Children’s toys have evolved right along with technology and those favorites you had as a kid are probably still packed away. Kids today don’t often want the old, discarded toys of our childhood. If you’ve held on to those treasures of your past, you might be in luck. Even if your child doesn’t find any worth in them because they don’t function like the toys of today; some old toys are now worth a fortune. These are the top ten childhood toys that are now worth a fortune that might interest you if you’re a collector or someone who wants to make a little cash.
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Here are the Top 10 Childhood Toys That are Now Worth a Fortune
10. Luke Skywalker Action Figure- 1978
In 1978 there was a limited amount of merchandise available. These items were only offered for a few months after the debut of the film. During the holiday season that year, a huge demand was out for these toys, and there were no supplies. TV commercials were advising parents they could find vouchers within a “Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package.” These vouchers would get them the sought-after toys between February and June of 1978. Luke Skywalker was one of twelve action figures released that year. They were referred to as the “12-Back” shown on the back of the package.
In 2015, Nigo a Japanese designer decided to sell his Star Wars collection and consulted Sotheby’s. This collection, including the Luke Skywalker action figure, sold for over half a million dollars. The action figure sold by itself is estimated to sell for $25.000.
9. Polly Pocket Dolls
These dolls were designed by Chris Wiggs in 1983 for his daughter. To create the home for these tiny toys, he used a makeup powder compact. The first of these toys appeared in stores in 1989, licensed by Bluebird Toys of Swindon, England. BlueBird survived several take-over attempts until finally purchased by Mattel in 1998. Mattel redesigned the dolls in 1999 making them larger and more life-like.
These tiny babies with their small playhouses have gotten quite large. Mattel buying the brand may have a lot to do this with the increase of interest. Today, a sealed Polly Pocket will sell for more than $600 online, and their tiny little doll houses have been seen going for more than $500.
The Tamagotchi is a handheld digital pet created by Akihiro Yokoi from Japan. Its first sale was in 1996 in Japan and quickly became one of the biggest toy fads on the 90’s. They are a small egg-shaped computer with an interface consisting of three buttons and are small enough to be hung from a key chain. They include a variety of characters colorfully and simplistically designed. The characters are based on animal creatures, people, and objects.
Older Tamagotchis have been seen going for as much as $300. There were over 40 versions of the Tamagotchi released and each line had its own color and other variations. With the variety of these incredibly small toys and the later production of them makes it hard to find one worth the extra money.
7. Pokemon Cards
Pokemon cards are based on fictional species of characters having unique designs and skills. The creatures are divided into different generations. The original Pokemon were created by Ken Sugimori, and later different artists worked together to create new species designs. Each of the series has been given praise and criticism over the various creatures created. Pokemon was initially conceived in 1989 when Game Boy was first released. The name for these famous creatures stems from the romanticized contraction that in Japanese stands for, ‘pocket monster’.
The most valuable Pokemon card out there today is the PSA 10 1st Edition Charizard. For this card to have its full value, it must be in mint condition. Graders will look at the card to determine its condition and rate it on a scale of one to ten. A card rated at ten, which means a mint condition, has a value up to $3,500 or more.
6. Gameboy Color
The Gameboy Color is a hand-held game console manufactured by Nintendo in 1998 in Japan. The game was released during that same year to international markets. The name of the game was chosen due to the color screen with no backlight. This version is a little taller and thicker than the original Game Boy Pocket which came out in 1996. The Gameboy Color has most of the original type hardware as the Game Boy Pocket with the biggest change being in its screen color.
The Gameboy Color was a big hit when it was released to the market. It gave kids a more realistic experience they were looking for in gaming. Today, this incredible hand-held game will bring you up to $1,689 if still in mint condition.
A Furby is an electronic robotic toy released in America in 1998. Tigger Electronics created this hamster or owl-like creature, and it went through a ‘must-have’ cycle by children across the United States and other countries. There were over 40 million Furbies during the three years after it’s production. It was able to speak and had been translated into 24 different languages. The unique speaking ability of this strange looking creature was it started out speaking its own language. The programming of the toy was that is would begin replacing its language with English phrases and words over time. This was to simulate a learning process occurring within the toy.
This state-of-the-art toy resembles what some would call a Gremlin. Children loved this little fur-ball that would begin to speak their language back to them the more they talked to it. If you have saved your little friend from your childhood, it will now bring you approximately $500.
4. Super Soaker
The Super Soaker is recreational water gun invented in 1982 by an African American, Lonnie Johnson. The original prototype used PVC pipe, acrylic glass, and an empty plastic bottle. This fun water gun hit the market in 1990 under the name, Power Drencher and was able to shoot narrow and straight. In 1991 in was renamed the Super Soaker and began getting advertised on TV. This toy kept its popularity for a number of years, and its name is now used generically to refer to other types and brands of water guns.
A Super Soaker held its fame for many years and continues to have a value. An original water gun of this brand is now worth almost $600. If you have held on to yours and no one damaged it after you soaked them with your aim, you could receive a nice chunk of cash for it today.
3. Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64 features eight different Mario characters players can choose from to race through a variety of race tracks. While competing with the characters, they can pick up items along the track in individual boxes placed randomly on the course. These items will help the character in control of them to gain an advantage in the race. There are sixteen different race courses and four battle courses built into this game. This 1996 go-kart racing game was developed by Nintendo and the second game in the Mario Kart series.
The Mario Kart 64 may be one of the ‘old’ toys you will find hard to give up as the fun with this game is almost ageless. If you have a vintage copy of this game, you might reconsider parting with it when you know its value. Listing on the popular auction site, eBay has posted the game with ‘buy it now’ option listings from $300 all the way up to $900.
2. Lego Pirate Ship
Lego’s Pirate Ship was part of the first entirely new theme created by LEGO in 1978. The theme was based on the idea of a Caribbean pirate fighting soldiers of a colonial empire. There were also encounters with indigenous people referred to as, the Islanders. Covering a time span from 1989 to 1997, this theme continuously released new updates to the struggle of pirates versus the empire and even incorporated new adversaries for the pirates.
The intricately created Pirate Ship children were challenged to build includes the ship, a full crew to man the ship, skull and cross bones flags and last but not least the ‘walking plank.’ If you have managed to keep your ship intact, with all pieces present, you could have a fortune on your hands today. These LEGO sets are now selling for more than $700 if presented in mint condition.
1. Teddy Ruxpin
The Teddy Ruxpin animatronic children’s talking teddy bear was released to the market in 1985. It became one of the best-selling toys in 1985 and 1986. A cartoon was created basing its character on this famous bear. The eyes and mouth both moved as the bear read stories to young children from a cassette tape that would be placed in its back. Later versions of the bear would have built-in digital cartridges replacing the tape deck in the original versions.
Children who loved this bear when it first hit the market are now 28 to 40-years-old, and if they have kept their story-reading bear in mint condition, they could be looking at a big payday. This bear was once the best-selling toy in 1985 and could now bring $1,000 to someone wanting to part with their talking friend..
Getting older doesn’t often hold many good things, your body starts to fail, and you discover new aches and pains. It doesn’t always have to be all bad; there could be good things you’ve stored away that could bring a silver lining to your age-related aches. You could be holding on to one of these top ten childhood toys that are now worth a fortune.