Let’s be honest, being an adult totally sucks. Can we just go back to being a kid, please? Yep, we’re so ready to go back to the days when we didn’t have to work for a living, we didn’t have bills to pay, we didn’t have clothes to wash (thanks, mom), we didn’t have to eat healthily, we didn’t have to spend our free time buying a new refrigerator, and we didn’t have to pretend to have our shizz together – because it was perfectly acceptable to NOT have our shizz together. Nowadays, it’s frowned upon, and we’re not about that life.
The best part of being a kid was being able to play games whenever the heck we wanted. We were allowed to play outside, in the middle of the streets (do kids even do that anymore? Or is that a health and safety risk, too?), we were allowed to spend hours on end sitting in front of the video console in our pajamas, we were allowed to play board games until the early hours, we were allowed to buy Happy Meals at McDonalds just to get the toy (and the nuggets) and we took our trading cards to school, which resulted in an all-out war with Nancy from chemistry class to see who would be the proud owner of the shiny Pikachu, and we just had a whale of a time. It was great. But then we were hit by the big truck of puberty, and had to shove all of our favorite toys into the attic for them to gather dust. *Sobs*
As the years have gone by, the world is realizing how gosh darn great the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and early ‘00s were, and are reliving their nostalgia days with the toys of the past. Because of this, you may living below an absolute goldmine. Yep, collectors are now offering big bucks for those of you who have some of the coolest and rarest childhood toys from these eras. These are the most valuable childhood toys that could make you a fortune – so check your attic now!
Original Monopoly Game – $146,500
Ahhh, Monopoly. We’ve all played the game that has broken families and proved who really has the worst anger issues in your family. Charles Darrow created the game in 1933 and even kept one for himself – a hand-drawn oil cloth edition of the game (oooh, sounds fancy). This edition was sold in auction in 2011 and sold for a whopping $146,500! But even if you don’t have this rare version, you might have a vintage version. These have been known to sell for around $3,125. We’ll take that…
First Edition Barbie – $23,000
Barbies are one of the most well-known toys out there, but they’ve had a bit of a makeover since their original days. Many collectors love the original hourglass figure of the 1959 Barbie (famous for her Zebra-striped bathing suit), so much so that they are willing to pay between $8,000 and $23,000 to get their hands on her.
Game Boy – $750 – $1,500
In a time ruled by mobile phones, Xbox and Play Stations, it’s easy to forget the handheld Nintendo Game Boy – even though it was amazing. When it was first released in 1989, it became a huge hit, and everyone wanted one. But it seems some people do still want them… a mint condition Game Boy (so probably not like our smashed screen one) can earn you hundreds of dollars. If you’re really lucky and have the special edition Game Boy Light, you could be earning even more. How does $1,500 sound?
Jurassic Park Action Figures – Varied Prices
Jurassic Park was one of the greatest achievements of the ‘90s, and ol’ Stevey Spielberg is an absolute genius (we love you). If you loved the movies so much you bought some of the action figures, you may be in luck – because some of these are worth a fortune. If you have the original action figures and they’re not covered in scribbles (i.e in near-perfect condition) you could get a few hundred dollars per figure. However, you’ve struck lucky if you have the T-Rex, because that bad boy is worth around $1250!
Vintage Super Soaker Water Guns – $100 – $500
Super Soakers were the ultimate water fight weapon – and you just couldn’t get into a water fight without having this guy behind your back. The original versions are still in demand today – and if you have a version from the ‘90s, you could be looking at around $150 for a used Super Soaker, and around $500 for one in pristine condition.
First Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – $6,500
We all know how popular the Harry Potter saga is, and we’ve all got at least one, if not all of the books at home. But if you do have one, get it out now and see if it’s the first edition! If it is, these babies are now worth up to $6,500. And it gets even better if you have a signed copy, as one has recently been sold for $15,000…
Lite Bright – $130 – $350
The concept behind Lite Bright is incredibly simple, and although it may warn users of its choking hazard, there’s a good chance we still tried to swallow their small colored pets (when will we ever learn?) Nevertheless, if you still have a full, boxed Lite Bright set in your attack you could win yourself over $100. If you have a Lite Bright Cube, you’re looking at even more of a profit. $350, in fact.
1982 Skeletor Action Figure – $1,650
This Masters of the Universe figurine was He-Man’s evil nemesis – but most people seemed to like Skeletor over He-Man. I guess everyone loves a bad boy. But this figurine is so popular that some hard-core Masters of the Universe fans are willing to pay big bucks to get their hands on him. If you have the original 1982, in-box mint condition figurine, you could be looking at upwards of $1,500…
Action Comics No.1 – $3.2 million
Action Comics was the first comic to bring Superman to the world… so it’s kind of a big deal. If you have the ‘No.1’ comic, you’re in luck. There are less than 50 of these comics in existence, and a pristine edition sold in 2014 for $3.2 million. Yes, that really does say $3.2 million! This makes it one of the most valuable childhood toys out there!
Boba Fett Action Figure – $2,000 – $5,000
With Star Wars being one of the most popular franchises out there, it’s no wonder their merchandise sells for prices that are simply out of this galaxy. If you happen to have the Boba Fett Action Figure in your house (in-box and in mint condition, of course) you could be selling it for as much as a cool $5,000.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980s Action Figures – Varied Prices
We dare you to try and say their names without singing it. Nope, can’t do it, can ya? When TMNT arrived on our screens in the late ‘80s, we all rushed to buy the action figures from the store – and then they just kinda sat in our rooms for a few years. Well, if you didn’t take yours out of the packaging you will now be able to get a whopping $550 per piece! If you have a rare Turtle, you might even be able to get as much as $5,000 for your toys.
Teddy Ruxpin – $500
The Teddy Ruxpin Bear was like the original Care Bear, and it could even read its owners a bedtime stories with its built-in cassette player. If you had one of these, you were incredibly lucky. Today, Teddy Ruxpin Bears that are in mint condition can sell for around $500 if you can ‘bear’ to get rid of it…
1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure – $25,000
These Star Wars figurines were once sold at Sotheby’s, and in 2015, the whole collection was bought for over $500,000. But the Luke Skywalker figurine is the gold mine. There were only 20 of these figurines manufactured and sold around the world, and one Skywalker can sell for $25,000. So keep an eye out for Luke…
Vintage Colorforms – $250 – $300
In today’s day and age, it’s perfectly acceptable for adults to use coloring books, and we’re so happy about that. However, nothing will ever matchup to a Colorform. With stickers and epic backgrounds, these Colorforms often came in varied themes, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Gremlins, and even Michael Jackson. Nowadays, these vintage Colorforms are worth around $250 each.
Peanut Royal Blue Elephant Beanie Baby – $5,000
Let’s be honest, we all had way too many Beanie Babies than we needed. All we seemed to do with them was stick them on the end of our bed and protect their TY labels at all cost. But if you have the Royal Blue ‘Peanut’ Elephant, you could be quids in. Because of a manufacturing error, only 2,000 of these Beanie Babies were ever sold, because its color was a lot darker than was expected. Now, these are in high demand, and could earn you a cool $5,000.
She-Ra, Princess of Power and her Horse Swift Wind – Varied Prices
Because really, what’s better than playing with a female princess warrior who flies around on a magical unicorn? Because She-Ra was the rare sister of He-Man, collectors and now queuing up to get their hands on her – which means they’re also willing to pay big bucks. One original figure of She-Ra and Swift Wind recently sold for an incredible $4,000. Individual figures will normally sell for around $150 – $600.
Fisher Price Push Cart Pete – $3,000
Fisher Price toys were, and still are, some of the most popular toys out there. Fisher Price’s Push Cart Pete was released in 1936 and was sold for 50 cents at the time (you can’t even buy a candy bar for that price now). Today, these pull-toys can sell for $3,000 or more, depending on it’s condition
Hot Wheels – Various Prices
Who knew these little cars could be worth so much money? We normally bought Hot Wheels for a few dollars each, but some of the rare wheels can be worth a bomb. One of the rarest breeds is the 1969 ‘Volkswagen Beach Bomb’ prototype that comes complete with surfboards – but they never went into production because their wheels were too big for the tracks. Nowadays, that same car is valued at $125,000…
Original Furby – $900
Okay, so Furbys were super creepy – but we all wanted one. And we all probably had one, because they were once the highest selling toys around. It’s likely that you opened your box to play with your Furby, but if you decided to keep an earlier version and not open the box, you could fetch around $900 for it. If you did un-box your Furby, feel free to kick yourself.
Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls – $400 – $600
Strawberry Shortcake Dolls were probably some of the most adorable dolls of all time, especially with their delicious-sounding names. The dolls were first released in the ‘80s, and if you have one of the original dolls (still in their box), you could be selling it for around $400 – $800.
Vintage Playmobil – Varied Prices
Playmobil was one of the greatest toymakers in history – and we tried to get our moms to buy us everything they ever made. Of course, she refused most of the time, but we did get a few bits here and there. If you were lucky enough to have the Knight’s Castle, yours could now be worth $649, whereas the 1995 Victorian Dollhouse will leave you with a cool $800 in your pocket. Yeah, that’ll do.
Mario Kart 64 – $750
Mario Kart was our all-time favorite Mario Bros. game of all time. And we just really loved Kong. If you have one of the vintage cartridges of this game, and it’s in mint condition, you could be selling it for a handy price of $750. Think of all of the other Mario products you could buy with that…
Digimon – Varied Prices
The Digimon was the cool Tamagotchi- and you know how much we love Tamagotchis! These guys rose to fame in 1997 and even spawned an epic TV series and game. If you have one of these hiding in your attic, there are hundreds of collectors all over the world who will be willing to pay more than $100 to get their hands on them…if you can bear to give it up, that is.
Pokemon Cards – Various Prices
Yes, we all collected Pokemon Cards. Even if you didn’t know what Pokemon was (shame on you), you still collected them because they turned into playground currency. We all know there are some cards that are rarer than others. In fact, a mint condition rare Pikachu card is being sold for $100,000. That’s dedication to the game.
First edition of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ – $25,000
Where The Wild Things Are is one of the most iconic and most famous children’s books of all time. But you can still buy the book, so why is this one so special? Well, first editions are always very rare – which makes people want one even more, especially if they have the author’s signature. In 2012, a signed first edition of the book sold for an amazing $25,000!
Jem and the Holograms Dolls – $700
If you grew up in the ‘80s, you probably loved the Jem and The Holograms cartoon – and probably loved the Dolls even more. Nowadays, these dolls (complete with clothing and accessories) can be sold for a whopping $700.
G.I Joe Action Figures and Accessories – Varied Prices
G.I Joe first came onto the scene in the ‘60s, and has proved popular ever since – because he’s pretty darn cool. Nowadays, the brand still has a major cult following, with collectors willing to part with thousands of dollars for rare figures and accessories. If you have anything from the ‘Cobra’ set, you can earn around $20,000 for accessories such as the Missile Command Center.
Happy Meal Toys – Various Prices
When we were younger (or if you still do as an adult. We won’t judge), you couldn’t go to McDonald’s and not have the Happy Meal – because that meant you wouldn’t get the toy. McDonald’s first released their Happy Meal Toys in 1979, and some collectors want to have the whole lot. You can buy huge collections on eBay, like the full Disney collection, which sold for $300. Not bad considering they come free with the meal…
Garbage Pail Kids’ Cards – $1,000 +
If you grew up in the ‘80s, it’s more than likely that you still have a few of these cards lying about somewhere – maybe down the back of the couch, underneath the refrigerator or in the back of your wallet – they just seem to be everywhere. In your search, keep a look out for the ‘Adam Bomb’ card, as this could earn you around $4,000! Normally, a full set can sell for $700.
Wun-Dar He-Man – $1,000
You might not remember this guy if you never bought Wonder Bread back in the day. He was often called the naked-loincloth man, and was free whenever you bought a loaf of bread in the ‘90s. But if you thought ‘hey, it’s free so it must be a load of old rubbish,’ well, you’ll be kicking yourself now. He has previously been sold for $1,000 on eBay…
American Girl ‘Molly’ Doll – $5,000
American Girl Dolls are now sold for around $120, but those are the new dolls. If you have some of the discontinued dolls a.k.a Molly, Samantha, Kirsten and Felicity, you could be laughing. Because these Dolls are no longer around, everyone wants one. If you have the doll, accessories, and clothing, you could make over $5,000.
Lionel’s Pennsylvania ‘Trail Blazer’ Train Set – $1,100
We all loved a train set when we were younger. There was nothing better than taking over your living room with the tracks and annoying your parents by driving the train into their feet. (Come on, we all did it). These are very valuable childhood toys, so if you have one of the original Lionel’s Pennsylvania ‘Trail Blazer’ sets, make sure it is the 1934 Standard Gauge edition, and you could be earning up to $250,000…
Vintage Atari Cartridges – Various Prices
So for some reason, Atari decided to bury hundreds of its game cartridges in 1983 under the desert in New Mexico. We’re not quite sure why. Kinda weird. But 881 of these cartridges have since been found and sold for an immense $107,000. If you don’t fancy getting your metal detector out and scanning the desert, you might have one of their rare games somewhere in your house that often sell for hundreds of dollars on sites like eBay.
Original Transformers Action Figures – Various Prices
Nowadays, we know Transformers from the CGI movies, and the up-market toys. But they were first released in 1984 and are now in high demand. If you have an original Transformer Action Figure that is still in the box, you could be on your way to booking that nice vacation you’ve been wanting for a while… especially if you have the Optimus Prime figurines – these can fetch up to $2,000 and more. Just remember to take us with you.
Lego Trains – $1,500 – $3,000
Lego Trains were a genius invention. Everyone loves Lego. And everyone loves trains. It was a win-win situation. But true Lego fans are willing to pay huge amounts for original versions. If you have the Steam Cargo Trains or the High-Speed City Express Trains or the Diesel Freight Trains, check your attic now… because they could be worth between $1,500 and $3,000!
Masters of the Universe Eternia Playset – $1,900
This play set is one of the most popular and hard-to-come buy gaming sets that one person has even described the Masters of the Universe Eternia Playset as the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Masters toys. If you still have an untouched box, you could earn a cool $1,900. Not bad…
Polly Pocket Sets – From $500
If you’ve managed to keep your Polly Pockets pristine (and not lost all the little bits like we did) then you may have a nice little nest egg in your attic. Polly Pocket are still a popular toy now, but none of the modern sets will go for as much as the old-school ones! If you have a sealed Polly Pocket Jewel Case then you can sell it for an impressive $600. Most other sets in good condition can go for over $500.
Magic: The Gathering Cards – $27,000
While more people became obsessed with Pokemon as a TCG, it turns out that Magic: The Gathering Cards are some of the most valuable. They’re kinda like the holy grail of trading card games, and you’re sure to have some knocking around somewhere. If you do, have a look for the Black Lotus alpha-deck card… Only 1,100 of these were ever printed and it’s worth more than $27,000 nowadays. Sealed Alpha decks and other older cards are worth thousands, too.
Beauty and the Beast on VHS – $9000
It’s crazy, but old Disney videotapes sell for a small fortune on eBay and other online marketplaces. If you’re lucky enough to have some original VHS runs around, then they’re definitely worth looking into. Beauty and the Beast is one of the most valuable, with the Black Diamond edition of the movie fetching up to $9000 online! We knew we kept all those Disney videos for a reason.
Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls – Various Prices
Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls first came out in 1978, and some people just really loved them. Including Joe and Pat Prosey who have even created their own custom-built Cabbage Patch Doll museum (maybe a bit too much). Apparently, you can buy their 5,000 strong doll collection for $360,000… small change, really.
Pez Dispensers – Various Prices
We used to love Pez Dispensers. Sometimes even more than the candy (even though we really did love the candy), but finding the coolest and most exciting Pez characters was your Saturday morning mission. Nowadays, however, these empty Pez Dispensers could earn you some serious cash. In 2006, the Astronaut B dispenser sold for $32,000. But if you have the Santa Claus, gun or Mickey Mouse dispenser, they’re pretty sought after too…
Vintage 1930s Murray Pull Wagon – $500
If you’re reading this (hi!) there’s little chance that you grew up in the 1930s – however, there’s a good chance your grandparents or great-grandparents did. If they still have a few childhood toys stowed away in their attic, you might want to have a rummage around, because if they have one of these b-e-a-utiful vintage pull wagons, you could be looking at a fancy new $500 dollar wardrobe. Or, y’know, you could save it for a new refrigerator. (Or you could spend it on clothes)
3-Piece Pottery Barn Retro Play Kitchen – $500
Let’s be honest, were you really a kid if you didn’t have your own makeshift kitchen? It’s funny because now we’d do anything to stay OUT of the kitchen, but when we were younger, we’d do anything to make a scrumptious pretend meal and wash the dishes afterward. If you were lucky enough to have a red 3-piece Pottery Barn Retro Play Kitchen and still have it, collectors are now willing to pay around $500 for it!
Marx Spic and Span ‘The Hams What Am’ Tin Wind-Up Toy – $9,000
You might be thinking we’ve added a few zeros to this one, but we’ve triple checked this price, and we can tell you that a wind-up toy could really earn you $9,000! One of the main reasons for this price is because of the brand. Early Marx toys were extremely rare and of extremely high quality. These wind-up toys are not readily available, which means that collectors will do whatever they can to get their hands on them. Do you have one of these in your attic?
Sealed Retro A-Team Galoob Figures – $425
Yup, we loved the A-Team – and we had a real love for Mr. T and all of his gold jewelry when we were younger. These figures were based on the characters from the epic ‘80s TV show and are pretty small, but can pick up a small fortune if you still have them sealed in their boxes. A recent eBay bidder spent around $425 on just four of these figurines, so one sealed figure will normally sell for around $100. Not bad, ey?
Ernst Plank Horse Drawn Fire Engine – $7,779
Okay, so this wasn’t the kind of toy that your average mom and dad would buy you for Christmas, but we bet there’s a few of you out there who have played with this before. This Ernst Plank Tin Plate Horse Drawn Fire Engine was made in Germany and is one of a few that were ever made. This antique is now a highly desirable item – even if it’s not in tip-top condition. Recently, one of these Horse Drawn Fire Engines went for an incredible $7,779 even though it was in need of repair.
Mario Bombs Away Game & Watch – $400
It’s fair to say that we love everything Nintendo related here at RetroEnt, so of course, we wanted every game, every console and every toy when we were growing up. One of the most exclusive consoles was the Game & Watch, a handheld device that was released from 1980 until 1991. After its release, the Mario Bombs Away game became the game of the moment, and everyone wanted it – and apparently, they still do. If you have a retro Mario Bomb’s Away from the ‘80s, you could be looking at a $400 profit. Boo-yah.
Vintage 1960s Garton Spin-A-Roo Pedal Car – $400
Nowadays, it’s unheard of for kids to play outside (outside? What’s that?) But back in the day, our parents and grandparents would hang out on the streets and rozz down the sidewalks in their Garton Spin-A-Roo Pedal Cars – because why not? If you still have an original vintage car from the ‘60s, collectors will be willing to pay around $400 to take it off your hands.
Steiff’s Louis Vuitton Bear – $172,425
We all know that Louis Vuitton isn’t exactly cheap (unless you bag yourself a knock-off from a dodgy guy on the street), but when the designer brand decorated a Steiff Teddy Bear, nobody knew how expensive it would really be. Well, it turns out that it’s pretty pricey. The bear was sold in 2000 for an incredible $172,425. Not bad for a bit of stuffed fabric, ey?
Rare 1957 Chrysler New Yorker Car – $3,800
Nope, your eyes do not deceive you. A small toy car really could earn you nearly $4,000! This particular car is an extremely rare 1957 Chrysler New Yorker that was made by Alps in Japan. In fact, The Big Book of Tin Toy Cars (which is a big deal in the world of toy cars) has given this figure a whopping score of 10 on their 1-10 scarcity rating. You might even be looking at a bit more if you still have the box to go with it…
Ferrari Pedal Car Giordani AR-5001 – $650
Of course, anything with the word ‘Ferrari’ in it will be immediately 100x better than any other pedal car in existence – which means the price instantly shoots up. The Ferrari Pedal Car Giordani was released by Ferrari in 1952, but very few were ever made. Because of this, the limited edition AR-5001 is in high demand. If you just happen to have one of these bad boys in your attic (and it’s in near-perfect condition), you could be looking at a cool $650 for it.
Antique Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty Circus Tent – $1.5 million
Well there you have it, ladies and gentle beans, this is the most valuable toy that could make you a fortune – and a half! This jumbo-sized Humpty Dumpty Circus Tent is a rare antique that could be up in your attic. In a recent eBay auction, one of these tents was sold for a ridiculous $1.5 million (and that was WITHOUT the original box and other accessories). If you recognize this one from your childhood, we’ll allow you to spend the next week searching your attic for it, because it will be soooo worth it.