After years of playtime and love from an owner, childhood toys can often be tossed aside – thrown into dusty attics or messy garages.
However if, for some reason, you have kept hold of your old toys from years gone by, than you might be in luck.
In some instances, once-loved gadgets and games from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s can be sold for thousands of pounds on resale websites.
Hot Wheels cars from the 1970s are being sold for £29,000, while some Tamagotchi sets are on sale for a whopping £50,000.
FEMAIL picked out its retro favourites from over the years and calculated how much you could make from flogging them online.
Hot Wheels – up to £29,000
If you were to sell your 1970s collection of Hot Wheels cars (above), you could be looking at pocketing a small fortune
American model cars Hot Wheels took the toy industry by storm during the 1970s.
Designed to be used with track sets and playsets, children fortunate enough to own models such as the Grand Prix and the Heavyweights were able to race and play with their cars in multiple different settings.
And if you were to sell your 1970s collection of Hot Wheels cars, you could be looking at pocketing a small fortune.
The 1971 Hot Wheels Redline OLDS 402 Hot Pink or Salmon car is currently up for sale on the site for over £8,000.
In 2022, the 1971 Magenta Sugar Caddy was valued at £1,053, and the 1971 Porsche 911 Momo 277 Urban Outlaw, at £1,620.
And if you’ve got a car which appears to have been packaged incorrectly, you could be in for an even bigger windfall.
The Hot Wheels 37 Bugatti Blue Card with Wrong vehicle is currently for sale for £29,000.
Fisher-Price Little People – up to £2,000
If you’re having a clear-out and considering selling your Little People, you might like to know that vintage sets are going for hundreds of pounds
The iconic Fisher Price Little, with round heads and big eyes, remained extremely popular throughout the ’70s.
The plastic play figures and playsets were well-liked amongst children, because they allowed for imaginative and creative play that could last for hours.
Looking at recent orders on eBay, you could cash in on a Little People figurine for £2,000.
Cabbage Patch Kids – up to £25,365
Toy company Coleco introduced Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983, with each one featuring a round head, chubby cheeks and recognisable hairstyle
Toy company Coleco introduced a line of dolls in 1983, with each one featuring a round head, chubby cheeks and recognisable hairstyle.
Cabbage Patch Kids were unique as they were made to look like real babies.
And the fact they came with adoption papers and birth certificates offered a sense of realism to the children who played with them.
If you’re still lucky to own a set, then you’re in luck.
The 1978/1982, hand signed by Cabbage Patch creator Xavier Roberts, is currently listed on the site for £25,365.
Meanwhile other rare dolls, including the 1983 rare triang-pedigree vintage doll, are for sale for up to £4,570.
But it’s not just the rarest dolls which fetch the biggest prices. Teresa Ann, a 1985 Cabbage Patch Doll, recently sold for £1,600 on eBay, while another buyer paid £655 for a 1986 Anna Greta.
My Little Pony – up to £1,200
In 1982, Hasbro released a line of small, colourful, plastic ponies which came along with brushes and combs
In 1982, Hasbro released a line of small, colourful, plastic ponies which came along with brushes and combs.
Whether you had the Earth Ponies, the Pegasus Ponies, or the Unicorn Ponies, you were guaranteed endless fun, acting out different scenarios and stories, as well as grooming and accessorising to your heart’s content.
If you’re the owner of an original collection, you could be sitting on hundreds of pounds.
In fact, the rare Baby Minty Pony can pick up around £420 on the resale market, and the Rapunzel My Little Pony, which is even more scarce, can sell for £1,200 on eBay.
Perhaps it’s time to get up into the loft and retrieve those beloved plastic-hoofed mammals?
Tamagotchi – up to £50,500
Japanese company Bandi allowed us to pop our small, egg-shaped devices in our backpacks and pockets to carry around
In the 1990s, Tamagochis took the toy market by storm, appealing to a wide range of ages.
Created by Japanese company Bandi, these small, plastic egg-shaped devices allowed users to have a digital ‘pet’ – that required round-the-clock care and attention.
Luckily the portable device was small enough to pop into backpacks and pockets, and be carried around.
If you happen to have an original English Tamagotchi, you could sell it for up to a whopping £3,500.
And if your parents passed down a Tamagotchi Original White Lotte on your 10th birthday, you could sell that one for £50,500 – a sizeable house deposit.
Power Rangers – up to £3,400
Popular TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers gave ’90s kids a line of action figures, playsets, and other merchandise
Popular TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers gave ’90s kids a line of action figures, playsets, and other merchandise.
High in quality, and boasting lots of detail and vibrant colours, it’s not hard to see why every kid wanted to get their hands on the figures.
If you own the Power Rangers Light Sentai Maskman DX Superalloy Great Five Popy Chogokin Bandai than you are in luck.
eBay listings show the toys are being sold for up to £3,400 on the resale website.
However other versions of the dolls fetch a slightly lower bracket – with Power Rangers toys selling for between £1-£100.
Selling old toys
If you want to get the house in order before spring and happen to come across some of your old toys packed away, selling them could certainly be an option.
The prices discussed in this article serve only as a rough guide, and you’re encouraged to explore other avenues to find out how much your old toys are really worth.
Ways you can do this include online marketplaces, online toy price guides, and local toy stores and toy collectors.
Alternatively, keep hold of each one and pass them down the generations as a wonderful keepsake – they certainly don’t make toys that are so unique anymore!