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McDonald's logo

Logo of McDonald's.

McDonald's is a popular fast-food restaurant company that has had Happy Meal promotions with the Sonic the Hedgehog series over the years. The logo is a yellow or golden M. It was founded in the United States in 1940, created by Roy McDonald and Richard McDonald, and was later transformed into a corporation by Ray Kroc.

Sega happy meal window

Sonic serving a Happy Meal at the drive through window.

Yuji Naka's plug[]

In a interview with Sonic creator Yuji Naka, he mentions that McDonald's is a place that Sonic and his friends like to eat at.[1]

When Sonic and his friends sit down to eat after a long hard day of chasing Dr. Eggman, what do they like to eat?

They probably eat McDonald's® hamburgers, I suppose? And I think they will get a complete line-up of Happy Meal® premiums.

Yuji Naka

Sonic the Hedgehog 3[]

McDonald's Sonic 3 promotion

A display for the promotion.

In 1994, McDonald's promoted the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive by giving away Sonic the Hedgehog toys in their Happy Meals. Four characters were produced: Sonic, Knuckles, Tails and Dr. Robotnik.

In America, the promotion went from February 4 to March 3 of 1994 and there was a sweepstakes where up to 10,000 participants could win a free copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for the Sega Genesis. For children under the age of 3, they had an alternative toy which was a yellow ball with a picture of Sonic on it and the classic "Sonic the Hedgehog" logo. Due to this toy only being advertised in small text on in-store displays, aimed towards 3-year-olds and parents having to specifically ask for it while ordering their food, the Sonic Ball was much rarer than the other toys.[2]

Despite being a Sonic the Hedgehog 3 promotion, Dr. Robotnik was designed to look like he does in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series (although the stock art on the bag for the toy depicts him as he looks in the games).

Later in 1994 the set then released at Canada and Puerto Rico. The set in Canada did not include the Tails toy. However, the design of the Sonic Ball was replaced with Tails and was not exclusively for children under 3.[2]

McDonalds Sonic 3 Tails toys difference

The original and updated Tails toys.

The set released in the United Kingdom from 27 January to 24 February in 1995, Germany and Belgium in March, and finally in June for New Zealand and Japan.[3] When the set released in these countries (except Japan), the design of the Tails toy was changed so children wouldn't get hurt by the toy when it launched from the base. The updated toy had Tails stay connected to the base with only his tails able to spin. The base resembles one of the spinning tops as seen in Marble Garden Zone.[3]

When the set released in Japan, they removed the Tails toy and replaced it oddly with a Grimace toy from a previous set of toys. The designs of the Sonic and Dr. Eggman toys were changed to resemble their Japanese designs, while Knuckles stayed the same.[2]

Dr. Robotnik
Sonic ball
Sonic Ball
McDonalds Sonic 3 Tails ball
Tails Ball
Mcdonald's toy Sonic JP
Sonic (Japan)
Mcdonald's toy Eggman JP
Dr. Eggman (Japan)
Mcdonald's toy Tails update
Tails (updated)

Happy Train[]

Happy Meal Birthday Sonic

The Sonic section of the Happy Train

In 1994, McDonald's had a Happy Meal anniversary train, which consisted of 15 separate toys from different Happy Meal themes from the past ten years. All the toys were able to connect to one another to create a train.

Happy Meal Birthday Sonic

The TV screen, animated.

One of these toys was Sonic-themed. It was a pink and purple TV with a Sega Genesis on the top. When the wheels on the toy roll, the picture on the TV scrolls from a picture of Sonic wearing a party hat, Tails wearing a party hat, and then Dr. Robotnik running and yelling (Robotnik is once again designed to look like his Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog appearance, and now Tails too).

SEGA (2003)[]


The six games.

In May 2003, for the United States release of Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, McDonald's released a set of handheld games made by Fisher-Price:

AiAi banana Game
AiAi Banana Catch
Knuckles Soccer
Knuckles Soccer
Shadow Grinder
Sonic action game
Sonic Action Game
Sonic Speedway
McDonalds Tails 2003
Tails Skypatrol

SEGA (2004)[]

Standard versions[]


A flyer showing most of the games.

Another set was released in 2004 after the launch of Sonic Heroes that used artwork from the game and featured every playable character except those in Team Chaotix. A game based on Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, a video game also made by Sonic Team, was also part of the set. These games had different names and designs depending on the region they were released in, and some regions did not receive these games until 2005.

Amy Volley Ball LCD
Amy and Rouge Volleyball
Big's Fishing LCD
Big's Fishing
Billy's Giant Egg LCD
Billy's Giant Egg
Cream Flowerr catch LCD
Cream Flower Catch
Knux Treasure hunt LCD
Knuckles Treasure Hunt
Black toy
Shadow Hockey
Shadow Hockey
(special silver prize version)
Extreme Boarding LCD
Sonic the Hedgehog Extreme Boarding
Tails sky adventure LCD
Tails Sky Adventure

Sports versions[]

McDonalds Amy and Rouge 2004
Amy and Rouge Tennis
Mcdonalds 2004 Cream Flower Catch game
Cream Flower Catch
McDonalds Knuckles 2004
Knuckles Baseball
McDonals Shadow 2004
Shadow Basketball
McDonalds Sonic 2004
Sonic Skateboard
Tails Soccer Game
Tails Soccer

Sonic X[]

A while after Sonic X aired in North America, McDonald's gave out toys for the series in their children's meals (Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal). In the Japanese version of episode 55 of Sonic X, Chris and Frances are briefly shown working at "wacbager", a parody of McDonald's.

United Kingdom and Australia set[]

In the UK and Australia, McDonald's released a set of Sonic X disk launchers. The set included Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Shadow on the launchers and the disks themselves.


France set[]


Promotional Paper

In 2006, McDonald's of France released a set which included fighting top toys of Sonic and Shadow.

Sonic spinning top pen
Shadow spinning top pen
Sonic pencil case
Sonic tape measure
Shadow tape measure
Sonic pencil

Europe set[]

In 2007, McDonald's released a collection of Sonic spinning toys in Europe.

Sonic Flying Disk
Sonic Spinner
Sonic Wheel
McDonald's SonicX SonicSpeedGlobe
Sonic Speed Globe

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (film)[]

Sonic Movie 2 Happy Meal Toys

Promo showing all ten toys.

From April to May in 2022, in partnership with Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film was promoted with McDonald's Happy Meals. In most regions, the promotion had a line of plastic toys; Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, the Giant Eggman Robot, and a surprise toy which was later revealed to be Super Sonic. Most of the characters have white shoes, but stickers are included to make them more accurate. There are a total of ten toys in the line, however, the cloud toy of Knuckles and lightning toy of Tails were not released in the US. In some regions, only a line of cardboard mazes was available.[4][5]

Plastic toys
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Sonic 2
Sonic (Super Peel Out)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Sonic 1
Sonic (lightning)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Super Sonic
Super Sonic (cloud)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Tails 1
Tails (snowboarding)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Tails 3
Tails (lightning)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Tails 2
Tails (cloud)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Knuckles 2
Knuckles (snowboarding)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Knuckles 1
Knuckles (lightning)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Knuckles 3
Knuckles (cloud)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy Giant Eggman Robot
Giant Eggman Robot
Cardboard mazes
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Sonic
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Sonic circle
Sonic (circle)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Sonic flip
Sonic (flip)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Sonic race
Sonic race
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Tails
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Tails circle
Tails (circle)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Tails flip
Tails (flip)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze team
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Knuckles
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Knuckles circle
Knuckles (circle)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze Knuckles flip
Knuckles (flip)
Sonic 2 Happy Meal toy maze team circle
Team (circle)

Sonic the Hedgehog (2023)[]

Europe set[]

In 2023, McDonald's launched a series of toy racers for their Happy Meals in Europe.[6] It was first released in Greece on November 18, 2023.[7] The racer designs are based on Extreme Gear and have to be assembled with printed card cutouts, plastic wheels and stickers.

McD 2023 Superstars

Splash screen for the maze game.

Each Happy Meal box contains a QR code which provides access to a mobile maze game based on Sonic Superstars.[7]

McD 2023 Sonic A
Sonic Speedster A
McD 2023 Sonic B
Sonic Speedster B
McD 2023 Sonic trike
Sonic Trike
MCD Sonic Hoverboard
Sonic Hoverboard
McD 2023 Tails A
Tails Speedster A
McD 2023 Tails B
Tails Speedster B
McD 2023 Tails trike
Tails Trike
MCD Tails Hoverboard
Tails Hoverboard
McD 2023 Amy A
Amy Speedster A
McD 2023 Amy B
Amy Speedster B
McD 2023 Amy trike
Amy Trike
MCD Amy Hoverboard
Amy Hoverboard
McD 2023 Knuckles
Knuckles Speedster
McD 2023 Knuckles trike
Knuckles Trike
McD 2023 Shadow
Shadow Speedster

United Kingdom and Asia set[]

MCD SG 2023 Promo Banner

Toy promo (SG)

In addition to the Hoverboard set, new toy lines were launched in the UK and Asia, first released in Singapore on December 28, 2023.[8]


Sonic 3
Happy Birthday Happy Meal
Sega Mini Video Games 1
Sega Mini Video Games 2
Sonic X
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog (2023)


  • Sonic appeared alongside Ronald McDonald and Barbie in a Happy Meal commercial for the Happy Train. In this commercial, Sonic spoke with an extremely high voice and did not move his mouth.
  • There have also been Sonic kids' meal toys released at other fast food restaurants such as Jack in the Box, Carl's Jr. and Burger King.
  • In 1993, Sega published a McDonald's video game developed by Treasure and released only on the Genesis called McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure, which is another sign of Sega's long relationship with McDonald's restaurants.
  • In Asian countries such as Pakistan, India and China, McDonald's gave away Sonic X spinning tops, school kits and card shooters.
McDonald's Happy Meal Cream ad storyboard

Storyboard for the French and Italian commercial.

  • In 2006, Sonic, Cream the Rabbit and Big the Cat appeared in a McDonald's commercial, which aired in France and Italy.
  • In 2004, McDonald's Pakistan company known for poorly-made licensed advertisements released a commercial to advertise new Sonic toys promoting Sonic Heroes. The commercial has become infamous for its inaccurate character models (notably Rouge the Bat), questionable voice-over (with notable mishearings like "gamesime" and "Cream Buttflubber Catch"), and cheap animation.
  • In 2008, to promote the launch of Sonic Unleashed, McDonald's Australia distributed Sonic X Happy Meal toys. Again, theses were the same set of toy already distributed in others regions.[9]
  • Most of the 2023 artwork for Classic Sonic are based on other artwork of Modern Sonic from the 2010s; one from Sonic Generations, and two more.


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