii's arms and head, Matoro's foot and right arm), and though I really can't think of any good re-use for most of their parts at the moment, they were fun anyway. :P

Personally, the only toys I liked in later years were the LEGO System-compatible McDonalds promotional racecars and the Nestle BIONICLE figures (which I REALLY regret not getting for their launchers). The thing I look for most is compatibility with existing sets, then compatibility with existing storyline.

You're right about the advertisements, though. It was amazing how great an idea the McToran were, and I'm not entirely sure why no other later promotions were like them. For instance, instead of the Quick promotions and similar things, they could have made superficially storyline-important Matoran as promotional sets (Dezalk or Gar, anyone?)



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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:53 pm

I loved the McToran on the grounds that they were actually good sets. The other ****** they did.... not so much. And I would rather LEGO does not endorse lard in a bucket, to be perfectly honest with you.


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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:40 pm

I know what you mean about not liking their endorsement. :P

Still, I was kind of fond of the Quick sets even though they were odd/atypical - the McToran were, too, of course.



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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:42 am



I liked the McToran.... Useful for masks, at least.

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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:09 am



I know, right? :P

Yeah, that was pretty much the main reason I got McToran Kongu for. I mean, the disks were kind of cool too, but not many useful parts for ordinary-ish MOCs or anything.



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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:48 am



Yes, the McToran were only really good for peices and drawing new fans in. (Which was -I assume, at least- LEGO's origninal intention)

Also, disks? You are referring Kanoka? I do not believe we got those over here.


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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:10 pm



Well, I don't know about pieces other than the masks. :P I could find a use for them eventually, but it's not like something I need. But yes, that IS why they even DO promotions - to get new customers.

And no, I was referring to the disks included with the McToran, not the later Kanoka. But you may not have had the exact same "Tohunga" promotion.



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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:41 pm



Eh, I have used McToran pieces many times -- it just depends on how creative one is.

Actually, we never got the McToran over here at all.


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PostSubject: Re: LEGO fast food promotions?   Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:34 pm



*facepalm* I just said that I could find a use for them, but they're not a piece I NEED. It's not how creative you are. It's how much the creations you do make need the McToran pieces.

And well then, what I said applies doubly. :P I mean the disks of the McToran.



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