For Just 5 Days, McDonald’s Brings Back Vintage Happy Meal Toys

McDonalds vintage Happy Meal Toys

To celebrate McDonald’s Happy Meal 40th Anniversary, McDonald’s Happy Meals will feature some of the most popular Happy Meal toys from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

This limited-edition offering will be available in more than 90 countries around the world at participating McDonald’s restaurants beginning Thursday, November 7 through Monday, November 11, while supplies last.

First introduced as a Circus Wagon Happy Meal in June 1979, the early iterations of the Happy Meal featured a decorative box including various toys such as a spinning top and McDonaldland character erasers.

But those simple Happy Meal toys soon gave way to more sophisticated toys that cross-promoted movies, toy-lines, and video games.

The official lineup of the 17 toys coming to the Surprise Happy Meal in the U.S. includes:

Cowboy McNugget (McDonald’s): 1988
Fireman McNugget (McDonald’s): 1988
Mail Carrier McNugget (McDonald’s): 1988

These T.V. commercial buddies came with interchangeable accessories like hats, hair, and shoes.

Hamburger Changeable (McDonald’s): 1989
Dino Happy Meal Box Changeable (McDonald’s): 1991

The Hamburger Changeable and Dino Happy Meal Box Changeable were McDonald’s take on the popular transforming toys of the time.

Grimace (McDonald’s): 1990

In 1979, Grimace had four arms—each carrying a different McDonald’s shake. In 1990, he went down to two arms, but his loveable purple hue remained.

McDonald’s Hot Wheels Thunderbird (Mattel): 1993

Hot Wheels first debuted in the Happy Meal in 1991

Hamburglar (McDonald’s): 1995

Robble, robble! This masked icon was introduced in the original Happy Meal in 1979 as a fun eraser, the returning version is from the ‘90s.

Power Rangers (Hasbro): 1995

Debuting in the 1990s, Power Rangers remain popular among new generations of children in 2019.

Space Jam Bugs Bunny (Warner Brothers): 1996

Bugs Bunny slam-dunked into the Happy Meal with the release of Space Jam, the film that included an all-star Looney Tunes lineup.

Patti the Platypus (Ty Beanie Baby): 1997

Patti was one of the “Teenie Beanie Babies” and an all-time best-selling Happy Meal toy. It is still one of the most sought-after by collectors.

101 Dalmatians – U.S. Exclusive (Disney): 1997

The Happy Meal celebrating 101 Dalmatians had exactly 101 unique toys, including this pup in Cruella de Vil’s car.

Tamagotchi (Bandai): 1998

The egg-shaped Tamagotchi keychain hatched into the Happy Meal at the height of the digital toy trend.

My Little Pony (Hasbro): 1998

The toy’s large following led to T.V. shows, clothing lines, publishing and more – securing itself a place in pop-culture history.

Furby (Hasbro): 1999

Furby was the first electronic toy in the Happy Meal after being 1999’s “it” toy. Dah-may-may!

Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey – U.S. Exclusive (Disney): 2002

This Fantasia (1940) Mickey Mouse was part of a year-long celebration honoring Walt Disney’s 100th birthday.

Hello Kitty (Sanrio): 2013

Hello Kitty made her first Happy Meal debut in 2000.