10 Of The Very Rarest Toys From Our Childhood

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Because if we had known how much our childhood toys would be worth three or four decades later, then we would have held onto them rather than letting them rot in the attic or allowing our parents to sell them at a jumble sale!

Below are 10 of the very rarest toys from our childhood, so please do post a comment letting us know if you are lucky enough to still own any of them, and more importantly, if you are willing to sell!


1. Teddy Ruxpin ($500)

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Although perhaps slightly creepy, Teddy Ruxpin was one of our very favourite 80s toys, singing us songs and telling us stories, all with the aid of a simple cassette tape.

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And unbelievably, Teddy is now being sold for up to $500, with the price increasing significantly if you have the original version!

2. Strawberry Shortcake ($550)

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Strawberry Shortcake cuddly toys have come in many different forms over the years, and they are now worth up to $550!

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If you have been prudent enough to keep your Strawberry Shortcake doll for over three decades, would you be willing to sell her with the promise of a significant pay packet in return?

3. Jem And The Holograms ($675)

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After finding success with GI Joe and Transformers, Jem was an attempt by toy makers Hasbro to use an animated series to conquer the ‘pink’ aisle at the toy store the same way they had the ‘action figure’ aisle.

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Jem proved to be a big success, and the figures are now selling for up to $675 on auction sites like Ebay!

4. Furby ($900)

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Furbies were cute, but also acted realistically enough that they were a decent replacement until our parents bought us that real life puppy we’d always dreamed of.

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Sadly we didn’t keep hold of ours, but if you’re the owner of an early version in an unopened box, then you could make around $900!

5. Game Boy ($900)

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The Game Boy’s entire original shipment of one million units sold out within a few weeks in the US, and it, along with its successor the Game Boy Color, sold a total of 118 million units worldwide.

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But, despite their being so many of them around the globe, they are somehow still being sold for up to $900!

6. Rainbow Brite ($1000)

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Rainbow Brite brightened up many an 80s girl’s bedroom, being as it was one of the most popular cuddly toys of the era.

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She is also still extremely popular to this day, often being purchased for up to a whopping $1000!

7. Transformers ($1000)

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The brilliant robots in disguise were one of the most popular toys of the entire 1980s, and they are still extremely sought after by collectors over three decades later.

If you own any of the original Transformers figures (especially if they are still inside their box), then you can expect to fetch up to $1000!

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8. Garbage Pail Kids Cards ($1,000+)

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Garbage Pail Kids were disgusting and so extremely popular with boys especially.

We really shouldn’t have been allowed to collect these as such an impressionable age, but if you’ve managed to hold onto yours then you could be in for a decent pay day.

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Because many of the Garbage Pail Kids Cards are worth over £1000, and extremely rare ones such as ‘Adam Bomb’ can fetch as much as $3000!

9. He-Man Eternia Playset ($1600)

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Many of the Masters of the Universe figures and playsets are worth alot now, but there is one in particular that is extremely popular with collectors.

Because the Eternia playset is extremely rare, and has been seen fetch up to $1600 when sold at auction!

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10. Luke Skywalker ($25,000)

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Star Wars toys are another range that are often being sold for alot of money, but if you want to make the really big bucks, then look no further than this 1978 Luke Skywalker figure. There are thought to be only 20 boxed versions still in circulation, and they sell for up to $25’000!

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Sadly that’s all for now. Be sure to share this post with your fellow Eighties Kids, so that they too can find out more about these rare toys from our childhood!