|Happy Meal Gang|
The Original Happy Meal Gang. From left: French Fries, Hamburger, Cookies, and Soft Drink.
|A line of food promoting McDonald's Happy Meal.|
|Appeared in:||Have appeared in many TV/print ads for McDonald's since 1979|
The lineup slightly changed in 2001: they would be joined by the Happy Meal Box and Toy Bag, the Fries changed from male to female, and they would all be given bow ties as an accessory.
The Happy Meal Gang were introduced in 1979, around the same time McDonald's lost the lawsuit over some of their McDonaldland characters by Sid & Marty Krofft, whom they would eventually replace.
Originally, the Happy Meal Gang consisted of a McDonald's Hamburger, Fries, and Soft Drink, as they would sometimes say "All regular size". In some commercials, they would surprise Ronald McDonald as the latter tries locating them.
In the 1980s, the Happy Meal Gang received a makeover that included the addition of McDonald's Golden Arches on their pattern (Fries, Soft Drink), and Hamburger wearing a red bow tie instead of the original blue one. Cookies would be retired during this phase.
In 2001, the Happy Meal Gang received another makeover where they all began to wear bow ties as an accessory.
To view the Happy Meal Gang gallery, click here.