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The ‘Superstar of the 80s’ range of Michael Jackson dolls was released in 1984 by LJN Toys, a company which specialised in toys based on film and television characters, music performers and celebrities.
There were four dolls in the range, each dressed in an one of Jackson’s iconic outfits from music videos and appearances - Thriller, Beat It, the 1984 Grammy Awards and the 1984 American Music Awards.
The company also produced three different outfits sold separately to the dolls – Human Nature, Motown and Billie Jean.
The LJN Toys 1984 Michael Jackson American Music Awards Doll
The doll is 12” tall and fully poseable, and comes complete with a plastic posing stand. It wears the same outfit worn by Jackson during his appearance at the 1984 American Music Awards, at which he won 8 awards including the Award of Merit, along with artist, album, single and video of the year in the pop/rock category and artist, album and video in the soul/R’n’B category.
The outfit consists of a custom-made red woollen military-style jacket with gold frogging and epaulets, a gold sash, black trousers and black sunglasses. The doll also comes complete with a sparkling silver glove on its left hand and a small plastic microphone.
How much is a Michael Jackson 1984 American Music Awards Doll worth?
The 1984 dolls are now highly popular with collectors, as they feature Jackson’s most famous and iconic outfits. Mint condition or NIB examples can sell for between $40 and $60 on auction sites such as eBay, whereas unboxed examples with their complete outfits can sell for $10 - $15.
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