What did the original G1 Transformers toys retail for in '84/'85?

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  1. larasatinening

    larasatinening New Member

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    I was a huge fan of the show & toys as a kid, but my parents always thought they were too expensive to buy many of them. I'd like to know what the toys originally sold for in stores, I recall them being pricier than most other action figures of the day, but can't recall specifics. [​IMG]
     
  2. Furyan

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    Various prices,if you go into the MISB collectors thread most of those G1 boxes still have price tags on em,maybe that will help you some. I warn you though there are some niiiiiiice things in there,might end up wanting to chase down some figures:D 
     
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    I have a G1 Soundwave and the box says 17.84.
     
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    I remember that the Devastator boxed set was $30.
     
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    What I'd do to have those prices again...
     
  7. SouthtownKid

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    Wouldn't matter because you'd have much less money. An average of $8 for a deluxe size TF back then, but minimum wage in 1984 was about a third of what it is now. So you'd actually be able to buy less toy for your money. Those prices weren't that great.
     
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    My G1 Thrust and Starscream were $16.99 when they were bought new. Hot Rod was $14.99. Those are some of the prices I had to pay as there was no TRU in my area. Not that it mattered. My first Transformer was Sunstreaker, and my mom bought him for just over $5. The store raised their prices on TF's shortly afterward. Original G1 toys were not cheap back then. But unlike today's TF's, they had quite a bit of die-cast in them and they weren't designed on any elaborate computer program. Many of them were under $20 and the mini-bots (mini-cars) were under $7 with tax. I remember getting $10 a week for allowance and I used to buy those little mini-bots like Bumblebee, Sea-Spray, Tailgate, Windcharger, Pipes, etc.
     
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    Hurray for inflation
     
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    Though Fort Max came out in 1987 to date he was the most expensive Transformer from that era.I saw a JC Penny's or Sears catalog from that year and he was listed at 99.99.Scorpanok was I think 39.99.
     
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    Cyclonus79 Decepticon General

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    They may as well of been priced in the millions the way my parents would react to me every time I'd ask for a new one lol.
     
  13. icewolf74

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    Here are a few pages from the 1985 Sears Toy Christmas catalog to give you an idea of what TF prices were back in the day: JIMSMASH ! ! !: SEARS CHRISTMAS CATALOG 1985. There are other toy lines in there too, including Gi Joe, Voltron, He Man, and so on.

    By the way, I still get that rush of nostalgia when I peruse through these Christmas catalogs like I did when I was 10 years old. At 39 today, I could probably still stare out those wonderful toy pictures for hours on end. :D 
     
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    Fixed to reflect my own experience :) 
     
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    The price tag on my original G1 Fortmax says 87.99 and on my Trypticon it says 49.99 no wonder I never got them as a kid that was a lot of money back then.
     
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    G1s were expensive back in the 80s. It was difficult for me to convince my parents to get them for me. I got mostly go-bots. My parents figured they were robots that transform so I would I wouldn't mind just getting those. I mean i did get transformers, but not like a few of my neighbors.
     
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    I've got the Constructicons boxed set and it has a price tag of $28.84. Funny thing is I just bought it last year and only paid $30 for it.
     
  18. Arduous

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    Ones I recall...cus I had to save allowance money ...and mow lawns



    Hound and wheel jack - paid 11.99 for each

    Devastator 32.99

    Jazz 12.99

    Thrust 15.99

    Bee - Cliff - 3.99
     
  19. Takeshi357

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    Assuming he's making minimum wage.

    A lot easier way to figure out the costs is just by adjusting the prices to inflation. They'd be about double now.
     
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    I remember my dad paying $39.99 for my Optimus Prime. The leader toys(him and Megs) were impossible to find in stores, pre-Christmas '84. I don't know if they were under-ordered because of their price point of if they were just that popular. But I got a tip from one of classmates that a mom and pop toy store in town had them. I dragged my dad down there and he reluctantly plucked down the cash for it. We had been looking every weekend for a few weeks so maybe he was tired of gassing up the car and driving around town to all the usual retail spots. Of course, after Christmas, K-Mart had end caps full of Prime and Megatron for $25. If I had waited, I could've gotten them both!