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Current McDonalds Happy Meal Toy

Updated on October 6, 2015

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Happy Meal Toys

Right now, the current Happy Meal Toy are characters from the movie Transylvania 2. The toys are the same for boys and girls.

For parents, McDonald's restaurants can be something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, kids seem to love at least one thing on the menu, even if it has to be customized to their specifications. All around the world, children get bright eyes and happy faces when they find out that the day's meals includes a trip to McDonalds.

Once there, the ritual is the same. No parenting skills are necessary to know just what little Johnny or Susie wants to eat at McDonalds. Most kids are ordering before they even get through the door. I want a Cheeseburger with no onions and no pickles. Or, even more commonly, something plain. Plain is a very big thing with kids at McDonalds.

As another bonus, McDonald's has recently gone toward trying to make their meals a little more healthy. You get apple slices or a yogurt tube for free in every Happy Meal now. And, as always, you can get juice instead of soda. That doesn't really turn the chicken nuggets into a quinoa and kale salad nutritionally, but my kids aren't going to eat that anyway. As they say, all things in moderation.

For younger kids, nothing is more important though than getting a Happy Meal toy. The idea of getting a fun lunch in a restaurant where being a little bit loud isn't a sure fire way to get into trouble, along with the bonus of a free toy, is just too much to resist. However, this is one of the places where McDonalds can become a negative experience instead of a positive one.


Happy Meal Toy Calendar or Schedule

Nothing ruins a fun outing to McDonalds faster than a lame toy inside of a Happy Meal. What was a wonderful anticipation turns to a bitter dissapoiintment, especially since most kids know that a visit to McDonalds for lunch isn't an every day affair. A bad toy, makes it seem, not unreasonably, to many children that this trip has been wasted. Worse, an unfun Happy Meal toy makes kids feel cheated.

Unfortunately, there is little parents can do in this situation. It would be helpful to parents to be able to see in advance what toy was in the local McDonalds Happy Meal. If the current toy is a part of a big promotion, then you may see some commercials on TV about the special Happy Meals they have, but usually, that just isn't something that is broadcast far and wide.

There is a website at that shows what the current promotion is according to the corporate headquarters. (As of the last update it was toys from the Transformers movie and My Little Pony toys.)

Unfortunately, that is just wishful thinking much of the time. Popular toys run out quickly and local McDonalds franchises are quick to substitute whatever they have laying around as the surprise toy. Kids hoping for a talking doll from the latest hit movie are sucker punched to find whatever the last promotion was that was so unpopular that they couldn't get rid of all the toys during the scheduled time.

Trying to collect all five, or whatever the number may be, is just as big of frustration. Stores may wait to introduce the next toy even though it is the scheduled week so that they can finish giving away last week's toy. Sometimes, a popular children's movie Happy Meal toy will run out so quickly that they start giving away toys early, and even worse, run out of them early, sometimes before they are even scheduled to be released!

Complaining may help a little bit, with a free ice cream cone or other token to assuage an angry customer, but even a free desert can still leave what should have been a fun trip out with the kids an unmemorable experience at best, and a disappointing waste at worst.

The only real solution is to call the restaurant prior to mentioning anything to the kids and ask directly what toy they are giving away that day. That, or arrange a local calendar or parents group bulletin board that shows what the current Happy Meal toy is, and if possible, what toys are coming up.

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      7 years ago

      I want the toys in the Happy meal! We still have many toys from when my children were little.... and WE ALWAYS BOUGHT AT LEAST (2) DOLLS EACH, OF EVERY MADAM ALEXANDER PROMOTION!



      The dolls are a treasure.

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      8 years ago

      i want the toys in the Happy meal!

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      8 years ago

      penguins of madagascar toys back in toy menu for next promotion

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      8 years ago

      We love to eat happy meal and it is very tasty also,gifts are superb.

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      Hub Llama 

      8 years ago from Denver, CO


      Yikes. Mellow out. Children can be happy in all kinds of ways. I have very fond memories of McDonalds and I'm guessing my kids will too. They get very excited over a cheap little toy from McDonalds just like they do over getting a balloon or a piece of candy. They aren't wide-eyed and full of joy at every little thing for very long. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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      8 years ago

      I think it's depressing when your directing parents how to make your child happy by giving suggestions on how to get the perfect happy meal toy.

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      9 years ago

      My aunt used to collect these meal toys when her kids were still younger. She even bought a glass cabinet where all these toys are displayed. Her visitors, especially the kids, would always love to look at the displayed toys and wish they could play with the toys.

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      9 years ago from India

      The number of happy meal toys I have in an old toy basket would collect good proceeds for a charity. And though he barely plays with them, my son will not let me get rid of a single one!!!

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      Anamika S Jain 

      9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I friends son collects these toys which come with the Happy meal of McDonalds. He has over 200 of them.

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      This is very useful. Its always nice to be "in the know".



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