Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Toy design can be complicated

I mentioned yesterday that Burger King kid's meals currently come with toys based on the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs movie. The sailboat made out food will be familiar to anyone who has read the book (I've read the book roughly 100 times myself, although I don't care for the various changes to the text that were made in the revised version):





But hold on a second. The boat in the book was topped by a pennant made of bacon. What's that on top of the Burger King boat? Cucumber?




In fact, the original design featured pepperoni and bacon:



I'm guessing (and only guessing) that the last minute change was made so as not to offend Jews and Muslims who can't eat pork or mix meat and dairy.

*Previously: Toy designer talks about how he designs Transformers.

*Find Happy Meal and cereal toys at eBay.