McDonald's Happy Meal Toys That Are Worth A Lot Of Money

In 2019, McDonald's celebrated the 40th birthday of the fast food chain's Happy Meals. Chances are if you are under the age of 40, you've probably eaten a Happy Meal at some point in your life. Naturally, that means you also got the best part of the Happy Meal: the toy. McDonald's Happy Meal toys always reflected the latest obsession kids had, no matter the decade or year. Whether kids couldn't get enough of a certain kind of toy (like Furbies, as creepy as they were) or a new movie (looking at you, Inspector Gadget), McDonald's Happy Meal toys always represented the latest craze.

Kids who often visited the drive-thru growing up likely received tons of these small toys over time, but only those who saved their Happy Meal toys can cash in now. There's a surprising market for antique McDonald's Happy Meal toys, with a selection of them now coming with quite a hefty price tag, too. Though some of the most expensive Happy Meal toys today came from the 1970s, more recent toys are worth more than you'd think (via Click Orlando).

Here's how much some Happy Meal toys are worth

While most of the more valuable Happy Meal toys come from the 1970s, the most valuable ones are surprisingly from the year 2000. Loveantiques.com says a set of TY's Teenie Beanie Happy Meal toys sell for a whopping $450. Other toys that can net you $400 or more include sets of Underwater Monsters ($400 for the set) and Robots by Diener Keshi, both from 1979. The antiques website says the robots go for up to $400, regardless of if you have a full set or not. A set of Power Rangers toys from 1994 and individual Inspector Gadget toys from 1995 are the next in line with a worth of $350 each.

A set of four Fraggle Rock Happy Meal toys from 1992 are now worth around $300, while Mario action figure sets from 1994 and 1998 are worth $250. Stepping down the ladder, 1996's 101 Dalmatian toys are worth $220 if you can manage to get your hands on all 101 of them; and Furbies Happy Meal toys, yes Furbies, from 2000 can be worth up to $120 each.

Jerry the Minion, one of the most recent toys on the list (2013) with a high value, is worth $120 now. 

Other valuable Happy Meal toys

Though there are plenty of Happy Meal toys that are worth more than $100, there are certainly some that are worth less that you can still make money on. Transforming Food toys from circa 1987 to 1989 are valued at $70 each, and Hot Wheels from 1983 are worth around $40 per car. Another more recent installation, Clone Wars Happy Meal Boxes from 2008 — yes, strangely, just the boxes — are said to be worth $50 each.

According to Mental Floss, Happy Meal Changeables (which are toys from the late 1980s and early 1990s that look like McDonald's food, but can be transformed into robots) have been known to go for anywhere between $20 to $70 each on eBay.

Diener Keshi figures, noted above for their prized robot shape, were some of the earliest Happy Meal toys to grace the McDonald's kids' meal combo. They appeared in the 1970s and 1980s as animal figures such as lions, elephants, hippos, and monkeys. Other versions of the rubber toys included cars, dinosaurs, and sea animals. Today, sets of these vintage Happy Meal toys could fetch up to $80. 

If you have full sets of toys, you're in luck

The real Happy Meal toy money is, perhaps unsurprisingly, in complete sets — and those who have unopened or sealed toys that have never been played with can ask the highest prices. One of the best complete collections to have stowed away appears to be Furbies. An entire set is currently priced at $950 on eBay, according to Eat This, Not That!. Though not a sure thing, Mental Floss reports that an incomplete, damaged set sold for $75, so a full, still bagged set is sure to sell for more. 

A full set of minions toys, multiple sets, or even a combination including a rare minion toy (like Jerry, mentioned above) can earn up to $400. The entire Snoopy World Tour collection can go for up to $200.

Other sets of valuable toys include the Happy Meal Changeables mentioned above, which Mental Floss says a wrapped and sealed set of sold for $150. Click Orlando states that Potato Head kids from 1987 are going for around $100 per set. Anyone with all 40 Mr. Men plush toys by Roger Hardgreaves could ask about $90 for them. At the lower end of the spectrum, a set of Monsters Inc. toys can sell for around $60, though they have been known to go for as much as $100 if unopened.

It might be time to search through old bins to see if you have any old McDonald's Happy Meal toys lying around.