As a child, it was difficult to establish what excited me more about the McDonald's Happy Meal. Was it the juicy burger and side of fries, or the toy that came with it.
As an adult, it's easy to see what I valued most. Of course, it was the toy.
Now, as a fully-fledged grown-up, I have no excuse to buy Happy Meals and even if I did go ahead and order one, the chances are that I would be bitterly disappointed given that the toys they provide in modern times are for characters that I have never heard of!
But back in the day, there was nothing I appreciated more than a cheap, plastic toy from a Happy Meal box.
I cherished each individual one, like some sort of relic to the times my mother relented on her strict healthy-eating plans.
But over the years, my collection of McDonald's toys diminished as I moved out and my family decided to discard them.
And, if I am honest, I haven't thought twice about my substantial collection. Well, that was until the most expensive McDonald's toy of all time was revealed and it suddenly dawned on me that I may own one of the highly-coveted toys.
In a list, compiled by Love Antiques, all of the most valuable McDonald's toys ever released have been revealed - with some of them dating back to the 1970s.
The chances are that you may have one of the toys hiding in your attic or your old toy box. So, if you fancy making yourself a small fortune, pay attention to what the experts have to say...
For example, if you have one of the Inspector Gadget toys from 1995, then you could net yourself a tidy $350.
Meanwhile, a Mario figurine from 1994 or 1998 will enable you to collect a neat $250.
These prices are subject to the condition of the toy, of course, and collectors prefer it if you've never opened the polythene bag.
Then, each individual car from the 1983 Hot Wheels collection could fetch you $40. There were 14 cars in the set in total, so if you happen to have them all then you could be looking at $540.
The rather plain looking Potato Head kids from 1987 are actually worth a surprising $100 each, whilst the complete set of Power Rangers with their vehicles from 1994 is set to snag you $350 - that's enough for a flight across the world!
The most valuable toy ever released by McDonald's? Of course, it's the TY Teenie Beanie Babies which were released in 1998. The set is worth an eye-watering $450, which isn't bad for a toy purchased as part of a fast food meal deal.
For those who haven't been collecting for too long, there's good news. A Jerry the Minion toy from as recently as 2013 is estimated to fetch a healthy $120.
If you have any of these toys, the experts recommend that you keep them in their original packaging if possible.
If you don't have a single one of these toys, then there is no need to despair because there is still a chance that you can earn yourself money from the free McDonald's toy if you pay attention to this tip: According to antique experts, McDonald's toys with the most potential are ones linked to film promotions. Why? Because they're often limited edition, thus they are few and far between.
So now you know the secrets, what is there to stop you from becoming a McDonald's Happy Meal toy millionaire?!