If you’re anything like me, you’ve looked on eBay and noticed countless toys that you're pretty sure you owned as a kid going for an insane amount of money. I probably buried enough money in toys that I could have retired at 25. Here are just a few of the toys that — if you are lucky enough to come across them — you should sell immediately, and then open a bottle of champagne because you’re about to take a trip to the bank.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Scratch the Cat Figure
One of the last figures produced in the original line of toys, Scratch the Cat was a relatively unknown character but production numbers were so low it made him the rarest ninja turtle collectible. While it is rare to find a Scratch in the original package, they normally sell for around $1000.
Peanut The Royal Blue Elephant Beanie Baby
While the Beanie Babies trend has definitely ended, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few valuable ones left out there. Take Peanut the Elephant, for instance. The amount of buyers have dwindled, but if you come across this guy, you’re probably looking at a value of around $2000.
Rocket Firing Boba Fett Star Wars Figure
The Boba Fett figure was considered an urban legend for years. Apparently, when Kenner released it in 1980, parents were concerned that the projectile rocket was a safety concern. Kenner recalled the figures and re-released it without the firing mechanism. The originals are extremely rare and sell anywhere from $2000–$5000.
1978 Telescopic Lightsaber Darth Vader
The first batch of Star Wars figures were discontinued because, instead of having a single-piece lightsaber, they came with a hollow arm that a thinner lightsaber would exit from. There were only a few hundred versions of this Darth Vader figure manufactured, so if you come across one, you’re easily looking at $6000 in your pocket.
1961 Magirus Deutz Crane “Matchbox No. 30”
This one is tricky, as there are 27 variations of the No. 30 truck, which was discontinued in 1965. Most of them are valued at $25–$100, but a rare version with a light brown body and a red crane is almost impossible to find. A No. 30 was sold in 2004 for $10,000 and was later sold to a collector for $13,000.
Babe Ruth Figure by McFarlane
This is a fun one. At first glance, the Babe Ruth figure looks just like any other, but the difference here is that he is wearing a blue hat. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but only five were produced with the blue hat. Two of them were placed in archives while the other three were shipped with the other Ruths into retail. The first one that surfaced sold on eBay for $13,600.
G.I. JOE Manimals Vortex
In 1994, the Star Brigade Manimals were a less-than-popular line of G.I. Joe action figures. They were discontinued in 1995, but not without several fully produced prototypes for dealers to advertise as ‘Coming Soon’ products. These figures are extremely rare and one was rumored to have been sold for over $20,000.
Nintendo Stadium Events
Before the Nintendo Powerpad was released in 1988, the Family Fun Fitness mat was a very short-lived product from Bandai. Of course, Nintendo bought them out and pulled the products from the shelves to make room for their new Powerpad. Stadium Events disappeared with the Family Fun Fitness mats and became the rarest of all games, selling at auction in 2011 for $22,800.
1969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb
The Beach Bomb was discontinued because, unlike the other Hot Wheels, it couldn’t be used on the Mattel race tracks. Its bizarre design, with a surfboard hanging from the back, made it unattractive to designers but highly desirable to collectors. To put it in perspective, a Beach Bomber sold in 1999 for $72,000.
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G.I. Joe First Prototype Action Figure
The rarest of toys to find, this hand-carved G.I. Joe figure started it all for our favorite childhood toy. The face was made to look like Sean Connery and the name was inspired by an old black and white war movie. In 2008, an auction was held at Comic-Con in San Diego and the figure sold for an astounding $200,000. That’s reason enough to get up early and search a few garage sales.