The 1980s were a great decade for toys and saw the birth of some childhood classics, from He-Man to the very first Nintendo games console.
Although it’s very likely you ripped open the box and played with your toy until it could take no more, mint condition 1980’s toys are hugely popular even 30 years on.
Some of the rarest toys can actually fetch life-changing amounts of money, so take a look through our 20 toys and see if you could be rich.
(Warning, after reading this you are likely to spend hours in your attic looking for these gems).
The A-Team Van with BA Baracus -$640
The A-Team’s TV success peaked in 1985 with toy manufacturers desperate to release its own toy range.
By the time it was released, viewers had moved on and the craze had gone, meaning they are very rare now, especially this Van Play Set.
Fireball Island – $425
Fireball Island is not on the list because of its huge popularity, but because it wasn’t very successful.
Because of low sales, not many of them were made, making them perfect for Board Game collectors.
Garbage Pail Kids “Adam Bomb” – $1,000
A Capitalist and blatant rip-off of the popular Cabbage Patch Kids range, Topps released their parody doll in the 80s.
They were well received and even had their own TV series.
If you have one in good condition, the Adam Bomb doll will be worth a cool $1,000.
G.I. Joe Battle Tank – $6,500
G.I. Joe was the original and in our opinion still is the very best action figure on the market.
This particular G.I. vehicle in a box will fetch you $6,500.
He Man and Battlecat Action Figurines – $7,000
The He-Man action figure range features heavily in our list and so it should.
One of the rarest figures was the He-Man and Battle cat and is almost impossible to find.
If you do, find yourself a toy collector and you’ll have yourself $7,000.
He-Man Eternia Playset – $17,000
Laser Light Skeletor – $480
Mint Cabbage Patch Kid -$995
A craze that is still strong today, the Cabbage Patch Kids original range are a much sort-after toy.
If you have one in absolute mint condition, it is likely to fetch around $1,000.
Mint Teddy Ruxpin – $1,400
Teddy Ruxpin was the best selling toy in the world in 1985 and 1986, mainly because he was able to sing songs thanks to a cassette tape that you could insert into his stuffing.
Because of its easy wear and tear, not many are in good condition all these years on, hence their $1,400 worth.
Nintendo NES in Box – $2,000
The original Nintendo NES may be outdated with the HD graphics on today’s games consoles, but they were a lot of fun.
If you have it still in box, then you are likely to be offered over $2,000 for it!
Savage He-man – $1,120
As we’ve mentioned, He-Man was hugely popular because of his ever changing costumes, props and playsets.
However, Savage Man wasn’t well received, because of how simple it was.
Although you would have been disappointed to be given one in the 80s, if you found one now you would be jumping for joy!
She-Ra and Swift Wind Action Figurines – $4,000
In response to He-Man, She-Ra was released and was marketed as his sister in the ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’ cartoon.
She had her own TV series and eventually had her own figurine release.
This particular toy is worth over $4,000 to collectors.
Sony Walkman TPs – $560
The iPod of the 1980s was essential for any kid/teenager who wanted to show off.
Sony’s original Walkman is now very rare, with a lot of imitations still on the market.
But if you have one, it won’t be too difficult to sell it for less than $600.
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Happy Home Doll House – $450
Developed from the popular greeting cards, the Strawberry Shortcake doll was first produced in 1979.
As the brand developed, like the Barbie doll, a line of Shortcake accessories was launched.
This particular doll house was the very first and is estimated at $450 now.
The Real Ghostbusters Fright Feature “Janine Melnitz” Action Figurine – $950
After Ghostbusters was released in 1984, a cartoon series was born and ran for five years until October 1991.
Because of her small part in the series, not many Janine Melnitz figurines were made, but if you have one, it’s worth nearly $1,000.
Thunder Wings Lion-O – $2,800
Released in 1985, The Thunder Cats saw the same reception that He Man did and eventually saw its own line of figurines.
This particular toy, was the very first Thunder Cat to have props.
This rare original is likely to make you a decent $280.
Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron Action Figurines -$900
The Transformers series debuted in 1984, with every kid battling with their Autobots and Decepticons.
Now largely thanks to the Hollywood film series, these original toys in mint condition are worth around $900 to collectors.
Vlix Action Figure, Star Wars – $3,200
Thanks largely to the return of the Hollywood series, original Star Wars figurines are hot property.
Being one of the less known characters has its advantages as Vlix is likely to fetch you over $3,000.
Wrecking Crew 1985 Sealed – $4,900
The Wrecking Crew is the one game that features the legendary character Mario but doesn’t have his name in the title, making it very rare.
Amazingly this particular game is worth more than what a mint condition NES would make you.