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.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • 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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