Astrosnicks

The best happy meal toys ever
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February 05, 2008

Its one thing when you talk about something retro to the younger kids and they dont know what youre talking about. Its something else when you talk to fellow retro lovers and say do you remember and they dont. For awhile I thought maybe Atrosnicks were something I dreamed up as a child, but that lasted all of about two seconds. This is because I remember these little guys vividly.

You knew about Smurfs, the little blue people that made Hobbits look like Giants. La la la la la la, Gargamel, the whole bit. Then there were the underwater versions of these creatures. Unlike smurfs, the Snorks were multi colored, but if scientists existed in a cartooniverse, they would likely suspect that the two species were related.

But then thanks to McDonalds and the glory of Happy Meals, there were the Astrosnicks. Funny little green people with purple gear and the M logo on their garb. It became so that it was a big deal for kids, at least at the time. This is before the government brainwashed Gen Xers into forgetting Astrosnicks ever existed. But my memory remains in tact.

Like any other kiddy cannon, Astrosnicks had good guys and bad guys. There was even an Astrosnick version of smurfette. I had the skater snick that for some reason wore the boxing head gear. I had the chunky snick with the ray gun. I had the blonde chick, and I had the bald baddy with a cape. No, I dont remember their names. And it wouldnt be right to look them up now, because I never bothered about their names then. But they were for some reason, very fun to collect. Eventually there came an Astrosnick ordering magazine where you could order the whole set, even pets, and a spaceship.



To this day when I think Happy Meal Toy, Its not beanie babies or hot wheels that pop up in my mind. Its not even the plush Christmas Muppet babies or land before time puppets. Not even my beloved yellow grimace comb. Its the Astrosnicks.





But to look online for them, pictures a scarce. I had to save some from a Hispanic language fan site. Two thumbs up for them. But they remain, however elusive, in the chronicles of retro history. I only wish that McDonalds would bring them back for children of today so I could collect them again. Did I just say that out loud?


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6 years, 2 months ago
I have 2 Astrosnik banks. One male one female. I've never seen them beore on Google searches or ebay. My little sister and I collected these as well here in St. Louis in the mid-80's when we were kids. The banks were found in an antique mall in Wisconsin.
    13 years, 3 months ago
    I must admit that I was a huge Astrosnick fan. I fequented McDonalds so that I could collect every one.
    Many don't realize this, but there were actually two "seasons" of Astrosnicks. The first was in 1983 Happymeals and showcased 8 astrosnicks. They were named: Robo (the gold one), Thristy (the one with the drink cup), Sport (football), Skater (ice skates), Lazer (with the lazer), Tina (the girl -I am not too sure about her name), Scout (he held a McDonalds Flag), and then the dinosaur (name I can't remember).

    Season two was sometime in late 1984 or early 1985. The Happymeals featured six new astrosnicks named: Drill (the one with the drill), Commander (the one with the dark eyes), Chopper (the helicopter one), Skiier (one snow skis), Sled (the bob-sled one) and finally the astrosnicks evil nemesis (the bald guy with the orange beard and cape).

    Needless to say I collected all of them..twice. I still have them. The back of the Happymeal box explained the astrosnick story. It basically said that Astrosnicks came from a distant planet called "Snickeron" and they loved sports (hence why most of the characters are sports themed). If you collected enough McDonalds UPC symbols you could send off for the Astrosnicks rocket ship. I have that lovely treasure. It is a platic rocket that holds about three Astrosnicks.

    I did see a small two page cataloge for more Astrosnicks (who did not have the McDonalds logo on them -for all those in the Happymeals had the "M" logo on them somewhere). The cataloge had no number or way to order. It was an advertisement for a phase three. McDonalds never went with a third season apparently. I never saw Astrosnicks offered in stores.

    So, can anyone remember the girl with the cone, the dragon pet, and the evil bald guys names? That is all I lack.
      13 years, 9 months ago
      Those guys remind me of Widget. I've seen better Happy Meal toys, though.
        13 years, 9 months ago
        Astro-whata? Never heard of 'em, but cool article. I always thought the coolest McDonald's toys were the food characters. I loved my hamburger with arms and legs, LoL.
          13 years, 9 months ago
          I still have the gold one. He doesn't have the "M" on his chest though. I got him at a drug store when I was real young. There was a box full of these things on a high shelf. I wasn't tall enough to dig through them, just tall enough to reach and grab one from the box and it was the gold one. Until today, I had no idea what he was from.
            13 years, 9 months ago
            Those things like like they are made out of play-doh or wax or something.
              13 years, 9 months ago
              Wow!!!! I rember these things thought I had all but forgotten about them. Though I have forgotten most of them, they did have names and at the time I knew all of them. Much like the Smurfs they were usually named for what they did for example the guy with the football was called "Sport" the guy with drill was very appropriatlly named "Drill" and the robot was called "Roboto." Oddly enough I also remember that the baddie with the beard was called "Perfido" I'm not sure why I remember this, but it probably has to do with the fact that I found the idea of an evil Astrosnick to be very cool. Other than these four I can't remember any of their names, but if you take a good look at each one you can probably make a pretty good guess. Anyway, thanks for this trip down memory lane.
                13 years, 9 months ago
                I had one. I don't know what happened to it.
                  13 years, 9 months ago
                  Wow, as a kid I had the one with the beard and never knew what it was or where it came from till reading this article, thanks!
                    13 years, 9 months ago
                    I remember them and collected them as well as a kid. I had actually forgotten about them until your article reminded me, thanks.
                      13 years, 9 months ago
                      never heard of them
                        13 years, 9 months ago
                        Oh I definitely remember those. I even had some..... that was until that fateful day in about 89 when my rambunctious Labrador Retriever puppy decided to go into my toy box and find herself some new toys to play with. Those were the first ones destroyed.
                          13 years, 9 months ago
                          They remind me of the Smurfs.
                            13 years, 9 months ago
                            They look fraking awsome!!!! Im gonna pick my brain all night now thinking if i came across them!!
                              13 years, 9 months ago
                              YES!!! i remember them, had all of them, and i can't ever find anyone who remembers them either! i feel your pain there. i also still have a snork that was always entrenched at the bottom of one of my aquariums throughout the years. he is currently in a junk drawer.
                                13 years, 9 months ago
                                i definitely don't know them, but the ones with the purple hats remind me of those goofy aquabats hats
                                  13 years, 9 months ago
                                  when did they they come out? i at first thought they were snorks knock offs
                                    13 years, 9 months ago
                                    i had the white varient of thier roket ship.
                                      13 years, 9 months ago
                                      they came out in the early 80s if i remember correctly, as that would especially have been the time i was all about happy meals. on a side note, on the subject of happy meal toys, does anyone remember as a kid when mcdonald's advertised transformers in the HMs, and upon getting said happy meal they were just nonmovable plastic mini-figures? major disappointment. i remember as a kid not expecting full size transformers, but mini-bots (remember them?), and getting these little piece of shit plastic resin figure-type things. they sucked. but astrosnicks ruled. kept 'em in the same carrying case as my smurfs!
                                        13 years, 9 months ago
                                        and the gold robot astrosnick was the PRIZE catch!
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