Toy markets create new products each year that young children absolutely love and go crazy over. A new toy is a piece of good news to a kid but for their old toys (if they are alive like how it is in the Disney Movie, Toy Story), it means competition and it’s not something they should be happy about.
When a new toy comes around and wins the attention of children, many of their old toys get easily forgotten. However, there are childhood favorite toys that are just too good enough to be forgotten and are around forever.
Timeless toys that have made it to the present time may get an upgrade thanks to technology, whereas some remain unchanged but value ten times more than before! It’s time to take a trip down the memory lane and remember some of the toys that you’ve probably had in your childhood or even today. We’ve listed 74 of the most timeless and valuable toys from your childhood that will not only give you a nostalgia but may also earn you some money as well.
Originally sold for just $18 and now valued at $200, we could really say the Tamagotchi has come a long way. The ‘Tamagotchi’ is a name made up of two Japanese words that mean “egg” and “watch”. It was created in 1996 by Japanese inventors Akihiro Yokoi and Aki Maita. The tiny pocket toy gave taught children how to properly take care of a virtual pet. After it became a hit in the toy market, Aki Maita, one of the inventors received a Nobel Prize award in economics. This toy became one of the biggest things in the ’90s and today, it has over 80 million sales with its updated release. The Tamagotchi may be a small toy, but it receives big love from its patrons.
Consumers weren’t even sure what animal this toy impersonated, but that didn’t stop them from getting their hands on it. Parents were in absolute chaos over securing one for their kid. But, we totally get it though, who wouldn’t fall for Furby, the cute, furry, and talking toy created by Tiger Electronics? In over 12 months, around 27 million Furbies were sold, its price even went up to nearly $300! Today, this furry toy can be very valuable if in good condition, and it’s still being made.
When we were young, the View-Master was just a toy played with, but now as adults, they could pass as a valuable treasure. Who knew that this toy that was once sold for $12.50 is now worth $430!
First introduced in 1939, the 3-D concept of this toy thrilled its consumers! A fun fact that not everyone knows, the View-Master was used on Disneyland rides. It’d be nice to relive the Jurassic Park adventures with this toy, but will you be willing to spend a lot for it? Tempting isn’t it?
Power Rangers Toys
The Power Rangers
We all remember the Power Rangers show but how much do we remember the toys? Just like its name, the Power Rangers Toys sure were powerful in succeeding in the toy market! These action figures below, a mini version of the characters, flew off the shelves when the show was popular and earned over $6 billion. Originally sold for $13, and today, collectors are willing to pay around $140 because of how big the Power Rangers show was back in the ’90s. Call yourself lucky if you still have the entire Power Rangers toys with you as they’re pretty much a fortune now.
The infamous Troll dolls have been around since the 1960s. In England, they are called the “Gonk Trolls”.When this toy became popular, many companies started making money with their own version of it. However, the original creator of Trolls has copyrights. Nowadays, special editions in impeccable conditions have become so valuable that they are sold online for 10 times the original price! This toy that was once priced at $5 has a collector’s price of $40 today.
Having a toy that could fly is definitely fun, which is why the Sky dancers were one of the most popular toys to buy. Aside from its flying capability, children were drawn into them even more because there was a show based on it whereas each doll had its own story. They’re still available at toy shops nowadays, but if you have the first versions of them, a collector’s price goes up to about $80. For these flying toys that were once sold at $9.99, you could say that their value flew high as well!
American Girl Dolls
For little girls all over America, you had the bragging rights when you owned an American Girl Doll. They were expensive, to begin with and purchasing the doll wasn’t enough because you had to accessorize it with their pricey outfits –that were sent in the mail to parents. Although pricey, you could say that your parent’s money was not put to waste if you had one. Girls who owned this doll were encouraged not only to play but to read as well. Each individual of the American Girl Dolls had its own 6 book series attached that told the history of the child (doll). They originally sold for $82 but right now they go up to hundreds.
The Nintendo 64 shocked America when it introduced 3D graphics in a time when most game consoles in the market were still stuck in 2D. With the Nintendo 64, games were well-developed, advanced, and more animated. There was nothing like playing adventure games such as Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie! Unfortunately, after some time, the Nintendo 64 was beaten by Gamecube. On the brighter side, if you still own your Nintendo, you can sell it for hundreds worth as the collector’s price is $370
When the Easy-Bake Oven was first released in the ’60s, a lot of little girls were thrilled with the idea of having both playing and baking combined. If you were a little girl back in the day, you’d probably nudged your parents countless of times to get you one. Were you successful? We hope you were!
Today, the Easy-Bake Oven has had a lot of makeovers, at some point it resembled a microwave. However, the original concept lives on. In fact, the vintage versions in mint conditions are so rare that they can be sold for almost $300 –that’s a long way from it’s original price which is nearly $50.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Cards was originally made popular as a Nintendo video game. But as soon as these cards were printed real, people went crazy. The game’s slogan “gotta catch ’em all” certainly helped with the mass purchasing as everyone wanted to complete the whole collection. It was bragging rights if you did. Currently, this paper product is not worth much, but some of its rare cards do. In fact, one card was posted online for an amount of nearly $100k!! Imagine how owning one thin paper product could lead to you earning thousands of paper –we mean money, of course!
In the ’90s, Beanie Babies were cute little animal stuff toys that were the top of the line product. A lot of people adored them so much that some were willing to invest and collect the over 100 different kinds of Beanie Babies. They may have been very popular and made insane amounts, but this was short-lived. If you’re someone who has collected a lot of Beanie Babies and planning to sell them, sorry but they’re pretty worthless by now. In fact, they value close to its original price of $5. However, like looking for a needle in a haystack, among your Beanie Babies may be one that sells for almost $8000! We advise you to do some background checking on each of your Beanie Babies before selling them.
You’re a certified ’90s kid if you remember the familiar sounds that go like this; “Bop it!” “Twist it” “Pull it!”. Nostalgic? Those were the days when playing with the fast-paced electronic game, Bop It, tested your alertness and patience. Ever since it exploded on the market, many versions have been created with different shapes added to mix. Today it’s not worth much, but a vintage version has a collector’s price of $35 which is definitely more than you originally paid for.
A toy like the Lite-Brite that made use of your imagination never goes out of style in the toy market. This item was first introduced in the ’60s but is still quite popular today. People are delighted to play with the Lite-Brite because the designs you could create with its colorful lights is just endless! For a child who gets to play with this toy, they get a proud moment after creating a beautiful artwork that their parents commend. This product is still available as of this moment but its vintage edition is definitely worth a ton, with a collector’s price at $150!
This may be a strange one but many children from the Pogs era can tell you about this toy and how you play with it, but nobody really seems to have the answer as to where it came from and how it came to be. A theory is that this game originated from Hawaii about a hundred of years ago. But we can’t make sure that’s true. What we are certain of is that a full set of Pogs can be sold for around $250!
Pretty Pretty Princess
This was the perfect game that every little girl could use as an excuse to get away from their brother, and was also the chance to wear fake jewelry all over your body! As a little girl fond of Princesses, one couldn’t resist to wear a Tiara –even if it’s fake. The point of the Pretty Pretty Princess game was to deck yourself up in royal wear –something that every girl in America loved. Today an original version could probably score you over $100 since it has become a very rare item.
Every young girl wanted to have their own Polly Pocket! We totally understand them. Who couldn’t resist a doll with a house that transforms into an on-the-go carry on? It was a very advanced toy during the year 1989 when it was first released and was sold for $10. This carry on toy idea was then bought by Mattel (yes, the company behind Barbie), and several changes have been made to improve it. Today, the originals are worth a ton, and one was even sold for $13,000!
Tickle Me, Elmo
When the holiday season would come around, this item was something parents rushed for. Elmo was a fun and adored character from the Sesame Street television show. Children could only dream to interact with Elmo outside of the television screen. However, children were thrilled when the Tickle Me, Elmo was released! They could finally get to play with Elmo in person. With one tight hug, the Tickle me, Elmo would give a warm and infectious laugh. Parents did everything they could to buy this $29 stuffed animal and today its worth around $250!
Talkback Dear Diary
This advanced notebook was a huge deal for young expressive girls who were used to writing with paper and pen. Girls could record what they felt and hear it if they wanted to after some time —it was considered as a very ‘futuristic’ thing back in the ’90s. This was way before smartphones were invented and it was something the world was not used to. Today, with new technology such as phones or laptops, the Talkback Dear Diary won’t impress you anymore. However, its originals still boast an impressive value of $13,000!
Before girls dove deep into the real world of dating, Dream Phone was the best game to play and practice with. It consisted of 24 boys that may or may not have a crush on you and a pink phone that allowed you to call them. Young girls were excited about this game because aside from the chance to talk to dreamy-sounding boys, there was also mystery and a scandal involved. Many young women remember this game and some can even pay $100 just to relive this fun childhood experience.
Barbies started in 1959 and every young girl had one. Girls loved how Barbie adapted to all the latest styles and knew what was coming next. Barbie may just be a doll, but young girls see her as a role model. The original Barbie that was sold for $3 is very different than what she is now. Today, the doll comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes –Barbie encourages diversity and self-love. How can we not love this doll?
An original was released by Mattel but if you have your own, you may get instantly rich because they are worth $5000 today.
Strawberry Shortcake Dolls
In 1979, the cute little Strawberry Shortcake Dolls were brought to the toy store shelves, by Muriel Fahrion. The dolls were so popular and adorable that it led the start of films, television shows, and other merchandise following its design. If you happen to have any vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls of your own, then you’re sure to gain a fortune if you decide to sell them. Its original price is $20, but currently, they sell for $550!
Summer in the ’90s was made fun and memorable when the Super Soaker was introduced! This ultimate water gun has made more than $1 billion for the business. It was the must-have item every summer season, and many versions have been made after it. The originals still mean a lot to people and they are willing to pay big bucks just to have them again. This is because the newer models do not give the same experience as the original Super Soaker. If they are in top condition, they may sell for hundreds of dollars!
Spice Girls Doll Collection
The Spice Girls was a pop girl group that almost every young girl loved. Its members were fashionable and insanely pretty. When Mattel released a real-life Barbie-doll version of the Spice Girls, we could say that Barbie fans, Spice Girls fans, or fans of the two, had to get their hands on this collection. Today, the popular collection values at $225 for the full set.
Hot Wheels is a toy that resembles real-life cars. All the time new versions are created just like how it is with real cars. But, here’s a mind-boggling thing about the Hot Wheels originals; this toy can be more pricey than actual cars! We’re not joking! Just listen to this, a pink Volkswagen Beach Bomb Hot Wheels model sold for $125,000! If you have some vintage Hot Wheels hidden in your almost forgotten toy chest, maybe you should give them a check. Who knows, your toy car may be the key to a real car!
Monopoly: Original Editions
Ever since the original $2 Monopoly game came out, so many versions have been created. The best of them all was probably the Junior Monopoly with all the fun carnival theme. Ever since it was released in 1933, 250 million boxes were sold. The rarest versions are collector’s items today and can sell for about $146,500! In Monopoly, you could become rich but that’s just in the game, but if you have an original collector’s item Monopoly, becoming rich in the real world is possible.
My Little Pony Dolls
In the ’80s and ’90s, every little girl loved playing with these My Little Pony dolls sold for $13 each. The attractively designed pony manes were boosting in the toy market back then and even today. The original editions of My Little Pony Dolls with its box, can earn you nearly $900!
Barbie Golden Dream Motor home
Not only was Barbie a huge hit in the ’90s, even her home was! The Barbie Golden Dream Motor home was a huge advancement from normal dollhouses because young kids could expand their creative edge and storytelling abilities. It encouraged kids to be open to unconventional ideas (such as this futuristic home of Barbie).
Mattel has produced many updated versions, but if you happen to have the vintage edition in perfect condition, then you may be able to get yourself over $300! This toy may be difficult to part, but just think about how much you’ll earn from it.
The Teddy Ruxpin is an all-time classic. It’s a toy that made you feel like you had a best friend. It was able to read you bedtime stories and cuddle with you when your parents were too busy. This concept is timeless and has been adapted to many toys. We’re sure that every generation will surely experience something as incredible as this! Original versions of the Teddy Ruxpin are so difficult to find that as soon as collectors find one, they’ll be willing to pay over a grand for it!
Transformers Action Figures
Nowadays, the Transformers toys have had a lot of changes in its look but still sells like hotcakes. However, when the original model released, it was so unique and nothing anyone had seen before. This toy was so popular back then that it led to a movie franchise that now has nearly 50 films. Vintage versions of the Transformers toys are now worth over thousands of dollars so if you have one, protect it at all cost as if it’s a treasure!
What began as a simple set of blocks 70 years ago has transformed into an upgraded and marvelous toy like the nostalgic Lego Train. The original High-Speed City Express Train (Lego Train) from the ’80s is a timeless toy that is now worth over thousands of dollars when sold in mint condition.
In the 1980s, “He-Man” was a hit comic book and TV character, and surprisingly he still has a strong fan base even today. This $30 game was something that will never be forgotten. With recreated toy versions of the monsters and heroes from the cartoon, children felt like they were part of the experience. Today, collectors will even pay $3,000 for this set and it makes sense with a game that guarantees a fun time.
We surely could not have made this list without including G.I. Joe! This classic military-themed American toy was created in 1964 and had many little boys running to the toy store to get one!
If you happen to be one of those little boys who managed to get their hands on this toy, call yourself lucky! Today, this item is considered legendary. An original was sold for $17,500. Some versions for $10,000, but the most important is the very first prototype, which is worth $200,000!
This doll was extremely popular that it created a franchise that led to GI. Joe movies and new models being made.
Thundercats Thunderwings Lion-O Action Figure
The once hit show of the ’80s called, Thundercats, produced many toys associated with the show that fans were happy to buy. However, at the present time, not everyone knows what a Thundercat is –what they do know is this toy’s current value! Original boxed figures can sell for nearly a thousands of dollars, some even $7,000! This is crazy since they were originally sold for $15 when first released.
Legos 1st Edition Millennium Falcon
Legos are an item we are all familiar with and simply adore. We can all relate to those afternoons we spent imagining what to make with these buildings and simple snap-on blocks. Our imaginations were put to use in a fun way! Through the years, the Lego company had some upgrades done, and there were releases of limited-edition boxes.
The limited-edition boxes are not as common now, and they are increasing in value rapidly! Today the Star Wars version is nearly worth $4,000!
While Transformers toys are worth a lot on their own, even their evil counterparts (as seen in the Transformers series), the Megatrons were pretty popular as well. In fact, the Megatron Gun is now worth nearly $4,000, and if you have one, we bet you’re happy to have spent only $20 when it first came out. But, we’re sorry to rain down on your parade, but the Megatron Gun will only valuable if it’s still in its original box!
These cute stuffed canines used to be the craze everyone was talking about, bringing in $300 in sales. This product’s popularity even led to the start of a TV show that lasted two years. If you happen to still have one of the original Pound Puppies safely kept in your home, we don’t recommend that you get rid of them. They’re a fortune and can be sold to about $5,000!
Nintendo Game Boy
The Nintendo Game Boy was THE item of the ’90s that changed the gaming world. Using big bulky consoles was out and a simple hand-held gadget that can play more games was in. When it first came out, it was sold with games such as Super Mario Land and the famous Tetris. The later version of the Game Boy, the Game Boy Color was also loved by people as it evolved gaming from black and white screen to a colored one. If you’re someone who holds on to your belongings and has one of these lying around, it may make up to $550!
Vintage Care Bear Dolls
Originally sold for $2, Carebears were a delightful cartoon and stuffed animal to have. With each stomach having its scent, you learn about their personalities. Many films, and tv shows have been produced based on these characters and limited editions ranged over $7,000!
Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set
Even before the Lego Train made its debut, there was Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train set that came out in the 1930s’. Nowadays this has been replaced with fancier versions but we have a special place in our heard for this historic item. Many would agree and are willing to pay $250,000 for this item once priced at $150!
Garbage Pail Kids’ Cards
Remember the ’80s when every cabbage patch kid lover needed to have Garbage Pail Kids collectible cards? Today they are all over the internet and owning won but win you over $1,000, especially if you have the “Adam Bomb” card.
Beanie babies were the stuffed animal to have if you grew up in the late ’80s, early ’90s. Back then, only 2,000 royal blue “Peanut” elephants were created with a darker color because of a manufacturing error. Today this error is now the most collectible Beanie Baby made and is worth nearly $5,000.
One of the well-known games up until today. An original version of the 1933 Monopoly game was sold in 2011 for $146,500 at Sotheby’s auction house. This was double the estimated price and today even vintage versions sell for over $3,000 and limited editions are worth hundreds.
The comic that first brought Superman to the world is now worth $3.2 million given its unique content. Also, there are less than 50 existing around the world so it makes sense it’s the most expensive comic book ever sold on eBay.
Wun-Dar He-Man: Prices Vary
The bulky action figure is also known as naked-with-a-loin-cloth He-Man was a frequent giveaway along with Wonder Bread in the 1990s. To those who saved this are quite lucky because your love for wonder bread may bring you something successful in the future. Some are sold for close to $500.
Fisher Price’s Push Cart Pete
Mint condition vintage Fisher Price toys may just make you a mint. This 9-inch toy, made in 1936 is estimated to be worth $3,000, this is quite impressive considering it was originally sold for 50 cents.
First Edition of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’
Back in 2012, a first edition, signed version of the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak sold on Abebooks for $25,000. The book was especially exceptional because it was in exceptional condition, which is rare for children’s books.
First Edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was originally published in 1998 and it was the first editions that set the stage for the Harry Potter Phenomenon. Today, Potterheads search for these vintage editions which are sold for nearly $6,500. If you find a signed copy then you have hit the jackpot because they can sell for $15,000!
Mario Kart is one of the most successful games from Nintendo. A game that traced its roots to Asia, kids would gather together fighting to be Yoshi. Today the game that taught us how to drive is sold for around $460-$675!
Jurassic Park Action Figures
Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film that focused on a theme park gone wrong was a huge hit back then and remains today. Since the film launched, a lot of merchandise was creates based on the film. Today the original ’90s action figures can be worth thousands of dollars if they are in good condition. In particular, T-Rex is the most desired one and is listed at $2,800.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures
In 1984 these comic book characters made an appearance in half a shell. They were so popular that they got their series in 1987. Every birthday party in the ’80s was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme. Today mint condition versions of these figures sell for around $400-900.
Today adult coloring books remain extremely popular so it makes sense that vintage Colorforms, are in high demand today. There are many sold on Toyhelper for around $250. A full set could be worth $360.
Jem and the Holograms Dolls
Girls growing up in the 80’s obsess over this classic. Always requesting it to be their presence on any occasion possible. Today these dolls are sold for outrageous prices like $675! Even accessories and other related toys are selling for an equally high amount.
When you think of your childhood and Playmobil comes to mind, then you were born in the ’90s. This 1995 Victorian Dollhouse is a valued throwback piece and is listed at $1,000.
Launched in 1997, these virtual monsters have become popular to kids after the release of the animated series and video game. Today, mint condition versions can sell for over $100 and Digimon cards are also a must for every toy collector.
This former popular fantasy card game could be worth a fortune today if you happen to have the entire collection. Not only have collections sold for tens of thousands of dollars, but rare and unique cards have gone for nearly $87k!
Boba Fett Action Figure
This franchise is so popular that vintage Star Wars products may be worth some of the highest prices. Boba Fett is one of the most loved action figures, and a mint version can be worth nearly $32,000.
Vintage Rainbow Brit Doll
How can we ever forget the theme song from the animated TV series about Rainbow Brite and her friends the Color Kids, who’s mission was to preserve the color around the world. Today, these dolls are worth nearly $1,000.
Happy Meal Toys
McDonald’s Happy Meals have a reputation for making children smile when accompanied by their toys. Since 1979, kids always look for the latest toy part of their meal until today. You can find collectibles like these Disney themes characters for close to $300.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Toy
Nobody can forget the adored alien creature from the 1982 movie E.T. For those lucky children who snagged a life-size E.T toy then you’re in luck because today it could be worth $700 to $900.
Everyone knows who Batman is and was a fan at some point in your life. But where would Batman be without his signature batmobile? This vintage batmobile launched in the ’70s is worth hundreds of dollars today.
Red Power Ranger
The Power Rangers were once the biggest thing and everyone had their favorite color at one point. The mega-size version of the Red Power Ranger came out in 1994 and has increased in value ever since. Today it’s selling on eBay for around $500.
Ghostbusters Firehouse and Vehicles
This 1984 classic produced toys and even attractions for kids to enjoy. If you’re willing to spens $700, you can actually see the real Ghostbusters firehouse in New York.
Kermit the Frog
Who didn’t watch the muppets? We all know and love Kermit The Frog, but some of us are the lucky ones who have a vintage doll lying around. Today, Jim Henson’s 1976 toy is on sale for $133.
Holiday Hero Buzz Lightyear
Almost every kid on the block wanted a Buzz Lightyear action figure for their birthday, even Christmas. You will be the cool kid if you have this toy in 1998. Today a Buzz Lightyear cost $400
Cabbage Patch Kids
We didn’t forget about cabbage patch kids who once sold for $25 in the ’70s. Today they are known as one of the longest-running dolls sold in America. They even inspired the creation of a cartoon. They are usually found at toy stores but vintage dolls have increased in value and one was just posted for about $3,000 online!
We all remember the famous skip-it commercials from the 1990s that were filmed at Ravinia elementary school in Highland Park, Illinois. These commercials made the toy such a success and kids around the world had to have it. Today you can still buy this item, but the interest is more towards electronics. Collectors will buy your vintage skip-it for around $120.
Although they have a weird look, moon shoes give off the ambiance that you are walking on the moon. They have built-in trampolines that make you feel like you are walking on the moon! They first came out in the 1950s and were very popular till the 90s. A vintage pair can sell for hundreds on eBay, especially when they are in perfect condition.
Skeletor Action Figure
If you grew up in the 80s then you were a fan of the Masters of the Universe franchise in 1982. Everyone went crazy for the lead man He-man, but the enemy Skeletor is worth the big money. Today, collectors are willing to pay as much as $1,650 for a Skeletor action figure in its original packing.
Today many rare stamps from the ’90s are regularly traded for high prices. In 2006, a sheet of Bugs Bunny stamps sold for $90, and a set of 1992 Junio Duck Stamps sold for nearly $995! Wow, who knew stickers were so valuable.
Barbie Motor Home
At one point, motor homes were the coolest thing around and it was all about the incredible invention of a house and the car all in one. Mattel noticed this fascination and decided to start making moto homes for Barbie. Today you can sell your unboxed motor home for nearly $200.
Baby All Gone
Back in the day Baby, All Gone dolls were part of a collection of dolls called Baby Alive Dolls. The whole concept was that you could feed them and change the diapers like you would with a real baby. Today the vintage ones go for nearly $150.
Talkboy is one weapon essential to Kevin in defeating the Wet Bandits again in New York. Specifically made for the 1992 sequel, this product is sold for over $200 today.
The adorable little LEGO C3PO is one of the most valuable items made from plastic that you could ever own. The toy is extremely rare because not many were made and today they are worth as much as $3,200!
In the early ’90s creation, Panic Restaurant was a game about battling evil chickens and pizzas. The creator of the restaurant had to navigate as his restaurant was after him. Today it is worth nearly $500.