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Identify figures and accessories from various toy lines or read about consoles and video games. To begin, select a toy line or video games console from the list below.

The Transformers was an animated TV series co-produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. In the series, there were two factions at war with one another, the Autobots and the Decepticons. Each character had the ability to change from robot to vehicles, animals, and other objects. The series had a total of 98 episodes in the United States which ran between 1984 and 1987. In the United States, the series was cancelled in 1987 but continued in Japan for an additional 122 episodes. It was cancelled in Japan in 1990.

The Transformers line of toys was designed and produced by the toy companies, Takara and Hasbro. The initial figures were previously released toys from the Japanese toy lines Diaclone and Microman which Hasbro issued under the name Transformers in the United States. What made The Transformers so unique were the toys themselves. An individual toy's parts can be moved to change it from a vehicle, animal, or other object to a robot action figure.

1986 was the year Sony Pictures Television and DiC Entertainment produced an animated TV series based on the original film called The Real Ghostbusters. The series was a success but in 1988, it took a turn for the worse. It was renamed to Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters featuring a typical Real Ghostbusters episode leading into a more kid-friendly Slimer! cartoon. As it progressed, the regular Real Ghostbusters episodes started to become lighter in tone and the characterizations became more one-dimensional. The switch was not favored by many and ultimately lead to its cancellation in 1991. The series had a total of 140 episodes.

In 1986, Kenner released a line of toys based on the cartoon series. The toys were very unique, beautifully designed and had a certain charm to them. The toy line featured several different lines of action figures, playsets, and vehicles. The Ghostbusters has a large fanbase to this day.

Gobots was an animated show produced by Hanna Barbera to promote Tonka's toy line. The series ran betweem 1984 to 1985 for a total of 66 episodes.

The toy line featured transforming robots and were released between the years of 1983 and 1986. They were based on figures similar to Transformers and were produced by Popy of Japan (later Bandai), named Machine Robo. Although the Gobots were first to reach the market, it was the Transformers which became the leader.

The line sold well initially, but was overtaken by Transformers due to Hasbro's much better promotion and media tie-ins. 1986 was the final year in which new Gobots were released.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an animated show produced by Filmation Studios based on Mattel's successful toy line. In the series, He-Man and his friends defend Eternia and Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. The series had a total of 130 episodes and ran between 1983 and 1985. What made it so unique was that each episode introduced morals and lessons to be learned.

The He-Man action figures were originally designed as a toy line for the "Conan The Barbarian" movie. This idea was ultimately scrapped due to the sex and violence of the film. In 1981 these figures were introduced as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The action figures originally had spring twisting waists and power punches which were replaced with more creative actions in the later figures. What made this toy line unique were the character specific mini comic books included with each figure.

Jem and The Holograms was an American animated TV series produced by Hasbro and Sunbow Productions. The show targeted female viewers, however, it maintained an unusual number of male viewers due to its action orientated nature. In the series, a singer named Jem and her band the Holograms struggle against another band named The Misfits for supremacy. The series had a total of 65 episodes which ran between 1985 to 1988. What made this series unique were the one minute music videos incorporated in each episode.

The Jem and The Holograms toy line was produced by Hasbro. The dolls which were based on the Jem character featured light-up earrings which none of the other dolls had. Many fashions were produced during the toy lines' two year run, some of which are very rare. What made this toy line unique were the music cassettes included with each doll, each cassette having approximately 20 minutes of music. Also, some of the playsets feature working radios and tape decks.

On December 14, 1987, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' first cartoon series began, starting as a 5-part miniseries. The series expanded and a total of 193 episodes were produced. The show was canceled on November 2, 1996.

During the run of the 1987 cartoon, Playmates Toys produced hundreds of TMNT action figures, along with vehicles, play sets, and accessories, becoming one of the top collectibles for children. Today, the most sought after figures were produced between 1989 and 1991 with the exception of a few. 1992 and onwards, the toy line featured countless rehashes of the main characters such as "Beachcombin' Mike", "Super Don" and "Track 'n Field Leo" producing nearly 45 variations of some main characters.