So does anyone have pics of TF's in toy aisles from the 80s

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    Yes, i know there's no Transformers in this pic. But since Transformers probably wouldn't have existed w/o the success of G.I.Joe, i think you'll let me away with it. Screenshot_20200223-185408_Instagram.jpg
     
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    ...peak joe right there; both joes and transformers would never again dominate retail to the same extent after '87...
     
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    (Was this pic posted already?)


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    ...bonus points if you can identify all the toys on the left side of the image, beyond the terrordrome...
     
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    What, they put video games into the toy aisle? That's weird to see. In our stores they always had a dedicated video game section. It was not far away from the toy section, but it was definitely never mixed. Well at least since I can remember from the early Gameboy and Atari days.
     
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    That's not from an actual store; it's someone's collection which was made to look like a TRU.

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    Ah, cool.
     
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    With inflation that figure would be $70.61 based on: https://www.in2013dollars.com/us/inflation/1986?amount=30

    I remember having that figure, and it both being one of my favorites, and being a total brick :) 

    I don't have any pictures, but going to TRU a few times when transformers were huge, and just being in absolute heaven. Quite the memories in this thread.
     
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    90s ad.

     
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    I remember our local Meijer store having a bucket full of broken G1 Megatron toys that you could actually buy.
     
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    video(games) killed the radio (toys) star?
     
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    that pic is really the pinnacle showing of an 80s action figure,JOE aisle. Except seeing the defiants, I seen Flaggs like that, BUt never seen a defiant. My dad said he had to go to Ohio (were from MI) to get me mine for christmas
     
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    Theres a good $20k-$30k on the endcap alone right there...

    The Defiant-The fort Max of 80's Joes
     
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    The defiant was THE BEST playset of the 80s. Buddy had the Flagg and it was amazing..just not as cool as the defiant.
     
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    ...yeah, i’ve got the flagg and it’s cool for being what it is, but it’s all about scale and doesn’t otherwise play in the same league as their other large playsets and vehicles...

    ...the terrordrome and defiant are both objectively better toys...
     
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    2 minutes 4 seconds in... some shots of Transformers Generation 2 toys in a TRU in 1993:


    And a glimpse of some Beast Wars toys in 1996:
     
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    How Many G.I.Joe figures can you name in this pic?

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    I almost want to cry seeing those. Especially those mint Matchbox Veritechs beyond the Terrordrome.

    I never saw a Defiant in stores either. I arrived to the US in The summer of ‘89, so I got to see toy aisles like this. It was a case of “the legends are true!” for 10-year-old me. The problem was that my parents couldn’t really afford to buy us much after such a big move. My first Joe was Scoop and my brother a Python Patrol Viper from Zayre. I never got to see Transformers like that, though. Micromasters and G2 didn’t get that much space on the shelves since they didn’t have big boxes. I remember seeing the G2 figures for the first time in Service Merchandise. They were almost an afterthought at the end of a shelf. I couldn’t get over the color and deco changes.”, but somehow I got Bumblebee and Beachcomber. I ended up with G2 Sideswipe from an eBay lot in the late 90s. I like him now.

     
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