1980s boys toy brands

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  1. Ambrojh

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    I was going to post this in general discussion, but felt it fits this area better. Basically, what is your top ten 1980s toylines;

    Here is mine (in ranked order)
    1- Transformers
    2- G.I.Joe
    3- Star Wars
    4- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I feel it's more 90s, but can be both)
    5- Voltron
    6- Thundercats
    7- MASK (I was wrong it is a top 10 brand,)
    8- He-Man
    9- Battle Beast
    10- Gobots
     
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    I need some time to make a list but here's the wikipedia entry for 1980s toys (it includes some foreign toys but if you need a reminder of what was in that decade, with the obvious caveat that this is wikipedia):
    Category:1980s toys - Wikipedia

    I want to say Shogun Warriors barely made the 80s, and if that's eligible I vote for that as number one.

    Also Spiral Zone (toys and cartoon) is criminally under rated. Though to be fair they are dolls.

    edited to add: ok maybe Shogun Warriors didn't make the cut (sorry Jumbo Machinders) but Bandai America did bring over more Popy toys under the Godaikin brand in the 80's, so I choose that.

    1. Godaikin
    2. Star Wars
    3. Transformers (I'll include Diaclone and Microchange in here)
    4. GI Joe
    5. He-man
    6. MASK
    7. Visionaries
    8. Starriors/Zoids/Robo Strux
    9. Spiral Zone
    10. M.U.S.C.L.E.

    with shout outs to Gobots, Dino Riders, Sectaurs, and Starcom. shoot, Starcom probably deserves to be on there...

    Macross is big to me (the Takutoku valk and all the variations) but it's technically a foreign toy line and represented in Transformers so...
     
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    The toys that made me:

    1 - Transformers
    2 - GIJoe
    3 - GoBots
    4 - Godaikin
    5 - Construx
    6 - Star Wars
    7 - Centurions
    8 - Visionaries
    9 - Tron
    10 - MC Toys Dyna Drive Dynabot Changers

    Honorable mention: Voltron
     
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    My favorites (not ranked). Also, I own some products from each of these lines. Some MUCH more then others.
    Star Wars
    Transformers
    GIJoe
    Thundercats
    Voltron
    Robotech
    Go-Bots
    MASK
    He-Man
     
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    I was one of the weird kids who liked Thundercats, Silverhawks and HeMan in cartoon form but never wanted the toys or comics. But I did end up with a couple Visionaries and the comics.

    I included MC Toys on my list because I had a fair few of those guys. They were always the ones you'd find in drug stores or gas stations when the owners didn't want to compete with TG&Y, Walmart or Venture.
     
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    1. Transformers
    2. GI Joe
    3. Godaikin
    4. Flying Fighters
    5. Ring Raiders
    6. Ertl Force One
    7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    8. Army Gear
    9. Construx
    10. Batman 1989 movie
     
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    For those wondering, here's a picture of some of the MC Toys Pull-Back-And-Go Dyno Drive toys. I have a feeling that more of us had these but didn't remember what they were.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Ah that picture brings back memories. Those and the Converters line (which had like cheaper versions of Macross toys along with beetras, drovack, sasuraiger, etc) were like the budget transformers/gobots. :) 
     
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    Trying to rank them how I would as a kid, I was born in '82, so this is basically a late 80's/early 90's list:

    1. TMNT
    2. Transformers
    3. Toy Biz X-Men
    4. GI Joe
    5. Jurassic Park
    6. Dinoriders
    7. Real Ghostbusters
    8. WWF figures
    9. Food Fighters
    10. Barnyard Commandos

    I was born in '82, so I actually didn't have a single Star Wars toy as a kid until the mid 90's, even though that makes up the vast majority of my collection now.
     
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    Gonna include some 70's since most of it carried over to the 80's and beyond...in order of how I remember them in my life

    1. Star Wars
    2. Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets, G-Force)
    3. Shogun Warriors (and all Super Robot related toys from Poppy, etc.)
    4. Microman
    5. Secret Wars (and other random Super Hero lines from Marvel and DC)
    6. MOTU
    7. Entertech (realistic electronic water guns. Also include all other realistic toy cap guns, noise guns and others...)
    8. GI Joe
    9. Transformers
    10. Macross (Robotech)

    Perfect amount! No other toys are relevant or needed after Macross!
    Not counting any construction toys like Tinker Toys, Lego, Robotix since they aren't specifically "boys toys".
     
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    I'd debate that a bit in regards to Robotix and Construx. Both of those had boy-oriented marketing drives. Especially Robotix.
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    True, let's just say I ran out of space then. Robotix was one of my favorites though!
     
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    1. Transformers
    2. Go-Bots
    3. G.I. Joe
    4. Thundercats
    5. Silverhawks
    6. Centurions
    7. He-Man
    8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    9. Mattel Mad Scientist
    10. Nintendo
     
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    I was born in '82, so I actually didn't have a single Star Wars toy as a kid until the mid 90's, even though that makes up the vast majority of my collection now.[/QUOTE]

    I remember ESB & ROTJ carded figures for .25 cents at some stores here in NYC, when I was a kid, I bought three AT-ATs for $2.50 each and six AT-STs for $1.
     
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    I loved lots of toy lines and toy line related shows as a kid, but, I didn’t have all that many toys, honestly. I had to live vicariously through a lot of my friends. Of the toys I loved and had :

    Transformers
    Gobots
    TMNT
    Radio control stuff (basic toy RC)
    Erector
    Lego
    Electric car race sets (Tyco)
    Electric train
    Toy guns (Entertech, cap guns, etc)
    Model kits
     
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    It had a cartoon as well. Well, it shared a cartoon with Jem, Big Foot, and Inhumanoids. And I had no qualms watching Jem while I waited for the rest to come on.

    Also, now that I'm doing more research, I forgot a key one:
    Super Powers (and to a lesser extent, Marvel Secret Wars with those shields...I think Toybiz Marvel came right in '90 though so not eligible)
     
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    1. Transformers
    2. GI*JOE
    3. Star Wars
    4. Masters of the Universe
    5. M.A.S.K.
    6. Go-Bots
    7. Silverhawks
    8. Centurions
    9. DC Superpowers
    10. Marvel Secret Wars
     
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    I remember ESB & ROTJ carded figures for .25 cents at some stores here in NYC, when I was a kid, I bought three AT-ATs for $2.50 each and six AT-STs for $1.[/QUOTE]


    i too am a 1982 kid, but i directly benefited from a chance occasion with my mom's Finch-fancier friend in the late-80's,
    whom had a large original SW toy collection left over from her kids, -a collection spanning all three film eras-
    and she sold it all to my mom for like $50.00.

    so, from a young age, -well under 10- i enjoyed a majority of the original combined toy line,
    and it was like my favorite thing ever for a good few years there, before i began gradually gravitating
    into Anime in the early/mid-90's, mostly via Mecha plastic models and MACROSS/ROBOTECH.

    still, i recall the cold-weather AT-AT pilot being my favorite figure back then,
    and so i picked up one of the more recent BLACK SERIES figures when the opportunity presented itself;

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    and, since i also particularly liked the INCOM T-65/T-70 X-WING fighter, my dad picked me up the 2016 1/72 BANDAI model one day a few years back;

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    i too am a 1982 kid, but i directly benefited from a chance occasion with my mom's Finch-fancier friend in the late-80's,
    whom had a large original SW toy collection left over from her kids, -a collection spanning all three film eras-
    and she sold it all to my mom for like $50.00.

    so, from a young age, -well under 10- i enjoyed a majority of the original combined toy line,
    and it was like my favorite thing ever for a good few years there, before i began gradually gravitating
    into Anime in the early/mid-90's, mostly via Mecha plastic models and MACROSS/ROBOTECH.

    still, i recall the cold-weather AT-AT pilot being my favorite figure back then,
    and so i picked up one of the more recent BLACK SERIES figures when the opportunity presented itself;

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and, since i also particularly liked the INCOM T-65/T-70 X-WING fighter, my dad picked me up the 2016 1/72 BANDAI model one day a few years back;

    [​IMG][/QUOTE]
    That AT-AT driver was also my favorite Stormtrooper back in the day. Love the design!
     
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