15 Happy Meal toys from your childhood

If you were a 90's kid, you always got a Happy Meal from McDonalds just for the toy.
If you were a 90's kid, you always got a Happy Meal from McDonalds just for the toy. 

The fries were delicious. The bubbles on the drink lid were fun to push down. But in the end, McDonald's Happy Meals were all about the toys.

Most weeks, the toys were kind of disappointing — nothing more than little plastic action figures that occasionally made an appearance at your Barbie dream house, but mostly stayed in the junk drawer.

Then magically, the ads showed real toys that lit up and changed color and made noise, and you quickly convinced your parents you were in desperate need of chicken nuggets.

1. McDonald's Transformers

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They're just some boring plastic fast food ... or are they?

2. Handheld Games

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To kids without a GameBoy, this was fate's way of circumventing a no-video-games rule. For lucky kids with handheld systems, it was a game that could be left at the bottom of a backpack, because if it got crushed, it got crushed.

3. Little Mermaid Bath Toys

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Just when you were standing on the edge of being too old for bath toys, Happy Meals let you stay a little longer.

4. The Dog

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Something about the giant head and tiny body made it superior to all other tiny plushes.

5. Trick-Or-Treat Buckets

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Because all the cool kids on the block had the McDonald's buckets.

6. McNugget Buddies

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The best toys are always versatile.

7. Masterpiece Disney VHS

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You were forced to eat dozens of single cheeseburgers until you got your favorite Disney movie in miniature.

8. Mini Barbies

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Including stiff but elaborately dressed party Barbies, as well as the kimono- and clog-wearing international Barbies.

9. Tiny Sky Dancers

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Enough power to fly through the air, but not enough heft to maim your little sister.

10. Teenie Beanies

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These pint-sized Beanie Babies were twice as adorable, and made adult collectors twice as crazy.

12. My Little Ponies

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A simpler time, before the bronies got a hold of them.

11. Little Furbies

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They lacked the creepy voice, but kept the unnerving eyes.

13. Inspector Gadget

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There were just so many buttons to push and things to yank.

14. Nicekelodeon Clapper

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Otherwise known as your parents' least-favorite toy.

15. Polly Pocket Compact

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Yes, Polly couldn't do much besides admire her Christmas tree, but you could fit the entire scene in your pocket.

This article first appeared on mashable.com.