11 Toys Worth More Than My Car

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I drive a 2000 Hyundai Elantra with its factory original tape deck. It's in "fair" shape -- low miles but a lotta dents. MSRP for this thing was about $12,000, and Blue Book value is now around $3,500. Let's take a look at some literal children's toys that cost more than my car would sell for today. (For "Hyundai Values" listed below, I'm assuming that $3,500 figure -- though lots of these toys would have beaten my car even when it was new!)

1. A Marble with Teddy Roosevelt's Likeness - $4,500

Value: 1.3 Hyundais

Yes, a single marble is worth more than my car. This sulphide marble, made in 1900, has a porcelain head of Roosevelt inside it. According to Yahoo!, this tiny sphere sold in 2011 for $4,500 -- it's one of three in the world.

2. Canturi Barbie - $302,500

Value: 86 Hyundais

Bling BarbieJewelry designer Stefano Canturi created this Barbie doll featuring a pink diamond necklace. It sold for $302,500 at Christie's in New York. But this item wasn't just about the bling -- the proceeds were donated to breast cancer research. Here's a video showing how the doll's jewelry and outfit were put together:

3. Star Wars Ewok Combat Playpack - $5,998.98

Value: 1.7 Hyundais

Ewok Playpack

This toy set sold for about $17 in 1984, and it included everything you needed to stage a climactic battle between Storm Troopers and Ewoks. They weren't especially rare -- but kids actually played with most of them, making unopened sets surprisingly scarce. According to a collector, an unopened set sold for nearly six thousand bucks on eBay. This kinda makes me think twice about those guys with collections of unopened action figures -- maybe that's a sound investment after all.

4. Original G.I. Joe Doll Action Figure - $200,000

Value: 57 Hyundais

G.I. Joe Prototype

This prototype G.I. Joe "Toy Soldier" made in 1963 sold on eBay for $200,000 in 2003. It's the original article upon which later G.I. Joe models were based, and it has 21 movable parts -- so you can pose him very carefully in lots of positions, while your brain screams: "This doll is too expensive to play with!"

5. De Beers Barbie - $85,000

Value: 24 Hyundais

De Beers Barbie

In 1999, a commemorative De Beers Barbie was created to celebrate Barbie's 40th anniversary. It featured 160 diamonds on her gown. The price? $85,000. For a scantily-clad Barbie.

6. Steiff Limited Edition "Diamond Eyes Bear" - $193,000

Value: 55 Hyundais

Steiff Bear

Steiff makes teddy bears, and there are many Steiff bears that don't cost too much. But the company made a 125th anniversary bear featuring eyes made of sapphires and diamonds (with gold rims), gold-thread "fur," and a 24 karat gold medallion. I wonder if that medallion is a choking hazard.

Note: sources disagree on the final price for this bear; some say it's as low as $80k. I went ahead and picked a nice high one.

7. Urban Material Ch?gokin Statue - $20,000

Value: 5.7 Hyundais

Mazinger Z Statue

Spotted by io9 at ComicCon in 2009, this statue is made of titanium and carbon fiber. It stands about two feet high, and represents a character from the Mazinger Z manga series. (In the series, "Ch?gokin" is a fictional super-metal used to build a gigantic robot. Titanium is close enough for me.)

8. "El Retorno Del Jedi™" Spanish Luke Skywalker Figure - $5,100 (Including Shipping)

Value: 1.5 Hyundais

Luke Skywalker en Espanol

An eBay auction finished on June 14 for what is apparently "the rarest Star Wars figure in existence." It's sealed in its container, and includes his Jedi Knight™ Outfit (sorry, Vestimenta Caballero Jedi™) -- which looks to me a lot like a burlap sack.

9. "Astronaut B" PEZ Dispenser - $32,205

Value: 9 Hyundais

Astronaut B PEZ Dispenser

If you're a PEZ Dispenser collector, the "Astronaut B" model is your holy grail -- created for the 1982 World's Fair, this prototype with a green stem and white astronaut helmet was never produced as a mass-market toy. Only two prototypes are known to exist. One of them sold at auction for more than thirty thousand smackaroos. No word on whether a package of PEZ candy was included.

10. G.I. Joe "Manimals Vortex MOC C-7" - $20,100

Value: 5.7 Hyundais

G.I. Joe Manimals

Hasbro canceled its line of "Manimals" G.I. Joe figures before they made it to store shelves in the 1990s. The figures had Transformer-like abilities, and a variety of models were produced -- they just never made it to market. Collectors estimate that this "Vortex MOC C-7" that sold on eBay for more than $20,000 is one of only two unopened figures in the world.

11. NES Legend of Zelda Prototype Cartridge - $55,000

Value: 16 Hyundais

Zelda Prototype Cart

Rare video games have been setting price records for years. Earlier this month, all previous records were shattered when a prototype Zelda cartridge sold for $55,000. The seller had been shooting for $150k (the "Buy it Now" price), but settled for this record-breaking bargain price instead. The cartridge still works, and can still save games.

You can watch the video below for a bit more on the prototype, or read obsessive details about an earlier prototype.

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