Besides all the great foods that McDonald’s has introduced through the years, I’ve got some fond memories of several of the toys that were included in various Happy Meal promotions. In this Retro Ramblings, I’m going to run through some of my favorites with you.
Dukes of Hazzard Happy Meal Boxes
These hit McDonald’s in 1982, and with their plastic bodies, the boxes were great for crashing into each other while re-creating scenes from the show. You could crash them together and get some great dents in the cars, and then just pop them open and press out the dents and the cars were mostly like new again and ready for another go!
I absolutely loved Construx and thought they were one of the best toys of the ’80s, and I certainly didn’t miss out on the free sets when they were in the Happy Meals in 1986.
Berenstain Bears Figures
In 1987, I was all in on the Berenstain Bear books and the cartoon that was on Saturday mornings at the time, so these were a natural fit for me. These were probably the Happy Meal toys that I anticipated more than any other.
Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Pails
These have been offered around Halloween on and off for years ever since 1987. I loved using these things to collect my candy while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. And beyond that, they were great for storing various small toys in like Micro Machines or M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.
Super Looney Tunes
I loved the idea of these things, as their costumes came off to reveal their alter egos. Two toys in one! The Tasmanian Devil/Flash was all kinds of cool.
Ooh, I had a few of these! Some of the Halloween buckets, for sure, one or two of the Berenstain Bears, and I got one or two of the Super Looney Tunes — Bugs and/or Daffy, as I recall — but the one I really wanted was Taz as the Flash, after seeing them make him spin on the commercials.
I miiiiiiight have had some of the Construx sets, but if I did, I’m sure they got mingled in with all my other Construx.