Remember your favourite toy from when you were a kid? It may be worth a lot of money today. The online market for the sale of toys is currently booming driven largely by nostalgia and a desire by people to recapture their youth. Websites from eBay and Amazon to Craig’s List and Kijiji are full of vintage toys that are being sold for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. What’s interesting is that even toys that are relatively recent (from the past 10 years) are selling for sizable sums of money. And there are bargains out there to be found if you know where to look and which toys are the most valuable. Here’s a list of 12 popular toys that are worth a lot of money today.
12. Tamagotchi – $300
Do you have an old Tamagotchi sitting around your parent’s house? Tamagotchi was one of the biggest selling toys of the 1990s. More than 75 million of the devices have been sold worldwide. Invented in Japan, Tamagotchi was a virtual pet housed on a handheld device that kids would feed, play with and nurture. There were more than 44 different versions of Tamagotchi issued by Japanese toy maker WiZ, and some versions are rarer and more prized than others. The popularity of Tamagotchi extended to video games and even a movie in 2007. Today, first issue Tamagotchi devices from 1996-1998 that are in great condition sell online for as much as $300. That’s a hefty mark-up from the toy’s original price of $18. Most sought after among the Tamagotchi is the ultra rare “Devilgotchi,” which only saw a few hundred issued before it was discontinued for being too scary for children. A Devilgotchi has sold for $400 on eBay.