Nostalgia's Worth: Valuable Toys from Childhood Collections

By Sarah Norman | March 17, 2024

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures from 1980s go for hundred of dollars

Some of your favorite toys from childhood are selling for astronomical prices online and in auctions...try not to gasp when you realize if you'd held onto them you'd be rich!

Do you remember your favorite toy? The one you couldn't go a day without? Did you give it away when you were too old to play with it, or let it go for a few buck in a garage sale? Have you checked to see how much its selling for now?

The toys collected here, from Mego Dolls to vintage board games, are all huge parts of our nostalgic past...was letting them go a mistake? Click ahead and find out what toys were actually timeless treasures! 

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Children of the ‘80s, this may be painful for you. Anyone who was cognizant during the reign of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remembers the ache that young people had to get their hands on everything that the Turtles were selling, especially the action figures. We set them up, knocked them down, and made them fight each other until it was time to go to school on Monday. As fate would have it, there are a lot of figures from the late ‘80s line of Turtles toys that go for hundreds of dollars. Mint versions of the original four go for something around $350, but the real investments (if you left them in their boxes like some kind of psychic financial guru) are “Undercover Raphael” and “Scratch the Cat.” This version of Raph goes for $750, while Scratch can get you $1,200. That’s a lot of pizza. 

Luke Skywalker and his double-telescoping lightsaber costs up to $25,000

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You won’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to get this classic Kenner Luke Skywalker action figure with a double-telescoping lightsaber, but you may need to mortgage your house. Unless you’ve got one still in it’s packaging, of course, that would make you one of about 20 people. It’s hard to imagine any kid who’d just watched Star Wars being able to keep this action figure in the box, let alone the version with a telescoping lightsaber. Kenner stopped producing these pretty early into their run because the lightsaber kept breaking, so even you have one of these out of the box it can still fetch a nice price, just not $25,000