McDonald's Is Planning This For the Next Happy Meal Promotion
A leak on Twitter revealed that McDonald's is likely partnering with Pokémon to bring a line of cards and toys to Happy Meals in 2021. While this information is still unconfirmed by either company, the collaboration would make a lot of sense. McDonald's Happy Meals already featured a line of Pokemon toys in 2019, and this year marks a 25th anniversary for the beloved Pokémon franchise, which will bring favorite characters like Pikachu and Scorbunny back into our collective pop-culture consciousness via numerous promotions. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)
According to Gamerant, the Tweet shows what looks like the full collection of toys, including a sticker sheet, poster, and trading cards, among other items. These are expected to be included in the next Happy Meal promotion, but the timing of the launch remains a mystery.
First created by a clever franchisee in Guatemala, the Happy Meal has been a staple fast-food item for young customers since 1979, and toys have been a part of it since its inception in the United States. The meals first included a burger, fries, cookies, and a soft drink along with a small toy like the "McDoodler" stencil or "McWrist" wallet.
Over the years, McDonald's has teamed up with several big-name movie and toy franchises, like Star Trek, Beanie Babies, and Power Rangers, to create one-of-kind Happy Meal toys for customers. For more about innovations at McDonald's, check out McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.