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10 Totally Rad '80s Toys… And Where They Are Now

        Entertainment | Toys

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Transformers
Classic Transformers toys have become museum display pieces, like these at the 2014 Transformers Expo in Japan. © Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO/Nippon News/Corbis
Classic Transformers toys have become museum display pieces, like these at the 2014 Transformers Expo in Japan. © Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO/Nippon News/Corbis

Like almost every major '80s toy, Transformers had its own animated series, which meant that kids could wage war between Optimus Prime and Megatron while attempting to follow the most complicated storylines ever on TV; somewhere along the line, the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron was thrown out of orbit, and the robots in disguise ended up on Earth [source: Bellomo]. Even if you couldn't quite figure out the backstory, the toy robots that tranformed into vehicles and other objects were totally fun to play with, and provided the perfect antidote to the cuteness of Care Bears, My Little Pony and other popular toys of the decade.

Where They Are Now: If you've been part of the popular culture, you know that Transformers are still around – particularly thanks to the mega-moneymaking blockbuster film series directed by Michael Bay. Though the movie 'bots are intricately detailed and complex, a simplified line of toys exists as well.