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E.T., G.I. Joe, ‘Star Wars,’ more in my dad’s ’80s collection

Kidsday reporter Ariana Piniero with her dad's '80s

Kidsday reporter Ariana Piniero with her dad's '80s collection. Photo Credit: Piniero family

My dad loves the ’80s, especially all of the toys and games from that decade. He has a huge collection of very cool ’80s games and toys. Where does keep all of these games and toys? In our basement.

It was about 3 1⁄2 years ago when my dad stopped at a garage sale and saw an Atari system. He bought it and then went on to more garage sales to buy games for this system. He would play Atari with me, my siblings, my mom or by himself. From there, he decided that he wanted to start collecting lots of the games and toys that he had when he was a kid.

With the help of family members and his friends, my dad’s collection started growing. He now has many stuffed animals from the ’80s, such as ALF, E.T. and Yoda. He has G.I. Joe figures, Tonka Trucks, He-Man toys, board games like Perfection, and Gremlins toys. He loves “Star Wars” and has many figures from those movies. He has other game systems such as Sega and Nintendo. In my basement, there are three TVs so he can play his video games while sitting on one of two comfortable gaming chairs.

There are three glass cases in my basement that hold his small action figures. Some of the figures are still in boxes, and those are nailed to the walls. I’ll often go with my dad to stores like Target to look for toys and games to add to his collection. I’ve gone to garage sales and flea markets to look with him, too. Sometimes the people who are selling these toys and games don’t even look up how much they are worth, and we can buy them for great prices.

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