Your nostalgia glands aren’t ready for this. To celebrate 40 years of the Happy Meal, McDonald’s is bringing back some of its most-loved toys. (In related news, adult sales of Happy Meals are about to spike dramatically.) Here are the details.
If you regularly attended McDonald’s as a kid, you definitely have a favourite Happy Meal toy. For me, it was the Muppet Babies, each of which came with its own adorable vehicle. Other standout collectables include the Ronald McDonald gang, Tamagotchi keychains, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle racing cars and those blatant Transformers knockoffs that changed from fast food into robots.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Happy Meal, McDonald’s is launching a limited-edition Surprise Happy Meal, which will contain some of its most popular Happy Meal toys from the last four decades. The promotion kicks off on 21 November, and will only be available for a limited time.
“Happy Meal toys are nostalgic for Aussies of all ages,” explained Jo Feeney, Director of Marketing, McDonald’s Australia. “By bringing back some of the most popular toys from the last four decades, Australians can get their hands on some of their favourites from the past.”
McDonald’s will reveal the retro toy lineup in the Surprise Happy Meal on Monday, 18 November. Will any of the favourites mentioned above make the cut? With Disney having parted ways with McDonald’s several years ago, it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing any Muppet Babies.
In its announcement to media, McDonald’s mentioned the Cowboy McNugget, Hamburger Changeable robot and McDonalds Hot Wheels Thunderbird – so it’s a safe bet all of those will be appearing.
We’ll be updating the article with the full list as soon as we get it. In the meantime, tell us what your favourite Happy Meal toy was in the comments section below!
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