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Most of the McDonald’s Barbie offerings from the ’90s and 2000s don’t seem to be worth much. But a few options, like these two sets from the ’90s, are going for as much as $199.99 on eBay. It’s not “tons,” per se, but it’s a lot more than what the toys cost to make (or to buy).
30 McDonald’s Toys That Are Worth A Fortune Today. 30 Potato Kids. via YouTube (Happy Meal Toys For Kids) Everyone knows Mr. Potato Head. Whether it’s the original toys or the star of the hit Disney 29 Fur-Baby! 28 Hakuna Matata. 27 Beanies and Babies. 26 A Picnic Basket!
In 1987 McDonald’s introduced a line of happy meal toys that were miniature Mr. Potato Head toys, and there were a total of twelve designs. Today the entire set can go for up to $75 on eBay! 29 Fur-Baby! One of the most popular children’s toys of the 90’s was undoubtedly Furby.
The Madame Alexander dolls were a huge hit in the girl demographic for McDonald’s and it led to one of the most popular Happy Meal toys. There have been many different collectors’ editions through the years with some being worth more money than others. The 2003 complete set of Madame Alexander dolls is worth $130 on eBay.
The Furby craze took America by storm in the late 1990s. With no warning, almost every kid needed to have these tiny creatures who could record words and even “talk” to each other. It caused near riots at toy stores. McDonald’s naturally had to take part and capitalize on it. They were themed and came in a variety of colors, and the line was so huge that many a McDonald’s sold out fast. Their popularity may have died down but they’re still highly sought by collectors. A collection of eight sold on eBay for $900.
For decades, the Super Mario series has been the cash cow for Nintendo, everything from e pic adventures to sports games and the brand’s mascot. Naturally, McDonald’s had to get in on that with a 2017 line featuring the iconic character. You had Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Yoshi and Princess Peach in various nice poses.
Yet McDonald’s has a quality to themselves as they always use their brand name to connect to major studios and toy lines to produce some top notch stuff.
There’s their “Shamrock Shake” for St. Patrick’s Day and holiday treats for Christmas time. For years, a constant was the special buckets they had for Halloween. They came in fun designs like ghostly white, witchy green and pumpkin orange and perfect for kids to use for trick or treating. Each also had a special toy inside themed for the Halloween season. Some folks kept them to pass down to their own kids and they remain a loved bit whenever new versions come out. Some can be pretty good in mint condition, going for a hundred dollars and show the Halloween spirit all year long.
As natural for the time, Disney worked with McDonald’s for a special line of toys based on the movie. What made it notable was each figure came with a glow in the dark piece that made it stand out more. An unwrapped version of the entire set of ten figures can snatch over a hundred dollars.
The McDonald’s Happy Meal introduced many people to the concept of getting a free toy with a fast-food kid’s meal. But many of the plastic toys ended up in the trash (or the garage) shortly after they came home.
But one complete set of 2014 Teenie Beanie Baby Boos from McDonald’s is going for $850 on eBay, so you never know.
The Clone Wars Toys. A set of Japanese Clone Wars Happy meal toys is currently going for $127.98 on eBay, while you could earn as much as $60 for a different set of American Clone Wars Happy Meal toys.
After all, when they release a new line of collectible toys featuring favorite characters from the past or present, fans flock to pick up the limited-edition toys. McDonald’s has released many different Happy Meal toy lines with Disney for newly released movies, old favorites, and commemorative collections.
The release happened to coincide with a worldwide shortage of Pokemon trading cards due to high demand and shipping constraints. With the cards being difficult to find, scalpers were soon picking up as many packs as they could find and selling them at much higher than retail prices.
For some, it was the only way to get new Pokemon cards. For others, McDonald’s Happy Meals offered access to a collectible item that was already very hard to find. The Pokemon 25th Anniversary Happy Meal toys from McDonald’s had four cards per pack, out of the 25 different Pokemon in the full collection.
A complete set of these Fraggle Rock Happy Meal test market toys sold for $99.99.
The 100 Years of Disney Magic toy characters included classic Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, and friends, and characters from major Disney movies including Snow White, Dumbo, Mary Poppins, Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Four special edition commemorative glasses were available for sale, too. This was a toy set made for collectors with more than 100 pieces in total, so there was a lot of interest in buying and trading to create a complete set of the toys.
In addition to the toys and the toy barn, the Toy Story 2 promotion featured six refillable Toy Story 2 themed candy dispensers featuring Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Bullseye, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, and Hamm, which sold for $1.99 in 1999 with the purchase of a Happy Meal or large sandwich.
The nugget characters ranged from firefighters and police to farmers and scuba divers with names including First Class McNugget, Sparky McNugget, Corny McNugget, Rocker McNugget, and Cowpoke McNugget. The talking McNugget buddies were a regular feature in McDonald’s ads in the 80s and 90s.
These adorable bean-filled dolls were paired with happy meals in the early 2000’s, and while experts predicted they’d be valuable in the future, no one could have imagined they’d be priced at over $400 for an average doll and over $750 for the rare Beary the Bear doll. You read that right.
In the 80’s, one of McDonald’s most popular toys had to be the Transformers. Based on the hit toy line turned television and comic book franchise, the story of the Autobots and the Decepticons mesmerized kids. Their never-ending civil war that saw one faction fighting for peace and the other for total dominance of the galaxy, the toys were so popular that they currently have spawned an entire film franchise from Michael Bay. Yet, before their rise to fame in that regard, they first tried their hand at happy meal toys. That’s right, the galactic robots fighting one another ended up becoming fun little plastic toys for McDonald’s after all. They were unique because instead of vehicle robots, they were various food items from the restaurant that turned into robots. Now you can buy these toys for about $50 for a few of them.
One of the most popular children’s toys of the 90’s was undoubtedly Furby. Despite having deadpan eyes and rock hard bodies with matted fur, the creatures were a staple of any 90’s kid. They were so popular in fact that the restaurant with the golden arches paired them with happy meals, and today a collection of 8 recently sold for over $900 on eBay.
Normally when children get a happy meal at McDonald’s, it’s because they are getting an awesome toy that is related to a specific film, show, or property. Whether it’s a superhero movie getting their own toys or a popular cartoon mouse having a special anniversary, McDonald’s is usually at the forefront of these upcoming popular franchises and becomes officially partnered with them.
Another prime example of McDonald’s branching out with their own unique toys comes in the form of a mystery. Most toys come with simple yet enjoyable tales for children to follow. A line of robots fighting one another. Cowboys fighting off the law. Police officers chasing would-be hamburger robbers.
The toys are so popular that the figure of Jerry the minion break dancing is worth $120. It’s so strange to imagine such a relatively young toy becoming that popular, let alone garnering enough attention to give it such a huge monetary value. So next time you dismiss a new toy, don’t.
Rather than specifically make toys, however, the restaurant chain decided to make their happy meal boxes Star Wars themed. These boxes now can be found being sold at $50 a piece on eBay.
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