Plastic pollution be damned. McDonald’s Happy Meal has turned 40 so the chain has brought back 17 retro toys which it is including in Happy meals in 90 countries throughout the world from November 4 to 11.
Almost humorously, to show how much it cares, the chain is also using the anniversary to announce that, in 2020, it will introduce reduced sugar low-fat chocolate milk as a new, healthier Happy Meal option.
The Happy Surprise Meals’ plastic pollution includes 1988’s Cowboy McNugget, Fireman McNugget, and Mail Carrier McNugget, 1989’s Hamburger Changeable transforming toy, 1990’s Grimace, 1991’s Dino Happy Meal Box Changeable, 1993’s McDonald’s Hot Wheels Thunderbird, 1995’s Hamburglar, 1995’s Power Rangers, 1996’s Space Jam Bugs Bunny, 1997’s Patti the Platypus, 1997’s 101 Dalmatians, 1998’s Tamagotchi digital pet, 1998’s My Little Pony, 1999’s Furby, 2002’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, and 2013’s Hello Kitty.
McDonald’s has also created a chart of all the items returning globally, no doubt to encourage youngsters to collect them all:
“Parents tell us how fondly they recall their favourite toys,” Colin Mitchell, McDonald’s SVP of global marketing, said in a statement. “So, unboxing the Surprise Happy Meal together creates a real moment of bonding with their children. We hope these toys are something that they will treasure and remember.”