1. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe commercial:
3. Super Powers Collection
Super Powers Collection commercial:
5. The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters commercial:
6. Marvel Secret Wars
Marvel Secret Wars commercial:
7. Star Wars
Star Wars, Millennium Falcon commercial:
8. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
G.I. Joe, Destro commercial:
9. My Pet Monster
My Pet Monster commercial:
Made by: Tyco (1988–1990)
Dino-Riders was the ultimate toy for any kid who loved dinosaurs. It had it all: futuristic weaponry, aliens, and DINOSAURS.
The line also had a short-lived tie-in animated series.
Fun fact: The dinosaurs created for this line were astonishingly anatomically correct, in fact their molds were later used for the Smithsonian Institution’s own dinosaur toy line.
11. Food Fighters
Food Fighters (French) commercial:
Made by: Kenner (1985–1988)
The toy line was an awesome mix between G.I. Joe and Transformers; It featured an elite crime fighting task force, M.A.S.K., that drove around in normal vehicles that had the ability to transform into combat, armored vehicles whenever they had to fight against their enemy V.E.N.O.M.
The line also included one of the best play sets of the ‘80s, Boulder Hill.
Fun fact: Aside from an animated series, M.A.S.K. also had it’s own D.C. Comic.
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles commercial:
Made by: Habsro (1984–1990)
The most enduring toy line of the 1980s. The Transformers toy line inspired a number of tie-ins including the classic animated series, a Marvel comic book series, and a kick-ass movie (the 1986 film, not that Michael Bay shit).
The most badass toy from the line had to be Megatron, which originally transformed into a realistic Walther P-38 pistol – no way that toy could be created today.
Fun fact: The original Transformers came from two different Japanese toy lines, the Diaclone and Micro Change series. After Hasbro acquired the rights to sell both of them in the U.S. they combined them into one and renamed them Transformers.