Your Childhood Toys That Can Make You Rich

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Furby – $900

Furbies have recently made a comeback, but it’s the original toys that are selling for hundreds. The furry, big-eyed, beaked toys would speak in a made-up language. Depending on the style and condition, the furry animals are selling for $900 on eBay or $2,500 for the whole lot!

Gameboy Color – $1,700

This, what was extremely high-tech, gadget is now worth thousands on eBay, even reaching $1,700! Despite many modern alternatives, people cannot resist the simplicity of this handheld electronic games device. Whether it was Tetris, Super Mario Kart or Pokemon, nothing could get us through those long car journeys without our thumbs glued to the buttons. The color Gameboy, which has proven to be worth slightly higher than the original, is still very much in demand on eBay.

Polly Pocket – $455

The little plastic dolls that came in little houses with little furniture were perfect for our little hands to hold. Despite also making a small comeback, these miniature toys now come at a large price. Not all the Polly Pocket sets are valuable, but there are some editions that are lurking around worth hundreds of dollars. These prices are even higher when the toy is in its original packaging and especially pre-1998 sets. The mint-condition Fairy Light Wonderland set sold on eBay for $455!

Lego Sets – $24,000

Children and adults alike used to enjoy constructing different shapes/forms using interlocking plastic building blocks. As lego developed, the complexity of certain sets created more attention. Lego sets have since made a comeback, especially since the release of “The Lego Movie”. Most come reasonably priced, however, certain Lego sets are selling for record-breaking amounts on eBay. The discontinued Pirate Ship set is going for $10,000, whilst the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set can be found all over eBay with the highest asking price reaching nearly $24,000!

Pokemon Cards – $10,000

The sickening feeling that as a child you could have traded a pokemon card unknowing that it would be worth $10,000 decades later. These simple collectible cards were first published in 1996 in Japan and immediately took off as a worldwide phenomenon. Some of the select cards, like the Japanese holographic Charizard and shadowless Blastoise, are now selling sell for tens of thousands of dollars. You can splurge on a complete set from 1999 for $5,995 or indulge in one single 1995 Alakazam card for $7,500 (it’s a hologram!).

Beanie Babies – $475,000

No one could ever quite work out the appeal of the beanie baby, yet millions of people around the world had a massive collection of the colorful stuffed animals. Created by Ty Warner, these became a hot toy in the 90s. Despite others mocking the childish collection, the owners of these babies felt there would be some worth to them someday. However, these collectors were mostly wrong, except for the lucky owner of one first edition Beanie Baby, the Princess Diana bear, worth $475,000!

Hot Wheels – $125,000

There are some editions of the Matchbox car collection which are currently worth a fortune! The Hot Wheels collection, which launched in 1968 and was a particular hit with boys, is the most valuable collection. Whilst a small set of 13 rare Hot Wheels cars from the 70s can get you around $3,000, there are some rare and limited-edition models which are selling for outrageous amounts. The Volkswagen Beach Bomb, a small bus with surfboards hanging out of the back window, is an early prototype that dates back to 1969 and is worth a crazy $125,000!

Tamagotchi – $3,000

If you were a 90s kid, there is no denying that you didn’t own one of these. From spending your days feeding, playing with and caring for your very own virtual pet, we had a lot of responsibility growing up! As the most popular toy in the 90s made by Japanese brand Bandai, the digital hand-held pet came in a range of different colors and pets. Despite most Tamagotchis going for around $300, one Bandai Original Tamagotchi in white and red in its original packaging is selling for £2987.20 on eBay!

Lite Brite – $300

First introduced in 1967, this simple but genius idea of a toy remained a favorite for decades. As easy as placing colored plastic pegs onto a board and watching them light up, children’s artistic imaginations could go wild. Children were able to make colorful designs of their choice again and again which would light up. The Lite Brite was also used for educational purposes as parents found an enjoyable way to teach their kids to spell. A vintage Lite Brite can be found on eBay for up to $300.

Sega Genesis – $2,000

For many, this was the first video game console they ever owned. If you still have yours in mint condition, the boxed console can fetch you a nice return on investment. This games console that brought us ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ was the coolest at the time and a must-have by all gamers. The dream was short lived and after the release of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System two years later, the “console war” began. A great condition Genesis can be sold for up to $2,000.

Teddy Ruxpin – $500

The talking bear that could send children to sleep is still in demand by parents all over the world! This basic animatronic toy was state-of-the-art in the mid-1980s. It’s ability to move eyes, blink, speak and even tell stories from the cassette in his back actually seems a little creepy when you think back. Once the cassette warped the toy’s voice changed to a slightly “demonic” one. The Teddy Ruxpin is now a huge collector’s item and is reaching prices up to $500, however many are not selling for this!

Dear Diary – $200

The 90s really made a break-through when they switched from pen and paper to digital diaries! These electronic diaries became an instant hit amongst girls who wanted to keep their secrets private from their older brothers. Girls would write their innermost thoughts, most likely who they were crushing on in middle school, and seal it shut with a secret code. Despite all modern day technology since then, these hot-pink hand-held devices are still circulating eBay and have sold for up to $200. Some secrets are expensive to keep!

Cabbage Patch Kids – $3,000

During the 1980s, Xavier Roberts’ unique Cabbage Patch kids erupted into immediate popularity. Named, Little People Originals, they were first exhibited at arts and crafts shows, but with the huge success, Xavier changed the name of his dolls to Cabbage Patch Kids in 1982. Cabbage Patch Kids came in varying ethnicities and were targeted at both girl and boy audiences and were easily recognizable. Some Cabbage Patch kids are selling better than others, but the immaculate condition James Dudley 1985 edition is on the market for a rocketing $3,000.

Moon Shoes – $200

Why walk on the ground when you can jump around? These shoes made you feel like you were walking on a trampoline everywhere you went. The idea of propelling into the air looked much more appealing in the commercial, yet you begged your parents for them anyway. Despite being first introduced in the 1950s (and made from metal!), these shoes made their breakthrough in the 90s. With a bunch of uncoordinated kids running around the garden with mini-trampolines on their feet, it is no wonder why many parents disallowed them.

Sky Dancer – $100

Pull a string and launch your dancer into the air! These elegant dancers would spin rapidly afloat as if flying. Although seemingly beautiful, these dancers came at a painful price as they usually knocked one of your family members right in the face! With its one function, it is not surprising many kids quickly lost interest in the figure. However, the toy became so popular they made a cartoon TV series about them. Today the dancers can be bought for $100!

Super Soakers – $380

The ultimate weapon of distruction to destroy your older siblings, the Super Soaker. This summer toy contributed to endless hours of fun in the sun. With an original price of $10-50, you could be making a sweet profit from these plastic water guns. Although NERF is still making water guns, there are some old favorites that are being sold for hundreds of dollars. The king of Super Soakers, the Monster XL, sold for $380, with other models such as the Super Soaker 50s, CPS 2000s, and Super Soaker 200s following behind.

Easy Bake Oven – $305

One of the most popular and inventive toys in Hasbro’s history was the Easy Bake Oven, introduced in 1963. What better way to learn to bake as a 10-year old girl then by using your own real oven! This oven allowed kids to make small snacks that were actually edible (but not particularly tasty). The oven comes with packets of cake mix and small round pans. The original oven can be bought for $305, or upgrade to the Super Treat Center for $4,600!

Skip-It – $120

Show off to your mates at the summer party with Skip-It! Whilst spinning a plastic sphere around by a small plastic hoop attached to your ankle, you can impress all your guests with fascinating tricks and skills. As trendy as this toy was for a 90s girl, thinking back they seem like the most useless toy ever! However, it surprisingly still exists, yet now has a cool ‘rave’ theme with lights and levels! Forgetting the new editions, shockingly collectors are still buying the old version for up to $120.

HitClips – $100

iPods seem ancient to us now, so CD-ROMs and mp3 players are almost antiques! However, this alternative way to carry around your music in your pocket was super cool in the late 90s and early 2000s and can surprisingly sell for $100 today! HitClips were not even around that long ago, but as soon as the iPods took over, they became outcasted.  While you could rock out to the lastest NSYNC or Britney Spears single, you would be sadly disappointed as each clip only lasted one minute. As Britney would say, “Bye, bye, bye”.

Mario Kart 64 – $2,500

Released in 1996, the original Mario Kart is one of the most universally beloved video games in Nintendo history. Originally designed for the Nintendo 64 video games console, there have been many alternative versions of the racing game and is played by children and adults alike. While new Mario Kart 64 cartridges are now being sold for a reasonable price, some eBay sellers are offering the original copies in perfect condition for over a thousand dollars. The highest-priced cartridge currently is listed at $2,500!

Jurassic Park Toys – $400

Once Spielberg released Jurassic Park in the 90s, kids all over were glued to their screens fascinated by the large dinosaurs. Then came the toys! The T-Rex is head of the dino-jungle, being the highest bid toy out of the other dinos. It features a very realistic wound and roars when you press a hidden button – can’t get more real than that! Carnotaurus and Gallimimus have also sold for high amounts, much more than their original pricing. Whilst some have only reached $20, sorry if you own a Stegosaurus or Triceratops!

Talkboy – $130

Whilst the girls typed their deepest and darkest secrets into their ‘Dear Diary’, the boys would whisper theirs into the Talkboy. Inspired by the movie, Home Alone 2, this recording device became extremely popular. With a compact, handheld design, built-in microphone and cassette player, kids could record and playback conversations and even alter their voice (just like Kevin McAllister when he was scaring off the robbers). The idea this device was portable was considered a huge breakthrough at the time.

American Girls Doll – $25,500

The most loved girl in America – the American Girls Doll! If you had one growing up, undoubtedly everyone wanted to be your friend. If you did not, don’t worry you still have a chance and now is the time to start saving (a lot) of money. Most of the American dolls are not worth much more than their original price, yet the largest American Girl collection was being sold on eBay for an astonishing $25,500! The modern versions of these dolls are now available in their own store.

Original My Little Ponies – $600

Originated in 1981 by Hasbro, My Little Pony sold very well in the 80’s reaching almost $160 Million. These hollow plastic ponies are now on eBay for a record $600. Often, vintage toys sell better when they’re in their original packaging and in mint condition but it doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to these. The popular franchise has even gained its own line of movies, books, and a TV series. The cute unique symbols painted on their sides are what made these dolls become collectibles.

View-Master – $430

Almost like your own mini slide projector, the View-Master took children on a journey to another world! As children place their eyes on the lens, they are captivated with the suspense of not knowing what they are about to see. We think it is safe to say that nothing like this has been invented since, making it extremely unique and currently valued at $430. The many different lenses on the many different slide sets, the choices of pictures were endless!

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls – $1,000

Strawberry Shortcake was originally designed as a character for greeting cards. This expanded to posters and dolls and then eventually went on to be a great success featuring on animated television series and films. Strawberry shortcake appeared like a rag doll, complete with freckles and red curls. The character was accompanied by many other characters who each had their own fruit or dessert-themed name and pet. All the characters had hair scented to match their theme! You can buy one of the characters in its original unopened packaging, such as Mint Tulip, for a whopping $1,000!

Care Bears – $5,000

Feel the love with these adorable Care Bears. Each cute bear has a specialized insignia on its belly that represents its personality. Similar to Strawberry Shortcake, these multi-colored bears were originally created by artist Claire Russell for American Greetings in 1981 to be used on greeting cards. After the huge success, they were later used for toys and then went on to appear on a three-season TV show that was aired between 1985-1988 and eventually featured in films. While this original set reaches a large $5,000, some larger collection sets can be bought for $9,000!

Transformers – $1,300

Before the films were created by Michael Bay in the 2000s, the transformers existed as plastic toys that entertained children since being released in Japan in 1984. The exciting premise behind the toys was that individual parts could be shifted about to change from a vehicle, a device, or an animal, to a robot action figure and back again. There has been a number of spin-offs based on the toys including a comic book series, an animated television series, and a feature-length animated movie. The original Voltron Club Lion set can be sold for $1,300.

Nintendo NES – $1,300

If you didn’t own the Saga Genesis, then you certainly owned the Nintendo NES. No matter what generation you were born in, the NES certainly kick-started the home gaming dynasty. Its most famous game, Super Mario Brothers, assisted with the device’s popularity. The console was first re-released back in November 2016 and sold out immediately. Just recently, Nintendo has announced the date for the re-release of its re-release! The Mini Classic version contains 150-plus games. However, if you are still holding on to the classic ’80s version, you could be gaining up to $1,300.

G.I. Joe Action Figures – $200

This line of mini action figures can be sold for anywhere from $20 to over $200 depending on their age, condition, and character. Developed by Hasbro, the initial product represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Pilot, Action Marine, and later on, the Action Nurse. Interestingly, Hasbro coined together the term “action figure” in 1964. It was used to market the G.I. Joe figure to boys who would not play with “dolls”. 

Peanuts – $3,000

Schroeder was the sweet fictional character from the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz in 1951. He was the lovable friend of the well-known character, Charlie Brown. Schroeder was identified by his great skill at playing the toy piano, and his love for composer Ludwig van Beethoven is represented by the tiny figure on this toy. The tiny Schroder and piano set from 1958 is considered a rare item and can be seen on many bidding sites for prices up to $2,995.

Webkinz Stuffed Animals – $1,100

Depending on your generation, some would recognize these cute animals which were developed in 2005. Being the more ‘modern’ of all the toys, each purchase included a unique secret code for the Webkinz website. The Canadian toy company, Ganz, has seen huge success. In August 2008 Ganz released its 100th pet, in October 2000 its 200th pet, and in April 2010 its 300th pet. With all it’s popularity, this small collection of pets is now being offered for sale for $1,100!

Woody – $1,000

Although you may find it difficult to part with the most lovable character from the Pixar studios trilogy, he could make you a huge profit. Amongst the popular Toy Story film characters, Woody was a fan favorite and the franchise toys were bought by children from all over. If you are one of these children and still hold on to a rare figure of the Sheriff Woody doll, you can “Reach for the stars” as he can make you a delightful $1,000.

Sit ‘N’ Spin – $90

For a pricey amount, the toy that keeps toddlers entertained for hours on end, $90 does not seem so bad after all. Available in a variety of colors and produced by Playskool, the toy does exactly what it says on the box. Children sit on the toy and spin the wheel making them go round and round, laughing their heads off! Whether or not you have children of your own, the vintage edition of this toy that you sat on from the ’70s can now be purchased for a great $90.

1988 Cherry Merry Muffin Set – $50

It’s time to start looking under the cushions for every plastic cherry, spoon, and cupcake from this 15-piece vintage set, as collectively it can gain you $50. Produced in 1988-1990 by Mattel, the Cherry Merry Muffin dolls had many doll friends which were scented according to their names. Each of the dolls had curly or wavy-like hair, wore dresses with aprons, and had painted-on shoes. Although most of these dolls are not that valuable, one unopened set from 1988 is being bid for over $275.

Sonic The Hedgehog Video Game – $2,000

This tiny Sonic the Hedgehog video game may look tiny, but it is now worth a large $2,000. As Nintendo was creating success from their Super Mario games, Sega developed its own franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog. The blue creature had supersonic speed and, along with friends, would try to stop the enemy Doctor Eggman’s plans to dominate the world. In order to increase sales, Sega released a Sonic Doll figure. The figure became a retro must-have and can also gain you some dollars.

WWF Action Figures – $3,000

As we set up wrestling matches between our little WWF figures in an attempt to recreate the battles we watched on our TV screens, we should have been a little more careful the figures did not break any limbs. These figures were inspired by the superstars of the professional wrestling world, which is now known as WWE. If you are lucky enough to own Kamala Moon Belly, you can make a ridiculous $3,000. Other rare characters are doing well too, Dusty Rhodes usually sells for about $800.

Fashion Plates – $50

This set from 1978 was an excellent way for girls to get their creative juices flowing. Released by Tomy, Fashion Plates allowed budding fashionistas to design their next line of haute couture for the catwalk aka the family’s refrigerator. Many of the clothing trends of the 1970s were available on the plates provided, including bell-bottoms, maxi-skirts, and peasant blouses. This toy eventually disappeared from store shelves due to changing trends and Tomy’s exit from the toy business. Some of these sets are still available on eBay and can be bid for for up to $50.

Batman – $16,000

Destroying the bad guys time and time again. Batman has always been there for us since 1939. He continues to remain popular despite the decades. Batman action figures have been around since the 1940s and have always been wildly popular with the kids. It was not until the ’60s that these action figures really took off and sales soared through the roof. In fact, if you have an original Batman from the ’60s, you could get up to $16,000 for it!

Happy Meal Toys – $400

Sadly, our parents never seemed to understand the benefit of being dragged to McDonalds for a Happy Meal. If only they knew! Some of the ’90s happy meal toys were not as pointless as they seemed. The Super Mario 3 collection of four toys can get you a nice $400. While you sat to eat our cold chips, you should have also hoped to gain the Snoopy World Tour Set, which generally rakes in around $300. Also, the tiny versions of Beanie Babies that once came with Happy Meals are worth a massive $50 each!

Pretty Pretty Princess – $280

The jewelry dress up game that turns you into a princess. Flick the spinner, collect a complete set of princess jewelry along with the crown and you’ll be hailed the “Pretty Pretty Princess.” This game was a favorite amongst young girls and would be the ultimate game to play with your friends during a play-date. The vintage version of the game can be bought for just under $300, a great profit from its original shelf price $10 when it was released in 1990.

Barbie – $20,000

The one you were all expecting, the most recognizable toy in the world – Barbie. While many of your old barbies are piled up naked somewhere in the attic with all its limbs removed by your older brother, some of these collector barbies have been treated like queens. The original well-kept Barbies could be sold for around $1,200. However, if you managed to get your hands on a first edition Barbie, like the classic black-and-white swimsuit Barbie, you have won the jackpot! Reaching up to $20,000, it’s time to get into the attic and start searching.

Troll Dolls – $700

Probably the most creepy of all toys from your childhood, the Troll Doll is still popular. The plastic doll of Danish origin was first introduced in 1960 to America. With its furry long hair and bulging eyes, it is surprising how successful this miniature creature has become. Re-born in the 90s, the doll hit off straight away and appeared in movies and video games. The original doll can be purchased for just under $700. We are not sure what rightminded person would pay this much for this disturbing doll and would not like to know!

Pez Dispensers – $8,000

These iconic part candy, part toy, Pez dispensers are an American classic. However, despite people knowing them as an American symbol, they actually originated in Austria. As these original items became rarer, their value increased. Pez created many based on comic book characters, Star Wars, and Pokemon, but collectors have been very specific about which dispensers are worth the most. One of which is the Mickey Mouse Soft Head PEZ Dispenser. Experts are aware of only one in existence and it is thought to have been bought for $7,000.

Star Wars Action Figures – $,2000

The force is strong with this one! Calling all Star Wars geeks, your dream has finally come true. Most of the action figures from this popular movie have been released throughout the years whilst there is one original set that has become a collector’s prize possession. There is one original set of nine action figures from the 1977 original trilogy that is on the market for $2000. Think you can beat that? A very rare Boba Fett from the 1970s, still sealed in its original packaging, sold for £26,040 at an auction!

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