In today’s current marketing strategy of Disney and their “Princess” lines, it’s easy to assume that most of the Disney movies were “girl” movies. That’s really not the case and it’s just become a trend in recent years because Disney sees dollar signs there. I’m not suggesting that the Little Mermaid is comparable to First Blood or anything, but it’s a KIDS movie, not a girl movie. As such, way back in 1989, McDonald’s Disney Little Mermaid Ornaments were for everyone!
We took a long way getting there, but that’s what I’m here today to talk to you about. McDonald’s used to do cool stuff like this, but I don’t think they do it so much anymore. They offered two plush ornaments from The Little Mermaid. As a kid I believe I only had one, but I might have had them both.
The packages are actually pretty cool. I really like the sunken pirate ship on the side of Flounder’s box. Most people lost these boxes and I’m sure mine were eventually tossed as well, but thanks to the internet I was able to procure new boxes. Actually I was able to get new ornaments altogether. Sadly almost all my childhood Christmas decorations were given to my brother for some odd reason when my parents got divorced and I’m not certain he kept up with them.
Flounder is pretty lame. I honestly don’t remember having him when I was a kid, but if I did, I didn’t care much for him. That’s not a surprise really, when you consider that he doesn’t look much like Flounder. He looks like a Hong Kong bootleg and his only winter attire is a hat. A Santa hat would have looked good here, but this really is more like a typical stocking cap. Lame-O!
Sebastian however, is the star of the show. Sebastian was my favorite character in the Little Mermaid and he’s got a really cool design here. First he has mittens on his claws. To really put them over the top, they have a snowflake on each one.
He also has ear muffs which look quite festive in their green color. Plus Sebastian is also sporting his own Tom Baker scarf! You can see why poor Flounder pales in comparison.
Incredibly, I discovered when I purchased a few of these, that Sebastian had a chase variant! Okay, I don’t know if it was an intentional variant or not, but his ear muffs could either be a darker lime green or a more neon pea green (Like vintage Constructicons Devistator!) color. I’m not sure which one was more rare, but I believe the one I had as a kid was a darker green.
Sebastian adorned my tree from about 1989 until probably 1999, but has been absent for the better part of the last decade. As a kid I always respected that this Sebastian was an ornament, but I really wanted to play with him as a fuzzy, plush crustacean friend. Now Sebastian returns to my holiday festivities and he’s free to be played with and cherished for years to come!