Happy Meal Pop
The other day my kids and I had lunch at the Meat Clown's establishment. With my son's Happy Meal came an interesting toy. It's a hand-held music player, capable of blaring a single hard-wired song by a British girl group put together on a reality TV show, emulating the Spice Girls. For obvious reasons I haven't taken the thing apart (yet), but I imagine it's actually got a microprocessor and a sizeable chunk of flash memory. Pretty impressive for something you get with a hamburger.
But it's a nasty piece of work, for several reasons. It's loud enough to hurt the kids' ears, especially since it's shaped like a phone handset (or is that a toilet freshener?). Also, judging from a minuscule "garbage can forbidden" ideogram on the back side, its paired LR44 batteries aren't environment-friendly. Finally, it does get a tiny bit on your nerves when your three-year-old suddenly gains the power to play music at you: but only this one song, again and again and again.
And the music? It could have been worse -- pretty unremarkable, but not without qualities. Still, if the record company thinks I'll order a CD... No, amigos, this is the kind of marketing ploy that provokes boycots.
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