McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys from the 80s- 1980

Happy Meals came about in 1977 from the ideas of Dick Brams, regional manager in St. Louis. The originals had a burger, fries, cookies and a promotional toy in a decorated cardboard box. These early boxes were round-topped sort of like a lunch pail but these were dropped to make a more stackable carton. The Circus Wagon was the first official Happy Meal, making kids happy in 1979. Through the years Happy Meals have come in plenty of novel packaging including sand pails with shovels or trick or treat pails. For nearly every toy line promotion that comes with a Happy Meal there is also an under 3 years safe version you can ask for. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list nor a price guide. There are several excellent books and websites out there that are great reads for the serious collector as well as types like me who just like to reminisce. Please check out my references at the end of this page for some awesome information on toys and boxes, test toys, toys that were recalled or discarded, international toys, store displays, crew uniforms, premiums and giveaways that are too exhaustive to get into here. 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990-1993 1980 Safari Adventure by DEINER- Tiger, Rhino, Monkey, Alligator, Gorilla, Hippo, Elephant, Lion McDonaldland Pennants– Ronald McDonald, Grimmace Undersea figures by DEINER- Seal, Tiger Shark, Sea Turtle, Whale, Whale Shark, Walrus, Crocodile, Great White Shark, Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark, Penguin Look-Look books– Animals that fly, Cats in the wild, Animals of the sea, The biggest animal Dallas Cowboys football cards on meal cartons- Chuck Howley/ Don Perkins, Don Meredith / Bob Lily, Roger Staubach / W. Garrison Door alarm w/ balloon Little Savers fold up bank with Ronald McDonald McDonaldland Jalopy cars– Birdie, Hamburglar, Ronald McDonald McDonaldland cookie cutters/ moulds –  Ronald McDonald, Grimace McDonaldland  flip top game McDonaldland fun moulds– Ronald McDonald, Fry Guy, Mayor McCheese, Birdie Ronald McDonald party hat Ronald McDonald Tip ‘N Tilt game Megaphone ring whistle Ronald McDonald popsicle mould McDonaldland cars McDonaldland character pens on lanyards– Big Mac, Grimace, Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar McDonaldland  sponges- Grimace, Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar Ronald McDonald acrobat Ronald McDonald frisbee McDonald’s Fry ‘n the Sky kite Captain Crook Fishin Fun game Ronald McDonald Who’s in the Zoo? game Letterland Stationary (3 writing sheets/ 3 seals) – Ronald McDonald / The Professor, Captain Big Mac / Grimace / Fry Guy Ronald McDonald w/ Fry Guy light switch cover “Turn me OFF when you’re out!” 1980 Olympics Javelin Throw w/ paper distance markers Styro-Gliders – Space Cruiser USA, Ronald Styro-Glider, Ronald McDonald Airlines, Ronald McDonald Airplane McDonaldland Sunglasses– Ronald, Grimace, Hamburglar, Birdie Other promotion items in 1980 Big Ronald McDonald sugar cookie 45 RPM record- Ronald McDonald and Friends – songs, “Share a Song from Your Heart” and “F-R-I-E-N-D-S” benefitted Muscular Dystrophy ZOO Happy Cups– free with purchase of a shake- Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Hamburglar, Captain Crook 78 RPM record- Ronald McDonald visits America w/ storybook Yellow Plastic McDonaldland Adventure Series cups-  Ronald McDonald saves the falling stars, Grimace climbs a mountain,  Hamburglar hooks the hamburgers, Big Mac nets the Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese rides a runaway train, Captain Crook sails the Bounding Main Yellow Happy Cup– Ronald McDonald and Grimace 78 RPM record– Kids Radio Birthday Party starring Ronald McDonald, Dee-Jay 78 RPM record– Kids Radio Rainy Day Fun Starring Ronald McDonald, Dee-Jay Free McChicken Sandwich for Dad coupon for Father’s Day 1980 Easter 1980 egg art wrappers- Ronald McDonald, Grimace Valentine’s Day 1980 cookie box sleeves Ronald McDonald Gift Wrap set w/purchase of $5 book of McDonalds gift Certificates 1980 Ronald McDonald colouring calendar w/coupons McDonaldland  Fun Times quarterly magazine McDonald’s Barbie by Mattel in McDonald’s uniform, 9″ McKids overnight bag – Birdie and Hamburglar on bike, 15 1/2″ x 10″ x 5″ McDonald’s logo plastic apron Stuffed McKids Ronald McDonald backpack 12 x 22″ Ronald McDonald red costume wig Sam the Olympic eagle ball cap USA Olympic and McDonald’s logo ball cap Camp Snoopy ball cap McDonald’s logo scarf – knit Ronald McDonald handkerchief 14″ Ronald McDonald mini-kite McDonaldland Scribble pad 6×9″ Lifelike Build-ems scale resturant model Record, Ronald McDonald and Friends Frisbees– Ronald McDonald white 8″, Sundae Sailer,  Ronald McDonald and Fry Guys 9″, Ring flyer 9 1/2″, Ronald McDonald and Fry Guys 9″ Glasses, red plastic “see-behind” 1980 Olympic Flag 12″ Kites–  Movin’ On,  Fly’n the Sky 40″,  Nobody Can Do It 3′ McDonaldland Adventure series glasses Resources: Images in the toy pages are courtesy McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys from the Eighties – Joyce & Terry Losonksy And courtesy McDonald’s Collectibles 2nd Ed.– Gery Henriques & Audre Duvall Other resources: McCollecting – Gery Henriques & Audre Duvall 1st Ed. McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys in the U.S.A– Joyce & Terry Losonksy McDonald’s Glassware – Joyce & Terry Losonksy McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys Around the World – Joyce & Terry Losonksy

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