23Apr

Money Savvy

40 Years Of Iconic Toys And What They’re Worth Now

Your parents probably told you more than once to ‘keep hold of that toy, it’ll be worth something in the future’. Whether you’ve got an attic full of toy boxes or don’t have any childhood trinkets left, no one can put a price on the hours of fun they gave us. Here’s a look at the most popular toys from the past 40 years and what they’re worth now. If you’re lucky, you might even have some of them!

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40 Years Of Iconic Toys And What They’re Worth Now [Transcript]

From board games to robotic pets, our childhood toys have left a lasting impression. But is their value more than sentimental? Your favourite toys could fetch you a petty penny…

1970s

Stretch Armstrong (Kenner, 1976)*

Price Then: £8.37

Value Now: £1,619

Toy Name (Year Released) Price Then Value Now
Mastermind (1971) £1.64 £9.99
Uno (1972) £1.01 £7.20
Shrinky Dinks (1973) £0.40 £10
Dungeons & Dragons (1974) £3.69 £54*
Mr Potato Head (1976) £1.43* £36
Stretch Armstrong (1976) £8.37* £1,619
Star Wars Figures (1977) £7.21 £79.99
Hungry Hippos (1978) £3.94 £70
Strawberry Shortcake (1979) £4.75 £15

 

1980s

Optimus Prime (Takara, 1984)

Price Then: £15

Value Now: £250

Toy Name (Year Released) Price Then Value Now
The Rubiks Cube (1980) £1 £50
Lego Train Set (1981) £40 £140
BMX Bike (1982) £45 £275
Cabbage Patch Kids (1983) £15 £75
Optimus Prime (1984) £16 £250
Care Bears (1985) £10 £61.94
Laser Tag (1986) £50 £70
Sylvanian Families (1987) £6.97 £66.50
Ghostbusters Proton Pack (1988) £19.87 £140
Gameboy (1989) £50 £119.99

 

1990s

Tamagotchi (Bandai, 1997)

Price Then: £11

Value Now: £2,987

Toy Name (Year Released) Price Then Value Now
TMNT Action Figures (1990) £1 £165
Sega Game Gear (1991) £99 £71
WWF Action Figures (1992) £4.99 £49.99
Talkboy (1993) £19.99 £39.99
Power Rangers (1994) £4.99 £12
POGs (1995) £2.99 £9.99
Tickle Me Elmo (1996) £19.99 £140
Tamagotchi (1997) £11 £2,900
Furby (1998) £14.99 £14.99
Pokémon (1999) £19.99 £9.99

 

2000s

Beyblades (Hasbro, 2002)

Price Then: £5.99

Value Now: £130

Toy Name (Year Released) Price Then Value Now
Teksta (2000) £38.74 £15
Bratz (2001) £24.99 £18
Beyblades (2002) £5.99 £130
Robosapiens (2003) £80 £25.99
Nintendo DS (2004) £75 £30
XBOX 306 (2005) £280 £40
Playstation 3 (2006) £199 £79.99
iPod Touch (2007) £200 £24
Nintendo Wii (2008) £180 £32.99
Go Go Pets (2009) £9.99 £11.99
iPad (2010) £429 £69.99

 

Some old toys are worth more now than others, but the memories you have are priceless. Now, where did that Beyblade go…

*All prices marked with a * are prices based on conversion from dollars to pounds according to the conversion rates of 12/03/2018.

** All ‘Value Now’ prices as of March 2018 are based on the mint condition and boxed version of the item, where available.

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