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Valuable Toys from the 1980s

Thanks to remakes of some 1980s favorites like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and to shows like Stranger Things, 1980s nostalgia is at an all-time high, and toys from that era are also making a comeback. At an estate sale near you, you are likely to find plenty of toys and stuffed animals from the 1980s. The key is to find toys that are still in good shape, and if you happen to stumble upon these toys, take note – they can be worth a pretty penny.

Here are some of the five most valuable toys from the 1980s, along with some key information about each.


Transformers, which debuted in 1984, is one of the most successful toy franchises in US history and is just a popular in the 2000s as it was in the early 1980s. It is now a $14 billion empire for its parent company, Hasbro. And whether you prefer Autobots or Decepticons, vintage Transformers are something to look for at estate sales.

What they could be worth?

An original Optimus Prime once went for $12,000, but recent sales on eBay have been closer to $200, and Takara BlueStreak in its original box sold for $400.

American Girl Dolls

American Girl Dolls were originally made by the Pleasant Company, which began production of these dolls in 1986. The first three dolls produced, Molly, Kirsten and Samantha, were the only three produced from 1986 – 1991. These are all worth quite a bit if they are found in good condition

What they could be worth?

Because all three originals have been retired, these dolls sell for quite a price. Kirsten, who was discontinued in 2010, is valued at $625. A Samantha Doll in her original outfit recently sold on eBay for $400. Samantha was retired in 2009, but in 2014 Mattel, who now owns the franchise, revamped in a new format. Molly, retired in 2013, could be worth as much as $725.

My Little Pony

Launched by Hasbro in 1983, these pastel ponies are known for their colorful manes and tails and gave 1980s children an opportunity to own their very own pony.

What could they be worth?

The first generation, known as G1s, of these toys are the most valuable. They were produced from 1983-1992, and some have sold for as much as $1,000, with most first generations valued between $200 and $275.

Care Bears

Care Bears hit the market in 1983 and were originally characters on greeting cards. The original 10 included Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear, Friend Bear, Funshine Bear, Good Luck Bear, Grumpy Bear, Love-a-lot Bear, Tenderheart Bear, and Wish Bear. These originals are the most valuable.

What could they be worth?

If you have a Care Bear that is still in its box, you are in luck, these have sold for over $400 on eBay.

Original Teddy Ruxpin

Teddy Ruxpin hit the market in 1985 and was one of the bestselling toys of 1985 and 1986. This toy would ready stories thanks to a build-in cassette player. This toy was well-loved by many, and if you still have one in working order, it could be worth something.

What could it be worth?

A Teddy Ruxpin in its original box usually sells for $110 on eBay.

1980s were an incredible time in toy production. These toys encouraged imaginative play and were loved and appreciated by children of the 80s. So, whether you’re looking to reignite that sense of childhood wonder, or a collector check out our upcoming estate sales. You never know what you’re going to find.

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