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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    Hi, everyone. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional festival in Japan held annually on July 7 which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year due to being separated by the Milky Way. During the festival, Japanese people write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo and go stargazing.

     

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    The liquid in the tank is a light blue colour, but…

    When it runs into the cup it turns pink!

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    Little Twin Stars Room

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The door to the Little Twin Stars Room bears a cute ☆ above the room number.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Stepping into the magical room you will see Kiki and Lala on the wall riding a unicorn and making their way to the amusement park in the clouds. Floating around the entire room are pink stars and white, fluffy clouds.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The star-shaped cushions are inspired by the star on the back of Kiki. Guests can fall into a magical dream together with Kiki and Lala who are sleeping with their unicorn atop a cloud on the foot throw at the bottom of the bed.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The curtains in all of the rooms are blackout curtains so you can have a peaceful, undisturbed sleep until morning.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    When you flip on this floor lamp at nighttime you’ll be greeted by an illuminated illustration of Kiki and Lala.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The hotel has left no part of this fairy tale-like room untouched, with its pink bath tub and drawing of the Little Twin Stars on bathroom mirror too.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    And don’t forget the Little Twin Stars Room amenities either, exclusive to guests. The plush toys are branded with an original Sanrio Character Room logo.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The designs of the toothbrushes are different in each room.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Even the cup coasters that come with the room feature original desgins exclusive to Keio Plaza Hotel Tama.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The adorable door signs feature Kiki and Lala sleepy for guests to not be disturbed and energetic for the room to be cleaned.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Be sure to snap photo of the framed cute Kiki and Lala picture too before you leave.

     

    The Little Twin Stars Room was a world full of pink dreams.  It’s sure to be popular with children♡

     

    Next time we will look at the renovated Hello Kitty Room, so stay tuned!

     

    Writer: Ellie (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    McDonald’s full-time barrister café feature McCafé by Barista serves original café coffee. As part of McDonald’s, they will launch summer drinks on Wednesday 12th June. From this day, the Peach Smoothie will be sold. There will also be a limited-time summer fruits smoothie which will be changed approximately every month. The first drink for round one is the Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie.

     

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    A round two and three of fruit smoothie summer drinks series has been planned. Don’t forget to pick up a stamp card! Every time you purchase from this menu, you will receive a stamp. Collect four and you will be awarded with a free smoothie from the regular menu or a frappé (M size)

     

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  • Kiki & Lala 360° Exhibition in Omotesando is perfect for your Insta-story!

    31.May.2019 | SPOT

    As Japan is approaching the Star Festival (Tanabata*), you should make your way down to Omotesando in Tokyo! From Wednesday 27th June, there will be a photogenic artwork exhibition dedicated to Little Twin Stars called Little Twin Stars MILKYWAY MUSEUM -T A N A B A T A- PRODUCED BY LIDDELL. There are many ways in which you can get involved in the exhibition. From photo spots/booths and guest participation features to drinks and goods, the exhibition is out of this world! 

    Bed of Clouds Booth

    This museum exhibition is full of engagement and beautiful spots to combine the world of Little Twin Stars with the Japanese cultural celebration of Tanabata.

    *Tanabata is name of the Japanese star festival which celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi; two deities that could only meet once a year during the summer months.

    Welcome Photo Booth 

    The exhibition has seven photo spots which are a portal into the world of Kiki & Lala. Witness a sky full of fluffy clouds that look like a floating bed, or the enchanting night sky photo spot which makes use of Kiki & Lala’s theme colours of pink and light blue.  Make sure you take plenty of pictures and videos!

    Make a wish in the tree booth!

    The exhibition team are fully aware that Instagram stories are trending among the younger generation and therefore have carefully designed this exhibition to cater for this new social media trend! Engaging features of the exhibition include the beautiful star tree, on which guests can hang little cards full of their wishes! (This is also a typical feature of the Tanabata festival).

     

    Make sure to drop by the cafe where you can enjoy Kiki & Lala-themed original drinks! Before going home, don’t forget to check out the exhibition-limited original goods that cannot be purchased anywhere else. This non-conventional exhibition is the perfect place for photography and videos. Immerse yourself in Kiki & Lala’s world!

    There are also Tanabata-themed Kiki & Lala mascots that are dressed up like the two legendary deities of Orihime and Hikoboshi. This Insta-worthy exhibition’s key visuals and the cute Tanabata costumes are just too much to miss out on! ♡

     

    Come soar through the world of Little Twin Stars!!

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    26.May.2019 | FOOD

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    21.May.2019 | FOOD

    On May 22, McDonald’s Japan is releasing its new “Iced Winner Coffee” for a limited time at McCafé by Barista branches.

     

    Iced Winner Coffee: Regular ¥320 / Large ¥360 (Tax Included)

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    McDonald’s Japan will also hold a limited-time campaign titled “World Coffee Tour” starting on May 22 to celebrate all the different ways coffee is drank around the world. For the campaign, customers can choose from one of four coffee beverages including the Iced Winner Coffee, Iced Americano, Cappuccino and Flat White together with a dessert: either a macaron, sugar doughnut or brownie. This “World Coffee Tour Set” offers ¥50 off the usual price of a coffee and desserts.

  • McDonald’s Japan Now Selling 4 New Yoghurt Drinks

    12.May.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is now selling four new beverages at McCafé by Barista branches. Available for a limited time only, the line-up includes the Strawberry Yoghurt Frappe, Strawberry Yoghurt Drink, Passion Fruit Yoghurt Frappe and Passion Fruit Yoghurt Drink.

     

    With the brilliant sunlight radiating in the sky getting hotter with passing each day and causing us to sweat, it’s time for some refreshment. And what better to quench our thirst than with one of McDonald’s new drinks, a delicious balance of rich yoghurt and crunchy dried fruits. These parfait-like dessert drinks will cool you down and are filling enough to serve as the perfect healthy breakfast.

     

    Strawberry Yoghurt Frappe: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530

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    Passion Fruit Yoghurt Frappe: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530

    Next on the list is the Passion Fruit Yoghurt Frappe. This combination of drinking yoghurt and rich passion fruit is also topped with yoghurty whipped cream, fruits, granola, and passion fruit sauce. The crunchy granola is the perfect accompaniment to the refreshing passion fruit and yoghurt.

     

    Strawberry Yoghurt Drink: Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430

     

    Passion Fruit Yoghurt Drink: Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430

     

    The other two “Yoghurt Drinks” use yoghurt as the base which serves up a tasty balance of full-bodiedness and sourness. They are finished with their respective fruit sauces and a fruit & granola mix.

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