Remembering back------ Cost of G1 toys in the 80's

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  1. LifePincher

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    If you can remember the original retail price of a certain G1 figure back in the 80's, please list it.

    Wanting these with their original retail prices, but cannot remember them----- $20.-$30.?

    Autobot cars (Prowl, Mirage, Sunstreaker, etc.) ?
    Headmasters (Chromedome, Hardhead, etc.) ?
    Roadbuster/Whirl ?
    Dinobots ?


    Thanks guys :) 
     
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    Its hard to remember the cost of pre 86 movie toys. I can't help with the ones you have listed but I remember a few I bought (in Australian dollars).

    In toy shops.
    HotRod $14
    Metroplex $50
    Blur $11
    Rippersnapper $8.50

    In grocery stores.
    Gnaw $9
    Predecons $9
    AltraMagnus $18
    Galvatron $18
    Metroplex $18

    I always remember the cost of Gnaw because when I was a kid I "borrowed" the $9 from my Mum's purse and at 7am on a Saturday morning I escaped ninja style from our house and went to the local Franklins grocery shop to buy him.:sly2: 
     
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    I remember G1 Megatron cost me £17.50. Always stuck in my mind as an odd price.
     
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    Holy Hell the memories! $10.00 for an Autobot car :crazy: 

    Lionel Playworld. I remember one of those old commercials--

    ...... They've got selection, low prices too
    Lionel Playworld makes it easy for you
    The prices and selection are among the best around
    Let Lionel Playworld turn that frown
    Upsidedown!
     
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    Remember though, with the inflation calculator a $10 toy in 84 would cost a little over $20 today. Also Fort Max at $89.99 in would be $168 in 2008 dollars
    The Inflation Calculator
     
  7. BigRC83

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    Only if people knew these would sought after collector items twenty-five years later. Hey, does anybody have a photo(s) of G1s on store shelfs?
     
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    That would be pretty hard to come by. Most stores wouldn't let you bring a camera in. It's not like everyone had cellphone cams in the 80s
     
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    I've seen one. IIRC it was a promo pic for a new toy store opening.
     
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    I was once in a aisle with one side full of Metroplex and the other side full of Jetfire. I had to choose and I picked Metroplex. I have never in my life since seen that many mint Jetfires in one place again.
     
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    I remember G1 Prime being $20 USD. I did so many chores to save up...
     
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    I remember my mom paid $29.99 for my Powermaster Optimus Prime at Zellers here in Canada. I think the Cars sold for about $10 and the seekers for $15.
     
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    The Sticker on my G1 Blaster box says "$21.99" Which is in Canadian dollars, and was purchased at "The Bay".
     
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    The sticker on my Kickback box reads $7.49. I remember getting that one the first time I saw it at the local Hills department store (since closed).

    We had another store around when I was a kid- Woolworths, I think- that was going out of business. We didn't have much money back then, so I was only able to get a few things that were really cheap with some saved-up holiday and birthday money-
    Deluxe Insecticons @ $6.00 each, Grimlock @ $8.00, Whirl @ $9.00 and some 6" die-cast Shogun Warriors for $2.00 each.
    Ahh, good times.
     
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    The price tag on my Shrapnel's box says he was going for 4.99 around '84-'85
     
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    Micromaster 4-packs were £3.99 in the early 1990s (UK).
     
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    G1 cars were around $8.00 jets about $12.00. I think mini cars were about $3.00. Combiner limbs about $4.50. Prime and Megs about $20.00 each.
     

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