Remember when you had to practically beg your parents to buy the cool toy of the moment for you? We bet they're kicking themselves now for saying no - some of these toys are worth a pretty penny today. Fingers crossed you have some of these big ticket items in storage somewhere!
We're not kidding, some of these toys of the past have increased more in monetary value than actual houses. We're not quite sure why so many people are willing to part with hard-earned cash for a bunch of old kid's stuff, but the fact of the matter is that they are, so start rifling through your basements now.
The world of collectors' items is certainly a strange one, and we're going to take you on a deep dive through it! This list will have you laughing as well as squinting your eyes in disbelief. #49 is worth a total fortune, and a lot of people have them laying around.
1. Beanie Babies
Beanie Babies were once as common as any other teddy bear. Today, they're valuable collectors' items and some types could net you a fortune if you happen to have any lying around the house. The peace bear, Mystic the unicorn, Patti the platypus, Nana the monkey, Diggers the crab, Pinchers the lobster, and Peanut the elephant are all considered valuable items that could sell for up to $5,000.
But the most coveted Beanie Baby of them all? The Princess Beanie Baby, which was released in 1997 to commemorate the death of Princess Diana and raise money for the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The Princess Beanie Baby has been seen listed online for a whopping $500,000. We just can't even process the fact that someone would rather buy this Beanie Baby than an actual house.
Remember these old things? They're not exactly going to rake in half a million dollars like the Princess Beanie Baby, but they'll still end up going for a worthy sum. It's definitely worth clearing out the garage to check if you still have one hanging around, is all we're saying. Maybe now the pain of hearing the Lite-Brite jingle over and over in your head will finally pay off.
There are new versions of Lite-Brite available at very reasonable prices on Amazon (around $30), but it's the original one that's going to bring in the big bucks. You can expect to sell the basic unit for around $300. If you have all of the extras and accessories, you could potentially earn up to $1,000. We told you it was worth hunting around in the garage for!
3. Teddy Ruxpin
Kids of the '80s will instantly recognize this little dude. Teddy Ruxpin was the bestselling toy in the USA for two years running in 1985 and 1986. He was no ordinary teddy bear, either. Teddy Ruxpin's mouth would move while he was reading stories - an amazing technological achievement for the time! All parents had to do was pop in a cassette tape (into the cassette deck built into his back), turn on Teddy, and away he went while the kids followed along with the book.
Teddy Ruxpin had a bit of a revival back in 2006 and won the Animated Interactive Plush Toy of the Year. But collectors aren't so interested in the 2006 version of this talkative bear. People are on the hunt for the original Teddy Ruxpins of the 1980s, and if you have one, you could rake in up to $400.
4. PEZ Dispensers
PEZ dispensers have always gone through periods of being cool and then disappearing off the scene for a while. They seem to always reemerge again at some point and the kids will inevitably go crazy for them, just as they have since they were invented in 1927. We know the concept is great - PEZ candies are delicious, and the dispenser is such a novel way to carry and consume them. But that's not what collectors want them for these days.
Certain PEZ dispensers are worth a lot of money now - some more than others. Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, pre-90s superheroes (such as Wonder Woman and Batman), and 1955 robot PEZ dispensers are all high in value, as well as PEZ spinoffs, such as the PEZ gun, and the locking cap dispenser. Or maybe you have the 1982 World's Fair PEZ Dispenser, which sold on eBay for a massive $32,000 in 2006.
5. WWF Action Figures
We now know WWF as WWE, but the old action figures are still the original WWF kind. The WWF action figures of the '80s and '90s are now worth quite a bit of money, particularly if you're the owner of some of the rarer versions. We still remember messing about and putting on wrestling matches with these guys. Their antics on television were so theatrical, but that's what we loved about the WWF!
If you own Kamala with Moon Belly, you've hit the absolute jackpot. This action figure can sell for a whopping $3,000 if you play your cards right. Anyone with a Dusty Rhodes isn't doing too badly, either - these usually sell for about $800. Sgt. Slaughter will net you around $700, while Macho Man Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior also pull in around the same.
We're starting to wish our parents insisted on keeping our Barbies in the box. We could be rich today if we'd only known how valuable they'd become! Mint condition, in the box Barbies can go for amazing sums these days, but it depends which type you have. Some can sell for a decent $100 to $200, such as the '90s Totally Hair Barbie, while others can go for a whole lot more.
Some of the most valuable Barbies include Pink Jubilee Barbie, which was made to celebrate the company's 30-year anniversary back in 1989 (worth about $800), Marie Antoinette Barbie ($1,200), Original 1959 Barbie (up to $27,000), and the De Beers 40th anniversary Barbie, which is worth $85,000. You might think that sounds outrageous but wait until you hear what the Stefani Canturi Barbie is worth: a massive $302,500!
You really ended up realizing how unfit for parenthood a bunch of seven to ten-year-old kids were when they couldn't even keep a Tamagotchi alive for more than three days. To be fair to us kids of the '90s, it was difficult when teachers put a ban on them being tended to in the classroom. If your Tamagotchi didn't get fed immediately, it seemed to die within minutes. That's a little demanding if you ask us!
Like so many things from the glory years of the 1990s, Tamagotchi pets have been revived for the current day and new versions of it exist on the department store shelves. However, if you've still got your hands on an original from back in the day, it could be worth a lot now. Recently, a Tamagotchi from 1996 sold for $3,000.
8. Star Wars Action Figures
We're still amazed that the popularity of Star Wars doesn't just stay the same, it seems to grow with every new movie release. People are Star Wars mad, so it's not exactly a shock that all of the action figures of the past are quite valuable in the present. Like Barbie, not all Star Wars action figures have huge monetary values attached, but some will definitely show their worth.
In the $2,000 to $3,000 range you have Boba Fett (1979), Boba Fett (1985), Han Solo (1980), Death Star II (2005), and C-3PO (1999). For about $4,000 to $8,000 you've got Chewbacca (1977), Death Squad Commander (1977), Boba Fett LEGO (2010), Darth Vader (1983), and Anakin Skywalker (1985). The rarest of the gang is the original Jawa with vinyl cape (1977), which is worth around $18,000.
9. Care Bears
The coolest thing about Care Bears was that you always felt you could count on them. No matter what their particular power was, it was there to help people, particularly friends of the Care Bears, in need. Well, how great is it that your vintage Care Bears from the '80s can still take care of you? That's right, some of these guys sell for quite a lot of money online.
The main categories you'll see are plush Care Bears, Poseable Care Bears (which were like little figurines), Miniature Care Bears, and plush Care Bear Cousins (remember Brave Heart Lion, Swift Heart Rabbit, Lotsa Heart Elephant, and the rest of the cousin gang?). Some original Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins have sold for more than $1,000, so it's time to start sorting through your old stuff!
10. Troll Dolls
We all had at least three or four of these guys hanging around the house while we were growing up. They were so ugly, we wonder how they even became so popular. We'll never really know what the appeal was, but as it turns out, you're in luck if you loved these little dudes despite their creepy looks. A vintage Troll Doll is not worth a nice deposit on a house ($100 to $800 is more realistic), but they're definitely worth pulling out of storage.
Some of the more valuable Troll Dolls include the Viking Dam Troll (1965), Giant Henry or Livvy Trolls (1979), and original limited edition Trolls from any year. The High Heeled Tracey Troll, NASCAR Troll, and Giant Henry Santa Troll are all worth a decent amount, too. Basically, any old Troll Doll is going to be worth more than what you paid for it.
11. Cabbage Patch Kids
These ugly little kids were super popular back in the day. We guess in some ways they're kind of cute, but it was still a bit of an odd concept (babies being born in cabbage patch gardens). The whole idea was that you didn't buy a Cabbage Patch Kid, you adopted it. For an adoption fee, off course. Since their beginning in 1978, numerous special edition dolls have been released, including twins, and even a set of quintuplets. Not surprisingly, they're worth a fortune today.
If you have a 1985 James Dudley ($3,000), a doll from the Mark Twain Collection ($900), Irish Fraternal Twins ($800), or just any original Cabbage Patch Doll in its box, you could rake in a bunch of money for it. We're now regretting throwing ours away when we thought we'd outgrown them.
12. Pokemon Cards
It feels like just yesterday that kids were running around the playground trading Pokemon cards, but it was all the way back in the late '90s. Even back then, the ferocity with which kids sought out new cards was intense. That same energy hasn't seemed to abate over the years - original Pokemon cards from the '90s are now worth more money than ever. If you've got any tucked away somewhere, it's time to sell.
A first edition Raichu goes for around $5,000 and a Pokemon Master's Key sells for a jaw-dropping $10,000. We can even go one better: an original 1998 Magikarp has been known to sell for around $15,000. Original base sets, such as Charizard, Machamp, and Blastoise are all fall in the $2,500 to $3,000 range, while trainer cards can go from around $1,000 to $4,000.
13. Hot Wheels
We bet you're wishing that instead of zooming around the house with your Hot Wheels cars you were keeping them in mint condition in their boxes instead. These little vehicles are worth a fortune now and we're kicking ourselves for being so frivolous with ours. We would have been picked on for not joining the car races as kids, but we'd truly be having the last laugh now.
If you own the 1971 Purple Olds 442, 1968 Custom Volkswagen without sunroof, or 1968 White Enamel Camaro, they could fetch anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500. The 1970 Red Baron with white interior, 1995 Collector Number 271 Funny Car, 1970 Ed Shaver Custom AMX, and 1970 "Mad Maverick" Base Mighty Maverick will net you $3,000 to $4,500. The most valuable is the 1969 Pink Volkswagen Beach Bomb, at $72,000, but that's because there's only one.
14. American Girl
American Girl dolls weren't even cheap when they first hit the shelves back in 1986, so you can imagine how much they might be worth today. The cool thing about these beauties is that they came in a variety of looks and ethnicities, along with stories about their history. They were one of the first range of dolls that seemed to include everyone. No matter what you looked like, there was an American Girl doll for that.
As with almost every toy we've discussed, certain American Girl dolls are worth more than others due to the rarity of them. Molly, Samantha, and Felicity dolls can be sold for $1,200 to $1,500, Kristen will get you even more cash at $3,200. Though Kanani is one of the newer dolls, she still fetches prices as high as $2,500.
15. Strawberry Shortcake
Almost every little girl in America had a Strawberry Shortcake doll during the '80s and '90s. She was so popular. Did you know she actually started out as a design on a greeting card? From there, things really took off and her creator, Muriel Fahrian, was commissioned to come up with even more characters. After greeting cards, posters were designed. By 1980 the Strawberry Shortcake TV specials were on the air.
Despite the popularity of the television series, Strawberry Shortcake dolls weren't released until the mid-80s. Once they hit the shelves, the dolls sold like hotcakes all around the nation. Your Strawberry Shortcake doll could be worth thousands now, depending on which type you own. In general, you can expect between $300 to $1,200 for Strawberry Shortcake dolls that are still in their original packaging.
16. My Little Pony
This one is another '90s favorite that is currently going through a revival period. It seems like there's My Little Pony merchandise everywhere these days. While the new stuff is very reasonably priced, the original items are now selling at extremely high prices. Who would have thought that some colorful ponies made for little girls would end up being worth so much?
Mimic the unicorn, Greek Baby Moondancer, Sweet Scoops Mail Order Pony, Baby Princess Sparkle, Oatley, and any part of the Paradise Estate will fetch anywhere between $200 to $800. If you sell Sweet Scoops with the rare Sweet Scoops charm you could definitely net around $1,500. The most valuable of all the My Little Pony collection is Rapunzel, which has been known to sell for $1,200 or more. For collectors, they're worth every penny!
What a great way to get kids to exercise without them even realizing they're doing it! If you don't quite recall the Skip-It device, allow us to refresh your memory. It attached to your ankle and you would then have to spin it around, skipping over it continuously. It was actually really tiring and a proper workout when we look back on it!
Skip-it was released in the '80s and wasn't exactly a totally original idea at the time. It was loosely based on a toy from the '60s called the Lemon Twist, which worked in pretty much the same way, except it was a lemon-shaped weight you had to skip over. If you own one of these sweat-inducing devices, it might be time to cash in. An original Skip-It from the '80s can sell for up to $100.
How hilarious that life has truly imitated art in the case of Woody dolls. In the second Toy Story film, it emerged that Woody was a rare collectors' item. It was a central theme of the plot and resulted in Woody being kidnapped by an evil villain. In the real world, certain types of Woody dolls are now considered collectors' items and they can sell for a lot of money online.
If you own a talking Woody doll you could be in even more luck than if you just own a regular one. Talking Woody dolls have sold online for more than $300 - not bad at all for merchandise from a film series that is still relatively recent. Regular Woody dolls tend to sell for anywhere between $150 and $250. To infinity and beyond, indeed!
19. Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket was so cool back in the '90s. Who could forget the tiny worlds that existed within? Whether it was a garden, a house, or some kind of Polly Pocket party, it was always a surprise to see which ones your friends had. The best part about Polly Pocket was that you could always take her everywhere, she was so small! They even had little necklace versions you could wear around your neck.
Have you got the Birthday Party Polly Pocket? You might be able to sell it for up to $300. What about the Fairy Light Wonderland? That's another $500 you can add to your bank account. The Jewel Magic Ball set will rake in at least $800. It has been reported that some sets have sold for more than $1,000. Even more if they're still in their original packaging.
20. Easy-Bake Oven
The Kenner Easy-Bake Oven first appeared on the scene back in 1963 and it remained a favorite with kids right up until the end of 2016 (at this stage, nobody knows if they will be revived again, but going on past trends, we'd say yes). The Easy-Bake Oven was a great way for kids to bake cakes safely, as the heat source was just a regular incandescent light bulb.
The great news for any owners of the Easy-Bake Ovens from way back is that they're worth a lot more than you would have paid for them originally. Ovens from the early to mid-60s are particularly valuable, sometimes fetching upwards of $300. They provided the sweetest treats when you were a kid, now let them put some sweetness back into your bank account as an adult.
Transformers have managed to retain their appeal over the years, and really, why wouldn't they? The only thing more satisfying than watching the Transformers transform on television is making them transform in real life. Transformers action figures first hit the shelves back in 1984, so there's plenty of history and plenty of opportunity to 'transform' your bank account if you own any of the classic editions.
Transformers action figures sell at around $2,000 if you own the right ones, such as Blaster, Ultra Magnus, Fortress Maximus, Swoop, or Sludge in their original packaging. Pre-1987 Optimus Prime, still in the box, is probably the highest value Transformers action figure. It's not uncommon for these to sell for $12,000. Do you own a set, such as the Voltron Lion set? You could get thousands for it, too.
These furry little cuties fetch a surprisingly high sum for a line of toys that has only been on the scene since 2005. The unique thing about Webkinz is that they have an online counterpart, which allows you to play with your pet on the Webkinz website. It works by typing in the secret code on your plush animal's tag. Suddenly, you're connected to the online version of it. Pretty cool for the early 2000s!
If you're the owner of any of the following Webkinz, you could make a bunch of money. Cheeky Dog ($600), Cheeky Cat ($200), Love Puppy ($200), Sherbert Bunny ($100), Pegasus ($100). The key is that the type of Webkinz you have has to be discontinued for it to be worth a lot of money. If it's not discontinued, it is probably only worth $30 at most.
23. Sonic The Hedgehog
Does anyone remember owning a Sega game console? We sure do! Some of our fondest memories are of Alex the Kid and Sonic the Hedgehog. To this very day you can sometimes get the theme music stuck in your head - that's how addictive the games were. While we're not sure if staring at the TV playing games all afternoon was a good thing, it certainly became a big part of childhood for kids of the '90s.
They great news is that all that screen time may have been worth it if you held onto your old games. Who cares if you now wear glasses as a result, you can now get tons of cash back! If you own a copy of the 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog Sega Genesis video, you could rake in up to $2,000.
One of the longest running and most successful comics of all time, Peanuts has been part of our collective lives since all the way back in 1950. Well before the Internet was born, Peanuts still managed to get coverage in 75 countries. Of course, its popularity ensured an animated series would be created years in the future. Peanuts became an empire, with merchandise to match.
The peanuts gang was popular with generations of kids. As such, there are plenty of people trying to source rare figurines and other vintage merchandise for their collections. The 1958 Schroeder set pictured is worth up to $3,000, which we just can't get our heads around! Other Peanuts figurines, particularly ones from the 1950s, will also sell for a pretty penny. Time to dig around in the attic and maybe even ask your parents if they have anything.
Batman seems like such a big part of childhood that you never stop to think that he's been around since 1939. It's like he's just always been there, destroying the bad guys for us time and time again. It's a testament to his character that he continues to be popular despite the decades rolling by. Batman action figures have been around since the 1940s and have always been wildly popular with the kids.
Though they've been around since the '40s, Batman action figures really hit the big time in the '60s, when Batman's popularity also started to soar. In fact, if you have an action figure from the '60s, you could net up to $15,000 for it! Other characters, including Robin, are worth a lot, too, but not as much as our main man Batman, of course.
26. Blythe Doll
You know those horror films where a creepy old doll comes to life and murders everyone in sight? This is kind of what the Blythe Doll reminds us of. There is no doubt about it - she is 110 percent creepy. Definitely 'murder you in your sleep' kind of creepy. Why anyone would have wanted this doll will forever remain a mystery to us. Why anyone would want it now is an even bigger mystery, especially given the outrageous cost.
Blythe Dolls were released in 1972 and were only sold for a total of one year (maybe because they were super freaky, who knows?). Their unique selling point was that their eyes changed color at the pull of a string. For some reason, Blythe is in high demand these days and will sell for at least $500.
27. Where The Wild Things Are
This isn't exactly a 'toy' but it's certainly a childhood relic we all know and love. Who didn't have a copy of this beautiful book when they were a kid? Where the Wild Things Are, originally released in 1963, was always a favorite with children and it only continued to grow in popularity, especially with the release of the film in 2009. If you're lucky enough to own a first edition of this classic, you could earn some decent coin from it.
When Where the Wild Things Are was released in 1963, a copy would set you back $3. Now, demand from collectors has seen the price skyrocket to a whopping $20,000. We know you might feel attached to your old copy, but we would be more than happy to let it go for such a lovely price!
28. Pokémon for Game Boy
It seems like it's really pay day for '90s nerds who couldn't get enough of Pokémon. As we saw earlier, some Pokémon cards can net owners between $5,000 and $10,000. Well, it's not just the cards that are raking in the cash. Basically, any original Pokémon gear is worth a lot more than what it retailed for initially. It's time to start digging around in your old box of toys, because if you were a Pokémon fan, you can really cash in.
Pretty much any Pokémon game for Nintendo Game Boy is worth a lot more than you would have paid for it back in the day. They come in red, blue, and yellow, and they're all worth selling if you no longer play them. If you're the proud owner of one of these games you could sell for $450.
29. Super Soakers
Remember these bad boys? Summer was incomplete without them. All of our memories involve running around the neighborhood launching assaults on rival kids. Surely it wasn't just us? Despite water guns being a fairly run of the mill item, the Super Soaker managed to achieve cult '90s status, making it worth quite a bit of money these days. Not only did you get the good memories, you'll also get your cash back!
A vintage Super Soaker Monster XL is the holy grail of Super Soakers and one of the largest water guns ever sold, so if you own one of these you can really cash in. They're worth about $500 today. The Super Soaker CPS, which was known for its powerful shot, is worth around $300. Now we wish we kept all of our old water weaponry!
30. G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe has been around for decades, a staple in most childhoods since the mid-60s. Back then, it was the perfect way for toy companies to expand the 'doll market' and offer something marketed to boys. Dolls for girls had been around forever and Hasbro was one of the first companies to really increase their target market by creating G.I. Joe.
Original G.I. Joe action figures are not cheap these days. In fact, some are ridiculously expensive, so it has become a serious collectors' game. Destro ($500), Short-Fuze ($600), Storm Shadow ($600), Scarlett ($650), Firefly ($650), and Duke ($700) will all net you a pretty penny. The most valuable are Cobra Commander ($900), Snake Eyes V2 ($1,000), and finally, Snake Eyes First Series at a whopping $1,300. Of course, the value increases if they're in mint condition inside their original packaging.
31. Power Rangers
It feels like just yesterday we were sitting in front of the television watching the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers kick some serious butt. The cool thing about this show was that the girls fought just as hard as the boys and it was something both genders could really enjoy and relate to. Practically every kid in the '90s had at least one Power Rangers action figure at home. Now it could bring in some extra funds if you're in a financial bind.
The best Power Rangers stuff to sell are the Carrier Zords (that machine they fought all the bad guys from). The Carrier Zord Titanus is now worth about $500, while the 14K Gold Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Megazord is valued at about $1,000. Vintage action figures vary in price, but you could sell for anywhere between $200 to $500.
32. Magic: The Gathering Cards
A little more underground than some of the other toys on this list, Magic: The Gathering certainly isn't any less valuable as a result. Magic was one of the first trading card games to exist and it's still popular today, having moved to an online platform. The game is a sort of battle between wizards and is based on a fantasy world. The high value of the cards today makes sense, as anything remotely 'fantasy' themed tends to sell for a lot of money once it's considered vintage.
Launched back in 1993, you wouldn't think a simple deck of cards would be worth so much. But an Alpha Starter Deck (still in the original packaging) will sell for $8,000 to $9,000. A black Lotus Alpha Deck is worth a crazy $27,000, as there were only 1,100 ever printed.
You might be scratching your head at this one, wondering why something as common as sliced bread is worth so much money. LEGO is still a massively successful company and still the bane of most parents' lives (have you ever stepped on a piece of LEGO by accident? It's a unique category of pain!). New versions of LEGO are still being manufactured all the time. They even have LEGO films now. But if you're the proud owner of some more seasoned LEGO sets, you could be in the money.
If you have the Eiffel Tower set, why not try selling it for $1,800? The Statue of Liberty is worth even more at around $2,000. Another popular landmark is the Taj Mahal, which has been known to sell for at least $2,700. The most valuable is the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon at $4,000.
34. Happy Meal Toys
Do you think our parents would have taken us to McDonald's more if they knew our Happy Meal toys would be worth serious cash in the future? Probably not! But it's certainly nice to think about. We know it's a big corporation, but some of the best memories from childhood involved sitting down for a Happy Meal, super excited about which new toy you could add to your collection.
Not all Happy Meal toys are going to net you a real fortune, but certain ones will rake in a sum that is definitely nothing to scoff at. A set of Super Mario Happy Meal toys could sell for $400, while Snoopy World Tour Sets generally rake in around $300. The tiny Beanie Babies that once came with Happy Meals are worth a massive $50 each!
35. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
There's not really any middle ground with Harry Potter - you're either obsessed or you just never really got into it. Remember how exciting it was whenever a new book was released? We'll never forget the feeling! The great news is that your Harry Potter obsession will finally come in handy if you happen to be the owner of a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Some other versions may also be worth a bit of cash if you're a fan from way back.
In 1998, there were only 500 copies printed of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Rumor has it the author is even listed as Joanne Rowling, as opposed to the J.K. Rowling we know today. This very old version of the book is worth a reported $56,000, so check your bookshelf, quick!
36. Garbage Pail Kids Cards
Who would have thought that cards with a bunch of gross little kids on them would end up becoming so valuable? While some contain pretty standard levels of grossness, such as boogers and farting, some are downright freaky. We mean it! Doesn't anybody remember the kid eating a sardine and unzipping his skin to reveal robotics underneath? Or the one made out of metal springs who is in a straightjacket?
Bizarrely enough, these guys are worth thousands now. So, if you were someone who enjoyed such things, now would be the time to sell. An original 'Adam Bomb' could rake in around $4,000, while any of the Japanese versions of the cards will definitely sell for more than $1,500. A full set of just regular, non-original cards sells for around $700, so start setting up an eBay account.
Best known as the game that tears families apart, Monopoly has been causing trouble since 1935. Who hasn't been part of a family feud at least once while playing this controversial board game? We tend to avoid it now! Despite its reputation, Monopoly remains a household classic and is available as various cities, not just the original London one.
You're probably wondering why this is even on the list - Monopoly can still be bought at the store for a very reasonable price. But vintage versions are worth a whole lot of money now, so it might be time to trade in your copy. A recent hand drawn copy owned by Monopoly's inventor, Charles Darrow sold for $146,500. If you don't own something so rare, don't stress. Regular vintage copies usually sell for at least $3,000.
38. Push Cart Pete
Fisher Price has been around since 1930 and is well known as one of the greatest toy brands of all time. Because the company has been around for what feels like forever, some of the vintage versions of their toys are worth thousands today. Which is even more amazing when you consider that most of these toys didn't cost more than 50 cents back in the day.
Push Cart Pete is a real winner when it comes to return on investment. If you have one of these guys lying around the house, we'd recommend selling it for a nice sum of cash. How does $3,000 sound? Some of the newer stuff sells at an okay price, but nothing much more than $100. What you want are the really old wooden pieces. They don't look like much, but just trust us!
39. Game Boy
If you ever wonder what we did before we became obsessed with our phones, just look back on the Nintendo days. It seemed like every kid in the '90s had their eyes glued to their Game Boy screen. These bad boys were first released in 1989 and enjoyed unprecedented success for more than a decade. After the original came the Game Boy Color and then Game Boy Advance.
If you're the owner of a still functioning original Game Boy you could rake in a whopping $1,500 for it (even more if it's still in the box). If you have a limited edition, such as the Game Boy Light, it could fetch even more than that. Game Boy Color can go for just as much as an original, depending on which color and generation you own.
40. Jurassic Park Action Figures
If there was an 'Avatar' of the '90s it was definitely Jurassic Park. This movie had so much mainstream appeal it felt like the whole world was obsessed with it - kids, adults, boys, girls. No matter who you were, Jurassic Park was the ultimate movie of the decade. Of course, its success spawned an equally successful line of merchandise and it seemed like everyone had all of the gear.
If your Jurassic Park action figures are in good shape, you could potentially sell for a very nice sum. The most valuable is T-Rex, who has been known to sell for $1,200. Both Gallimimus and Carnotaurus have also sold for more than $1,000 in the past. Unfortunately for owners of Stegosaurus and Triceratops, you're out of luck - these guys never sell for much more than $30.
41. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
One of the best things about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was how everyone could relate to one of them. Were you Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, or Michelangelo? We all had our favorite! The other best thing about them was how "normal" they were. Well, how normal they were for sewer dwelling ninja turtles, anyway. They liked pizza, we liked pizza! For kids, that's how simple it really was.
While the TMNT comic started in 1984, the Ninja Turtles didn't have mainstream popularity until the successful animated series began in 1987. The late-80s was turtle mad and there is still a bunch of old merchandise around to prove it. If you have any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the '80s still in mint condition, they could fetch up to $5,000. Pieces that are not rare can still sell for around $500.
42. She-Ra And Swift Wind
Pretty much any little girl who grew up in the '90s will be able to tell you how totally cool She-Ra was. She was kind of positioned as second best to her twin brother, He-Man, on television, but the girls knew the truth. She-Ra wouldn't have had as much appeal without her beautiful horse, Swift Wind, though. Swift Wind was the ultimate in loyal steeds.
If you were one of those totally obsessed little girls who just loved She-Ra, you might be in luck. If you happen to own an original of the She-Ra action figure, plus a Swift Wind action figure (they came as a set), it could be worth $4,000. Even if you don't have the set, the action figures on their own still fetch decent sums. You could get up to $600 for one.
43. Rainbow Brite
While we're on the topic of cool women on colorful horses, we may as well talk about Rainbow Brite, too. We used to love her and her friends, the Color Kids. It was their mission to maintain all of the color in the world and there were some really close calls where they almost lost it all. Luckily for Rainbow Brite, she also had her amazing horse, Starlite, to help her preserve all of the colors.
If you were anything like us, you played with your Rainbow Brite merchandise so much that it definitely wouldn't be considered "mint" condition anymore. If you were more restrained, you could make quite a bit of cash out of your old gear. Action figures of Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids go for about $300. If you have Starlite, it's a cool $1,000.
44. Mario Kart 64
We would really hate to think of just how many hours were spent playing Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64 console. They were the best times, but there were probably more productive things the kids of the '90s could have been doing with their time. Whether you favored Yoshi, Toad, Princess Peach, Bowser, or another member of the gang, children around the world simply loved playing Mario Kart 64.
Although Mario Kart existed pre-64 in the form of Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo console, for some reason it wasn't huge until Nintendo 64 was on the market. If you own a working copy for Mario Kart 64, it could fetch more than $1,000. That's if you can bear to let it go - plenty of people still play it on their old Nintendo 64 consoles!
45. Fisher Price Skates
If you grew up in the '80s, you'll probably have some great memories of these wheels. Every kid seemed to be scooting around in them back in the day. They were super safe, so parents didn't have to worry about their children flying down the street. And they were enough of a roller skate that kids were satisfied with a pair of these, as opposed to the real deal.
In fact, probably everybody's most vivid memory of the Fisher Price skates is how slow they would go! But, they were definitely better than nothing. If you have a pair that you're not handing down to your own kids, you can sell them for up to $200 these days. Not a bad price for a pair of super slow skates that really don't look very cool anymore!
46. Street Sharks
Those who remember the animated series, Street Sharks, that aired between 1994 and 1997 will definitely recall that it was a strange concept. These muscular, half-man, half-shark creatures would fight crime on the streets, despite looking pretty terrifying themselves. While the show was running, Mattel released a line of action figures, which were quite popular. They were no Ninja Turtles, but they definitely enjoyed moderate success with the kids.
The Street Sharks action figures aren't going to make you a millionaire, but they're still definitely worth selling if you've got a few lying around. Some can sell for up to $300, depending on how rare they are. Of course, if they're in their original packaging, you're more likely to get the best out of your old action figures. Start looking through your old toy box!
47. Mighty Max
We're not sure why, but the 'boy version' of Polly Pocket, Mighty Max, really didn't do as well as Polly Pocket herself. The concept was the same: tiny everything, except instead of garden parties and powder rooms it was monsters, creepy crawlies, and haunted houses. Maybe it was because it was considered 'Polly Pocket for boys' that it failed in the end. We'll never know, but we still think Mighty Max was pretty cool.
If you own a few old sets of Mighty Max, they're not going to bring in as much cash as vintage Polly Pocket, but they're still worth digging up if you've got any stored away. Depending on the set you have, you could get up to $200 for it. It's definitely worth a 15-minute search in the attic for that old box of toys.
48. Moon Shoes
We're going to be real: Moon Shoes were just plain weird. Advertised to kids as "mini trampolines for your feet" we can definitely understand the appeal. In all of the promotional material, Moon Shoes looked like the best things ever invented. In reality, they were bulky and awkward to use. They were probably very lucky online reviews didn't exist back in the day!
Moon Shoes hit the market in the 1950s and were made of metal, but they didn't really become super popular until the '80s and '90s. We're still yet to find a child who loves them, but for some reason people still buy original pairs of Moon Shoes. You could rake in $150 to $200 if you have a pair to sell. Of course, most of us ended up breaking ours way back in the day because they didn't really work!
Though they seem so basic now, at the time Furbies were released they were way ahead of their time in the robotic toy category. Furby hit the shelves in 1998 and it seemed like literally every kid had to have one. A toy that could interact with you? It was almost like having your own pet. Without, you know, having to worry about the maintenance of an actual pet.
Furbies were actually not that cheap when they were released twenty years ago. At first, they started at around $35, but soon soared to close to $100 when demand outweighed supply. Well, now it's time to get your revenge. Go to your parents' house and rifle through that old box of your stuff in the attic. Your original Furby could now sell for more than $1,000.
50. X-Men Action Figures
Another winning merchandise line from the '80s and '90s, X-Men action figures used to be all the rage back in the day. To be honest, the popularity of X-Men hasn't really decreased, so it's an amazing time for anyone sitting on some old collectibles. If you're lucky enough to own some of the vintage editions, you could be in a position to watch the dollars start rolling in. If they're in mint condition and still in their original packaging it's impossible to lose!
Rogue ($600), Uncanny X-Men Wolverine ($1,000), Deadpool with extending dagger ($500), Cyclops with apocalypse card ($250), Wolverine with light up weapons ($200), X-Men vs. Street Fighter Gambit and Zangief ($1,000), and X-Force Deadpool with removable mask ($600) are just some of the more valuable action figures that could rake in some sweet cash for you.
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