Starting this Friday, McDonald's will bundle exclusive Skylanders Swap Force figurines with Happy Meal purchases, in the restaurant's latest ploy to keep kids occupied while they stuff their faces with Chicken McNuggets.

Featured characters include Chompy, Eruptor, Free Ranger, Freeze Blade, Magna Charge, Prism Break, Rattle Shake and Wash Buckler. Eligible purchases also include coupons giving $10 off of the multiplatform Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack and $1 off individual character figures. The week-long promotion extends through April 4.

Bear in mind, however, that Happy Meals-bundled characters are just toys, and won't summon in-game Skylanders like retail figures will. Still, if you've ever wanted a Chompy figure to display alongside your Skylanders collection, you'll want to hop in your car on Friday and order up some Happy Meals. Hint: tell the drive-thru guy that you have eight kids waiting at home for their dinner if you're trying to order a full set. He might not believe you, but he probably won't feel like you're worth an argument.

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MCDONALD'S BRINGS SKYLANDERS FANS EXCLUSIVE TOYS IN NEW, NATIONWIDE HAPPY MEAL PROGRAM

For the second consecutive year, Activision Publishing, Inc. and McDonald's USA LLC are teaming up to infuse a little bit of magic into every Happy Meal across the country with new Skylanders® collectible toys. From March 28-April 24, participating McDonald's restaurants in the United States and Puerto Rico will launch a new Skylanders Happy Meal featuring one of eight unique toys inspired by Skylanders SWAP Force™.

Participating McDonald's restaurants across the United States and Puerto Rico will offer customers who purchase a Happy Meal one of eight toys to add to their collections, each with a unique play feature, as well as coupons for $10 off the Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack and $1 off a Skylanders character.

The upcoming Happy Meal program includes figurines inspired by such fan-favorite Skylanders SWAP Force characters as Chompy, Eruptor, Free Ranger, Freeze Blade, Magna Charge, Prism Break, Rattle Shake and Wash Buckler, all of which are based on the $2 billion, award-winning video game and action figure toy line that pioneered the toys-to-life genre.

For more information about Skylanders SWAP Force, please visit http://www.skylanders.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.