Remember fast-food kids meals with specially marketed pop culture toys? They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. In the 1990s, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and Burger King often chose chaos with their tie-ins, like the Batman Forever glass mugs or the Hercules plates. Heck, even when big event films like the Star Wars prequels came out, fast food mascots like the Taco Bell chihuahua and KFC’s Colonel would get their own in-universe sagas.
io9 looks back on some of the most impressive and random toys, cups, and other movie tie-ins that were born out of sheer ingenuity to entice kids and their parents to chow down. Anyone else getting flashbacks of being at those combination KFC-Taco Bell-Pizza Huts? Those were the crossovers to beat in the ‘90s.