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McDonalds has released quite possibly their best happy meal toys yet; the Hello Kitty watch series. I'm not a big fan of hello kitty, at all, but when I saw these watches, I saw an opportunity. So, I stole one from my four year old sister, and turned it into something fun and useful!
 
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Step 1: Requirements

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The requirements are really simple, and can be foraged from your catch-all drawer:

Hello Kitty McDonalds Watch (I used the square brown one because it best fits my tastes)
Craft knife
Superglue
Triangular head screwdriver (you can make your own! thanks to adrianmonk) or a pair of pliers with a triangular end that will fit into the screw.
Printout of a picture you like (more later)
Keychain mechanism (doesn't matter what type you use, I used a d clip and a plastic clip from my work badge, you could easily recycle an old keychain instead)

Step 2: Remove the strap

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Unless you have baby hands, the strap isn't going to fit you. So get rid of it by removing the screws on the back, and pulling the strap free.

Inside, you'll see the digital watch bit. It is very finnicky, so don't mess with it unless you have to.

Step 3: Add the keychain parts.

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Attach the keychain part to your watch. I went throught the strap hole, and hot glued it to the node that held the strap in place. Depending on what type of keychain you use, it will be different, so experiment. If all else fails, hotglue.

You could replace the strap with another watch strap. They're fairly cheap, and you can buy them at places like Shopko. Or, you could make your own strap out of duct tape, leather, or cloth!

Re-attach the back to the watch. Don't forget the screws.

Step 4: Remove the face.

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Using a craft knife, carefully pry up the clear plastic cover that houses the hello kitty image. It will be stubborn, but if you work at it, it will eventually come up. Try cutting all the way around the cover edge with your knife.

Step 5: Get your image.

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Choose your image, I chose one of Domo-Kun. Nom nom nom. Choose something size appropriate. it should be about 1.5 inches wide (width of the watch), unless you are cutting a slice of an image out of a larger one. Search for higher resolution photos set your printer to print at high qualilty, in order to get a good image.

Trace around the cardboard image from the watch onto your image, including the area where the time shows through. AKA, make your image fit into the watch face. Cut out carefully with your craft knife.

Step 6: Put the face back on, and.... Done!

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Put the new image into the watch, and re-attach the plastic face. Use a small dot of super glue on the bottom edge of the plastic cover to hold it in place, otherwise it will fall off.

Congratulations, you are now a McDonalds toy hacker, and you have an awesome watch.
Kiteman6 years ago
Unfortunately, they seem to have different toys in different countries. The current UK toys are small stuffed dogs.
rorpen Kiteman5 years ago
so youre english too! great! it seems that noone apart from me and you is!
Kiteman rorpen5 years ago
Oh, you'd be surprised.

Lemonie, gmjhowe, Roger-X, Jayfuu, Plasmana has moved here, Stinkymum is an honorary Brit, Scoochmaroo's other half is a Brit... we make up the majority of Non-US members.


HMice Kiteman3 years ago
And I'm Australian! And proud! And no, we don't ride kangaroos to school, that's what buses are for.
ah yeah we do! mine is named bouncy HMice
I'm non-US =)... Im Canadian -.-... lol... yeah and i comment on more than a year old comments... im pro like that =) At least my ancestors (is that the word?) were Brit... actually my parents were immigrants from China... but i like to call myself Canadian ;P and isnt the US technically Brit too? they came from the.. uhm... 10 colonies?? <-- i think thats what its called.. anyways.. i'm bored....
Doctor What (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Stuffed dogs, maybe hidden flashdrives?
acaz93 Kiteman6 years ago
Here there are some weird nickelodeon toys ...
HMice3 years ago
Awesome! Domo looks way better than a boring old cat!
CATS ROCK!=P
:( they fit my wrists!
Interesting, interesting... Could you perhaps make it solar too?? I'll be checking out my local mc'd's as I have a few friends that work there, i'll see what I can do.
You could also run it from one my aluminum foil or MFC thingies...Should be plenty of juice for this application...
Jawthumb6 years ago
I'm almost done uber modding one of these, ur instructable helped a TON! Thanks, and I'll post a slideshow of the finished product soon!
Doctor What (author)  Jawthumb6 years ago
Sweet! I'd love to see what you've done with it! I've been thinking of making another steampunk edition, and I would love to see what you have done! Send me a pm when you do!
Labot20016 years ago
This is one of the coolest simple projects I've seen in a long time. +5 Geek cred for appropriate use of Domo-kun.

5 stars, fav'd, and I'm going to be ordering a little girl happy meal the next time I go to McD's.
Doctor What (author)  Labot20016 years ago
Cool. Everyone loves moderately portioned girl themed meals.
Domo is for girls?
Doctor What (author)  Flumpkins6 years ago
Nope, purely for geeks and people under seven.
lemonie6 years ago
The watch may look awesome, but underneath it's still a cheap piece of giveaway crap. L
Doctor What (author)  lemonie6 years ago
The digital watch piece inside is so finnicky that if you remove it, it glitches out. Not to mention it gives instructions on how to set the time, which don't work out.
You're confirming that the digital watch mechanism is of a low quality? L
Doctor What (author)  lemonie6 years ago
Confirmed.