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In 1984 a range of four Jackson dolls known as the ‘Superstar of the 80s’ range was released by the American company LJN Toys. The company had previously released a number of toys relating to popular fictional film and television characters, finding success with their highly popular range of figures based on the Smurfs.
Each of the four dolls in the range is based on a particular outfit worn by Jackson during a music video or appearance. These are:
The company also produced these outfits to be sold separately, along with three others: Human Nature, Motown and Billie Jean.
The LJN Toys 1984 Michael Jackson Beat It Doll
The Beat It doll is poseable and measures 12” tall. Its outfit matches the one worn by Jackson during the video for his 1983 single ‘Beat It’, taken from the album ‘Thriller’.
The outfit comprises a red jacket with gold trim and shoulder panels, a blue t-shirt, black trousers, a gold belt, gold sparkling ‘magic’ glove and black shoes.
It also came packaged with a plastic microphone and a posing stand for the doll.
How much is a Michael Jackson 1984 Beat It Doll worth?
The 1984 Michael Jackson dolls are now sought after collectibles, but their value lies in their condition. The most valuable examples are those still in their original boxes, either unopened or in mint/near-mint condition.
Dolls in this condition can sell for $50 - $70 on auction sites such as eBay, whereas unboxed examples in good, used condition can be found for $10 - $15.
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