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‘Star Wars’ toys have been on the menu

These are some of the toys that came with kids meals.
These are some of the toys that came with kids meals. Rick Bentley

There’s no word on which fast food chain will be offering “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as part of their meals aimed at young diners. The odds are good Subway will be involved as the chain has been selling meals for youngsters based on the film company’s recent releases.

There has to be some food connection as this has been the case with past releases.

Taco Bell offered kids meals when the “Star Wars” special editions were released in 1997. The boxes featured cardboard cutouts that could be used to create a diorama. Inside were toys - suited for those 3 years old and up - that ranged from a spinning Death Star to a tiny Princess Leia.

Burger King added “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” toys with their meals in 2005. If you wanted the entire set, it meant a lot of trips to the fast food restaurant as there were 31 characters and ships. All of the characters were cartoonish versions of the “Star Wars” gang.

McDonald’s released a set of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” toys in 2008. The set was a little creepy as all of the characters from the film had huge heads.

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