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!


General Data

This is info which could appear in any of the Happy Meal promo packs.

This is a picture I took of a pretty typical Happy Meal. When you get your Happy Meal, you will then need to take everything out of its box and lay it out inside your car if you want it to look like this.
This is the patterned Starter background seen in all of the Pokémon 25 materials.

I also just realized that, even though what I have here is straightened out, on the actual products, they are tilted at a 25 degree angle. …. yes, 25 degrees, as in “Pokémon 25”. Holy crap that’s meta.

This is the front of the card pack which appears in all Happy Meal promo packs
This is the back of the pack
This is also the back, but behind the seal tab.

 


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.

 

PACK #1 — LT. WHITE: On the back it includes instructions on how to construct the card box prize inside. Then, on the inside, is a crafty little maze, complete with answer guide (which was quite welcomed; it was a real brain teaser this one!).
PACK #1 — DK. WHITE: Since this also is a #1 pack, it also shows how to construct the card box prize inside. Therefore, there is not a single White Promo Pack that has a blank backside. Meanwhile, the inside puzzle is similar to the one inside the Dk. Black #2 Promo Pack, but that one had you match Pikachu silhouettes while this one involves the silhouettes of various Starter Pokémon.

Somewhere along the line, this pack was redesigned slightly… you MIGHT actually have a “rare” version of this pack!

PACK #2 — LT. BLUE: Nothing special here… but there is a coloring page that is printed onto the inside of the Blue #2 promo pack. Sorry, no hint guide available for this one.
PACK #2 — DK. BLACK: This was when I realized that each of the packs, despite having the same toy as the other #2 item, it had a different picture printed on the inside. In this case, this has a puzzle similar to the one inside the #1 Dk. White packs, where you try to connect Pikachus to their silhouettes. Also included is the answer to the puzzle (in case it was too hard to figure out).
PACK #3 — DK. RED: This promo pack also has a Pikachu coloring page. No crayons tho. BTW, this one was the first C-C-COMBO BREAKER!! I got after a literal week of getting the #4 Lt. Green packs across three different McDonald’s locations.
PACK #4 — LT. GREEN: For seven days straight I got this little bugger. I can tell you what you get in it with my eyes closed! Uh… a coloring page?? … lol, jk; inside is a “Connect the Pokémon to its Pokéball”. Too bad that when you finish two, the third one is obvious. Or maybe not; maybe two Pokémon use the same Pokéball. I guess you’ll just have to find out for yourself!

 


Prizes

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.

This is both sides of the Card Box that comes with the #1 promo pack. The large Pokéball is actually separate from the Pokémon behind it, allowing the top to slide in-between them. Pretty nifty design for a simple 10-cent piece of cardboard! When folded together, it can hold 60 unsleeved Pokémon TCG cards. Or your Magic: the Gathering deck if you’re so inclined.

(Once constructed, the dimensions of the card box are about 0.79″ × 3.54″ × 2.56″ [20 × 90 × 65 mm])

For the #2 promo pack, regardless of color, you get a scenery card and stickers. This is the front size of the scenery card.

(The dimensions for this card are about 8.5″ × 5.26″ [216 × 133.5 mm])

This is the back side of the same scenery card.
This is one set of stickers you get in the #2 packs; they include two different poses of each of the three starter Pokémon from Gen 1 through 4, including Pikachu.

(The sticker sheet itself is 4″ × 7″ [102 × 178.5 mm], while the stickers themselves are about an inch in size [2-2.5 cm])

This is the other set of stickers you get; like the previous set, it has two posts of each starter from Gens 5 through 8, plus Pikachu. However, which stickers you get is completely randomized; it has nothing to do with the colors. Case in point, I got one of each in the Blue #2 packs, and two sets of Gen 1-4 stickers in the two Black #2 packs I got.
With the #3 packs, you get one of EIGHT different sticker sets! Specifically, each sticker set includes four rather large vinyl stickers: three starters from a particular Gen, plus a Pikachu. Relative to the #2 stickers, these stickers are HUUUUGE!

This is what the Gen 2 stickers look like.

And this is what the Gen 3 stickers look like.
Next we have what the Gen 5 stickers look like.
Finally, this is what the Gen 6 stickers look like. When I get them, I’ll be sure to include the Gens 1, 4, 7 and 8 stickers as well.

(The full sticker sheet is 4.5″ × 13.9″ [115 × 353 mm], with each individual page about 4.5″ × 3.5″ [115 × 88.25 mm]; the stickers themselves fill almost their entire sheet!)

Andinally, for the #4 promo packs, you get a cute little card frame. Like, you can stick your favorite Pokémon TCG card into the frame in order to show it off to your friends in work. SCHOOL. School. I meant school. The place that all Pokémon fans congregate at. I mean [laughs] what kind of adult would be caught dead placing a… Pokémon card…
in a frame… on their work desk. … It’s silly, right? … right?? 121×95
And this is what the back of the card frame looks like. Get used to seeing it, because you’re gonna be having to flip the card frame face down any time your coworkers walk past your desk. Because… uh… that’s a perfectly normal thing adults do! Y’know… flipping picture frames face down… around coworkers…

(The card frame overall is about 3.75″ × 4.75″ [95 × 121 mm], while the inside open face is 2.25″ × 3.25″  [57 × 82.5 mm]; consider that a Pokémon TCG card is about 2.5″ × 3.5″ [63.5 × 89 mm], so this frame essentially crops the yellow border of a card and focuses attention on the main parts of the card. You can get an idea of what this looks like in the “Quick Example Pictures” section below.)

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.

 


Set List

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:

Type Name Gen Card Style
1/25 ZG Bulbasaur 1 Sun/Moon
2/25 ZG Chikorita 2 Sun/Moon
3/25 ZG Treecko 3 BW/XY
4/25 ZG Turtwig 4 Sun/Moon
5/25 ZG Snivy 5 BW/XY
6/25 ZG Chespin 6 BW/XY
7/25 ZG Rowlet 7 Sun/Moon
8/25 ZG Grookey 8 SwSh
9/25 ZR Charmander 1 Sun/Moon
10/25 ZR Cyndaquil 2 Sun/Moon
11/25 ZR Torchic 3 BW/XY
12/25 ZR Chimchar 4 Sun/Moon
13/25 ZR Tepig 5 BW/XY
14/25 ZR Fennekin 6 BW/XY
15/25 ZR Litten 7 Sun/Moon
16/25 ZR Scorbunny 8 SwSh
17/25 ZW Squirtle 1 Sun/Moon
18/25 ZW Totodile 2 BW/XY
19/25 ZW Mudkip 3 BW/XY
20/25 ZW Piplup 4 Sun/Moon
21/25 ZW Oshawott 5 BW/XY
22/25 ZW Froakie 6 BW/XY
23/25 ZW Popplio 7 Sun/Moon
24/25 ZW Sobble 8 SwSh
25/25 ZL Pikachu n/a Sun/Moon

 

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
1/25 ZG Bulbasaur Sun/Moon 70 GC Razor Leaf 30 R
Gen 1 CC
2/25 ZG Chikorita Sun/Moon 70 G Mini Drain 10 Heal 10 damage from this Pokemon R
Gen 2 C
3/25 ZG Treecko BW/XY 60 G Quick Attack 10 Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 10 more damage. R
Gen 3 C
4/25 ZG Turtwig Sun/Moon 80 CC Tackle 20 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 5 C W
6/25 ZG Chespin BW/XY 60 G Vine Whip 10 R
Gen 6 C GC Seed Bomb 20
7/25 ZG Rowlet Sun/Moon 60 C Tackle 10 R
Gen 7 C GC Leafage 20
8/25 ZG Grookey SwSh 60 GC Branch Poke 30 R
Gen 8 C
9/25 ZR Charmander Sun/Moon 70 C Scratch 10 W
Gen 1 C RC Flame Tail 20
10/25 ZR Cyndaquil Sun/Moon 70 CC Hammer In 30 W
Gen 2 C
11/25 ZR Torchic BW/XY 60 R Ember 20 Flip a coin. If tails, discard a R Energy attached to this Pokemon. W
Gen 3 C
12/25 ZR Chimchar Sun/Moon 60 C Fury Swipes 10x Flip 3 coins. This attack does 10 damage for each heads. W
Gen 4 C
13/25 ZR Tepig BW/XY 70 RC Ember 30 Discard an Energy attached to this Pokemon. W
Gen 5 CC
14/25 ZR Fennekin BW/XY 60 R Scratch 10 W
Gen 6 C RC Live Coal 20
15/25 ZR Litten Sun/Moon 70 R Bite 10 W
Gen 7 C RC Flare 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
Gen 8 C
17/25 ZW Squirtle Sun/Moon 60 W Bubble 10 Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed. G
Gen 1 C
18/25 ZW Totodile BW/XY 60 W Fury Strikes 10x Flip 3 coins. This attack does 10 damage for each heads. G
Gen 2 C
19/25 ZW Mudkip BW/XY 60 W Tackle 10 G
Gen 3 C WC Mud-Slap 20
20/25 ZW Piplup Sun/Moon 70 C Peck 10 L
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 5 C
22/25 ZW Froakie BW/XY 60 W Pound 10 G
Gen 6 C WC Water Drip 20
23/25 ZW Popplio Sun/Moon 70 W Pound 10 G
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
Gen 8 C
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
Gen n/a C LC Gnaw 20 M

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.