10 Toys Worth More Than a Dream Holiday

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Is a rare toy worth using your dream holiday fund on?
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If anyone had a spare £10,000 or so to spend they could book a dream holiday or honeymoon. Perhaps fullfil the urge to splurge on a new vehicle or property, but for some the pull of a collectible is too much to resist. Global toy sales are worth in excess of £50 billion, making games and toys a megabucks market.
 

Play isn’t the point for toy collectors. Mint boxed toys or games with original tags, certificates or even signed editions bring huge sums. Untouched or sealed gems increase in value, sometimes by thousands of pounds. Get your head around rare toy investments with our list of 15 valuable playthings.
Invest in a bear for the 'people's princess'
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10. Princess Diana Beanie Baby

Worth: £19,100 
Nobody can deny the pull of the ‘people’s princess’. Princess Diana’s tragic death in August 1997 led Beanie Babies maker Ty Inc to create its own bear in October with proceeds going to the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Only 12 were created initially, but strong demand led a run-on. First editions with tags – such as Diana – could be worth their weight in gold.

Mel Birnkrant's creations now go for out of this world prices
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9. Outer Space Men

Worth: £12,700 
Mel Birnkrant’s Outer Space Men are a set of seven bendy action figures produced in 1968 for the Colorforms Company. Each colourful character represents an extraterrestrial from a planet in the solar system.

In mint condition ‘on card’ is a collector’s dream carrying a large price tag. Birnkrant says his original inspiration for the figures came from a Paris flea market and objects he discovered while rooting around for hidden treasures. 

This foldaway railway is perfect for any train enthusiast
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This foldaway railway is perfect for any train enthusiast

8. Foldaway Railway

Worth: £14,500
Train enthusiasts are a die-hard breed and the fascination with rail engineering projects often finds its resolution in scale models. This time-capsule foldaway railway is the perfect fit for a train fanatic. 

One of four tracks produced in an initial production run with a customised case and feature enough detail for ardent fans, as well as including laptop programmable features. 


Plastic figurines continue to hold their value
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7. Star Wars Vintage Figures

Worth: £27,799
Almost needs no introduction. George Lucas was canny enough to realise that merchandise would make children’s and adults’ interest in Star Wars run and run.

Collectors the world over clamour for these plastic figurines. It may be a line based on the original Kenner toys from 1978 to 1984, but this vintage collection (produced 2010-2012) spans all films to date and includes characters from deleted scenes. Hail to the Jedi.


Forget the cruise, buy this vintage boat
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6. Antique Steamliner

Worth: £14,950
Relive the glories of steam-driven power with this painted tin Steamliner. Tin-smiths such as Theodor Marklin and Rock and Graner produced some of the finest tin toys of the 19th century, including this R&G screw propeller ship.

One Marklin toy boat broke US auction records in 2012, when it sold for $264,500 (around £170,000). 

Boost your car collection, for just under £20,000
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5. Mint Car Collection

Worth: £19,999.99
Recognised toy car brands such as Matchbox, Dinky or Hotwheels are hot property in the right condition. Add to that mail order companies such as Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint, which concentrate on the collector market, and toy cars make an attractive investment.

Founded in 1964, Franklin Mint specialises in diecast vehicles but also makes coins, jewellery and dolls. Individual toys can be expensive but collections are the real deal.

Themed LEGO sets quickly increase in value
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4. LEGO Sets

Worth: £14,000
Origins for LEGO stem back to Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter whose decision to switch to making construction kits for children in 1932 paid handsome dividends.

This incredible collection of Lego sets boasts themed bricks including Sponge Bob, The Hobbit and Super Heroes, 661 in all. Individually themed rare sets are where the smart money is. 

This bear features silk, gold, sapphires and diamonds
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3. Steiff Teddy Bear

Worth: £32,800
Steiff might make the best teddy bears in the business. Among the first to cash in on the popularity of US president Theodor Roosevelt – hence the name Teddy for the bear – Steiff has been making quality stuffed animals since the late 19th century.

Bling animals such as this are among the limited editions to look out for. This one is exceptional, made using silk mohair and gold fibres, sapphires and flawless diamonds.

You can really nerd out with this collection
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2. Ultimate Video Games

Worth: £35,000
Rare editions of certain games or limited run consoles are money in the bank, if kept in mint condition. Bust the bank for a serious collection. Sega, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, Xbox and Playstation feature in the role-call here. Seriously, this much gaming may require a thumb transplant.

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1. Addams Family Gold

Worth: £6,956
Bally pinball machines are the ones to watch for, packed with features. This limited edition gold Addams Family machine made in 1994 is one of only 1,000 ever made. An out and out winner if ever there was one, a beautiful marriage of electronics, engineering and sheer performance, if you opt to play rather than save it for a rainy day. 

Five little extras

Can't get enough? Then here are five more rare toys to give up your holiday for: 


Use the force and buy your very own Millenium Falcon
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LEGO Millennium Falcon

Worth: £4,043
LEGO’s Millennium Falcon set is bankable like most Star Wars merchandise. Even newer sets, such as the sand crawler, retail at prices in excess of £100. Can you resist the power of the force?


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Hot Wheels Schumacher

Worth: £6,382 
This toy is one of 999 produced. It consists of Ferrari’s black F50 car, immortalised with the signature of Michael Schumacher. Double bubble. 

Step back into the 70s with this vintage game
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Pong Electrotennis

Worth: £6,050 
Japan’s early video game entry came from this Epoch Electrotennis game – similar to Pong. Made in 1975, it is unique because it is wireless, running on a battery and sending a signal to the TV via a separate antenna.


Has a pedal car ever looked this classy?
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Austin Pedal Car

Worth: £4,999
Has a pedal car ever looked this classy? Probably not. This is a 1949 Austin Pathfinder original finished in white and ready for racing at Goodwood.
These collectable cards are anything but garbage
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Garbage Pail Kids Cards

Worth: £4,595 
Cabbage Patch Kids dolls had their own parody version released in 1985, the Garbage Pail Kids. These sealed trading cards feature GPKs that may include Nasty Nick, Junkfood John and the poster boy Adam Bomb.

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