Kirby Happy Meal toys by McDonalds Japan
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McDonald’s Japan Kirby Happy Meal Sold Out Earlier Than Expected

McDonald’s Japan announced that it had ended sales for the Kirby Happy Meal sets much earlier than planned. The restaurant chain cited the set’s immense popularity as the reason behind the early closure. In addition, it also canceled the third wave of the promotion, which was previously scheduled to start on March 8, 2024.

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The Japanese news outlet 4Gamer further corroborated the meal set’s sellout. It noted that McDonald’s Japan saw a pace in sales that far exceeded its expectations ever since it launched the first wave of Kirby sets on February 23, 2024. The newer toys from the second wave, which were up for sale on March 1, 2024, were also sold out in a number of branches within the same day.

McDonald’s Japan previously revealed eight Kirby toys that would feature in the franchise’s Happy Meal sets in mid-February 2024. The original plan was to sell the first four toys including a Waddle Dee on February 23, 2024, and then switch over to the latter four that also included a Yellow Kirby on March 1, 2024. The chain also planned to launch the third wave for a week from March 8, 2024, where it would provide the remaining stocks for all eight toys.

The Kirby Happy Meal sets were available in McDonald’s Japan branches from February 23, 2024, until March 1, 2024. The toys were sold out before the chain could complete the promotion on March 14, 2024.

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Kite is a Japanese translator and avid gamer from Indonesia, Southeast Asia who learned the language mostly by playing Japanese games from the PS1 era. He primarily translates news about Japanese games and anime straight from Japan. After initially starting with a focus on Dynasty Warriors communities from the mid-2000s, he eventually joined Siliconera in 2020. Other than Dynasty Warriors, Kite is also a big fan of Ace Combat and other games featuring mechs, especially Gundam.