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These 1980s Toys Are Worth a Fortune!

Edited By: David Borg
 If you were a child during the 1980s, or if you had kids that were growing up then, you're probably familiar with the many different toys and crazes that were available throughout that wacky decade. If you've still got some toys from the '80s lying around your home, you may be in luck, since a significant amount of toys from this decade have now become collectors' items.
 
Here are 10 valuable toys from the 1980s:
 
1. Game Boy

Price on eBay: $72.99

Kids of the '80s will have no trouble remembering the Game Boy, which used to sell for $89.99 back then. The handheld console ran on AA batteries, and has been credited with bringing Tetris to the masses. Between Game Boy and its successor, Game Boy Color, more than 118 million units have been sold across the globe.

2. Michael Jackson Superstar of the ’80s Doll

Price on eBay: $79.98

It was practically impossible to get through the '80s without hearing Michael Jackson's powerful voice on a daily basis. Many teens were obsessed with him and wanted to sing, dress and dance just like the King of Pop did. Even though he's no longer with us, his legend still lives on, and that's why sealed versions of his early action figures are worth around $80.

3. My Buddy Doll

Price on Etsy: $89.99

The plush doll with rainbow-striped sleeves and red overalls was an absolute hit with many kids who grew up in the 1980s. This great toy was not only innovative but also highly controversial when it was released since it was advertised as a doll that both boys and girls could play with.

4. Optimus Prime Transformer Action Figure

Price on eBay: $100

Thanks to the immense popularity of the latest Transformers movies, these toys from the 1980s are now highly sought after by collectors from around the world. If you've got a couple of old Autobots or Decepticons lying around somewhere, you might be able to sell them for a pretty penny on eBay.

5. Little People Family House

Price on eBay: $125

Although their look has changed over the years, Little People dolls and houses have remained a staple in children's lives for decades. Collectors or wealthy parents often pay hundreds of dollars for collections of Little People toys, and an unopened Little People Brown Tudor Family House set currently sells for around $125 dollars online.

 
6. G.I. Joe Motorized Offensive Battle Attack Tank

Price on eBay: $149.99

Back in 1982, Hasbro released this US armed forces-themed line of action figures. Curiously, the 'G.I.' in G.I. Joe stands for 'government issue,' and the term 'action figure' was actually coined during the development of the first G.I. Joe range.

7. Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls

Price on eBay: $179

One of the most memorable fads of the 1980s began with the appearance of the Cabbage Patch Kids. First released in 1982, they were the must-have toy that simply had to find a place under every family's Christmas tree, resulting in occasional fights in stores across the US, when supplies began to diminish.

8. 1983 Strawberry Shortcake Doll House

Price on eBay: $1,200

If you've got one of these dollhouses laying around your home, you might be in for a deliciously sweet surprise, since some of the oldest ones are valued at upwards of a thousand dollars, and that's without any of the furniture included!

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures

Price on eBay: $1,695

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remained popular superheroes throughout the '80s and '90s, and as a result of their immense popularity, plenty of their comics and action figures are worth heaps of cash. A single 1989 action figure can be bought for around $1,695 online, so just imagine how much you could make with a full set of four!

10. 1986 Masters of the Universe Play Set

Price on eBay: $2,500

Kids of the '80s are bound to remember the legendary heroes, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. It also seems that some people still really love them today, as a full 1986 set of the He-Man Masters of the Universe Eternia play-set is currently worth around $2,500!
 

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