These Classic Childhood Toys Are Worth A Ton Of Money

This article appeared in Bridesblush and has been published here with permission.


If you weren’t playing with toys as a child, then what were you doing with your life? Let’s face it, you probably threw away all those cuddly animals and Lego sets you used to play with. However, after seeing the prices of the following toys, you’ll wish you hadn’t.

Furby – $900

While Furbies are back, bigger and louder than ever, it’s the classic versions that are raking in the real cash. As long as these big-eyed, furry friends are in decent condition, you can expect to sell a Furby on eBay for a whopping $900!

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Furby – $900

Gameboy Color – $1,700

If you grew up during the ’90s and weren’t spending hours on end playing on your Gameboy, then you were simply doing something wrong. While Nintendo has just about kept up with the video game times, there is something special about the simplicity of the Gameboy Color. With so many classic games to play on this handheld device, such as Pokemon, Super Mario Kart, and Tetris, who wouldn’t want to buy one of these (albeit for $1,700 on eBay)?

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Gameboy Color – $1,700

Lego Sets – $24,000

There is no doubt that Lego sets are expensive when they are first released, nevermind years later. So imagine how much you might need to pay if you want one of the classic building block sets in your life. Not only has Lego seen something of a renaissance ever since The Lego Movie came out, but Star Wars has also seen a resurgence since Disney bought the rights to Lucasfilm. So what happens when you combine the Jedi franchise with Lego? That’s right folks: Millennium Falcon Lego sets that have reached up to $24,000 on eBay!

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Lego Sets – $24,000

Pokemon Cards – $10,000

As a kid, you might not have understood all of the values and properties on the Pokemon cards. However, there is no denying that those classic cards were beautiful to look at, especially the shiny ones. Who would have thought that these unassuming cards would end up fetching as much as $10,000 years later? Some of the most sought-after Pokemon are shadowless Blastoise and the shiny Charizard. It’s not just complete sets that are fetching thousands of dollars, but also single cards, such as the 1995 Alakazam card ($7,500).

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Pokemon Cards – $10,000

Hot Wheels – $125,000

You wouldn’t expect a set of toy cars to fetch so much money. However, you would be proven wrong by certain Hot Wheels collections, which originally came out in 1968. Generally speaking, you can expect to earn a cool $3,000 for a standard dozen set of Hot Wheels cars. But there are also limited edition toys that are fetching even more than that. Take the Volkswagen Beach Bomb, for example, which has an estimated value of $125,000! Maybe it’s the little surfboards hanging out the back that made the difference.

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Hot Wheels – $125,000

Tamagotchi – $3,000

Who didn’t own a Tamagotchi back in the ’90s? If you weren’t responsible enough to take care of a real-life pet while growing up, then a Tamagotchi was a safer option. This little device enabled the owner to take responsibility for a virtual pet, which meant that you had to do all the things you would usually do with a pet. Most of these little gadgets fetch a couple of hundred dollars. However, there is one that ended up selling for a few thousand on eBay – the Bandai Original.

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Tamagotchi – $3,000

Lite Brite – $300

A kids favorite that spanned decades of usage, the Lite Brite was popular for a while after it was first released in the late-’60s. A very simple playset, all you had to do was stick colorful sticks in the holes and you could create some pretty good works of art. You could then light up the artwork for everyone to see. Nowadays, Lite Brites can be found on eBay, normally with a value of around $300. It is a great device to use to teach your kids outside of school hours.

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Lite Brite – $300

Sega Genesis – $2,000

Even before the Super Nintendo Entertainment System came to be, there was the Sega Genesis, which was the original game console for a lot of people. With classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, this wasn’t one of the traditional toys, but was certainly a must have for kids. While Sega and Nintendo battled it out for a long time, the Genesis has remained a valuable item in the online community, fetching as much as $2,000 per console.

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Sega Genesis – $2,000

Teddy Ruxpin – $500

One of the most interactive toys of its time, Teddy Ruxpin was the go-to solution for kids who struggled to fall asleep. This simple plush toy would soothingly talk, telling stories depending on the tape that was inserted into it. With an ability to blink, move its eyes and speak, this was the teddy that every child wanted. Nowadays, many collectors want to have a Teddy Ruxpin as their own and, while many fetch fairly modest prices, there are some that sell for $500!

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Teddy Ruxpin – $500

Dear Diary – $200

When the digital diaries became a thing in the ’90s, people were still unconvinced that pen and paper would become a thing of the past. While people still write this way today, there is no doubt that “Dear Diary” paved the way for other devices such as smartphones and tablets. There was also a version for kids, who would use it to keep secrets from each other (of course, that is one of the prime uses for a diary). They come up on eBay all the time for $200!

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Dear Diary – $200

Moon Shoes – $200

While hoverboards never really became a real thing, moon shoes certainly did. Who doesn’t want to wear shoes that makes them feel like a kangaroo? While they were potentially a safety hazard in hindsight, moon shoes had enough spring to give children hours upon hours of fun. They have been around since the 50s, believe or not. However, they only became mainstream decades later. Nowadays, you can buy a pair of moon shoes online for a couple hundred bucks.

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Moon Shoes – $200

Sky Dancer – $100

While many families suffered at the hands of these high-flying Sky Dancers, they undoubtedly were the source of a lot of kids’ fun. Essentially Barby dolls that were able to spin in the air as if they were flying, this was a fine example of toys that eventually fall off the market due to having just one function. Despite this, such a simple toy eventually paved the way for its very own TV show. Nowadays, you will have to part way with $100 if you want to rekindle those Sky Dancer days.

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Sky Dancer – $100

Super Soakers – $380

If you know a kid that doesn’t like water fights, then your best bet is to stay away. At the height of their popularity, Super Soakers were the go-to weapon for any kid who took water fighting very seriously. A huge hit during the Summer, you would normally have to pay anywhere between $10 and $50 to add one of these water guns to your arsenal. Look, Super Soakers are still on the market today. However, some of the older models can be found online and are normally worth hundreds of dollars.

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Super Soakers – $380

Easy Bake Oven – $305

Arguably one of the most useful “toys” on this list, the Easy Bake Oven became a huge hit with the kids when it first came out during the ’60s. Hasbro’s mini oven allowed its little users a chance to bake cakes and cookies in a safe, child-friendly way. With manuals and starter packs included, your child was good to go! While the starting price for one of the classic ovens is $305, you can actually call the Super Treat Center your own for a huge $4,600.

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Easy Bake Oven – $305

Skip-It – $120

It may seem pretty simple, but boy, the possibilities were endless with the Skip-It toy. Simply attach this stick to your ankle with the plastic sphere at the end, and start practicing a wide range of skills and tricks to impress your friends. Although it was a useful tool for social purposes, that was pretty much its only use. Amazingly though, you can still find this toy, with new neon light add-ons. However, it’s the classic ones that are fetching up to $120.

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Skip-It – $120

HitClips – $100

The way that we listen to music is always changing and evolving. With time, it has become easier and easier for kids to store music and carry it around with them. These days, iPhones and smartphones, in general, are the way to go. However, there has been a steady progression of portable music players, from cassette players to CD players and from walkmen to MP3 players. Then there’s the HitClips device, which allowed users to play up to a minute of the latest singles.

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HitClips – $100

Mario Kart 64 – $2,500

Not a traditional toy, by any means. However, Mario Kart 64 is, for many, their childhood. In fact, anything with our favorite Italian plumber involved is bound to have considerable sentimental value. At one point the most popular game on Nintendo 64, this game was an appropriate evolution from the original Mario Kart that many SNES players absolutely adored. Nowadays, there are a number of online dealers who are selling mint-condition versions of this favorite game for thousands of bucks!

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Mario Kart 64 – $2,500

Jurassic Park Toys – $400

Dinomania swept pop culture back in the early ’90s when Jurassic Park became one of the most successful blockbusters of all time. Along with the movie came a ton of popular merchandise – most notably, toys. It makes perfect sense that the formidable T-Rex is now an extremely sought-after figure, with its awesome hidden button that triggers a stunning roar. While certain dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus or Triceratops sell for a couple of bucks these days, the T-Rex has sold for $400!

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Jurassic Park Toys – $400

Talkboy – $130

The Dear Diary may have been a huge hit with the girls. However, it was the Talkboy that captured the imagination of the boys. One of the most memorable parts of the film Home Alone 2 was when Kevin used the Talkboy. The movie essentially popularized the recorder and got millions of kids reenacting the classic scenes involving Macaulay Culkin. At the time, the Talkboy was an incredible piece of technology, especially since it was portable and relatively easy to carry.

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Talkboy – $130

American Girls Doll – $25,500

There was no doubt that the American Girls doll was integral to whether you were popular or not. If you wanted to be in the in-crowd, then you had to make sure you had one. However, if you didn’t have the pocket money to afford one, now you have the chance to finally be one of the cool kids. Make no mistake about it though, it will cost you an arm and a leg. While many are still a reasonable price, one large collection has sold on eBay for a crazy $25,500.

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American Girls Doll – $25,500

View-Master – $430

Slide projectors were in common use long before people started recording with film or digital devices. This particular toy took advantage of this groundbreaking technology, providing the user with a unique insight depending on the model. The View-Master was a toy for children that gave them a fresh look into a world that they didn’t see coming. Being so unique, it makes sense that some models are valued these days at $430. Users were also able to fill the View-Master with new slides.

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View-Master – $430

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls – $1,000

Originally an accompanying doll for birthday cards, the Strawberry Shortcake eventually became an excellent gift in its own right. It wouldn’t take long before this charming little toy’s popularity created a number of movies and TV shows. With cute girls and freckles on each cheek, the doll had many different reincarnations, each one with its own theme. Even until this day, the Strawberry Shortcake dolls are still available in their classic packaging. This Mint Tulip ended up being sold for $1,000!

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Strawberry Shortcake Dolls – $1,000

Care Bears – $5,000

If the Care Bears didn’t quench your thirst for toys, then nothing would. With every bear sporting a unique color, there was a guaranteed toy for every single person. Not only did you have bears in their charming collection. Elephants, pandas, and dogs were also in circulation. Most importantly though, each bear had a special logo printed on its belly, signifying something special about it. With many movies and TV shows spawning from this ’80s classic, some collections were valued just short 0f $10,000.

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Care Bears – $5,000

Transformers – $1,300

Look, there are many diehard Transformers fans who will agree that the Michael Bay movie franchise doesn’t quite capture the essence of the original ’80s series. However, purists still have their toys to marvel at. The sheer prospect of having a toy that you could convert into a vehicle was tantalizing enough for any fun-loving kid. With tons of comics, animated shows, and now movies to accompany the Transformers lore, it should come as no surprise that some classic models are fetching thousands of dollars online.

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Transformers – $1,300

Nintendo NES – $1,300

The Sega Genesis may have been a popular alternative, but for many, nothing can come close to the classic Nintendo NES. This iconic video game console revolutionized the way that both children and adults spent their free time. And of course, it was Super Mario Brothers that spearheaded the console into a new era. It didn’t take long before a 2016 re-release of the console was immediately sold out. Amazingly though, another re-release is scheduled to come out soon, including a stunning 150 games. However, you can still buy the original for about $1,300.

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Nintendo NES – $1,300

G.I. Joe Action Figures – $200

These days, G.I. Joe is an intellectual property that has manifested itself in the form of TV shows, movies, and video games. However, back in the day, the classic action character was nothing more than just a toy. Depending on when the specific toy first came out, you can expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $200 for one of these bad boys. What makes G.I. Joe toys so special is that there are so many different types of figures you can get.

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G.I. Joe Action Figures – $200

Peanuts – $3,000

One of the oldest toys on this list, Charlie Brown is a character that has stolen the hearts of many generations since it was first created by Charles M. Schilz back in 1951. With a love for composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Charlie Brown had his very own piano. This particular Peanuts model from 1958 is considered by many to be an extremely rare item in the world of toys. Never being sold cheap, the piano set has been known to fetch up to $2,995 online.

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Peanuts – $3,000

Webkinz Stuffed Animals – $1,100

One of the more recent toys on this list is Webkinz Stuffed Animals. What made these toys different from others were their compatibility with the company’s website. Each stuffed toy had a special code, allowing the user to log into the website. Since then, Ganz has released hundreds of different models. In 2008, it released its 100th animal. The following year, it released its 200th, and a year later, it’s 300th. These days, you can expect to purchase sets for a whopping $1,100!

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Webkinz Stuffed Animals – $1,100

Woody – $1,000

This is one particular toy that people will be desperate to make their own. However, owners will be desperate to hang on to Toy Story‘s main character, Woody. While many kids preferred either the fun-loving cowboy or Buzz Lightyear, there was no denying that most fans loved Tom Hanks’ character. With more movies to come, you can expect to see Woody’s value continue to rise. If you have one locked away somewhere in your attic, you may fetch a cool $1,000 for him.

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Woody – $1,000

Sit ‘N’ Spin – $90

Spinning tops have always been a popular source of fun for kids around the world. However, the Sit ‘N’ Spin was a little different. Playskool’s classic toy is fairly straightforward, but with the user being more integral to its playability. As you would guess by the name, the child sits on the toy and spins around on it. While it might not seem like the most exciting toy on this list, there is no denying that such a vintage model would fetch a fair amount of money. This one? $90.

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Sit ‘N’ Spin – $90

1988 Cherry Merry Muffin Set – $50

A slightly trickier toy set to keep in mint condition, the 1988 Cherry Merry Muffin Set has many loose components to it. If you’re missing one, then the entire value of the set drops considerably! With everything from a spoon and cupcake to a plastic cherry, this 15-piece set simply won’t cut it if you’re missing any one part. However, there is no denying that the doll is the most valuable component of the entire set. Extremely rare, there was one set that recently fetched over $275.

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1988 Cherry Merry Muffin Set – $50

Sonic The Hedgehog Video Game – $2,000

We’ve already covered the Sega Genesis. Now it’s time to take a look at its most valuable asset – the Sonic the Hedgehog video game. While Nintendo was creating classics such as Super Mario Bros, Sonic was the direct rival and developing a diehard fan base of its own. This blue creature has the ability to sonically move through his world to crush his enemy, Doctor Eggman. Not only has the video game fetched thousands of dollars online, but so has the Sonic figurine.

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Sonic The Hedgehog Video Game – $2,000

WWF Action Figures – $3,000

While many believe that the World Wrestling Federation’s golden years are long gone, the WWE (as it is now called) still has a huge fanbase through its many charismatic characters and entertaining shows. However, there is no denying the power of classic characters such as Hulk Hogan, the Iron Sheik, and Andre the Giant. Many kids who grew up during the late ’80s/early ’90s loved nothing more than playing with figurines and recreating classic bouts between the wrestling world’s finest.

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WWF Action Figures – $3,000

Fashion Plates – $50

Any kid who had a Fashion Plate growing up had the appropriate canvas to ignite their creative spark. Many fridges across America were laden with pretty designs from this fashion-orientated set. Seeing that this “toy set” first came out during the ’70s, it made sense that the templates on the Fashion Plates reflected the era in which it was made. Eventually, the toy ceased to be produced, especially since its manufacturer Tomy was no longer interested in producing toys.

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Fashion Plates – $50

Batman – $16,000

Over the years, there have been so many reincarnations of DC’s classic hero – Batman. From Michael Keaton’s ’90s classic to Christian Bale’s Dark Knight, Batman continues to be the spearhead of DC movies till this very day. However, the new generation often forgets who the original wearer of the black cape was – Adam West, of course. Take this action figure, for example, which sports the original design. With a peak production run during the ’60s, these Batman figures have been known to fetch up to $16,000 online!

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Batman – $16,000

Happy Meal Toys – $400

Super Mario’s at it again! Being such an iconic group of characters for so many kids, the Nintendo heroes eventually became a set of free toys with kids’ Happy Meals at McDonald’s. While these little freebies seem useless in the long run, their sentimental value has given them some pretty stunning price tags. This specific collection is worth about $400! As a matter of fact, many McDonald’s Happy Meal toy sets are worth a lot of money, as long as you have every single piece.

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Happy Meal Toys – $400

Pretty Pretty Princess – $280

What is life if you can’t pretend to be someone else from time to time? With Pretty Pretty Princesses, kids had the chance to enjoy a bit of escapism and imagine as if they were a group of royal figures in a mythological kingdom. All you had to do was take turns flicking a spinner and you would acquire certain pieces of jewelry. While this game was available for just $10 back in 1990, potential buyers nowadays can expect to pay within the region of $300.

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Pretty Pretty Princess – $280

Cabbage Patch Kids – $3,000

The ’80s was a time when it seemed like every other household had a collection of Cabbage Patch Kids. Xavier Roberts’ creation became popular with so many families and, with time, the plush toys became diversified, so you can purchase a wide variety of different editions. Not only did they appeal to both boys and girls, but adults also fell in love with the Cabbage Patch Kids. While they generally sell well online, a James Dudley toy from 1985 recently sold for a stunning $3,000.

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Cabbage Patch Kids – $3,000

Polly Pocket – $455

Who didn’t want to create a world of their own using pretty little Polly Pockets? Like many toys on this list, there are actually new/recent editions in stores. Make no mistake about it though, these mini homes are going to cost you if you want the original models in your life once again. While you won’t be able to purchase every single one from the classic line, there are still a few that you can find online – for $445!

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Polly Pocket – $455

Troll Dolls – $700

While some kids were understandably freaked out by the Troll Doll, it was also considered by a fair amount of beloved fans to be quite cute. Originally hailing from Denmark, of all places, it eventually made its way into the American market during the ’60s. Unmistakable due to its long, fluorescent hair, the Troll Doll has evolved with time, having its own video games and movies. At just under $700, the original doll is a sought-after figure for collectors around the world.

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Troll Dolls – $700

Original My Little Ponies – $600

One of the quintessential toys of the ’80s, Hasbro’s My Little Pony was a commercial force to be reckoned with, bringing in an incredible $160 million for the toy company. Seeing that they were so culturally significant looking back, ponies that are in top condition now will fetch anything from $300 to $600 online. With so many other mediums spawning from this classic toy, such as TV shows, books, and even movies, people just keep on coming back for My Little Pony.

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Original My Little Ponies – $600

Beanie Babies – $475,000

It might seem obvious, but for some reason, many are willing to part way with a lot of money for a pair of purple teddy bears. Remember the Beanie Babies? Ty Warner’s creations included an extremely popular set of toys amongst the ’90s youth. In the end, it would be the owners of these specific bears who would have the last laugh. While many Beanie Babies owners were unsuccessful with their online sales, the Princess Diana bear has reached a stunning value of $475,000.

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Beanie Babies – $475,000

Pez Dispensers – $8,000

If there was ever a more iconic way to eat candy, then we’d like to know. Despite being of Austrian origin, Pez Dispensers have been a popular purchase amongst American kids since they were first brought from overseas. While it only had a limited amount of heads at first, Pez has since adopted iconic faces from the biggest TV shows and film franchises in pop culture. These include comic book characters, Star Wars characters, and even the Looney Toons. Some of the rarest ones are believed to be worth between $7,000 and $8,000.

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Pez Dispensers – $8,000

Star Wars Action Figures – $2,000

Some of the most sought-after action figures of the last 50 years happen to come from a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars has, over the years, produced a long line of iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca, to name a few. As time has gone on, not only has Star Wars‘ impact on pop culture become more and more significant, but the action figures have risen considerably in value. One Boba Fett toy from the ’70s sold in an auction for over $30,000! The Force is strong with these toys, that’s for sure.

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Star Wars Action Figures – $2,000

Barbie – $20,000

What would a valuable toys list be without the one and only Barbie? Arguably the most iconic toy of all time, Barbie dolls have been in circulation for so long that any other female doll just feels like a ripoff. Originally just a blonde-haired, blue-eyed lady, there have since been many reincarnations of the doll, catering to many demographics and different types of people. However, the original Barbies are still believed to be the most valuable, normally expected to fetch anywhere between $1,200 and $20,000.

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Barbie – $20,000