Ronald McDonald Dolls
Ronald McDonald Dolls are dolls manufactured by the fast food chain McDonald's, which resemble the character Ronald McDonald. Background
McDonald's was founded by Dick and Mac McDonald in 1937. What began as a single, drive-in restaurant grew exponentially over the interceding decades into the enormous multinational we recognise today. Popular McDonald's collectibles include the limited edition glasses and mugs, figurines, snow globes, happy meal toys and Ronald McDonald dolls.
Despite being the company's eerie, child-feeding, figure head, Ronald McDonald is curiously absent form a great deal of McDonald's memorabilia and is therefore more collectible than other items of branded McDonald's advertising memorabilia. Ronald McDonald vinyl dolls, lunch boxes and jewellery can typically only be found through tracking down personal and private collections and in museums. These very rare items, however, are the exception rather than the rule. The vast majority of Ronald McDonald dolls should not set a seasoned collector back more than $50.
The 1971 version, the reprint of that version, and the 1977 version have only minor differences, mainly in the McDonalds logo on the pockets, the collar, and the “zipper.” There isn’t much difference in the values of the different versions of the Ronald McDonald dolls, but the same is not true of all dolls. A minor variation could mean a big difference in value so pay attention to details.
To be classified as collectible, items from McDonald's have to be discontinued, made for only a limited time and remain in the original box or packaging. However, some vintage pieces, such as plastic toys from the 1970s, are often found on the auction block without the original packaging and are still considered highly collectible. For an item to receive the highest appraised value it must be unopened and in mint condition.
Extremely rare dolls very seldom come to auction.
Rare dolls can go for $50 and up, with some early examples ranging into the hundreds. Most such dolls fall into the under $25 range, with a good many available for $10-$15. A quick perusal of eBay reveals even lower prices.
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