We all have old toys lying around our homes that we don’t really think twice about anymore. Most childhood toys get thrown out or donated as the years go on and many just collect dust in the meantime. Every so often you’ll see some old toy sell for a bunch of money online. These are usually rare and pristine condition items that have accumulated a ton of value over the years. There are plenty of notable examples from the 80s and 90s, but one decade that doesn’t get talked about all too often is the 2000s.
You won’t find as many iconic, rare toys from this decade – though that doesn’t mean there aren’t any to look at. A lot of the big players of the 90s like Pokémon and Beanie Babies bled into the early 2000s onwards – but most of the rare and valuable items from those franchises belong to the 90s. There are exceptions of course.
In order to keep things interesting, we won’t only be looking at toys but games as well. Anything counts on this list; plushies, board games, trading cards, game consoles, and controllers too. If you could find it in a Toys “R” Us fifteen years ago then it’s eligible to make it on this list.
Here are the 25 rarest 2000s toys (and what they’re worth)
25 Super Soaker: $350
It might seem unlikely that your old Super Soaker would be worth this much money, but these things seem to have gotten fairly pricey over the years. That’s especially true for some of the older models.
A favorite during the summertime, Super Soakers were a must for kids wanting to escape the heat and have fun at the same time. In the pool, in the yard or even the playground – you name it; these things were everywhere and are still a popular summertime item.
23 Monopoly: Simpsons Treehouse of Horror: $180
The Simpsons stands as one of the most popular pieces of American pop culture from the last 30 years and as a result, you can find a ton of related merch and memorabilia. There are several other Simpson Monopoly crossover variants, but the Treehouse of Horror edition, released in 2005 seems to be one of the more valuable.
One cool thing about this edition is the glow in the dark tokens that definitely make playing in the dark an interesting idea. These are tough to find and will cost you a pretty penny, but seems like a good time nonetheless.
22 Marie Antoinette Barbie: $2000
You might be surprised to see just how much some Barbie Dolls are worth in mint condition. Take this limited edition Marie Antoinette doll for example. This Barbie was released back in 2003 and is as over-the-top as they come.
The craftsmanship looks pretty top-notch and there are tons of little frills that really make this feel like a luxury item. Now, we can only imagine how much this cost back when it was released. But judging by how much it’s going for now, it’s safe to assume that it’s retained some value.
21 Yu-Gi-Oh Armament Of The Lethal Lords: $8,000
If you grew up during the early 2000s there’s a good chance that you played or at least heard of Yu-Gi-Oh. The game has maintained a level of popularity over the years and has introduced countless cards since first debuting in 1999. As you might’ve guessed, some of those cards have accumulated a good deal of value.
While a card’s value will fluctuate given its use in the current Meta, some retain value. The most notable being card’s given out to the winners of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. One of the most valuable of these cards is Armament of the Lethal Lords, given out to winners of the 2006 Championship Series. Be it by competition or a simple click and purchase, this card is a tough one to get a hold of.
20 Pokémon Pikachu Illustrator Card: $100,000
When you’re looking at any Pokémon-related merchandise dating back to the late 90s and early 2000s, you’re typically dealing with something worth a good deal of money in the right condition. But this next entry is on a completely different level.
An extremely rare item, the Japanese-only Pikachu Illustrator card can sell for a pretty penny. This is mainly due to the fact that there are only six of these in circulation. How many of those actually survived after all this time is up in the air – making any that have a fairly pricey piece of memorabilia.
19 Kota The Triceratops: $300
Who would’ve thought that this cuddly looking toy could be worth so much money? Kota is basically a stuffed rocking horse but can be worth a good deal if in mint or near mint condition.
This over-sized kid’s toy seems to have a lot of fans out there as it’s been listed and sold for fairly high prices online. It’s bigger than you might expect and comes complete with sound effects, music and even facial movements to make it feel alive.
18 Pokémon Mini: $100
Here’s a pretty rare and obscure Pokémon item for you. The Pokémon Mini was released back in 2001 and was marketed as a handheld console focused entirely on the Pokémon franchise. The Mini came with a handful of games that were more like mini-games than anything else.
As you might’ve guessed, it wasn’t the most popular Pokémon product out there and didn’t last all that long. Funny enough, it did serve as a popular platform for homebrewers for a while.
17 Pokémon Pokédex Deluxe: $100,000
The value of this next item depends entirely on its condition, as you can find some with a decent amount of wear and tear sell for fairly cheap online. The Pokédex Deluxe is – as the name implies – a real-life Pokédex.
The gold-clad item was released in 2001 and gave fans access to 250 Pokémon entries. It gives trainers the ability to sort through all entries while adding in their own notes which, paired with the games, makes it all feel that much more real.
16 WoW Murky: $10,000
This next entry is notable in that it’s the only item on our list that is a purely digital commodity rather than physical. Attendees of Blizzard’s inaugural BlizzCon back in 2005 received what would turn out to be a pretty valuable gift from the developers.
Fans in attendance of the 2005 con received an in-game pet by the name of Murky. While it might not look like much, Murky has become quite the rare commodity among WoW players and collectors. Those willing to part with it could be looking at some serious coin.
15 LEGO Death Star II: $2,600
Star Wars is one of the biggest media franchises out there and as you’d expect, there’s a good deal of memorabilia out there for fans to collect. Aside from the really vintage stuff, you’d be surprised at how some of the merch from the 2000s onwards has accumulated value.
This Lego Death Star II is known as a pretty tough piece to put together. It isn’t worth nearly as much opened and put together, so its only real value is mint in box. It isn’t the priciest item on this list but considering it only came out in 2005 the value it's picked up is pretty good.
14 LEGO C-3PO Minifigure: $6,200
Not only is this next item fairly heavy on the wallet, it’s also one of the rarest items we’ll see on this list. This sterling silver LEGO C-3PO was given away as part of a draw at the 2007 Star Wars Celebration IV held in Los Angeles back in 2007.
As you can see from the image, this is a one of a kind item and therefore will probably only grow in value as the years go on. As it stands it’s still one of the more expensive items we’ve seen so far.
13 LEGO Millennium Falcon: $16,000
The most expensive and desired Star Wars piece we’ll see on this list also happened to be fairly pricey when it initially released back in 2007. The initial price of the 2007 LEGO Millennium Falcon set stood at a whopping $500. That means that its value has increased 32 times in a span of just over 10 years.
When it came out, the LEGO Millennium Falcon set was the second largest LEGO set out there as well as the most expensive Star Wars LEGO set of all-time. It isn’t worth much without a Certificate of Authenticity and a Mint in Box designation though.
12 The RoboSapien: $200
Who remembers this unique toy? The RoboSapien was released back in 2004 and instantly found success, especially during the holidays. One particular feature that made it stand out was its ability to grab and throw objects.
It can still cost you a pretty penny, though it doesn’t compare to a lot of the rarer items on our list. A mint-in-box one will get you a good deal more than something out of box – which is surprisingly cheap.
11 Digimon Pendulum X Gold Version: $1,200
A competitor to Pokémon throughout its popularity surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, Digimon hasn’t had the same longstanding success as its rival. However, the series has a strong fan base and is still around regardless.
Of all the toys, games and various other bits of Digimon related merchandise released over the years, the rarest and most expensive by far has to be the Pendulum X. The virtual pet device is pretty similar to Tamagotchi and the gold version of the X series has turned into quite the commodity.
10 Game Boy Advance SP Famicom 20th Anniversary: $990
Talk about pricey. Special Edition games and consoles always end up costing you a pretty penny, but not many accumulate value like this next item. This special Famicom themed edition SP was only released in Japan, with only 1000 produced.
The means of acquiring it were fairly tricky as it was only obtainable via a contest where participants had to purchase certain GBA and GameCube games which would come with an entry form. Perhaps that played into why this version of the SP is so darn expensive.
9 Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller: $200
In terms of flash, this next item definitely takes the cake. We’re all used to seeing special edition games and consoles, but gaudy special edition controllers aren’t nearly as popular. This Resident Evil 4 controller is a collector’s dream.
The build quality looks fantastic and the design perfectly fits the games macabre mood. These aren’t all that common and you can see that reflected in its value. That being said, the price tag on this entry isn’t all that hard to swallow compared to some of the other things we’ve seen on this list.
8 Ninja Five-O: $1,000
You would think that ultra-popular and well-received games would accumulate tons of value over time, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s the more obscure games that end up with the heftiest price tags.
Developed by now-defunct Hudson Soft, Ninja Five-O is probably one of the most valuable GBA games you’ll find. Not many copies of the game were produced and as you can see, that’s made it an immensely valuable piece of video game history.
7 Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: $270
The fourth entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, New Age of Heroes stands as the most valuable of them all and can actually cost you a decent amount if you’re looking to purchase it new in box.
The game at one point sold for nearly $100 used, but thanks to it being made available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network sells for peanuts – think around $30. Still, it still is fairly expensive new and will likely continue to grow in value.
6 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles GameCube: $2,800
Talk about rare. Aside from being one of the priciest items on our list, this Crystal Chronicles bundle stands as one of the hardest to come by as well. Yet another Japan exclusive release, there were only 150 of these ever produced.
Aside from the console, controller and the game, the bundle is also packaged with a GB Player. Even in used condition, the entire bundle is worth much more than most people would be willing to dish out for it.
5 Swarovski Etch-A-Sketch: $1,500
Is this luxurious or just frivolousness gone mad? We can’t imagine many kids wanting – or needing – a crystal-studded Etch-a-Sketch but they do exist. Issued by FAO Schwarz back in 2003, these babies came with 14,400 Swarovski crystals each.
It was an incredibly limited item and only 12 were made. We can’t imagine too many parents broke the bank to get their kids one of these. You have to wonder how much they’re worth today – we’d wager it’s definitely more than $1,500.
4 Bionicle Nocturn: $225
Bionicle was huge back in the 2000s and really proved to be a success story for LEGO throughout the decade. Plenty of kids growing up at the time probably had at least one lying around. They aren’t really relevant anymore, but then again that only adds to the value of certain older models.
The Nocturn Bionicle, released in 2007 was notable for its glow in the dark pieces and eye-grabbing design. A new unopened Nocturn can be pretty pricey – though not too bad considering.
3 Beyblade Bistool: $119
For a period of time in the early 2000s Beyblade was pretty popular. Much like mega franchises like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, Beyblade served as a multimedia franchise with an anime, manga, film and several spin-off series to go along with the actual Beyblade toys themselves.
It’s a pretty obscure market nowadays, but you can find some value in there. The Bistool model can be pretty expensive if unopened. It’s a fairly early gen model and so may attract collectors looking to snag a piece of the series’ glory days.
2 Hot Wheels Highway 35 World Race Ultimate Track Set: $240
You can go looking around your home right now and probably find some Hot Wheels in a box or bin along with a bunch of other old toys. Released in 2003 the Highway 35 World Race Ultimate Track Set was released as part of Hot Wheels’ 35th anniversary.
In order to get your hands on the set, you’d have had to collect all 35 World race car series cars. To make things even more difficult, only 1000 of these sets were released. So even if you did collect them all you might’ve not done it fast enough.
1 Onimusha PS2 Soul Controller: $500
We’re back to crazy controllers, with probably the most absurd one you’ll see out there. Released as a companion to 2004’s Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, the “Soul Controller” is a 38-inch long DualShock controller shaped like a Japanese Tachi.
One notable aspect of the controller is how swinging it around will cause players to mimic the action in game. For a PS2 title that’s pretty ahead of its time when you consider the Wii made things like motion controls much more common and came out the next generation years later.