Hello Kitty Happy Meal Toy Makes Debut

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Major announcement for all you Hello Kitty fanatics and collectors: The famous feline is making her debut as a McDonald's Happy Meal toy watch. Right now through February 26.

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Remember when McD gave away toy Hummers in the Happy Meal? Good times. Now the fast-food giant teamed up with Hello Kitty maker Sanrio to give away one of eight watches in its kiddie-sized meals. The watches will also feature other (less beloved) characters like Chococat, My Melody and The Little Twin Stars. If the kid (or the kid in you) is still not satisfied, you can interact with Hello Kitty and download avatars, coloring sheets and screen savers online in McWorld. It's so fun.

McDonald's is on a roll -- and loving it. The marketing geniuses behind the Happy Meal also just announced a 7.1 percent increase in sales last month over January 2008. That makes them just about the only business doing well these days.

That's me, first in line at the drive-through window. Not only is my kid koo-koo for the kitty, she's been begging me for a watch. And in an effort to eat healthy -- cutting out just one soda per day can reduce a child's risk of obesity by 60 percent -- we're gonna stick with water, thank you very much.

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