15 Toys from Your Childhood That Might Be Worth a Lot of Money Now

There are probably just a few things in life that we get to enjoy as much as we do our childhood toys, and there is actually a lot of people who are willing to pay serious money for an item that takes them back to those times.

If you think you might have any of the following items still around, you better go check your parent’s basement and attic, because you might be owning something not only of sentimental but also monetary value among specialized collectors.

AMERICAN GIRL “MOLLY” DOLL

opening of American Girl Place New York November 7, 2003 in New York City I Image: Getty Images

opening of American Girl Place New York November 7, 2003 in New York City I Image: Getty Images

One can get a new American Girl doll for $98, but when it comes to vintage and retired early dolls like Molly, Felicity, Samantha, and Kristen, collectors have paid up $11,500 for them.

GARBAGE PAIL KIDS’ CARDS

"Garbage Pail Kids" cards I Image: Getty Images

"Garbage Pail Kids" cards I Image: Getty Images

The bizarre and surreal trading cards were conceived as a mockery to the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls aimed primarily at boys, but they grew to enjoy a cult following in the Internet era. A rare GPK card can be worth as much as $4,250.

1978 LUKE SKYWALKER ACTION FIGURE

There are reportedly only 20 as-new boxed “Star Wars” Luke Skywalker figurines from 1978. In a 2015 auction ay Sotheby’s, one of these figurines was sold for $25,000.  

FIRST EDITION BARBIE

The Barbie Doll started been manufactured by the American toy company Mattel in 1959, and it has since undergone several changes to better reflect women’s diversity. But a first edition of the iconic toy can be worth as much as $4,000.

1982 SKELETOR ACTION FIGURE

Sometimes the evil guy is the most charismatic one, and when it comes to “Masters of the Universe,” the villain Skeletor is the most popular action figure of all from the animated series. A 1982 in-box figure of He-Man’s archenemy can cost as much as $1,500 today.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 1980S ACTION FIGURES

Back in the late ‘80s, every boy in America was obsessed with the charismatic crime fighters, first introduced as comic book characters in 1984.

So if you happen to have one of their original action figures in mint condition, you could sell them for as much as $1,300.

HAPPY MEAL TOYS

McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, first introduced in 1979, are fairly valued among toy collectors. Beyond their small size, the toys can feature all kinds of popular characters, and some full sets of them can be sold for as much as $400.

RAINBOW BRITE DOLLS

The line of dolls inspired by the animated series aired between 1984 and 1986, consisting of the title character and her loyal aids the Color Kids, has a certain value among collectors, and the dolls can reach prices of $1000.

TRANSFORMERS ACTION FIGURES

Transformers might be around once again, but that hasn’t made the nostalgia surrounding the original transforming robot action figures first introduced in 1984.

If you happened to keep one of those in their original box, it can be worth as much as $2000.

PEZ DISPENSERS

The iconic candy dispenser was invented in Austria in 1927 and it was introduced in the US in the 1950s where it eventually became a cultural phenomenon. In 2013, a model from 1982 named “Astronaut B” was sold for $32,000.

ORIGINAL FURBY

The first of these furry, interactive toys were launched in 1998, becoming an instant sensation. The massive phenomenon was followed by urban legend, and 20 years later, an original boxed Furby can get as expensive as $900.

G.I. JOE ACTION FIGURES

The term action figure was originally coined for the Hasbro toy introduced in 1964 and the original G.I. Joe figures are not only a legend with a huge cult following, but they are also considered valuable, with some in-box ones worth over $4,700.

ORIGINAL MONOPOLY GAME

Vintage versions of the 1933-created world-famous board game have sold for as much as $3,000. Of course, that is nothing compared to the $146,500 paid in a 2011 Sotheby’s auction for the original hand-drawn version of the game.

HOT WHEELS

Vintage Hot Wheels collectors get together every year to celebrate, exhibit, and hunt for rarities that some enthusiasts can pay small fortunes for. The 1969 early prototype of a Volkswagen Beach Bomb was sold for $125,000 in 2011.

BOBBA FETT ACTION FIGURE

Understandably, the “Star Wars” saga original hero Luke Skywalker would make one of the most desired toys among collectors.

But any fan of the saga knows that minor villain Boba Fett grew to become one of the most popular characters from the franchise. Today, an original in-box action figure of this fan-favorite bounty hunter can cost as much as $32,000.

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