Adult Happy Meal Toy Mania

Have you bought your $300,000 adult happy meal toy today? Please don't answer that if you did, I would rather not think about it.

Adult Happy Meal Toy Mania
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Have you heard? McDonald's is selling adult happy meals now! I know right? Hits you right in that nostalgia soft spot. And like with any fad, there are bound to be people that want to capitalize on it. Unfortunately, in this case, it seems as though there are people dumb enough to play along. According to The Take Out, there are people paying $300,000 for the toys that come in these adult happy meals, taking a page right out of the NFT or Beanie Baby hysteria playbook.

It is absolutely mindboggling to me when it comes to thinking that full grown adults are paying these sums of money for something is 99.9% sure to be worthless within a year. People will have forgotten about them, realized they are just garbage, cheap plastic, throw aways that have always come in happy meals and will move on with their lives. As articles about similar types of events in our history point out, this is a classic case of groupthink which is defined as:

...a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.

Let's hope this completely irrational behavior subsides before someone starts dressing up at the Hamburgler and begins to steal these adult happy meals from McDonald's restaurants. We'd better make sure Ronald is on speed dial to thwart his efforts should that come to pass.