McDonald’s Online Shop Is Dropping Quarter Pounder-Inspired Merch

Fast-food chain offering swag tied to one of its iconic burgers

The burger chain is offering Quarter Pounder-inspired merchandise to its fans for a limited time.
The burger chain is offering Quarter Pounder-inspired merchandise to its fans for a limited time. McDonald's
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McDonald’s is introducing an all-new line of fan club swag this week in an ode to one of its iconic hamburgers: The Quarter Pounder.

The burger-inspired merchandise will allow customers to live, breathe and share their love of the burger, which has been around for five decades. But the products will only be available for a limited time in its online shop—and quantities are extremely limited. McDonald’s is asking Quarter Pounder fans to follow it on Instagram to receive updates on when the items would become available. Today, for example, a 2020 calendar is for sale for $25.

Other items include an original fan club T-shirt, a Quarter Pounder with Love locket, Quarter Pounder mittens for couples, even an “I’d Rather Be Eating a Quarter Pounder” sticker and Quarter Pounder-scented candles.

McDonald’s will also unveil a larger-than-life bronze statue of the Quarter Pounder this month. The sesame seeds on the bun are more than 20 times the size of the actual version. The burger chain has yet to reveal which city will end up being the recipient of the wondrous creation.

In December, McDonald’s offered its fans and customers a permanent place online for its branded goods. The goal of the store, called Golden Arches Unlimited, was to offer a rotating seasonal collection. At that time, it included items such as a beanie and a holiday sweater. Today, you can buy a Sesame Seed umbrella and a World Famous Fries tote bag.

The branded merchandise is a change of heart for McDonald’s. Not long ago, the chain was poking fun at rivals such as KFC with a parody fashion line called Schnuggs.

The fast-food chain has offered merchandise off and on since the 1980s, but historically partnered with fashion brands. In 2017, it teamed with Japanese clothing maker Beams to offer red iPhone cases and white T-shirts with a tiny hamburger logo. The items were sold on ecommerce site Rakuten.

@RichCollings Richard Collings is a retail reporter at Adweek.