Kids go crazy for McDonald’s Happy Meals, and it’s not just because of the nuggets and fries. Happy Meals always come with a trendy toy, and it was like Christmas morning seeing what surprise came with your meal. Some of the best Happy Meal toys came along in the 80’s and 90’s, and they were based on some of the best movies, shows, and trends of the time period.
Some collectors may be surprised to find out that some of these toys from the Golden Arches are now worth their weight in gold, and these trinkets are sure to send you on a trip down memory lane!
12. This Toy Was King Of The Jungle — And Happy Meal
The Lion King was a 90’s Disney classic, and the animated film is still a household movie staple today. McDonald’s cashed in on the animal enterprise by creating plush Happy Meal toys of the movie’s characters in the late 90’s. Each character can be sold for $50 each today, and slide #1 is another Disney classic that made its way into Happy Meals everywhere!
11. These Minions Are More Than Coveted By Children And Collectors Alike
Released in 2013, the movie Despicable Me II is a children’s favorite. The minion characters of the Despicable Me franchise are a household name, and children can’t get enough of these cute little critters! McDonald’s released minion Happy Meal toys in 2013, and they are definitely a collector’s item now. The toy based off of the minion character named Jerry can be sold for a whopping $120, which is anything but comical.
10. Mr. Potato Head’s Family Took Over Every Kid’s Meal In The 80’s
Mr. Potato Head’s family made their Happy Meal debut in 1987. There were twelve miniature potato heads in total, and they simply scream 80’s retro childhood. You can now get up to $75 for the full set of all twelve collectibles on eBay, which isn’t bad for some 80’s child’s play! The next slide is another McDonald’s toy that looks good enough to eat!
9. These Toys Transformed Happy Meals Everywhere
The 1980’s were a wild time, filled with colorful fashion and classic movies. McDonald’s had some unforgettable Happy Meal toys that were characteristic of the memorable era, such as these transforming burger and fries. The collection can go for $50 or more today, but collectors may just want to hold on to these toys to have some trendy 80’s memorabilia on hand!
8. The Price Tag On These Beanie Babies Is No Joke!
The rise in popularity of TY Beanie Babies turned every 90’s kid into a full-time collector. McDonald’s began to offer a collection of these Beanie Babies in their Happy Meals in the early 2000’s, and these are now worth something significant. A set of four of the McDonald’s Beanie Babies can cost as much as $400, making their stuffing quite expensive these days. The next slide was used by every 90’s kid on the spookiest day of the year!