Toys That Could Make You Money
Some long forgotten toys can make you some serious cash. They don't have to be a golden-haired Barbies or diamond-adorned model cars; sometimes a plain push toy that you used to play with might be enough to generate some nice pocket change.
The toys that will easily sell are often simple toys, but hard-to-find because they are from limited editions and only a few of them were ever made. Rare toys are the holy grails for collectors. They are worth a lot of money to someone, so get them out of your closets, dust them off, and take them to the auction to make you thousands of dollars.
#10 The Royal Blue Beanie Baby
This toy was made by the TY Toy Company and released in 1995. The stuffed animal became collectible and searched for along with other animals from the collection of Beanie Babies, stuffed with plastic beans. The rarest of them all is the Royal Blue Elephant "Peanut". It was meant to be light blue, but the factory made a mistake and dyed it royal blue. If you have one like that, you can easily get $3,000 for it.
#9 1954 Superman vs. the Robot Lunchbox
Lunch boxes were a nice sturdy carry boxes back in the day, not like cheap pop culture ones now. They were made of metal and every kid had one all over the U.S. Some of them were plain, but others had scenes from the most popular movies and cartoons. Superman started appearing on lunch boxes in 1950s and became a hit right away. The boxes with him on are the most valuable and highly desired by comics books fans everywhere. The Superman lunch box, released in 1954, can bring $11,000 if it is in mint condition.
#8 GI Joe 1994 Manimals Vortex MOC C-7
Hasbro was making popular line of elite soldiers called G.I. Joes for many years, until they decided to release a limited line of aliens called "Manimals" in the '90s. The demand was flagging, so there was much hope in the line with transforming abilities. The figures were larger than the usual 3 ¾" height. As they were about to be released, the company pulled them out and never went through with the production. A few of them got into the hands of public and are now some of the most valuable toys, commanding a cool $21,000.
#7 Star Wars POTF Tri-Logo Ewok Combat Playback 1984
After the success of Return of the Jedi, George Lucas released a set of Storm Troopers and Ewok. The weapons of Ewok were used in the final battle between the fur balls and the Empire forces. This set was very desired by every kid back then, so a few complete collections made it to this day. The collection is very valuable now and stands to make thousands of dollars.
#6 Black Lotus Magic Card
Magic Cards or Magic: The Gathering is one of the first collectible trading card games. The cards were released in 1993 by Richard Garfield and became very popular. Each player is a wizard having his or her own deck of cards and casting spells against each other. If you happen to have a signed version of Black Lotus cards, you can become $25,000 richer.
#5 1982 World's Fair Astronaut B PEZ Dispenser
This particular dispenser was a prototype sent out to the World's Fair Board in 1982. For some reason it was never put into production, but lucky PEZ employees were given copies from the factory. Nobody knows how many of them made it to current time, but when one surfaced on eBay it could command a nice $32,205.
#4 Nintendo Stadium Events
This cartridge game is enjoying a great attention from collectors. It was released in 1987 and accompanied by a Family Fun Fitness mat. This control pad didn't last long, but when it worked it used feet instead of hands. In 1988 the mat was replaced with the Powerpad. All the games that were made with the FFF mat were taken out from the shelves and discontinued. Because of this abandonment, the game became one of the rarest and almost impossible to find. If you have it somewhere in the basement, pull it out and get $22,800 as one seller received in 2011.
#3 C-9+ Painted J-Slot Rocket-Firing Boba Fett
Boba Fett first became part of Star Wars franchise in the 1978 Christmas Star Wars Special, that didn't fare so well. He was a small player, but caused a lot of interest, creating a lot of fans for him. Those newly minted fans were buying and collecting anything that ever came out about Boba Fett.
The studio recognized the demand and understood that it can cash in on this obsession. They planned to make a Boba Fett figure with a rocket arm that could shoot plastic missile, called Rocket Fett. However, the attention turned somewhere else before this version of Boba went into production. A Battle Star Galactica toy had a very similar firing mechanism, but it caused some injuries and one choking death, so the toy makers pulled the plug on the production permanently. Some prototypes, as usual, made it into the world and can surface from time to time. The authentic C-9+ Painted J-Slot Rocket Firing Boba Fett could fetch a nice chunk of money, something in the neighborhood of $25,000.
#2 55 PB Teddy Bear
Seamstress Margarete Steiff lived in the 19th century German town of Geingen. She had discovered what we all know today: little kids like to play with cuddly soft animal toys. She started making soft toy elephants that took over porcelain dolls and tin soldiers pretty quickly.
At the beginning of the 20th century her nephew gave her an idea to also make bears. She made her first 55 PB. It was 55 cm tall, P for "plush" and B for "beweglich" or "movable". An American saw this bear and ordered 3000 of them to be shipped stateside because recent Teddy Roosevelt hunting accident really called for something called a teddy bear.
In the unfortunate turn of events, the bears were shipped and were never seen again. They somehow vanished into a thin air. Those bears are the firsts ever made and would now be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars if anybody ever found one. To this day nobody knows what happen to them, but if you can find one, you could make it big.
#1 Rear-Loader Beach Bomb
The Beach Bomb was a prototype of a real VW bus. The Man wanted this car, like all other Hot Wheels, to be able to fit on Mattel race tracks. The Beach Bomb had all the surfboards loaded through the back door and hanging out, so the center of gravity was too high causing it to tilt up. This prototype was produced by workers in the factories, but always in small quantities, because the mainstream version was lower and had surf boards attached to the sides.
Now the surviving RLBBs are worth huge sums of money, if you can find them. In 1999 one was sold for $72,000 and in 2009 one was listed for $150,000.