Top 10 Saddest McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys Ever (Part 2)
Last time we covered some McDonald’s toy
fails such as scary Ronald McDonald masks,
gardening tools, and an MP3 player that only
played the American Idol theme song.
That list was pretty sad but to the dismay
of McDonald’s-eating kids everywhere, there
are a lot more of these unfortunate toys.
These are the Top 10 Saddest McDonald’s
Happy Meal Toys Part 2.
Michael Jordan Fitness Fun
Michael Jordan was one of the most popular
players in the NBA during the 80s and 90s,
and even kids who didn’t like watching basketball
would know who he was.
Similarly to how McDonald’s collaborates
with movies to create new toys, they sometimes
did the same thing with athletes.
So in 1991, a Michael Jordan themed set of
sports related Happy Meal toys was released
to the public.
The combination of the fitness craze and the
face of a sports superstar was supposed to
get kids wanting to go outside and be active,
but it wasn’t very successful in doing so.
The set of toys included 8 different ones:
a jump rope, a basketball, an inflatable soccer
ball, a stopwatch, a water bottle, a football,
a frisbee, and a baseball.
The stop watch and frisbee both have Michael
Jordan’s smiling face plastered on them,
while some of the other items look like they
could be from anywhere.
This set actually sounds pretty cool, but
in reality there were a few problems with
The jump rope was quite short, making it difficult
for some taller kids to use, and the water
bottle was also pretty tiny, which isn’t
the most practical.
The stopwatch only counted to 30 seconds,
so we’re really not sure what that was supposed
to be used for.
And unsurprisingly, the sports balls were
low in quality and were not the best to actually
And on top of that we do need to point out
the irony of an unhealthy fast food restaurant
promoting health and activeness to kids as
they eat greasy burgers and chicken nuggets.
As we mentioned before, it’s common for
McDonald’s Happy Meal toys to be in collaboration
with the newest children’s movies that are
out in theatres.
For the promotion of the live action version
of the film 101 Dalmatians, released in 1996,
McDonald’s decided to release a set of toys
based off of the film.
The restaurant released a set of little dalmatian
figurines in honor of the film, but here’s
the thing: there were 101 different ones.
Now this is perfect when it comes to accuracy,
but sets of McDonald’s Happy Meal toys were
usually something that kids would try to collect,
and that was fairly easy if there were only
5 or 6 items.
But to collect 101 different toys meant that
a kid would have to eat at McDonald’s 101
different times in the period that the toy
was being promoted, which would be nearly
However, there is a positive note here, as
the people who did manage to collect the entire
set can make some pretty big bucks now.
The full set is considered one of the rarest
Happy Meal toys and you can find full sets
selling online for hundreds of dollars.
So while most kids were disappointed knowing
that they would never be able to collect them
all, at least some of them managed to fulfil
Hello Kitty Whistles
Hello Kitty is a popular Japanese figure in
the world of kids TV and basically any product
you could buy worldwide.
For the 40th anniversary of the character
in 2014, McDonald’s decided to release a
line of Happy Meal toys in her honor.
Instead of simply being figurines though,
Hello Kitty has a red whistle attached to
This whistle could be detached and then blown
into to make sound.
However, there were some problems with this
Shortly after the release of the toys, there
were two reports of children choking on pieces
of plastic that fell out of the whistle while
it was in their mouths.
Thankfully, both children were mostly unharmed,
but one of them did need medical attention
after the incident.
The parents of the children obviously complained
about the poorly manufactured product and
informed McDonald’s that it was a choking
McDonald’s took action immediately and warned
parents to keep the toy away from their kids
if they already owned it, and then started
to recall the ones still being sold in its
2.3 million Hello Kitty Whistles were recalled
around the United States and Canada and the
Happy Meal toys were replaced by another one.
Everybody knows that oral hygiene is important
and you have to take care of your teeth.
Even though kids are taught this from a young
age, it’s still sometimes hard to get them
to do it.
In the early 1980s McDonald’s determined
it needed to help this issue and promote better
oral hygiene to kids so it decided it would
be a good idea to place a toothbrush and toothpaste
in its Happy Meals, to get kids to scrub off
all that grease from their teeth after eating
the fast food.
While it’s a great idea to get kids to care
more about their health, it’s also well
known that toothbrushes and toothpaste definitely
do not count as a toy.
Parents might have loved seeing these in their
kids’ Happy Meals but no kid would be happy
upon seeing a toothbrush after anticipating
After all, this isn’t a trip to the dentist.
McDonald’s actually used this promotion
multiple times throughout the 80s, but it’s
unlikely kids ever started liking it.
Some of these toothbrushes featured the mascot
Ronald McDonald’s face on them, but others
were just plain colors, so you couldn’t
even tell that they were a Happy Meal toy
by looking at them.
Eventually, the restaurant did stop giving
kids toothbrushes and toothpaste in their
Happy Meals, so kids today will hopefully
never have to live through the same disappointment
some kids in the 80s had to.
Those were some tough times.
Before the whole McDonaldland marketing concept
was dropped from the restaurant in recent
years, it was common for some McDonald’s
Happy Meal toys to feature popular characters
from the series.
These characters included Ronald McDonald
of course, along with others such as the Hamburglar,
Grimace, the Fry Kids, and many, many others.
Unfortunately though, some of these toys ended
up being some of the worst ever released by
the restaurant, like we saw with the Ronald
McDonald themed glove puppet, mask, and sunglasses.
In this case the toy was a set of plastic
airplanes featuring a different McDonaldland
character as the pilot.
Released in 1986, it featured Officer Big
Mac, Grimace, Ronald, and Birdie, among others,
flying things like helicopters and seaplanes.
Each figurine was a different solid color
with little detail in the design.
They were a hard plastic with no moving parts,
so that probably makes them some of the cheapest,
most boring toys to come out of a Happy Meal.
On top of that, McDonald’s encouraged customers
to unfold their Happy Meal boxes to use as
The greasy cardboard along with cheap plastic
planes doesn’t exactly make the most exciting
toy, and even though we shouldn’t expect
much from a Happy Meal toy, there still was
depressingly little effort put it into this
This next toy combines themes of two previous
categories of bad McDonald’s Happy Meal
toys we’ve seen: encouraging kids to be
active and go outdoors, and basing things
off of McDonaldland.
Kids love camping, there’s nothing better
than spending some time outside in the wilderness,
and imagine just how much better camping would
be if it was McDonald’s themed?
In 1989 McDonald’s released a set of camping
themed Happy Meal toys to get kids ready to
go to the fictional Camp McDonaldland.
The set included 4 different items each decorated
with images of McDonaldland characters.
There was a set of utensils composed of a
plastic spoon, fork, and knife with the face
of the Fry Guys on them, a collapsible cup
with the face of Ronald McDonald on it, a
mess kit with the face of Birdie on it, and
a canteen with Grimace on it.
Now this would have been a great idea to get
kids outdoors if the items had actually been
But we have to remember that this is a set
of cheap McDonald Happy Meal toys so we know
they won’t be the best.
The quality of the products wasn’t good
enough for them to actually be used properly,
and if they were just being used as an indoor
toy, they couldn’t have been much fun to
Mighty Ducks Pucks
While hockey isn’t as popular a sport in
the United States as it is with our Northern
neighbors, it has gained some traction over
the years, and many kids do play the sport.
In 1992, the Disney film Mighty Ducks was
released, gaining lots of popularity and grossing
over 50 million dollars domestically at the
This led to an animated television show spin
off that featured actual half human half ducks
who played hockey.
Shortly after the release of the show in 1996,
McDonald’s released a line of Happy meal
toys based off of it.
The line of toys released featured a set of
4 different hockey pucks, each with a figurine
of the torso of a Mighty Ducks animated character
sitting on top of it.
This sounds like it could have been one of
the more successful ways to get kids active
that McDonald’s has attempted, but unfortunately
that was not the case.
Hockey is a pretty intense game, and as we
know McDonald’s toys aren’t exactly made
of the best quality, so these pucks were nowhere
near the actual quality needed for them to
be used in a game.
When the pucks were hit with a hockey stick,
the Mighty Ducks figurines on top of them
easily broke and fell off, turning the toy
into just any old cheap hockey puck.
And if kids didn’t use the pucks for hockey,
then what were they supposed to do with them?
Just leave them on a shelf and stare?
Maybe McDonald’s does need to stop trying
to get kids active.
When the McDonald’s Happy Meal first made
its debut in 1979, its toys were pretty basic.
This was before the days of collaboration
with kids’ movies and famous sports players,
so the restaurant had to come up with ideas
on it’s own.
The first ever Happy Meal toy set included
a McDoodle stencil, an ID bracelet, a puzzle
lock, a spinning top, a McDonald’s character
shaped eraser, and most bizarre of them all,
a McWrist Wallet.
The McWrist Wallet came in several different
colors and looked like a plastic wrist watch,
except there was no clock on it, just a blank
But that circle opened up into a compartment
that you could put stuff in.
This compartment was so small though, that
it’s hard to imagine what else could be
stored inside of it other than a penny.
Though the product claims to be both a watch
and a wallet, it actually fails at being both,
as it doesn’t tell the time nor carry enough
coins or anything else to be able to qualify
as an actual wallet.
Thankfully Happy Meal toys have developed
a lot since then, and even though there’s
some occasional duds, overall the toys have
been pretty decent in recent years.
Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t
deny the fact that minions have been everywhere
since the release of the first Despicable
Me in 2010.
Kids love these little yellow creatures so
it was to be expected that McDonald’s would
release a line of minion toys for the promotion
of the film Minions in 2015.
It’s extremely common for McDonald’s to
collaborate with current kids movies and normally
the toys are quite loved, but there was a
slight problem with these minion toys.
The toys were little plastic figurines of
the creatures who spoke a few different phrases
when you tapped the bottom of them on a hard
The three phrases were “ha ha ha”, “eh
eh”, and the gibberish minion language phrase
“para la bukay”.
These all sound innocent enough, but some
parents listening to their kids playing with
the new toys thought otherwise.
Many people claimed that they heard the minion
figurines saying, “what the eff” and deemed
them inappropriate for their children to interact
McDonald’s received many angry calls from
customers but refused to pull the toy from
its Happy Meals, stating that the minions
were not actually saying any profanities and
that the parents were simply mishearing the
There are plenty of videos of the toy speaking
on the internet, so take a listen and see
what you hear.
Teenie Beanie Babies
Beanie Babies were all the rage among kids
in the late 90s and nearly everyone you know
had one, or even an extensive collection.
The immense popularity of the toys led to
McDonald’s using miniature versions of them
called Teenie Beanie Babies in its Happy Meals
between 1997 and 2000.
The 1997 series included 20 different Beanies,
1998 included 12, 1999 included 16, and 2000
included 32 different ones.
It’s said that McDonald’s sold over 100
million of them, and fights even broke out
in the store over trying to buy the remaining
ones near the end of promotions.
While this was a great toy to receive at the
time of their release, it’s making this
list because of how the toys are received
in today’s world.
Beanie Babies were a hugely popular collectible
in the 90s and 2000s, but the problem is that
too many people collected them.
Nowadays, some Beanie Babies are worth thousands
of dollars if they’re really rare, but millions
of kids tried collecting these McDonald’s
Teenie Beanie Babies, leading to them being
worth a whopping zero dollars.
So if you have any left over from your childhood,
unfortunately if you were counting on these
to be your retirement fund, you’re out of
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