Kids of all generations have had their favorite toy, and kids of all generations have dreamt of toys they wish were made for them. Some of these ‘aspirational’ toys existed but were too costly to afford, and some were too limited in the stock, and so only a lucky few kids possessed them. Here is six such ‘dream’ toys for the 80s kid, and the reasons for their ‘exclusivity’. Take a look:
6) AT-AT Walker
Original Price: $47.99 ($125.83 adjusted for inflation)
The AT-AT Walker was one of the high points of The Empire Strikes Back. Every kid who saw it wanted to possess it, and Kenner actually came out with his toy in 1981! The Kenner AT-AT had an adjustable head to look around the battlefield, poseable legs for stomping the rebels, toy guns that worked on the pull of a trigger, and a body that could carry other small action figure bodies. But all this came at a huge cost! And so, this went on the list of the toys that we would save our money for till we outgrew toys completely!
5) Castle Grayskull Playset
Original Price: $26.99 ($59.79 adjusted for inflation)
This toy was released in 1982, a time when He-Man was immensely popular. Almost every boy had the original He-Man and Skeletor, but the problem was that when they clash, where do they fight? He-Man would obviously fight in his gigantic skull castle, and we were just happy with the plain depiction of the castle when Mattel took the matters in its hands. Mattel then came up with a version of He-Man’s castle complete with all gizmos like an elevator, a drawbridge, a weapon rack, a laser cannon, and what not. The only way Skeletor could come inside was through the trapdoor, which opened only when you turned the throne.. Now.. that is interesting! And with all this, it came at a decent price.. the only problem was that it was never available! Wish we could order such stuff online at that time as easily as we can do today.