Check out these childhood toys now worth a fortune! This top 10 list of expensive toys like hot wheels, gameboy and tamagotchi are now super valuable and sell for a lot of money on ebay!
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11. Original Gameboy
Released in Japan in 1989, the Game Boy was designed by Nintendo engineer Gunpei Yokoi, who previously worked on the company’s Game & Watch handheld LCD games. The handheld console cost $97, which is nothing compared to modern consoles, and it sold 300,000 units in two weeks. That was a mere prelude to its later international success. To this day, that grey brick remains in the hearts of game players worldwide.
Today, an original Gameboy can fetch $700. The interest in original Gameboys spiked the same time interest in Pokemon Go spiked. Nintendo has often been associated with the Pokemon video game, however Nintendo is getting the last laugh. Pokemon Go isn’t even owned by Nintendo but by another company.
10. 1970s Star Wars Action Figures
Since Star Wars is a current phenomenon, it’s easy to forget that it all started in the 1970s and was huge even then. For several months after the film’s debut, toy companies made limited Star Wars merchandise available. One company responded to the sudden demand for toys by selling boxed vouchers in its "empty box" Christmas 1977 campaign. Television commercials told children and parents that vouchers within a "Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package" could be redeemed for toys "between February 1st and June 1st" of 1978.
In 2015, a collector auctioned off his memorabilia through Sotheby. One of his Star Wars action figures sold for $25,000, though the news report doesn’t say which figure it was.
A Luke Skywalker figure with telescoping lightsaber or Han Solo with his blaster could easily go for at least $1,000. However, Boba Fett, that mysterious bounty hunter who only appeared as a supporting character, can sell for twice as much. The most valuable action figure isn’t who you would expect, though. A vinyl cape Jawa can fetch $18,000 or more. This is due to only very few being made.
9. Beanie Babies
Ty started selling Beanie Babies in 1993. Sales were doing all right but nothing phenomenal. However, a group of friends in Chicago began trading them and the media caught wind of it. The New York Times reported on articles and TV segments about parents trading a five dollar toy for thousands of dollars. One of the early traders, Peggy Gallagher bought a box of the stuffed animals in Germany for $2,000 but they were $300,000 in the US.
What really kicked the Beanie Baby mania in high gear, however, was the rise of eBay. In the early ‘90s, ten percent of eBay’s sales involved Beanie Babies. The craze turned Ty into the first billion-dollar plush company. First generation Beanie Babies are worth the most money but a Princess bear, created in honor of Princess Diana, sold in the UK for $90,000! If you have a Beanie Baby, you should keep one thing in mind: if the heart-shaped tag in the ear is removed, the toy loses its value by 50 percent.
8. Garbage Pail Kids
When Cabbage Patch Kids came onto the scene in the 1980s, the TOPPS Company wanted to get a license to depict Cabbage Patch Kids on trading cards. However, they weren’t able to obtain a license cheaply and decided, instead, to make a parody and Garbage Pail Kids was born. The idea was to create something not as benign as Cabbage Patch Kids and much more provocative.
Some of these gross-looking cards sell at a high price on eBay. One Adam Bomb card sold on the auction site for $4,250! But it’s the international cards that are rare, especially the early test cards. For collectors, the most sought after set are the Japanese GPK cards, called the Bukimi Kun. Four single cards, with their wrapper, sold for $1,592.89 on eBay in February 2012. Apparently, the key is to have the wrapper, in excellent condition. Misprints and cards with mistakes are also highly sought.
7. PEZ Dispensers
Pez was originally invented in Austria in 1927, but the company's only factory and headquarters are located in Orange, Connecticut. The Haas family own the company and it really is the family business: they’re descended from the PEZ candy inventor, Eduard Has III. He invented it in a peppermint flavor to encourage his fellow Austrians to quit smoking. The campaign was actually very successful and when it came to America, it was for the same purpose. However, it didn’t have the same effect but the candy still remained popular. All the PEZ distributed worldwide comes from the one factory in Orange. It produces 12 million tables every day and uses up to 50,000 pounds of sugar to do it.