For about ten years now, TPCi and McDonald’s have been working together on releasing Pokémon TCG cards in their Happy Meals. Initially they were released one card per toy, but in 2021—as part of Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary celebrations—McDonald’s released a Happy Meal promo pack which included a pack of four cards instead of just one. No plastic toy this time, but a set of four different simple paper play items like stickers and whatnot were included with the pack. The promotion began on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 and will likely last four weeks. Good luck!
If you just want the most basic-of-basic ideas of what is in the numbered packs, I’ll just quickly outline them here:
- #1 Lt. White, Dk. White and Lt. Black — a 60-card card box for your Pokémon TCG cards
- #2 Lt. Blue and Dk. Black — small Pokémon paper stickers (two different sets of 26 stickers: one set covering 2x of all starters from Gens 1-4 + Pikachu, the other being the same but of Gen 5-8 starters)
- #3 Lt. Red, Dk. Red and Dk. Blue — large Pokémon vinyl stickers (four stickers per pack; three starters from one gen, plus Pikachu)
- #4 Lt. and Dk. Green — Pokémon TCG card frame
ALL of the numbered packs, however, contain a pack of four Pokémon TCG cards, one of which will be a random holofoil of any of the 25 cards in the set.
But here at PA!, we like to gather as much details about everything about everything so that you, our audience, can enjoy the promo here in case you can’t enjoy it elsewhere. I’m hoping I can LEGIT collect everything, but in case I can’t, I’ll try to shore up the data using other sources. Heck, if YOU have something that I’m missing, then send me a tweet or post something on our Discord and I’ll be sure to add it here ASAP!
This is info which could appear in any of the Happy Meal promo packs.
Each Happy Meal contains a promo pack of varying colors and numbers. The details of what is contained in each number is listed below (although right now I only have the #2 packs), but each color pack contains other items. Regardless, they generally share the same format, which I’ve placed on a row-to-row format. Each row therefore represents:
- What the pack looks like when closed
- What the pack looks like when unfolded
- The printed design inside the pack, such as a puzzle or maze.
- They also include the hint in case you need help (the maze is a real brain teazer, that one!)
- Sorry though, no hint guide for the coloring page.
Now it’s worth noting that there are ten total different promo packs; in five different colors and two “shades” of sorts:
As you can see:
- There are five colors total: white, black, blue, red and green.
- Whites represent #1, Red #3 and Green #4, while Black is used for both #1 and #2, and Blue is for #2 and #3.
- The two “shades” are what I call “Light” and “Dark”; technically it’s how the colors are depicted relative to the stylized “Pikachu tail” on the cover.
- The top row is “Light”, the bottom is “Dark”
- The “Dark” packs have this sort of opaque field of a single color outside of a stylized depiction of Pikachu’s tail
- While the “Light” packs show the “Pokemon 25” pattern throughout the cover.
To see the packs in greater detail, check the handy table below; however, I only have ones for the packs I have myself.
In each promo packs, you get the following items. Which items you get depends on the number that is on the outside of the pack, regardless of the pack’s color. What number is what will be listed with each item. I’ve also included measurement information for each item so you can get an idea of their size; they’re written in both SUPERIOR FREEDOM UNITS and metric (ew). In fact, if there was ever proof of one measurment system’s superiority over the other… well, you’re not gonna find it here.
I gotta admit, these prizes are really neat to get! The card box is kinda unique and might be one of those things that old fans might want to show off a decade or so down the road, and the stickers… well, stickers are ALWAYS useful. Stick ’em on your laptop, your phone, your car, your little brother while he’s asleep as you also wrap him to his bed using duct tape, your computer monitor… you can never go wrong with stickers! The card frame is admittedly the weakest, but only because of its limited functionality, other than showing off your most expensive cards at work. I mean, who needs them to be professionally graded when you have your McDonald’s card frame??
Quick Example Pictures
It might be a bit hard to imagine what these prizes look like from a mere scan of them before they’re actually assembled, so I’ve taken a few pictures of what they look like below.
Again, like previous McDonald’s Pokémon promotions, this promotion has its own unique set of cards. Here are a few quick tidbits about it:
- Each Happy Meal promo contains a single pack of four cards, one of which is holofoil
- The set icon looks like this:
- Meanwhile, every card has the “Pokémon 25” logo (pictured right) printed on the lower-right corner of the card’s main picture
- The holofoil card is added in separately from the other three normal cards, meaning it’s possible to get a holofoil version of a normal card in the same pack
- The cards themselves make up a 25-card set; this set is made up of all three starters from all eight generations (so 3 × 8 = 24), plus Pikachu.
- As seen below, the set is ordered first by type, then by generation.
- Oh, and for some reason, the cards use both “Sun & Moon” AND “BW/XY” card styles. I don’t know why, unless they were all reprints and the designers were just too lazy to update all the cards to the current “Sword & Shield” format.
This is the full setlist of the McDonalds 2021 Pokémon TCG set:
If you want something more details than a mere card list… then check out the McDonald’s 2021 Set Spoiler List!
|№||Type||Name||Card Style||HP/RC||Cost||Attack Name||Dam||Text||W/R|
|2/25||ZG||Chikorita||Sun/Moon||70||G||Mini Drain||10||Heal 10 damage from this Pokemon||R|
|3/25||ZG||Treecko||BW/XY||60||G||Quick Attack||10||Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 10 more damage.||R|
|Gen 4||CC||GGC||Razor Leaf||50|
|5/25||ZG||Snivy||BW/XY||60||GC||Slam||20x||Flip 2 coins. This attack does 20 damage times the number of heads.||R|
|Gen 6||C||GC||Seed Bomb||20|
|Gen 1||C||RC||Flame Tail||20|
|11/25||ZR||Torchic||BW/XY||60||R||Ember||20||Flip a coin. If tails, discard a R Energy attached to this Pokemon.||W|
|12/25||ZR||Chimchar||Sun/Moon||60||C||Fury Swipes||10x||Flip 3 coins. This attack does 10 damage for each heads.||W|
|13/25||ZR||Tepig||BW/XY||70||RC||Ember||30||Discard an Energy attached to this Pokemon.||W|
|Gen 6||C||RC||Live Coal||20|
|16/25||ZR||Scorbunny||SwSh||60||R||Super Singe||10||Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Burned.||W|
|17/25||ZW||Squirtle||Sun/Moon||60||W||Bubble||10||Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.||G|
|18/25||ZW||Totodile||BW/XY||60||W||Fury Strikes||10x||Flip 3 coins. This attack does 10 damage for each heads.||G|
|Gen 4||C||WC||Wave Splash||20|
|21/25||ZW||Oshawott||BW/XY||60||WC||Water Pulse||20||Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Asleep.||L|
|Gen 6||C||WC||Water Drip||20|
|Gen 7||C||WC||Water Gun||20|
|24/25||ZW||Sobble||SwSh||60||WC||Bind||20||Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.||L|
|25/25||ZL||Pikachu||Sun/Moon||60||L||Meal Time||Flip a coin until you get a tails. For each heads, draw a card.||F|
At some point in the near future, I’m going to make a “Strictly Better/Worse” list for these cards. For example, the Froakie and Piplup cards share almost literally the same stats and attacks, except Piplup has 70 HP while Froakie has only 60, making Piplup “strictly better” than Froakie. Piplup’s “strictly better” status is further emphasized by Piplup’s Lightning-type weakness, versus Froakie’s Grass-type weakness, given that there are eight Grass-type cards in the set but only one Lightning-type, Pikachu. Hopefully this example explains the “Strictly Better/Worse” concept, so I’ll try to get one done for every other card in this set. Keep an eye out for it soon!
Okey dokey, that’s all I have to share at the moment. Hopefully my local McDonalds don’t sell out of all the Happy Meal promo packs, so that I can at least get once of each while supplies last! Good times.