I think I might still have one of these.

I can remember going to McDonald’s with my dad after seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) in the theatre and getting a movie-themed Happy Meal — the one with the transporters on the front, I think. (It’s the one on the top left in the video below.) I believe I might still have the Happy Meal box somewhere among my still-packed items here, and if I’m lucky, I might still have the plastic communicator with comic-strip roll that came with it.

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One thing I did not know, until I read this item at TrekMovie.com tonight, is that ST:TMP was the first movie to get a McDonald’s Happy Meal tie-in. Learn something new every day.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16611988330284931136 Carmen Andres

    heh, i can one up you there. somewhere in my own still packed boxes is a collection of the original star trek enterprise blueprints in their original packaging that i got a small trek con when i was in gradeschool. did i just admit that?! oiy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Whew, for a second I thought you were going to say you still had the 29-year-old burger that came with your meal! (Ewwww!)


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