Name of Toy Line: McDonald's Black & White Pokémon Promotion
Manufacturing and Distribution: Nintendo & McDonald's
Years of Production: 2011
Countries/Regions Available: North America, Europe, and Oz
Figure Trade Markings:
Approximate # of Figures: 8
Details: In 2011 two powerhouses, Nintendo and McDonald's, teamed up to produce a Happy Meal promotion for Pokémon Black and White, the first titles in the 5th generation of Pokémon video games made for the Nintendo DS.
In the US promotion, there were 8 figures and 12 cards offered. However, elsewhere, three of the figures were not released. I'm not sure why. See below.
While I've never been a Pokémon fan - I've never played the games nor collected the toys and cards - I am a fan of Nintendo design aesthetics and McDonald's Happy Meal toys. Also, while I've never been into Pokémon, I've never hated it either. I love collecting cards and toys, so I can't begrudge anyone who collects Pokémon cards and toys. I can see the appeal. Furthermore, had there ever been a mono/blank line of Pokémon mini-figures, perhaps I would be a fan after-all!
In any case, a sealed Black & White promotional figure came into my possession! and I was impressed enough with the piece - package, card, figure, and, mostly, the checklist - to document it here. So let's take a look.
The figure I acquired is called Tepig. He is a Fire Pig Pokémon and is apparently at the beginning stages of "evolution."