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The toy and games market is worth billions of dollars. But unlike many other industries, the boredom of the pandemic has given the toy industry a welcome boost as people around the world have sought toys and games to meet their home entertainment needs.

The growing market is now expected to be worth more than $405 billion in 2026 and according to the Global Toys and Games Market Report 2022 “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid adoption of toys, board and card games, and puzzles. Due to the growing trend of social alienation and the need to spend time with family, people around the world are embracing toys and games.1

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with vintage toy and antiques expert Peter Jenkinson to reveal the most prized toys and games from the 1990s the public could have kept at home – and just how strong they have been in recent years three years have risen in price decades.

The 20 Most Valuable ’90s Toys You Might Have in Your Attic:

The list has been compiled in the following format: toys, original price and current value.

1. Magic: The Gathering Trading Cards, 1993 – originally $10, now $350,000+

MTG 1993 disenchantment card
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The price these scraps of paper can fetch makes your draw fall; Listings on eBay can reach up to $999,999! So it’s worth checking if you remember hiding any, as there’s some serious money to be made from the original 1993 pack.

2. Pokémon Charizard trading card – originally $5, now $80,000+

Core set Holo Charizard card
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While there are plenty of Pokémon cards out there that could set you back thousands of dollars, a first edition, holographic Charizard is the holy grail.

3. GI Joe “Pimp Daddy Destro” Action Figure – originally $40, now $6,000

In 1997, a rare variant of GI Joe’s Destro action figure was created with unique leopard print markings, nicknamed the “Pimp Daddy Destro”. About 100 were accidentally shipped and sold in stores, and 25 years later the rare figurine is a collector’s dream and worth thousands of dollars.

4. LEGO Black Knights Castle – originally $80, now $4,800

Of the many 1990s LEGO sets that many would no doubt have owned, built and ultimately wished they had kept in the box, the Black Knight’s Castle is a classic that only goes up in value.

5. Millennium Furby – $45, now up to $4,500

If you’ve safely stowed away a boxed Millennium Edition Furby, then you’ve struck gold, because this Furby model comes at a hefty price tag. There are a few Furby editions, but the rarer the better.

6. Hot Wheels Blue Card “Fun Car” – originally $10, now $3,500

With many different editions, the Hot Wheels Funny Car blue card is highly sought after as only a few were ever produced. Even in the blister packaging, the toy could be worth the equivalent of a real used car.

7. Power Rangers 14K Gold Lost Galaxy Megazord – originally $120, now $3,200

The 14K Megazord is a foot-sized action figure that deserves a shelf of its own. You could double your profits if you have the original packaging as fewer than 25 have ever been made.

8. Beanie Babies – originally $12, now $3,000+

Beanie Babies were a cult classic in the 1990s and their popularity with children has greatly diminished their value. However, these infamous stuffed animals can be very valuable if their original tag is still attached.

9. LEGO Orange Prototype C-3PO Minifigure – originally $5, now $3,000

The most expensive piece of plastic you could own, this cute little LEGO C-3PO is a truly one-of-a-kind piece of LEGO memorabilia!

10. WWF 1993 Yellow “King of The Ring” Wrestling Ring – Originally $12.99, now $1,300

This 1993 wrestling toy is a hit with toy collectors and WWF fans alike. As always, unopened toys are more valuable, but of all WWF toys, this particular model could still have significant value if it weren’t in its original packaging.

11. Tamagotchi, 1997 Collector’s Edition – originally $18, now $1,000

Did you know Tamagotchi translates to “Egg Watch”? This high-maintenance, low-tech toy has sold over 80 million copies in various configurations, but the 1997 Collector’s Edition is the one to look out for.

12. My Little Pony, Rapunzel – originally $12, now $800

The ‘Rapunzel’ pony was a mail order variant that never received many orders in the 1990s, meaning it’s incredibly rare today. You could even fetch an impressive $1,000 complete with packaging.

13. Pink Splendor Barbie, 1996 – originally $50, now $700

With 10,000 copies sold in 1996, this Barbie was extremely popular with both collectors and children who wanted to play with her. However, not many come in their original packaging, so that’s where the big bucks can be made.

14. TMNT Warrior Chrome Dome – originally $5, now $660

TMNT Warrior Chrome Dome Toy
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still popular today, 35 years after the first animated series began, and one of the channel dwellers’ foes – “Warrior Chrome Dome” – can command upwards of $400 without its packaging because it’s so rare.

15. Polly Pocket – originally $40, now $500

Polly Pocket play set from the 1990's
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A mid-1990s toy sensation, Polly Pocket’s appetite for reissues seems to have waned, but originals are still coveted by fans. For example, the pop-up party playhouse is worth $200 pre-owned and over $500 in the box.

16. Playmobil Victorian Mansion/Knight’s Castle – originally $80, now $450

If you happen to have a Playmobil Victorian Mansion or Mansion (complete with packaging and accessories) tucked away in the alcoves of your garage or attic, you might want to check it out again.

17. American Girl Felicity Merriman Doll – originally $75, now $420

Originally released in 1991, Felicity Merriman doll has had a few comebacks here and there, including a special 35th anniversary edition in 2021. However, the original version, boxed and in great condition, will likely fetch up to $650 .

18. Jurassic Park Velociraptor, 1993 – originally $10, now $350

The release of the prehistoric action film in 1993 was a smash hit and the start of a now popular film franchise. A huge amount of toys were released in the 90’s after the first film and the Velociraptor is one that commands very handsome money – especially in its original blister packaging.

19. McDonald’s Inspector Gadget – originally $5, now $350

McDonald's Inspector Gadget Toy
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Toys that were specifically made in the 90’s are the most sought after, like the Inspector Gadget toy that was released in 1995 and is popular with collectors. If you have other toys from the same era, it’s worth checking online for them, including toys like Toy Story 2 and Furbies.

20. Dream Phone – originally $15, now $100

The telephone was a real rite of passage for young teenagers in the 90s. Most popular with giggling girls looking at boys’ picture cards, the simple toy is worth six times as much 30 years later.

As well as the list, our expert has also provided some helpful tips and guidance for aspiring toy and game collectors on what to look out for when buying a toy, whether as a collector’s item or as an investment.

Expert tips & tricks for caring for your toys and games:

  • Proper care of your collectible toy will greatly increase its value and longevity. If you have the original packaging, even better – it further increases the value of the toy inside. However, it’s worth noting that boxes aren’t easy to transport, so it’s best to wrap your boxed toy in brown paper and store it in a sturdy box in a safe and dry place.
  • If you want to enjoy your collectible toy, be aware that corner edges can fray very easily. But if you do display them, then perhaps they’re safest behind a glass cabinet door or on a higher shelf to avoid prying younger fingers – or pets!
  • You might be tempted to treat toys with a liquid scrub if they’re looking a little dingy – don’t do this. As tempting as it is to wash your collectibles, you could remove original markings or stickers and significantly reduce their value. Instead, use a soft brush and duster.
  • There are so many resources out there to find out how much your toy could be worth. Toy community groups on platforms like Reddit and Facebook aren’t bad sources. Auction houses with dedicated professionals can also offer very good guidelines if they come with a picture so you can decide if an auction (and the fee to pay) is the right way to go. Keep in mind that auction houses have huge databases of collectors with specific interests, so they’re really making their money.
  • Groups or collections of toys and playing cards from a series sold as work lots always attract attention; Essentially, you are providing them with a ready-made collection. Try not to be tempted to break up these groups unless the money a desperate collector is offering makes it very worthwhile.
  • Anything related to blockbuster movies is always appealing as you have toy and merchandise collectors as well as movie fans all vying for your merchandise.
  • Buying new toys as future collectibles is difficult, but it’s likely that some of the larger LEGO sets will do well over time (aftermarket prices of end-of-life LEGO sets are growing at 11% annually, faster than gold, stocks and bonds!2). Try searching online for sets that will be retired soon. If you’re a big fan of LEGO, you can even buy two sets – one to build, one to invest.

What are your favorite toys and games from the 1990s? Have you kept toys from the list above for safe keeping? Let us know!

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