12 toys you used to play with that are worth big bucks today

Toys are magical. They have the ability to spark a child’s imagination and bring joy. Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy toys, however. Adults recognize the magic of toys also, that’s why they collect them, especially toys from their childhoods.
Because toys are meant to be played with, most of them don’t last for a long time. Those that do are highly collectible. Here’s a list of highly collectible toys that are worth a grip if yours have survived intact.
1. Super Soakers ($50-$380)
Former NASA engineer Lonnie G. Johnson created the technology for the Super Soaker in his spare time in 1982. Since that time Super Soakers have become one of the most popular type of water guns. The original version of the Super Soaker and the Monster XL can fetch hundreds of dollars, according to Complex. Other vintage models of the Super Soaker such as the Splashzooka can fetch up to $50.
2. PEZ Dispensers (Various)
PEZ Dispensers are neat. They combine candy with a toy. The candy isn’t the best, but the toys are cool collectibles. PEZ dispensers originated in Austria and have been around since the 1920s. Many PEZ dispensers are collectible. Some PEZ dispensers that are highly collectible include the
Astronaut B dispenser which was created for 1982 World's Fair, the
Mickey Mouse Soft head dispenser, 1955 Santa Claus Head and Pez Gun, Good Housekeeping reports.
3. Original Superman figurine ($25,000)
Superman began saving humanity from evil in Action Comics’ first issue in 1938, according to an eBay guide on rare toys. Since that time, Superman has become one of the most popular superheroes ever. Toys bearing his mug started to be produced in the 1940s and 1950s. An original Superman action figure can fetch you thousands of dollars.
4. "Where the Wild Things Are" - First edition ($25,000)
Illustrator Maurice Sendak is no longer with us, but his art lives on. His most popular book, “Where the Wild Things Are” is collectible if you have a first edition. One first edition that was in mint condition sold on Abebooks for $25,000, according to Good Housekeeping.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($100+)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their debut in a series of comics in the 1980s. After the success of the comics, the turtles made their way to television and film. Action figures featuring the turtles that were created from 1988 to 1997 are highly collectible. First edition and rare figurines can command hundreds of dollars, according to Complex.
6. Muppets Collector's Set ($9,999)
Quick. Name your favorite puppet. If you mentioned Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster or Kermit, your favorite puppet is a “Muppet.” It’s understandable that a Muppet would be your favorite type of puppet because they are the most ubiquitous. Muppets have been with us since the 1950s and have been on every type of media imaginable, according to eBay. That pervasive media presence also led to a proliferation of related merchandise. If you have an original Muppets Collector’s Set, you have a piece of merchandise worth thousands.
7. Original Monopoly ($146,500-$100)
Monopoly is everybody’s favorite real estate game. It allows you to be a real estate mogul without risking real money. Charles Darrow invented the game in 1933. An original hand-made prototype of the game went for $146,500 at Sotheby’s in 2011, Good Housekeeping reported. Limited editions of the game can go for hundreds of dollars on eBay.
8. Original Furby ($900)
Furbies were weird looking interactive toys, but they were the toy to have in 1998. If you have an unopened one, you have a collectible worth as much as $900, according to Good Housekeeping.
9. Tamagotchi ($100+)
Tamagotchis were the original virtual pets. More than 79 million Tamagotchis were sold according to Complex. Rare Tamagotchis can go for up to $300. The rarest Tamagotchi is the Devilgotchi. It is worth about $360.
10. Star Wars loose action figures ($32,000)
Star Wars is another ubiquitous part of pop culture. The Star Wars franchise began in the late 1970s. The latest movie came out in 2015. Action figures from the first film are worth big bucks. They can go for up to $32,000 according to eBay.
11. Game Boy ($750-$1,500)
The Game Boy was not the first portable video game system, but it was the most popular. An original Game Boy in good condition can bring up to a cool grand, according to Good Housekeeping.
12. Beanie Babies (up to $5000)
Many people collected Beanie Babies because they were touted as collectibles. Because there are so many Beanie Babies around, most Beanie Babies aren’t worth much, according to Complex. Only the first generation of Beanie Babies have any real value. These Beanie Babies are called “Punchers.” They go for thousands.

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