Early Hello Kitty present for 17 ST readers who share memorable McDonald's experience

23-year-old Andreas Toh holds up the six different designs from the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty set. His winning entry was an old photograph of him when he was four years old posing with the Ronald McDonald statue at King Albert Park McDonald's.
23-year-old Andreas Toh holds up the six different designs from the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty set. His winning entry was an old photograph of him when he was four years old posing with the Ronald McDonald statue at King Albert Park McDonald's. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
17 of The Straits Times readers become the first in Singapore to get their hands on the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty sets from McDonald's at McDonald's Springleaf Tower along Anson Road on July 18, 2015.
17 of The Straits Times readers become the first in Singapore to get their hands on the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty sets from McDonald's at McDonald's Springleaf Tower along Anson Road on July 18, 2015. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
From left) McDonald's marketing executive Albert Umali and senior marketing manager Jassie Ling hand out the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty set, containing six different designs of the plush collectibles, to Madam Rosalind Goh, 35, and her children
From left) McDonald's marketing executive Albert Umali and senior marketing manager Jassie Ling hand out the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty set, containing six different designs of the plush collectibles, to Madam Rosalind Goh, 35, and her children Sng Zhe Kai, 3, 9-month-old Sng Zhe Yang, and Sng Ying Xuan, 5.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
McDonald's senior marketing manager Jassie Ling (extreme left) hand out the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty set, containing six different designs of the plush collectibles, to one of the 17 winners of the contest.
McDonald's senior marketing manager Jassie Ling (extreme left) hand out the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty set, containing six different designs of the plush collectibles, to one of the 17 winners of the contest.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
17 of The Straits Times readers become the first in Singapore to get their hands on the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty sets from McDonald's at McDonald's Springleaf Tower along Anson Road on July 18, 2015.
17 of The Straits Times readers become the first in Singapore to get their hands on the limited edition SG50 Hello Kitty sets from McDonald's at McDonald's Springleaf Tower along Anson Road on July 18, 2015. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Seventeen Straits Times readers beat the crowd on Saturday to getting new limited-edition SG50 sets of Hello Kitty dolls launched by McDonald's.

The locally-themed dolls are to be released later this month, but ST readers got the chance to win themselves an early set by submitting a photo of them having a memorable moment at McDonald's.

The set of six dolls, which is worth $80, includes the Trishaw Uncle, Durian Lover and Samsui Woman. The final doll is dressed as a McDonald's crew member.

Mr Andreas Toh, 23, submitted a nostalgic photo of himself aged four, posing with Ronald McDonald in the outlet at King Albert Park, which has since closed down.

The Nanyang Technological University student said he and his younger brother used to visit McDonald's to get the Happy Meal toys such as Power Rangers. He entered the contest at his mother's behest, as she enjoys collecting Hello Kitty.

"She's very excited about my win," he said.

Online pre-orders for the Hello Kitty dolls will be opened to the public on July 20, and the toys will be sold in outlets starting July 27.

About 450 people entered the contest, which ran from July 8 to 14.