There are many people who hold on to their favorite toys, whether it’s for nostalgic reasons or to hand them down to someone else. But it turns out, some of those playthings could also be worth a sizable amount of money. In fact, if you own one of these vintage items, your bank balance could significantly benefit.
20. E.T. Toy
Back in the summer of 1982 the world was introduced to E.T., the titular character from Steven Spielberg’s classic movie. Thanks to the friendly alien, the film was a huge success, earning over $792 million at the box-office. That also made it the highest-grossing movie on record for the next 11 years.
Following the film’s release, a large E.T. doll hit the shelves in toy shops. The toy measured in at just under 40 inches, and is now considered to be worth a lot of money. How much you ask? Well, some sellers were willing to offload their items for anything up to $900.
19. Garbage Pail Kids Cards
In 1985, a bizarre set of trading cards arrived in toy stores across America. Known as the Garbage Pail Kids, these eye-catching characters were clearly lampooning another series of toys that were extremely on the market back then. Inspired by the Cabbage Patch Kids, the far less wholesome parodies were a big hit.
If you still own some of those cards today, you could be in luck. Incredibly, certain characters could fetch you up to $1,000 online, proving that collectors are still interested in the iconicity unpleasant characters. However, the “Adam Bomb” card is even more valuable than that, with sellers pricing it at $3,000.
18. Wun-Dar He-Man Toy
Of all the franchises to crop up in the 1980s, Masters of the Universe may well be one of the most famous. It started out as a toy series, with the likes of He-Man and Skeletor hitting the shelves. After that, the characters then appeared in a popular animated show and a live-action movie.
The franchise’s popularity subsequently carried over into the next decade, leading to the release of a special action figure. The Wun-Dar He-Man toy was exclusively available when you bought a loaf of Wonder Bread. Dressed in a black vest and his standard loincloth, this unique item now fetches as much as $500.
17. Deathsaurus Action Figure
Much like Masters of the Universe, Transformers was another hugely influential franchise back in the 80s. Alongside the toys, the characters starred in a popular animated series, charting the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. And in the years since then, six live-action movies have been made as well.
But if you were an avid collector of Transformers action figures, one particular item could fetch you a huge sum now. A Deathsaurus toy has been listed at more than $900 on eBay. So given the continued interest in the franchise, it might be worth checking your attic for a similar figure.
16. 1976 Batman Toy
Since his debut in 1939, Batman has become one of the most recognizable characters in all of fiction. The famous hero has featured in countless comic-books throughout the decades, as well as his own TV shows and movies. In fact, his next film is set for release in 2021, with actor Robert Pattinson taking on the role.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of Batman toys have been released down the years, and some might be quite valuable in today’s market. For instance, a vintage action figure from 1976 was recently listed on eBay. In the end, the Caped Crusader was sold for just under $500 in February 2020.
15. Teddy Ruxpin
In 1985, a brand-new teddy bear hit the toy market in America. The doll was named Teddy Ruxpin, and he was incredibly unique when compared to the more traditional bears. Not only could he talk, but he was able to tell stories to children through an embedded tape player.
During the years of 1985 and 1986, no other toy outsold Teddy Ruxpin. If you still own one of the original bears and are willing to part with it, you could earn some big money. In recent times, one of the original storytelling Teddys was priced at more than $1,600 on eBay.
14. Mewtwo Pokémon Card
While franchises like Transformers and Masters of the Universe helped define the 1980s, Pokémon did much the same for the 1990s. After starting as a video game, it branched out into a television series, ahead of the creation of trading cards. Since then, the Pokémon brand has generated around $90 billion.
The trading cards were insanely popular with kids in the mid-1990s. Each card represented one of the Pokémon characters, while certain individuals got a special “shiny” card, like Mewtwo. Surprisingly, a rare “misprint” of the latter card is currently listed at just under $12,000 on eBay, so you might want to look through your old collections.
13. Lego Technic Expert Builder Motorcycle
Before Lego became the world-famous brand it is today, it started out in the workroom of a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen. In the early days, he produced wooden items for children, but that quickly changed in the late 1940s. At that point, Lego created the plastic bricks that we all recognize today.
Following that, it’s believed that over 600 billion Lego bricks have now been turned out. However, one vintage set in particular could earn you a pretty penny today. If you own the Technic Expert Builder Motorcycle, you might be able to bring in over $900 from an avid collector.
12. Valentino Beanie Baby
While Pokémon was becoming a worldwide phenomenon in the 1990s, Beanie Babies also emerged as a hugely popular brand. It all started back in 1986, when a man named Ty Warner formed his own company. Then, some seven years on from that, Ty Inc. began to release its first batch of stuffed animals.
It took a little time before Beanie Babies started to catch on, but when they did, they were soon everywhere. Should you be one of the individuals who stocked up on the stuffed toys, one bear could prove to be quite valuable. Indeed, someone has listed their Valentino toy at $1,000 on eBay.
11. Jem Dolls
If you were a child during the 1980s, you were treated to some truly classic animated content on the small screen. While boys had shows like Masters of the Universe and Transformers, girls could enjoy the adventures of Jem. This particular cartoon started in 1985, charting the exploits of the titular character and her band The Holograms.
Although Jem only lasted for three seasons, the show still has ardent fans. In fact, some are willing to pay huge sums of cash for vintage merchandise, like old Jem dolls. These toys are believed to be selling for more than $670 online, so you might want to see if you still have one packed away somewhere.
10. The Game Boy
It could be argued that we’re in a golden age of gaming, with consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Yet before those machines went on to blow our minds, a simple hand-held device changed everything. Of course, we’re talking about the Nintendo Game Boy.
The Game Boy was a hugely successful handheld console throughout the 1990s, allowing gamers to play wherever they wanted. Now, these vintage devices can be sold for around $750 if you still own one. Furthermore, the Game Boy Light variation has been known to fetch more than $1,000 in recent times too.
9. Bengali Action Figure
While we’ve already examined a few animated classics from the 1980s, you may have noticed a glaring omission so far. ThunderCats was another phenomenon of that era, starting in 1985. The initial cartoon series lasted for around four years, as audiences watched the exciting adventures of Lion-O and his friends.
If you were a fan back then, you probably remember playing with some of the ThunderCats action figures. In more recent times, though, one of those unopened toys was valued at a remarkable price online. We’re referring to a Bengali figurine, which was being priced at close to $870.
8. Boba Fett Action Figure
Back in the spring of 1977, the world was first introduced to Star Wars. From there, the rest is history, as George Lucas’ sci-fi epic spawned a huge star-spanning saga that captured the imagination of cinema-goers everywhere. But of all the iconic characters that appeared in those films, one stood out.
The bounty hunter Boba Fett made his movie debut in The Empire Strikes Back, which earned him countless fans. The character subsequently got his own action figure, which is now worth an eye-watering sum. Incredibly, an unopened Boba Fett toy can fetch as much as $32,000, proving that he’s still enduringly popular.
7. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord Action Figure
While the kids of the 80s enjoyed plenty of classic television, people who grew up in the 90s had their fair share of fun as well. One of the most popular series from that period was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a live-action program which kick-started a craze. The show itself began in 1993, before concluding three years later.
Just like the other franchises that we’ve covered so far, some Power Rangers vintage merchandise could be worth a lot of money today. For instance, an original Megazord toy is currently listed on eBay for $700. If you’ve kept that action figure, you might want to think about bringing it out of storage.
6. Ghostbusters Firehouse
In the summer of 1984, a sharp-witted supernatural comedy hit the big screen in America, quickly becoming a classic. Of course, we’re talking about Ghostbusters, which went on to earn in excess of $295 million at the box-office. Such is its enduring popularity, a new movie in the franchise is set to come out in 2020.
But before you prepare yourself for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, you might want to take note of this. Following the first film’s release, fans were given the chance to buy a toy replica of the firehouse base. Should you still own that set, you could bring in around $700 by selling it to an avid collector.
5. American Girl “Molly” Doll
While Teddy Ruxpin continued to dominate the market in 1986, a new toy hit the shelves that year. Known as the American Girl dolls, these items depicted young ladies from different backgrounds and time frames. New dolls continued to be released throughout the following three decades too, showing how enduring the brand is.
However, some of the earlier dolls, like Molly McIntire, were subsequently pulled from the market and had a limited shelf-life. If you were lucky enough to grab one of them while they were still on sale, we’ve got big news for you. As it turns out, a Molly doll might fetch you around $11,000 today.
4. G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier – U.S.S. Flagg
Back in 1964, Hasbro released a brand-new range of action figures for kids to enjoy. From then on, the G.I. Joe brand went from strength to strength, eventually spawning an animated show in 1983. The program remained on the small screen for the next three years, before coming to an end after 95 episodes.
Prior to the show’s conclusion, though, a large set hit the toy market in 1985. It was an aircraft carrier called the U.S.S. Flagg. You might not be surprised to hear that this boat is worth a lot of money now, yet the figure could still catch you off guard. The original set can fetch almost $6,000 on the collectors market.
3. Original Furby
When you cast your mind back to crazes from the 1990s, you’ll no doubt think of the Furby toy line. These strange-looking dolls were all the rage following their release in 1998, as kids became enamored with their robotic features. To give you an idea of the numbers, more than 40 million units were purchased over a three-year period.
While the craze eventually died down, the original Furbies carry some significant value today, especially if they’re in their old packaging. Do you still have your talking toy in the house? If so, you might bring in around $900 by selling it to an ardent Furby lover on the internet.
2. 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure
Although we’ve already touched upon the massive impact that Star Wars had on the world, we didn’t talk about one of the franchise’s main characters. Thanks to actor Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker became a cinematic icon alongside the likes of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vader. He took center stage in three films, ahead of featuring in three more.
If you were a child in the late 1970s and loved Star Wars, there’s a good chance that you owned a Luke Skywalker action figure. Like with Boba Fett, those unopened toys are priceless in today’s collectors market. In Luke’s case, a vintage doll was sold for about $25,000.
1. First Edition Charizard Pokémon Card
As we discussed earlier, Pokémon cards were a big hit in the 1990s. But while children continued to collect packs of them back then, one card in particular seemed to elude everyone. The Charizard “shiny” was one of the game’s most sought-after cards in 1999, with just 120 on the market.
However, despite the low numbers, some lucky people did get hold of a Charizard card. Should you be one of those individuals, you could make a stunning sum of money by selling it right now. Given its rarity, the card is valued at over $67,500, making it the most expensive item on this pricey list.