McDonald’s Canada Introduces Surprise Happy Meal Featuring Iconic Throwback Toys!


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Happy Meal, McDonald’s Canada is launching the limited-edition Surprise Happy Meal with some of its most popular Happy Meal toys from the last four decades. The Surprise Happy Meal will be available in more than 90 countries around the world and at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Canada for a limited time beginning Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10, 2019, while supplies last.

For a very limited time, Canadian families can collect one of the 15 iconic toys (10 iconic toys in Quebec) in the Surprise Happy Meal, including:

  • Cowboy McNugget* (McDonald’s): 1988
  • Fireman McNugget* (McDonald’s): 1988
  • Mail Carrier McNugget* (McDonald’s): 1988
  • Hamburger Changeable (McDonald’s): 1989
  • Grimace (McDonald’s): 1990
  • Dino Happy Meal Box Changeable* (McDonald’s): 1991
  • McDonald’s Hot Wheels Thunderbird* (Mattel): 1993
  • Hamburglar (McDonald’s): 1995
  • Power Rangers (Hasbro): 1995
  • Space Jam Bugs Bunny (Warner Brothers): 1996
  • Patti the Platypus (Ty Beanie Baby): 1997
  • Tamagotchi (Bandai): 1998
  • My Little Pony (Hasbro): 1998
  • Furby (Hasbro): 1999
  • Hello Kitty (Sanrio): 2013

Every Canadian who has ever had a Happy Meal remembers the feeling of opening the box to find out what toy they received. While the Happy Meal has changed over the years, the sense of fun it brings has not. So, guests of all ages are invited to join in the celebration and discover which throwback toy awaits them inside the Surprise Happy Meal.

Happy Meal toys are as synonymous to childhood as the iconic red boxes are to the McDonald’s brand,” said Antoinette Benoit, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s Canada. “Now, parents can share fond memories with their kids while creating new ones as they unbox their Surprise Happy Meal to discover an old favourite.

In addition to creating fun moments, the Happy Meal is well-loved for providing delicious favourites like Chicken McNuggets® and hamburgers. Over the years, new, balanced choices have been added to the Happy Meal so parents can feel good about the options they’re feeding their families. Globally, McDonald’s has served more than 6.4 billion fruit, vegetable, low-fat dairy and water options in Happy Meals since 2013, and its commitment has evolved to the global Happy Meal goals announced in 2018.

In Canada, the Happy Meal also holds a special place in the hearts of Canadian families, with a portion of the proceeds from every Happy Meal sold going to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC®). The Happy Meal program has raised more than $70 million for the charity since 2004. These funds help keep more than 25,000 families close together each year at Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across Canada, while their child is being treated at a nearby children’s hospital.

Through this global Surprise Happy Meal event, fans of all ages are invited to join in the fun and discover what old (or new!) favourite awaits them.

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One response to “McDonald’s Canada Introduces Surprise Happy Meal Featuring Iconic Throwback Toys!”

  1. Ciel says:

    What, no Barney the dinosaur? Very popular in the 1990s.
    Tamagotchi-lots of angst for kids back in the popular toy’s time when their hatchlings expired or died. Google it.
    Furby-just like Cabbage Patch Dolls and Tickle Me Elmo, stores had stampedes for the furry toys during holiday sales seasons.

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