Despite the fact they’re given out for free with the purchase of a Happy Meal, the McDonalds toys are known for generating great value over time.
If you’re looking at your McDonalds toy collection and are debating whether it’s junk or if they’re valuable collectables, this list should provide some guidance in deciding what to keep!
- Disney’s Hundred Years of Magic
- Beanie Babies
- Diener Space Creatures
- 101 Dalmations (1996)
- Rush Zone
- Circus Box
Disney put on A Hundred Years of Magic as an ice show from 1999-2002. During this time, they also released a whopping 100 Happy Meal toys through McDonalds. If you have a full set in good condition, they will sell for about $200.
McDonald’s hitched a ride on the Beanie Baby craze back in the 90s, and now their collectibles are still riding high. At $370 for the full set of 10, it might seem a little steep, but to serious Beanie collectors, it’s anything but.
Now we’re going farther back in time. In the early 1980s, space travel was still new and exciting. On Earth, kids were loving single-color, unpainted, campy Diener Space Creatures. If you’re in your twenties or younger you may not remember them, but it’s likely your parents do: full sets of Diener McDonald’s prizes regularly sell for around $400.
Furbies were the quickest flash in the pan of the 90s, but while they lasted, they were big. McDonald’s put out a set of 80 different figures, and if you collect them all, you can sell them on eBay and find yourself $900 richer. That’s right: $900. For tiny Furbies.
McDonald’s released a set to coincide with the live-action movie’s release. This set is famous because it’s the first set where neither staff nor customers could see which toy was inside each package until it was opened. Since some Dalmatians were rarer than others, kids everywhere begged their parents for more Happy Meals just to have a chance of completing their sets. Turns out, gambling is just as fun for kids as it is for adults! The good news is that if you did collect them all, then you can sell them today for about $400.
Rush Zone are cool-looking football players representing different teams. If you collect one of every team, you can get around $300 for it.
For the very first Happy Meals, the best toys were… the boxes! 6 Different boxes could be used as different circus wagons for a playset. Now, the set of boxes alone sells for about $100.