Do your kids love McDonalds happy meal toys? On family outings do you call in at McDonalds, KFC or Burger King and come away with the latest happy meal or kids meal toys? Collecting fast food toys has become one of the world's fastest growing hobbies. And it's not hard to see why with new toy themes virtually every month most of which are tie-ins with Hollywood blockbuster movies like Star Wars Clone Wars, Kung Fu Panda, Madagscar 2, Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Spiderman, Hotel for Dogs.
Where to Find Fast Food Toys
If you or your kids are keen on collecting fast food toys chances are there are at least a few toys in your collection already. To add to your toy collection your friends and family are a good place to start. Most people are happy to give these toys away by the boxful so take them off their hands with a smile. Try your neighbours there is probably someone in your street who will be delighted to see them go to a good home.
After exhausting everyone you know try secondhand or op shops, garage sales, school fairs and galas for more collectable toys. You can even buy McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Subway toys on Trademe New Zealand's leading auction website but prices can be steep sometimes and it pays to know what you are buying. You can also buy fast food toys from sites such as Toy Collector NZ. Other sources are international online auction sites like Ebay and Oztion.
How Do I Know What Toys are Available and When?
McDonalds New Zealand have a website where you can check what toys are coming up next. There are also some fun activities for kids on the website. For a more informative survey of what is available check out Blog Toy Collector New Zealand. At Blog Toy Collector New Zealand you will find a comprehensive commentary on past and current fast food toys from all the major fast food outlets: McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Subway. You will also find out about other collectable toys including service station, confectionary and cereal toys. If you are an international visitor you could try Toy Alert too for up-to-date images and information about new toy releases
How much are McDonalds Toys Worth?
Most loose toys from fast food outlets aren't worth much more than 20 cents a piece. Toys that are MIP (mint in pack) in most cases have a greater value than pre-loved toys usually somewhere between $1-$2 each. Unless you have a good reason to remove toys from their pack, like play with them for example, it is better to leave them unopened. Toys with play wear such as chipping, scratching etc have no value at all. Some early McDonalds MIP toys are worth up to about $20 each based on scarcity. You can find details about some of these at Thorndon Antiques and Collectables.
From time to time McDonalds toys have been released in large sets in New Zealand. 101 Dalmations, 102 Dalmations, Snoopy's Round the World Tour and Disney Millenium Collectables are all cases in point. These larger sets are often sold in special numbered collector boxes. For instance a 102 Dalmations set mint in gift box is valued around NZ$150.
Collecting fast food toys can be a fun and engrossing hobby. They are cheap to collect and if you eat a lot of fast food anyway they don't cost you anything beyond the $5 or so for a McDonalds happy meal or a Burger King kids meal. Some toy collectors differentiate by only collecting superhero toys or movie and TV toys. The choice of how much and exactly what you collect is up to you. Many fast food toys look good on display particularly character toys such as Burger King's various Simpsons series which are manufactured with collectors in mind. Why not give fast food toy collecting a go and have some fun trying to match up the sets.