Most Valuable McDonald’s Toys
You remember these, right? Everyone does. McDonald’s toys weren’t just a mainstay for most of our childhoods. They were what got a lot of us started as collectors.
McDonald’s toys just aren’t the same today. Partly because they aren’t horrifying. In the old days, everything was made with poorly constructed plastic molds. Even the really cool toys had a bit of a, well, melty aura.
That doesn't mean they're not worth anything, though. In fact, here are a few of the most valuable McDonald’s toys. Some of them may still be collecting dust in your old bedroom.
21. Kung Fu Panda
Sold: Dec. 10, 2021
The reality is that pretty much every major movie release gets a McDonald’s toy. So the question is: What makes some items collectibles and some not? It could be the popularity of the movie. After all, "Kung Fu Panda" was wildly successful. It could also be exactly how well the figures lend themselves to the McDonald’s toy format. You can see right here that the Kung Fu Panda characters make for adorable figurines in a way that, say, "The Shining" never will.
* Note: Prices are based on eBay sales for the complete McDonald's toy set, unless otherwise noted.
19. Space Jam 2 (Tie)
Sold: March 14, 2022
It’s possible that you either don’t remember or weren’t aware that there was a "Space Jam" sequel, called "Space Jam 2: A New Legacy." If this is true, we're sorry. If you were aware of this series, in which … basketball defeats the internet … you might be interested in this set of 14 collectible figures from the movie, which includes mainstays such as Marvin the Martian and Lola Bunny.
19. Jurassic World (Tie)
Sold: Jan. 15, 2022
Whether you loved or hated "Jurassic World," there’s something we can all agree on: Dinosaurs are fun to play with. The "Jurassic World" toy set included 12 movable pieces, with fan favorites such as the T-Rex and Brachiosaurus. The packaging of each shows the ways in which each toy can be manipulated.
18. Disney’s Toy Story 2
Sold: Jan. 3, 2022
Is it weird to collect toys that are known for coming to life when you aren’t looking at them? This McDonald's toy set includes pretty much every recognizable toy from the "Toy Story 2" movie, which gives it a bit of an ominous vibe … especially because they are shrinkwrapped forever. The complete set included an incredible number of 20 toys, which doesn’t seem possible for the movie.
1r. Nintendo’s Super Mario (Tie)
Sold: Feb. 2, 2022
Celebrate one of the video game’s classics with the Nintendo Super Mario set. This set includes Mario (of course), Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toadstool, and Bowser. Plus an empty turtle shell. You were probably a bit disappointed if you got the empty turtle shell.
Is it weird that Princess Peach always has markedly different sizes and proportions to Mario and Luigi? It’s like she’s a tiny doll in a large world. This certainly isn’t the only Mario toy that was released for McDonald’s — they’ve even done Mario Kart — but it is currently one of the most collectible.
14. Happy Meal Toys (Tie)
Sold: Feb. 11, 2022
Does this feel weird to you? You purchase a McDonald’s Happy Meal, and you receive one of four toys. These toys are very small, plastic, personified versions of the food that you’re eating. As you eat your fries, you stare at your fries. Your fries stare back.
14. Muppet Babies (Tie)
Sold: March 14, 2022
There was a time (a weird time) when every franchise was turned into babies. Muppet Babies, Looney Tune Babies, A-Team Babies, whatever. This set of five includes Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy. Probably the most fun part of this is that these are sold as display collectibles, which are absolutely not for children or babies.
14. SpongeBob SquarePants (Tie)
Sold: Jan. 22, 2022
Some children’s shows defy explanation. Based on the popular children’s show "SpongeBob SquarePants," this McDonald’s set included 10 toys. Many of the toys were just various iterations of the character SpongeBob SquarePants, going about his happy-go-lucky lifestyle.
12. Furbies (Tie)
Sold: Feb. 7, 2022
For a variety of reasons, we're hesitant to include this set. First, on moral grounds: These were terrifying.
But here’s the thing about Furbies. There were 80 of them. A complete set from 1998 goes for around $100. That means the collectibles, held onto and treasured for three decades, are worth about $1 apiece. You’re almost better off keeping these just to prove that for some insane reason you collected 80 Furby variants in the 1990s.
12. Muppet Kids (Tie)
Sold: March 9, 2022
This is a bit of a weird one. First: Who knew that Muppet Kids even existed? You may have heard of the previously mentioned Muppet Babies, but this isn’t them.
The Muppet Kids is a set of four McDonald’s toys depicting preteen Gonzo, Fozzie, Piggy and Kermit. And it’s rare enough that these toys are some of the most expensive if you consider how much each individual toy in the set is worth.
11. Avenger’s Endgame
Sold: Feb. 2, 2022
One thing you may notice is that even very recent toy sets tend to be worth something. The "Avenger’s Endgame" set is comprised of 24 Marvel figurines, including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, the Hulk and other favorites. In fact, you can more or less make money by collecting a complete set as soon as possible and then selling it.
This is because there are collectors who try to purchase the complete sets of new McDonald’s releases before most people have tried to collect them. So, McDonald’s sets are one of the few collectibles in which you can probably make money on something brand new.
Sold: March 26, 2022
We enjoy nothing about typing the phrase “Rare Gold Minion,” but here we are. In 2021, a set of 26 collectible Minion toys was released. They still remain highly collectible and, to be fair, they certainly have more personality than some other sets. The Rare Gold Minion is a special collectible that’s actually heavier than the others. It’s the Minion version of a shiny.
9. 101 Dalmatians
Sold: January 24, 2022
Imagine for a moment that you’re an executive in 1996. "101 Dalmatians" has just come out, and it’s a glorious hit. You’ve decided that you’re going to reward the fans with a series of collectibles. What do kids like? McDonald’s. Kids love McDonald’s!
What do parents like? Their kids screaming at them to collect a set of 101 distinct toys. So, the trick a lot of collectors used is that you could just write to McDonald’s and get the toys, but a lot of parents didn’t know that. Now they do.
8. Disney Princess
Sold: Jan. 6, 2022
Have you ever wondered why the Disney Princess line up is so important, but the Disney Prince line up is never talked about? Aladdin, Simba — for every princess, there’s a prince. Why isn’t Nala a princess? Is it just because she’s a cat? That seems unfair.
We don’t know if the answers to any of these questions are important. What we do know is that the Disney Princess set included eight princesses, including Jasmine, Mulan and Moana.
7. Sing 2
Sold: Fe. 2, 2022
A recent set of 12 of the stars of the movie "Sing 2," this McDonald’s toy set goes to show that some things are collectible just because a specific group of people really want them. "Sing 2" was released fairly recently, and the McDonald’s toys in question are simply mini figurines. But being as it was hard to collect all of the toys, the set still has some rarity.
6. McDonald’s Changeables
Released: 1987 to 1990
Sold: Jan. 15, 2022
Imagine if your hamburger turned into a robot. In the 1980s and '90s, we didn’t have to imagine. The McDonald’s Changeables set consisted of Transformer-like fast food items that are now a piece of American history. For instance, the Hot Cakes robot pteradactyl now recalls a time when fast-food companies were allowed to use styrofoam.
None of the Changeables really make sense; they’re all a weird melange between robots, dinosaurs and just all-around creepy dudes. But a good part of the appeal was the simple but satisfying transformations.
5. Disney’s 102 Dalmatians
Sold: Dec. 31, 2021
If you thought 101 dalmatians were a lot to collect, what about 102? Apparently, "102 Dalmatians" is the British crime comedy sequel to "101 Dalmatians," the live-action remake of the 1961 original. It appears (and we hesitate to spoil this movie for anyone) that the climax of this movie is 100 puppies being baked into an immense cake. Yikes!
"102 Dalmations" cost $85 million to produce and made $183 million back, which is too much in our opinion. But you can own a part of its … history ... so that's something.
4. Carnival Happy Meal
Sold: Feb. 27, 2022
This is one of the smaller but more interesting sets. The Carnival Happy Meal set consists of four little rides that can be assembled, including Grimace in Turn Around, Hamburgler on Ferris Wheel, Birdie on Swing and Ronald on Carousel.
That’s right: Do you remember when McDonald’s was all about Grimace, Hamburgler, Birdie and Ronald? Kids these days probably don’t even remember when they were being sold burgers by a monster, a thief, a legally distinct muppet and a terrifying clown. But we do.
3. Halloween McNugget Buddy
Sold: March 14, 2022
Well, OK, think about it. What’s spookier than chicken, formed into McNuggets and then dressed up in Halloween costumes? There are a lot of layers involved here, and none of them are super great.
This limited edition release from 1992 features the McNugget Buddies in costumes such as a ghost, pumpkin and Frankenstein’s nugget monster. And because they were produced in 1992, they’re all more or less brown blobs — highly collectible brown blobs.
2. Lego Bionicle
Sold: March 17, 2022
So, it turns out that people collect Lego even when it’s not Lego. The Lego Bionicle set includes Huki, Onepu, Maku, Jala, Kongu and Matoru. Targeted toward kids, the Lego Bionicle line is obviously extremely popular with the same demographic as Happy Meals — making this set extremely collectible.
1. Walt Disney’s 50th Anniversary
Sold: March 29, 2022
Featuring classics such as Mickey Mouse, Sebastian, Lumiere, Frozone, Jiminy Cricket, Dumbo, and both the Lady and the Tramp, this Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Toy Set is incredibly popular amongst Disney fans. In fact, it’s probably the most popular McDonald’s Toy set to date — which is interesting, considering it was just released in 2021.
Individual pieces of this set aren’t extraordinarily valuable, but the entire set is. Consequently, you’ll mostly find it as a boxed collectible with all the pieces still shrinkwrapped.