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McDonald’s Brings the 90s Back With Return of McNugget Buddies

McDonald’s Brings the 90s Back With Return of McNugget Buddies

Millennials, rejoice! More than 25 years after disappearing from McDonald’s, the fast food chain’s McNugget Buddies are BACK! 

According to a press release, starting on Dec. 11, six different McNugget Buddy collectibles will be available at McDonald’s nationwide. Each collectible will have different outfits as well as backstories. The toys’ return comes just after the food chain brand teamed with artist Kerwin Frost, who helped redesign McNugget Buddies. He also created a meal for the Buddies called The Kerwin Frost Box.

McDonald’s revealed the Kerwin Frost Box will include the choice of 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, or a Big Mac, World Famous Fries, a soft drink, and a special McNugget Buddy collectible.

Tariq Hassan, McDonald’s USA Chief Marketing and Customer, spoke about the return of the McNugget Buddies. “With last year’s Cactus Plant Flea Market Box, we unlocked the childlike joy of opening a Happy Meal box for fans of all ages. And told us they wanted to celebrate that quintessential childhood experience again. So, we’re excited to team up with Kerwin on this next take, as he brings his own childhood McDonald’s memories to life through reimagined McDonald’s characters, immersing our fans in the world of Frost Way.”

The McNugget Buddies were first introduced in 1988 as part of a limited-time Happy Meal. There were originally 10 different McNugget Buddy collectibles. 

Who are the new McDonald’s McNugget Buddies

McDonald’s also revealed who its new McNugget Buddies are as well as more details about each character. The descriptions are listed are listed below.

  • Kerwin Frost: Known as the Mayor of Frost Way, he is a true champion of the Buddies and encourages them to be themselves. In his free time, Frost is busy adding art to his collection or fixing things around the neighborhood.
  • Don Bernice: Dubbed the Wise Stylist, Don Bernice is an experienced fashion designer. He creates all the outfits for the Buddies in Frost Way and also offers stern advice. After all, she is “don” – the very best!
  • Uptown Moe: Described as the Neighborhood Hero, Uptown Moe is the no-nonsense, street-smart, supportive guy from around the block in Frost Way everyone knows and loves. He also gives the best motivational speeches on a whim.
  • Waffutu – Known as the Curious Optimist, Waffutu grew up in Frost Way and was raised by the whole neighborhood. She spreads positivity wherever she goes and can turn any frown upside down with the wave of a wand and the tilt of a crown.
  • BRRRICK: Labeled as the Cool Guy, BRRRICK is known as the most adventurous Buddy in Frost Way who speaks in puns, and loves trying new things and techno music. He’s lowkey nervous, but always cool under pressure.
  • Darla: Considered the Dreamer of the McNugget Buddies crew, Darla is described as a soft-spoken yet peacefully confident singer who moved to Frost Way to pursue her dream of becoming a superstar as the lead singer of “The Frostettos.” When she’s not on stage, she’s running the local McDonald’s in Frost Way – where she’s the employee of the month every month!