You know, because robots that turn into cool cars may have been just a little too hip… we present McDonald’s Changeables.
That seemingly mild-mannered plastic french fries? Just a quick flick, and BOOM!… Fry-bot!
Or those plain ol’ plastic hotcakes? POW!… Robo-cakes!
(Seriously… we can’t make this stuff up.)
McDonald’s, trying to capitalize on the Transformers craze, launched the Changeables line in its Happy Meals in 1987 (and again in 1989 and 1990). And suddenly, Big Macs could become robots, Chicken McNuggets could become robots, and yes, even that small soda could become a robot.
(The level of originality at work here was truly staggering.)
They each only had three moving parts (2 arms and a torso), so they weren’t gonna hold a candle to Optimus Prime or anything… but we gotta admit, they were still kinda fun.
And apparently they’re still pretty hot today; some complete sets of the vintage Changeables are going for as much as $50 on eBay. Whew!
Hey, they came from the 80s, and that makes them automatically awesome. As one YouTuber so eloquently put it… “Foodformers! More than meets the fries!”
We ♥ Changeables.