Who’s the largest distributor of toys in the world?

by mediocremum on 15/10/2010

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No, it’s not Hamley’s, Toys R Us or Disney!

But in fact…..it’s McDonald’s!  Surprised?  So was I.

I was cleaning out Madame’s room today getting rid of toys to make way for the onslaught of new ones at Christmas and I came across a load of Maccy D toys, the ones that come in Happy Meals.  Have I just outed myself?  Yes, I take my daughter to McDonald’s occasionally, usually when I’ve had a tough week, can’t be arsed to cook or she’s been exceptionally good.  We call it the ‘Burger House’ or ‘Chez Ronald’s’ so she can’t out us to our posh Annabel Karmel wannabe mums!

I’m a firm believer of anything in moderation, so you can stop tutting.  We go on average about twice a month. In addition, I’m fully aware that cattle are a threat to the environment, as they produce more CO2 than transportation.  Then again, I was a vegetarian for 20 years so think I’ve done my part. So, unless you’re a vegan who doesn’t own a single synthetic or animal based product please keep it to yourself!

However, these toys are another environmental nightmare, you can’t give them to mates, as you’d have to admit you went to McDonald’s, and they’re made from nasty plastic that can’t be recycled. As a result, I now have a pile of crappy toys (who needs a Bazooka wielding penguin?) that I don’t know what to do with.  Sadly, I think they’re destined for a landfill site unless someone has a better idea.

This isn’t going stop me from going to McDonald’s however next time I’m going to say ‘no toy thank you’!

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1 Maxine October 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Very surprised, but it makes sense! Also a believer everything in moderation – and these toys can certainly build up over time! If you find a use for them let me know, the small toys box really needs attention. Great post!

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2 mediocremum October 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Thank you!

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3 cocabeenslinky October 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hmmm some were sort after on EBay but I think only if in their plastic wrappers

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4 mediocremum October 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Now you tell me! May make an effort and keep them in original plastic! :-)

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5 chickenruby October 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

donate the plastic toys when Madam has had a play to local play groups and schools then they can be wrapped and used for lucky dips to raise funds, they can also be used for the shoe box appeal.

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6 mediocremum October 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Shoe box appeal?

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7 Zoe October 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

we tend to refuse the toys now as well – they are a novelty for a few minutes and then normally get left behind

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8 mediocremum October 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Going to try that as well….hopefully she doesn’t notice!

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9 naomi October 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I put all my in the recycling – there were so many

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10 mediocremum October 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Your secret is safe with me! Did the recycling take them???

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11 PrincessL October 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Donate them to a charity shop, we use cheap toys like that for some games that we do at events!

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12 mediocremum October 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Top tip thanks!

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