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
     
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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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    I just remember that one independent toy store by me had Hound for like $20 and my mom refused to pay that much for him which upset me because it was the only time I had ever seen him. even my friend, who had nearly everything, didn't have'm. Now I got 4 of them and paid a lot more for them used. lol
     
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    That's about right. I think they mostly went for $4.99-5.99, depending on the store. So were the Jumpstarters.

    Autobot cars were around $8.99.

    Optimus Prime was $19.99-24.99. Same with Megatron and Soundwave.

    Minicars were $3.99-4.99.

    Seekers were $12.99-14.99.

    Hasbro did a good job of holding pricing down through the years to stay about the same, adjusting the build to fit the price point vs. allowing inflation to damage price-points. The 2007 economic downturn coupled with the run on oil pretty much killed that strategy and prices finally budged. Now we're where we are at today.

    Personally, I'd love to see slightly improved 1984-85 figures at inflation pricing rather than the stuff coming out for Cyberverse. But that's the 7-year-old in me talking...
     
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    I can remember a long time ago going to San Francisco, and going down to a toy store on the Embarcedero (sp?).

    they had the Preadacons there all stacked up... and i remember them being $29.95 or $34.95 each.

    which is a ton of money for me back then.

    I remember just drooling over them.

    I picked up the Constructicons at the local Kaybee toys, and they were really affordable.. that class of figure was all i could afford.. i don't remember being able to afford hardly any Transformers when i was a kid.
     

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