McDonald’s is bringing back 15 iconic Happy Meal toys

Katey Psencik, GateHouse Media / Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman

Feeling nostalgic? McDonald’s announced that it is bringing back more than a dozen toys from the 40-year history of the red-boxed meal for five days in November.

From Nov. 7 to 11, McDonalds restaurants in 90 countries will be selling Happy Meals with 15 toys spanning 1988 to 2013.

In 1979, the first toys were tops and erasers, but by 1988, McDonald’s was giving out bright plastic toys with exuberant characters, many of which became collectibles.

That was the year McDonald’s introduced the personified chicken nuggets that had interchangable parts, much like a Mr. Potato Head. (Like millions of other millennials, Chicken McNuggets were born in 1984, so by 1988, they were just taking off.)

This month, three of those chicken nugget characters — a fireman, a mail carrier and a cowboy — will be in the Surprise Happy Meals. You can also get transforming toys like the hamburger that changes into a robot (1989) or the Happy Meal box that changes into a dinosaur (1991). Other toys include Grimace (1990), a McDonald’s Hot Wheels Thunderbird (1993), the Hamburglar (1995), Power Rangers (1995), Space Jam Bugs Bunny (1996), 101 Dalmations (1997), Patti the Platypus Beanie Baby (1997), My Little Pony (1998), a mini Tamagotchi (1998), Furby (1999), Mickey in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2002) and Hello Kitty (2013).

You can see some of the toys in a promo video McDonald’s released.

With the toy relaunch, McDonalds is touting the changes its made to the food in the Happy Meal over the years. “Globally, McDonald’s has served more than 6.4 billion fruit, vegetable, low-fat dairy and water options in Happy Meals since 2013,” the company shared in a press release. Its latest health-conscious move is offering a reduced-sugar, low-fat chocolate milk on its menus in 2020.