Japan’s McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys Now Include Little Twin Stars & Thomas the Tank Engine

17.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

McDonald’s Japan released Thomas the Tank Engine and Little Twin Stars toys in its Happy Meals on January 11. These collections are available for a limited time only, but their cute designs have becoming the talk of the town.


The Thomas the Tank Engine toys feature six characters including Thomas, Percy and Harold. The winter-themed Thomas toy has a cute snowman sat on the back that wobbles. All of the toys can also be connected together.

This is also the first time the Little Twin Stars themselves Kiki and Lala have been put into a Happy Meal. There are six toys to get your hands on which can be used as cute decorations in bedrooms. They include a mini lamp stand that lights up, a small toy that makes a sound when the lid is lifted and closed, a brush container, a toothbrush container and more.

Don’t miss out on these limited edition cute toys available only in Japan!

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    TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA -LittleTwinStars-

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    2021 Sanrio Character Ranking: General Ranking

     

    Comments from the Winners

     

    1st Place: Cinnamoroll
    “I’m going to treasure this feeling forever! Thank you all for your support!♪”

    2nd Place: Pompompurin
    “Thanks so much for cheering me on!♡ I’m so grateful for all the love!”

    3rd Place: Pochacco
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    2021 Sanrio Character Ranking: Collaboration Category

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    But the winner announcement is not the only event scheduled for 2021’s ranking. Since this time is a collaboration with TGC, there will be a fashion runway where popular models will show off their looks, a live performance with JO1 and the Sanrio characters, a rap battle, and more.

     

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    Marie Iitoyo and Maika Yamamoto will use a real-time composite photography system as they dress up as the adorable My Melody and her rival Kuromi. Serving the dreamy star-filled world of Kiki and Lala are Kaane and Sakura Saiga, Yoshiaki & Michi, and Rikariko. For the Pompompurin section, which is themed on the golden retriever’s daily life, we have Nana Kato, Ami Komuro, Natsuki Deguchi, Sachi Fujii, and Roy. But that’s not all as Sakachin, Yuki Higashihara, and Reina, who won the LINE LIVE auditions to appear on this year’s fashion runway, will also appear.

     

    A heated rap battle between the Sanrio characters

    In the rap battle, KIRIMI-chan, Kuromi, Kogimyun, and Pompompurin will go head to head against special guests Tsukasa Saito of comedy duo Trendy Angel and Yuriyan Retriever. 

     

    The Sanrio cast join music artists for a concert

    The adorable Cinnamoroll, who is also expanding his work as an idol, will perform alongside JO1, while Hello Kitty will sing with singer-songwriter Sonoko Inoue.

     

    A new virtual experience using the latest technology

    Japanese digital advertising company CyberAgent, who produced virtual events and 3DCG content, will be using the latest in 3DCG and XR tech to blur the lines between reality and the virtual space with an interactive experience, such as people’s comments on social media and the video displaying in real time, and more.

  • The Shinjuku branch of EGG & SPUMA is now hosting “Sanrio Characters CAFE,” a menu of food and drink themed on Sanrio’s beloved characters. Running until August 31, the cafe has also been decorated in colourful and cute Sanrio designs.

     

     

    Receive a free coaster with your order

    The menu line-up features lots of fruits, including the Cinnamoroll crème brûlée which is served on weekdays only, fruit sandwiches which will include My Melody themed ones this month and June, Hello Kitty and Keroppi ones in July, and Little Twin Stars in August. There’s also fruity jelly and more.

    If you’re a Sanrio fan look to indulge a little more, then there is also a two-tiered afternoon tea set. The upper plate includes Kiki & Lala sandwiches, a Keroppi tart, the Cinnamoroll crème brûlée, and more. On the bottom plate there is Hello Kitty apple jelly, My Melody strawberry caprese salad, Kuromi canapé, and so on. There will also be special pancakes and a jelly dessert arriving in June which must be booked in advance.

     

    Which of these Instagram-worthy delights do you want to tuck into?

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