News of McDonald's Adult Happy Meal spread like wildfire across social media. Saturday, October 1 was the day it dropped.

Photo by // Ryan Valenzuela
Photo by // Ryan Valenzuela
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'90s Kids

Of the billions and billions McDonald's has served over the last 67 years, I think '90s kids were especially stoked for the niche release. Why? Let's unbox it.

For starters, over-hyped ads likened the limited-time October promotion to a Delorean time travel expedition. The implication was such that former Giga Pet, Walkman, and hamburger phone owners would swoon over the tasty throwback. The reality is that we didn't.

Photo by // Ryan Valenzuela
Photo by // Ryan Valenzuela
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The Toys

Old-school McDonald's toys were freaking fantastic. Some were functional while others were action-oriented or just cool to collect. The toys that came with mine and my husband's Adult Happy Meals were hunks of cheap, poorly painted plastic. Neither him nor I got a classic figure from our childhood. We didn't score Grimace, the Hamburglar. Nope, we got duped by Cactus Buddy, the brand's weird four-eyed mascot.

Photo by // Ryan Valenzuela
Photo by // Ryan Valenzuela
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The Money, The Meal, The McBummer

The McDonald's Adult Happy Meal is as basic as a pumpkin spice latte in the hand of leggings-clads millennial 30-something who lives, laughs, and loves. Even worse, it's also overpriced. At just over $10, the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box 10-piece Chicken McNuggets/cheese burger meal upcharges diners for no apparent reason. Diners are better off with regular Happy Meals or ordering from the standard McDonald's menu.

As for the meal itself, meh. It was under-warmed and underwhelming. But hey, I could be wrong. Maybe my expectations were set so high that the meal was bound to disappoint me. Only you can decide if you're ba-da-ba-ba-ba lovin' it.

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