I don’t have the Mighty Max McDonalds toys for the simple reason that they suck.
On the left is the first one they issued, with Max running circles around a yeti. On the right, the second release, with Max tumbling down a pit of Christmas presents stolen by more yetis. They really weren’t even trying here.
Unlike whoever designed the Happy Meal Polly Pockets.
Both had a little Polly figure on a rail that would guide her around a detailed environment. The Christmas one on the right was issued in 1993, and while cute, doesn’t have nearly as much amazing detail as the 1995 release on the left.
Either one is leagues better than what the Max fans got (granted there were plenty of lame lockets and watches in the Polly happy meals as well — these were the diamonds in the rough). I can only imagine what the Max toys would’ve been like if they had taken the same approach. Look at the amazing details in the ski lodge: bedroom, fireplace, napping dog, easy chair, lunch table, kitchen. And plenty of decals showing a winter wonderland outside.
Yeah, they’re novelty items with little playability, but from a collector’s standpoint you could do a hell of a lot worse (see: Max pics at the top of the article).