We wish we had a time machine to get our hands on these retro toys!
Toys are typically purchased for the enrichment of our imagination, but our little collector hearts also love it when they enrich our bank accounts. We love when cardboard and plastic can bring more than joy to children, but can help adults pay their bills, too!
Toys may come and go, but there’s a chance that some of those toys you never opened that have been sitting in your basement for thirty or forty years can bring you a small fortune! Read on for five beloved toys that have become legends. These five are worth a fortune.
He-Man Castle Grayskull
By the power of Grayskull I compel you to save your childhood toys! The Prince of Eternia himself called Castle Grayskull home, and now you can call it “jackpot.” Released in 1981 and loved by many, you can get your brawny (or scrawny, we don’t judge) hands on one at auction for $299. You just have to defeat Skeletor in a bidding war first.
American Girl Doll Kirsten Larson
Imagine retiring before High School! That’s just what happened in 2010 to Kirsten Larson, one of the first three historical American Girl Dolls. Kirsten was introduced to the world in 1986 and soon emptied parents’ pockets across the States. Today, expect to clear off your shelves and clear out your wallet if you want to own Kirsten, because she goes for over $3000 online. Kirsten isn’t the only rare American Girl Doll — we actually talked about 5 rare and wonderful girls before!
Vinyl Cape Jawa
A long time ago (in 1978), in a galaxy far, far away (okay maybe not so far away) a toy company called Kenner released a Jawa toy figure with a vinyl cape. Convinced buyers would feel cheated by the small statured Jawa in comparison to the full sized Lukes and Hans, Kenner stopped production of the vinyl version. They quickly released a version with a cloth robe for the same price to hide their oversight. Today you might as well scour the desert of Tatooine for a vinyl caped Jawa figure, because if you find one online, they go for $13,000.
Where the Wild Things Are
Okay, so books aren’t really toys, but in this case we think it counts. This book created many an hour of stomping fun for children of all ages. Far from an anticipated best-seller, Harper & Row first published Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are back in 1963. In fact, Sendak never even intended to write a book about monsters — he simply couldn’t draw the horses he had originally imagined for the story. Let the wild rumpus begin, because a signed first edition copy of the Caldecott Medal winning book recently sold for $25,000.
World Fair PEZ dispenser
Most PEZ dispensers are filled with candy, but we hope yours is filled with money! At least it could be, if it’s the 1982 World’s Fair edition! If you want this candy filled goldmine, it will cost you more than your weekly allowance. The world’s rarest PEZ dispenser sold for more than $32,000 in 2006. Here’s hoping you managed to hang onto yours!
Princess Diana Beanie Baby
Where were you when the Beanie Baby bubble burst? Luckily for a very few tag-protecting individuals, there is one Beanie Baby that has exponentially increased in value. In 1997 Ty introduced Princess the purple bear to commemorate the passing of the Princess Diana. Today you can commemorate your investing ability, because a first edition Princess Ty Beanie Baby in mint condition sold for $50,000. Toys may bring smiles to our faces, but it’s even better when they bring dollars to our wallets.