You would never think that old children's toys would be worth a lot of money, but it seems they are. Although the 1980s are getting further away in terms of time, the nostalgia is still very real for both people who lived in the 80s and those who didn't. From a 90s or even 00s baby's point of view, the 80s was a colorful time filled with parties, great movies, and fantastic music. Another addition to the list of the greatest things to come out in the 80s were the toys. Sure, if something gets old enough it's called a classic and ups its value. One thing we never expected this to happen with is kids toys. From plastic dolls to the original video games, some stuff you've kept from a childhood in the 80s could make you a super rich person today.
This article is all about those toys and just how much they are worth today. It's the surprising things that are worth a lot, toys you or your parent had in childhood that you wouldn't have thought would even be heard of today. We will be discussing 30 kids toys from the 80s that are worth a fortune today. Get ready to start searching your garage and basement for storage boxes, because after this you'll be trying to remember every toy you ever owned. Make sure to call your parents after you read this list, to make sure they don't have any of these items lying around that you might have forgotten about.
30 Transformers: G1 Optimus Prime
Unsurprisingly, Optimus Prime is the most popular and expensive of all the Transformers toys from the 1980s. Optimus Prime has always been a favorite among Transformers fans, especially since the Michael Bay movies started up in 2008.
The Optimus Prime toy is a truck that transforms into the robot, then back into a normal toy truck. We're not sure why it's so popular, but back in the 80s, nearly every child had one. Let's hope they kept them, as an Optimus Prime transformer in mint condition sold for $12,000.
29 Thundercats Thunderwings Lion-O Action Figure
Thundercats was a popular cartoon that ran from '85 to '88 and got a short-lived reboot from 2011 to 2012. It just proves you don't mess with the originals.
Thundercats was about a group of hybrid cat/human aliens. It already sounds amazing.
Even though it's not a piece of history from the 80s that we remember all that often, it could still fill your bank account. The original Thundercats Thunderwings Lion-O action figure from the 80s, if in mint condition, could fetch you from $6,000 - $7,000.
28 American Girl Original Samantha Doll
American Girl Dolls have been a widely popular brand of dress-up dolls since their release. There are mix and match options of different dolls and clothing so little kids can dress them as they please.
Don't think it's silly, because the original Samantha Parkington doll sold for $4,200 a while back. If you have any of these dolls left stored away from your childhood, get them out and clean them up because you just might have a small fortune on your hands.
27 Teddy Ruxpin
Teddy Ruxpin bears were the most popular toy for children in the 80s. Teddy was a cute fuzzy bear with an orange t-shirt that would move his eyes and read stories! Naturally, it was just a cassette tape in the bear. Children loved how Teddy would read them stories before they slept.
For being so popular, the company that made Teddy Ruxpins, Worlds of Wonder, went out of business, meaning no more bears. That's a contributing factor to what makes the originals worth so much today. If you have a Teddy Ruxpin in the box in mint condition, it could make you $1,000.
26 G.I. Joe Motorized Battle Tank
G.I. Joe merchandise has been popular for what feels like forever. What started as just cool soldier action figures for children has turned into a film series. G.I. Joe toys are like the male version of Barbie dolls. Also like Barbie, they were turned into films.
Although the films weren't all that popular (or good), G.I. Joe dolls remain an important piece of 80s history. One of the most expensive pieces of the G.I. Joe history is the Motorized Battle Tank. If you have one in pretty good condition box and all, it could be worth upwards of $1,000.
25 Eternia Playset
He-Man was a popular comic book character which was given it's on TV series which also became really popular in the 80s. Naturally, the next step was action figures and toys, and there sure is a lot.
Although we're sure a lot of his action figures would be worth money, the most surprising one is the Eternia Playset. Eternia is a world in the He-Man universe, and the playset came with different characters from there. If you have one in mint condition it could get you upwards of $3,000.
24 He-Man And Battle Cat Two-Pack
The second He-Man item on this list is the He-Man and Battlecat two pack. What was popular about this particular action figure was Battlecat, which was made so the He-Man figure could sit on it.
These two action figures were sold separately, but the real money is in the rarer two pack. Given how popular the series was, it's no doubt considered a classic now, meaning the rare stuff goes for a lot of money. If you have one of these two packs in mint condition it could fetch you over $4,000.
23 Raiders Of The Lost Ark Well Of Souls Playset
Raiders of the Lost Ark kicked off the Indiana Jones franchise. In 1981, Steven Spielberg not only set up Harrison Ford's bank account for life but introduced a new hero that generations to come would love.
Indiana Jones was an archeologist and adventurer, so naturally, there were a lot of toys made after the film's release. One of the most popular was the Well of Souls playset. It was released two years after the film. Spielberg couldn't have anticipated the popularity of the film. If you still have one from the early 80s, sell it because it's worth around $2,000.
22 Michael Jackson: Superstar Of The 80's Doll
Michael Jackson rose to fame mostly in the 80s. Whether it was because of controversy, great music, or both, Michael Jackson goes down in history as one of the most loved and remembered people of all time.
The Superstar of the 80's doll would have been popular then, but definitely would have gone up in price since the singer's passing. If you're interested in selling or buying, these dolls are going for about $300+ on eBay.
21 The Real Ghostbusters: Fright Feature Action Figure
Everyone knows that movies from the 80s are some of the best to this day. Ghostbusters is arguably right near the top of that list. It's lasted through generations; even kids nowadays will dress up as Ghostbusters characters for Halloween.
What's surprising is that Peter Venkman's Fright Feature action figure is the most popular, and most expensive of the bunch. If you have one still in the packaging and in mint condition, it could go for around $900 on eBay.
20 Star Wars Kenner Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure
Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars films, thanks to both the performances of Sir Alec Guinness in the 1977 film and Ewan McGregor in the prequels. Whether you like them or not, Ewan did Obi-Wan justice.
It's no surprise that, Star Wars being the huge franchise it is, their classic action figures are going to sell for an insane amount of money. The Double Telescoping Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure can sell for upwards of $30,000. Seriously.
19 Atari’s Red Sea Crossing
Atari was the PlayStation of the 80s. If you had one, everyone wanted to come to your house and play. Naturally, it's a classic of the gaming world. Their most popular game might not have been Red Sea Crossing, but it's certainly the most expensive.
It was made by a student programmer in 1983 and discovered once again in 2007. People are extremely serious about their games it seems, because when it went to auction it sold for $10,700. That definitely makes it one of the most expensive games of all time. We hope it was worth it!
18 G.I. Joe Breaker Action Figure
Once again, G.I. Joe stuff makes it into our lists because of its extreme popularity. G.I. Joe Breaker was a popular action figure in the 80s. It was released in 1982 and could be bought for just $2. What a steal!
Nowadays, the classic Breaker doll will sell for around $250, which is a pretty good profit for just keeping a doll all these years. Though older G.I. Joe toys are worth more, this will still fetch a pretty penny.
17 Transformers Bluestreak
The second Transformers toy on this list is Bluestreak. Even though Transformers isn't the biggest hit in children's toys nowadays, we've got to admit they had some seriously cool names.
The Takara Bluestreak figure, which was released in 1984, could bring you some serious money now. Hopefully, you were one of those kids who kept them in the box, because in mint condition they can be worth $400. This is the kind of thing that would be a great find.
16 Lite Brite
Lite Brite was a favorite childhood toy of artists and those with a creative mind. It was a simple design: a backlight board with little pegs that would light up. When you placed them in different spots, they would make different patterns and pictures.
It was a favorite toy of children everywhere for a long time, and now if you have it lying around it could also make you a little money too! An original Lite Brite game in packaging could make you around $150.
15 PEZ Dispensers
We wouldn't think that PEZ Dispensers would be a classic toy from the 80s, as they're still regularly in use today. If you thought that too, then we're both wrong. PEZ dispensers are fun little things that shoot out candy.
It was created in 1982 to promote the World's Fair in Tennessee. The green and white helmet dispenser, for some reason, sold for $32,000. It must have been some festival! Better hope that this is lying around in an attic somewhere.
14 Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket started as a little pocket-sized case that opened up to a little dressing room for a doll. It had little accessories that you could play around with. While Polly Pocket has now returned as a series of mini-episodes for kids, the vintage ones could bring you some spare cash.
eBay is a popular place to buy and sell items that shops might not have. If you have Polly Pocket toys from childhood, then eBay is definitely the place to sell them as each vintage toy can go for around $200+.
13 Xavier Roberts Cabbage Patch Kid
Cabbage Patch Kids were popular dolls that nearly everyone in the 80s and 90s had. They're cute little dolls with squishy faces and their own sense of style. To make them even cooler, they already come with names, so you get a surprise as to who your baby is.
If you're reminiscing to the time you had yours, let's hope you kept it because they can go for a serious amount of cash on eBay. The bald dolls or ones with red fuzzy hair can get you $100+. Even better is the Xavier Roberts doll which can go for up to $1,000.
12 The Original Super Soaker
Although water guns are still around today, with a lot of them made by Nerf, the original Super Soaker is still considered a classic. It was just a plastic gun you'd fill up with water, and be able to squirt water at your friends.
Obviously, it was one of the most entertaining toys in summer. If you still have the original, first released Super Soaker, then dust it off and pack it up. According to certain sources, fans of the 80s water pistol are willing to pay up to $600 for one!
11 Mint Tulip Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake may have started as cute little material dolls. It has now transformed into an empire of different toys and even movies and TV shows. The cute little munchkin faced dolls made wonderful companions.
If you have some leftover from childhood, you have two options. The first is to hand them down to your children and hope they survive generations of toddlers trying to eat them. The second option is to research and see if you have one worth money; some of them sell for up to $1,000.
10 Rapunzel My Little Pony
My Little Pony is a cutesy cartoon and little horse dolls made for children. They come in different colors with different colored hair and sweet names. They are still wildly popular today, with children and some grown-ups, but that's a different topic.
Since they are still so popular, it's kind of surprising how much some old classic MLP dolls can go for these days. The Rapunzel pony had a pink body and long golden hair like Rapunzel. If you've got an original version of this in mint condition it could sell for as much as $900.
9 Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels cars were some of the best toys to come out in the 80s. With all different makes and models of cars, as well as the giant tracks, Hot Wheels gave children endless hours of fun. Even with all the technology we have today, Hot Wheels cars are still a favorite of kids around the world.
Hopefully, you didn't throw out that massive collection of Hot Wheels you started as a child because not just one, but a lot of them are worth some serious money now. When we say serious money, some of the cars can range from being $3,500 to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
8 My Buddy Doll
The My Buddy Doll was released in the 80s and was probably one of the first dolls to be marketed towards boys. Nowadays we know kids can play with whatever, but My Buddy Doll helped kickstart that trend.
The little boy with a striped sweater and red overalls was a favorite because of the catchy theme song that 80s kids will get flashbacks from. It's one of those toys you probably haven't thought of for years and most likely gave away. If you did, you're missing out on $90 you could've made on eBay.
7 Fisher-Price Little People Family House
The Fisher-Price Little People Family Play House was like the training wheels of dollhouses. It came in two colors, and if you picked the yellow one then congratulations. The little yellow roof toy house is the more classic of the two and therefore sells like it.
In good condition, preferably with the box, the yellow Little People Family Play House could get you around $200 on eBay. eBay is slowly becoming the place where you reap the rewards for your childhood toys.
6 Rainbow Brite Doll
The Rainbow Brite Doll was the competition of the Strawberry Shortcake Dolls in the 80s. It started off as a cute little character on a greeting card. Even though they had the big name and Rainbow Brite was an obvious knock-off, it still became super popular, and the doll was made.
If you're remembering that you have this toy packed up in your basement, then dig it out. If it's packed far, far away or you've thrown it out, don't panic too much. You'll just be missing out on a spare $100 on eBay.
5 Vintage Care Bear Dolls
Care Bears are cute, cuddly and soft. The colorful little teddy bears with different patterns on their stomachs were the ultimate collectible back in the 80s. For all those kids whose rooms were covered top to bottom in them, it's time to celebrate.
The years of collecting were totally worth it, as now that Care Bears are considered a classic, your collections could be worth a lot. Some collections being sold have gone for over $7,500! With that kind of money, you could start your next collection of items that will be worth money in 30 years.
4 Glitter And Gold Jem Doll
The Glitter and Gold Jem doll was released after the success of the cartoon Jem and the Holograms that ran from 1985 to 1988. Although it was only on for three years, it was popular enough for the dolls to be considered valuable today.
They might not rake you in thousands like the Care Bear collection, but the extra money is always good. If you have a Glitter and Gold Jem doll in mint condition, preferably still in the packaging, someone on eBay will buy it for at least $200.
3 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has remained popular since their debut in the 80s. Now there's not just action figures, but TV shows and rebooted Hollywood movies. For a fan of the originals, the movie was a cool update on your favorite Ninja Turtles. Don't be too quick to jump onto the new train and forget the past, though. Some old Ninja Turtle merchandise, especially the action figures, can be worth a serious amount of money. We're talking a few hundred dollars for each toy. They start at $200 and can go up to $1000. If you have a collection, you're lucky.
2 Megatron Gun
As we've said throughout this list, Transformers stuff is wildly popular. Classic Transformers stuff is expensive, which is good if you're trying to sell some nostalgic items. One of the most popular items in the 80s was the Megatron gun.
Different versions of the toy were released in the USA and Japan, but the common denominator is they were one of the most realistic looking toy guns on the market. A mint condition Megatron in the box and untouched could get you about $4,000! Let's be honest, with a toy that cool we don't think anyone kept it in the box.
1 Mego Elastic Batman
Batman and any other comic book character are without a doubt the most popular thing to remain through history. Look at Marvel movies! Batman is a well-known character whether you're 90 or 5 years old. Despite all his appearance changes since the 60's TV series, Batman is a cool superhero.
We're sure a lot of his merchandise would go up for a lot, but the Mego Elastic Batman will get you a great amount of money. It was released in 1979, but remained strongly popular throughout the 80s. If you still have yours in mint condition then consider selling, as they can go for $15,000!