Lego sets are a treasure in any kid’s toy chest. The pricey playthings come with a million tiny pieces that inevitably get scattered across the floor, where they soon turn into a real hazard for hapless parents rushing here and there. First a shriek, then a curse, you’d hear about it.
But we aren’t talking about the generic packages. Think of the more elaborate sets. Perhaps it would ease their pain to know that a 5922-piece Taj Mahal now goes for $1,422. Another thing you might like to know is that a to-scale Eifel Tower (1:300) from 2007 will bring in about $1,455. Rare Legos are priceless!
Mattel introduced the beloved die-cast cars in 1968 and kids have been collecting them ever since. There’s a famous hot pink VW bus with surfboards hanging out the back worth $150,000. There are several others priced at jaw-dropping digits, but don’t dig out your Hot Wheels collection just yet.
Almost all Hot Wheels are worth nothing more than a buck or two. The VW bus is valuable because it came from the original 1969 lot, and it was a misfit. Mattel slammed the breaks on production after it crashed and burned on the trademark yellow Hot Wheels track. That made it rare.
Polly Pocket toys are a gem of the 90s. The adorable little dolls came with their very own place to hang out and millions of teeny, tiny accessories that were almost too easy to lose. The internet says Polly Pocket sets are worth a lot of money.
Full sets of Polly Pocket in mint condition are rare, indeed. Most sets have been frequently and adoringly handled. Seriously, who has a set without a single shoe missing? But valuable Polly Pocket sets aren’t from Mattel. They’re from the original British toy line, Bluebird Toys. In 1983, Bluebird produced Polly Pocket worlds until Mattel acquired it.
When cassette tapes replaced those old 8-tracks, a fatter tape that played only eight songs, listening to music was revolutionized. A complete album would fit on a single cassette tape and the sound improved significantly. We could easily play those cassettes over and over, it even flipped to the other side, automatically.
Soon enough, though, it became clear. One wrong move and your brand new U2 album would be a tangled mess of twisted tape. Trash. So how could those things be worth anything today? They’re not. An entire boxful of cassette tapes can be had for less than five bucks.
What in the heck are Pogs? Stories about Pogs were circulating around the web saying that the cardboard disks were selling on eBay. Sets of hundreds and even thousands of the game pieces were changing hands. Pogs are a 90s game craze.
The little round disks were distributed on beverage lids. Kids found them on Passion Orange Guava juice, a Hawaiian brand, hence the acronym. The craze went wild. Kids collected Pogs from millions of beverage bottles. Though Pogs were all the rage, collectors hanging onto these collections are harboring a pile of junk. They sell for about twenty cents.