I think we can all agree that at some point in our childhood, we spent some time at our local McDonald's place space and got so excited about the toy that would be found inside our Happy Meal. It was such a joyous occasion. McDonald's was different back then and the toys were so glorious that many have become collectables over the years (you might even find some buried in your parent's attic).
To celebrate their 40th birthday, they are officially bringing back some of the most iconic favorites from our youth and we've got the scoop on how to get your hands on some.
Visit your favorite McDonald's from November 7 to November 11 only, and you’ll have the chance to snag one of 17 throwback toys. We're talking Hello Kitty, Tomagotchi's, and even a Furby (full list outlined below!). Excited yet?
And honestly, does it even really matter which one you get? Since most of these toys are so rare that they are considered collectors items, we are anticipating huge lines at the drive through.
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If you're curious, the most popular McDonald's collaboration happened back in 1997 whenever they joined forces with Ty. You know, "beanie babies." They produced 100 million Teenie Beanie Babies, and that still wasn’t nearly enough. That specific promotion was supposed to last five weeks, but it sold out in two!
According to the New York Post, “McDonald’s stores were inundated with ’15 to 20, sometimes 25 calls every half-hour’ inquiring about availability.” McDonald’s had to cancel all scheduled TV advertising over concerns that “‘massive crowds were putting employees’ safety in jeopardy,'” and USA Weekend conducted a poll later that year that discovered 64% of Americans owned at least one Beanie Baby.
Here's the full list of toys that will be brought back:
- 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
- 101 Dalmatians – U.S. Exclusive (Disney): 1997
- Tamagotchi (Bandai): 1998
- My Little Pony (Hasbro): 1998
- Furby (Hasbro): 1999
- Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey – U.S. Exclusive (Disney): 2002
- Hello Kitty (Sanrio): 2013
Get excited - we know we are!