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Retro Happy Meal Toys with a Happy Meal Purchase @ McDonald's


McDonald's is bringing back 15 retro Happy Meal toys to celebrate the product's 40th anniversary.

McDonald's will soon be serving a side of nostalgia with every Happy Meal. Ranging from 1988 to 2013, the throwback toys feature some of the most beloved products to ever grace a Happy Meal.

Cowboy McNugget (McDonald’s): 1988
Fireman McNugget (McDonald’s): 1988
Mail Carrier McNugget (McDonald’s): 1988
Hamburger Changeable (McDonald’s): 1989
Grimace (McDonald’s): 1990
Dino Happy Meal Box Changeable (McDonald’s): 1991
McDonald’s Hot Wheels Thunderbird (Mattel): 1993
Hamburglar (McDonald’s): 1995
Power Rangers (Hasbro): 1995
Space Jam Bugs Bunny (Warner Brothers): 1996
Patti the Platypus (Ty Beanie Baby): 1997
Tamagotchi (Bandai): 1998
My Little Pony (Hasbro): 1998
Furby (Hasbro): 1999
Hello Kitty (Sanrio): 2013

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  • +15

    Yayyyyy, more landfill.

    • +5

      This isnt a deal. The toy in a happy meal is priced into the meal (i.e. it costs more than a small cheeseburgar meal).

      Informing what the toy is isnt a deal unless every time they change the toy it counts as a new deal?

      • +25

        Wrong. Cheeseburger Happy meal is $5.80, a small cheeseburger meal is $6.55. You are actually getting a discount and a free toy if you buy a happy meal.

        But I am with you on this being classified as a deal, a toy is standard with a happy meal.

        • -21

          Thanks for the correction. Yea the title is misleading "free toy with happy meal" the happy meal includes the toy.

          • @Bryanalves: Toys are usually able to be purchased without the purchase of a happy meal. The toy is free if you buy a happy meal. How is that not a deal?

          • +3

            @Bryanalves: how about free limited edition toy?

      • +2

        You also get the box which is half the fun.

    • +1

      Nothing better than corporate induced nostalgia for shitty grease flavoured carboard

    • +1

      I will get you social justice medal in the mail as soon as you provide me your address for your services to the woke.

  • +26

    The only one I recognise is the transforming burger, and I really want it.

    • +4

      I still have mine, along with the fries and drink

      • +2

        So jealous! My aunty was manager of a McDonalds store at the time so I was able to get all the toys even though I very rarely ate McDonalds.

        • there was one from the set i missed out on. but i can't for the life of me remember what it was.

          • +1

            @tdw: there was a big mac, a cheeseburger, fries and a drink in this series.

            • @Laserface: thanks!

              i have the sudden urge to go on ebay to find that missing big mac

      • +1

        There was a big breakfast too. They are the few toys from a box that i keep until now. My friend still kept the big mac and few other burgers…


    • +2

      lol, yes. First thing i searced for.

    • Yes! They just need to bring that range back

  • +1

    I still have that dino happy meal box! Passed onto my kids now.

  • +4

    OP how do you know when it is end?

    15 to collect for 6 days is a killer

  • +8

    No sonic video game = no deal.

    • +1

      I still have all the Sonic Games stashed away in a box…most likely out of battery now.

    • Clicked on the deal just to see if there were the Sonic games.

      Maybe in another 40 years time :(

  • +4

    Dammit, no Kermit the frog skateboard. :(

  • +6

    You can usually buy a happy meal toy for $2. You reckon maccas will do the same for these?

    • I hope so! So keen to get some of these…

    • Yeah, my local is selling them for $2. They let me choose which ones I wanted too.

  • I need Bugs Bunny.

    • +5

      What's up ?

      • +1

        Did you mean "What's up, doc?"

        • His name's Jake though?

  • -2

    More like remember all those extra toys we didn't sell? Lets re-release it as the retro lineup.

    • +2

      You reckon they've been holding onto them for 30 years?

      • Doubt it. If my bargain knowledge is on point, Patti the Platypus is worth ~$100.

      • Explain the gap between 1999-2013

    • +1

      They have “2019" on the bottom of them.

  • +1 for Maccas desperate marketing ploy (that'll most likely work very well).

    Oh, you know those toys you enjoyed as a kid but now you are an adult with your own kids? We're bringing them back so you can relive your childhood through your kids.

    • I don’t have kids but still want them.

      • +12

        There’s plenty of unwanted kids to collect.

  • +1

    They should have brought back Snoopie or even Bionicle!

    • I have the whole set of the big Snoopie range that was out in roughly 2002.

  • +2

    I've got a happy meal toy hanging from my mirror in the car from 1986.

    • +1

      Is it a fuuuullly sik VL Commodore?

  • +4

    Anyone know exactly how this works? One toy per day? All released on the first day?

    • They have a box of assorted toys and let you choose which ones you want.

  • That's pretty funny, I remember the Dino box. My son wants the power ranger. Will they all be released and you get a random one, or does it switch by day/week?

  • +3

    My most memorable Happy Meal toy, and such simpler times

    • "95cents with each burger purchase" sounds good.

  • no yugioh cards?!?!? how dare they!

  • I have just been searching for 20 McDonald's plush dogs. I believe they were happy meal toys between 2003 and 2004.

  • +5

    I was hoping for the plastic spaceships, complete with polystyrene burger container…..

    • +1

      OK, im not crazy, I was going to ask about these! I think the meal came in these spaceships…

  • +1

    Love to get my hands on one of the plastic spaceships

  • +4

    2013 is retro?

  • +1

    The Muppets toys were the best.

  • Excuse me Coles and Woolies …

  • -1

    The nugget toys look like turds…

    • +2

      Yeah, they are supposed to resemble the nugget after it came out the other end.

    • cannot unsee

  • Bringback the WSC poster?

  • I vaguely remember the various toy helments that act as a cover that came with the happy meal. Only firefighter and police helment comes to mind… But that was like 30 years ago…

  • Can you ask for a specific toy?

    • +2

      Yes. with the usual sets they rotate through two boys and two girls toys a week and you can always request specific ones. This set is more likely to have all 15 available at once.

  • +1

    Does the Tamagotchi function fully? It seems crazy that they can just give one away in a happy meal when they are so expensive to buy by themselves.

    • +1

      It functions as a novelty toy.

      • +1

        Oh god, it doesn't function like a Tamagotchi at all. Thought there was something strange about just giving Tamagotchi away. Makes more sense that they are giving away a red light shaped as a Tamagotchi.

        • +1

          The music was fun though!

  • +2

    I wonder if they’re the same quality as the originals or if they’re just “like” the originals but at today’s level of quality

  • +3

    Where are the Muppet Babies?

    • Exactly! Maybe they'll come under the Vintage Happy Meal Toy Collection.

  • The only happy meal toys I remember from when I was young enough to eat happy meals are the Snoopy ones.

  • So getting that Power Ranger.

    • Mighty Morphine Power Ranger.

  • Surprised there's no Snoopy toys :( Pretty bummed I don't know where mine all went.

  • -1

    If they going all retro.

    How about making the big Mac not sarcastic

  • anyone know what order will they be given out?

    • +2

      They are random. You won't know until you open it. Person at the counter was kind enough for me to have a feel for the toy since I wanted Red Ranger.


      • I only want two of them. I hope my Macca's will let me do the same

      • That sucks majorly!

  • +1

    I was hoping they'd have the xmen toys. The ones where they were all sitting on these little carts and could be linked together via the wheels

  • +7

    Managed to get the two I really wanted. Maccas girl helped me find them. FYI, Toy 1 is the Hamburger Changeable and Toy 5 is the Dino Changeable. They are sealed but numbered.

    • +4

      Toy 6 is Grimace

    • +13

      Edit: I originally only wanted my favourite two thinking I would need to eat the Happy Meal. Can confirm you can ask to just buy the toy for $2.50 each instead of a $5.60 Happy Meal. So … I bought the rest:

      Toy 1 - Hamburger Changeable
      Toy 2 - Cowboy McNugget
      Toy 3 - Mailman McNugget
      Toy 4 - Fireman McNugget
      Toy 5 - Dino Changeable
      Toy 6 - Grimace
      Toy 7 - Hamburglar
      Toy 8 - Hotwheels Thunderbird
      Toy 9 - Not produced
      Toy 10 - Bugs Bunny
      Toy 11 - Beanie Baby Platypus
      Toy 12 - My Little Pony
      Toy 13 - Furby
      Toy 14 - Red PowerRanger
      Toy 15 - Hello Kitty
      Toy 16 - Tamogotchi

      • +3

        cannot plus-vote this enough

        • @dealbot please edit your post and put the numbers in. The bags are sealed and unlabelled and staff don’t know which bag is which toy

      • +2

        Manager at Broadway NSW claimed they didn't get theirs until I pointed out I got one yesterday. There was a guy willing to look, but it's waaaaay too busy here for him to look for the ones I want :(

        So now I have a Hamburglar to go with Grimace

      • +1

        They are $2 each at my local.

      • So there's no number 9?? What happened there?!

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