Going to McDonald's as a kid had its perks - obviously the food, but the collectible toy that came inside was just as exciting! Styles have evolved over the years so let's take a look back at the toys that came in Happy Meals during the year you were born!
Late 1970s (1977-79)
The McWrist Wallet was hot commodity! Instead of telling time, the plastic band wrapped around your wrist and held tiny collectibles inside - pocket change, gum, a ring, or whatever you could fit!
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When Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the first movie to have memorabilia included in Happy Meals, kids all over were trying to collect all the pieces. As tradition there were five different toys and the ultimate collectible was the "Video Communicator" which held comic strips inside!
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This would never fly today, but Playmobil toys were hot in the early 80s and McDonald's carried a line of "sheriff and Indian toys."
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Hot Wheels toys were all the range in Happy Meals during 1983-84. There were so many options so begging your parents to have dinner at Mickey D's again was totally not out of the question!
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My Little Pony was huge in the 80s and McDonald's capitalized by creating a bookmark. This was also the beginning of gender-specific toys.
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There's no doubt you had a "Changeable" in your toy box growing up. They were boxes of French Fries, Ice Cream Cones, Big Mac containers and other classic McDonald's items that could transform into robots!
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They're kind of "California Raisin"-esque (remember those?!). But these are Chicken McNugget Buddies that looks like firemen, scuba divers, policemen and more! Cute!
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Introducing - the Fry Kids! They were also part of a huge McDonald's TV commercial campaign during the time period! Also cute!
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You couldn't do much actual camping with these toys, but the outdoors gear included a canteen, a mess kit, utensils and a collapsible cup.
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Tiny Toons Flip Cars were basically two toys in one. When you got done playing with one side, flip it over for a TOTALLY NEW CAR TO PLAY WITH! Mind blown.
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McDonald's Happy Meals toys are just as iconic as classic Nickelodeon! Check out the "slime green" microphone, the classic "orange" blimp water gun and more!
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Chances are McDonald's could have put Barbie toys in Happy Meals in basically any year and they would have been uber-popular. In 1993, they were the toys all kids wanted - mostly because Barbie had hair you could actually brush!
In 1994, the Happy Meal celebrated its 15th birthday and the Happy Meal Birthday Train was released. Every toy collected connected to another one to great the best birthday train ever! Some of the familiar faces included The Little Mermaid, Berenstein Bears, Ronald and Friends and more!
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Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, Zack and Tommy (and their Zords) made their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie toys debut in Happy Meals in 1995. Which color were you?
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