Pokemon TCG Happy Meals Bring Value to Your Fast Food

The Pokemon TCG is well known for printing interesting promotions, and one of its best known in recent history was last year’s McDonalds happy meal packs. Well, here in 2022 they’re at it again, releasing special four-card packs in select happy meals. These also come bundled with a collectible coin, spinner, and instructions on how to play a mini-game called “match battle” with the miniature pack.

Packed With Goodness

If you’re a collector, or someone interested in actually gaining value off the purchase of your happy meal, it might actually be best for you to leave your pack sealed to sell off later. The individual cards in the packs are, generally, not all all that impressive. Only six of the fifteen cards printed in this promotional set are holo-foil (though they’re always holo-foil), with the full list of potential pulls below:

  • Gossiflueur (Foil)
  • Growlithe (Foil)
  • Pikachu (Foil)
  • Rowlet (Foil)
  • Smeargle (Foil)
  • Victini (Foil)
  • Bewear
  • Chinchou
  • Cutiefly
  • Drampa
  • Flaafy
  • Lapras
  • Ledyba
  • Pangoro
  • Tynamo

All of the foils receive an interesting “confetti” foil treatment that definitely highlights their nature as McDonalds promos, with the effect making Victini in particular pop out of the frame. In general, Victini is also my favorite of the cards printed in this set, as I like few things more than getting to find exactly the cards I’m looking for while dealing out a little chunk of damage in the process.

Part of the Value Menu

While keeping the product seals is likely the best way to actually make a profit from these promotional pieces, there is one simple truth: that isn’t fun. If I’m getting a happy meal as an adult, I may as well eat the cost (as well as maybe a tiny bit of shame) and crack the packs for that bit of dopamine. So, let’s say you choose to crack your packs for that fun, either out of a desire to collect the cards or embracing your inner childhood. Can you get any value out of these?

In the short term, likely not, but in the long term there is almost certainly some value hiding here. The non-foil cards currently go for as much as a dollar, though the market has not had anything resembling time to settle on their value yet. The foil pieces, similarly, are averaging between $4 and $6, while the mascot Pokemon, Pikachu, is currently worth as much $10. The foils can potentially pay for the price of the happy meal itself, which is about as much as you can reasonably expect, but these promotional cards could spike in value for the collectors of the future. If you can stomach a child-size serving of nuggets, you should strongly consider hitting up your local McDonalds for a shot at some added Pokemon value.

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