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.