5 Rare Toys Worth More Than An Average Car

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Can you remember the toys you played with as a child? Perhaps you had a Barbie Doll or an Action Man, or maybe you owned a collection of Star Wars figures or the entire set of Pokemon trading cards.

But did you know that if you had kept some of them in mint condition, you could have sold them for thousands of pounds today?

Here we take a look at those toys worth more than the average price of a car in the UK – around £27,000.
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Princess Diana Beanie Baby Bear - £120,000

Toy manufacturer Ty introduced Princess in 1997 in honour of Princess Diana, with all profits going to the Princess Diana of Wales Memorial Foundation. First editions of the royal purple bear carry a lot of weight among collectors.

It features a white rose with green stem embroidered on its chest, as well as a purple ribbon around its neck.

Several editions have been produced since Princess first launched. Those filled with PVC pellets (Polyvinylchloride) as opposed to PE pellets (Polyethylene) are widely considered to be the rarest and most valuable.
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Pokemon Pikachu Illustrator Card - £95,000

The Pokemon Trading Card Game, launched in Japan back in 1996, was based on the extremely popular Pokemon video game series. It soon swept the nation, with children trading cards on playgrounds across the country.

Four years later, kids in the UK were jumping on the bandwagon – and the rest, as they say, is history. Now the cards are worth big bucks, with collectors paying extortionate amounts to get their hands on them.

The Pikachu Illustrator card, which features a double star rarity, is one of the rarest Pokemon cards ever produced. Only six of them were made and they were awarded as prizes for the 1997 Japanese Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest.
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Matchbox Vehicles Collection - £50,000

British manufacturing company Lesney Products & Co. Ltd is the brand behind the famous Matchbox toys.

The die-cast vehicles, including everything from cars to vans and trucks to buses, are much sough-after in the world of collectables. Thousands of different models have been produced since the first one rolled of the production line in 1948.

Some of the oldest – and rarest – can attract serious money, especially if still in their original packaging.
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Batman Comic - £28,000

Comic books are big business – and they don’t come much bigger than Batman.
The Caped Crusader first appeared in a series called Detective Comics, published by DC Comics, in 1939. Then, in the spring of 1940, he featured in his own self-titled comic book series due to popular demand.

It was initially launched as a quarterly publication but later became a bimonthly series through the late 1950s. The very first edition – Batman #1 – is considered one of the rarest comics to ever be released.
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Star Wars Figures - £27,500

The Star Wars franchise is one of the most lucrative in the world. Fans fork out large sums of their hard-earned cash on all sorts of merchandise – and the Star Wars figures have soared in value over the years.

You can expect to pay thousands of pounds for a single figure. The Vintage Collection – produced by Hasbro and released under their ‘Kenner’ brand – started in the summer of 2010 and continued with new releases throughout 2012.

The toys come in product packaging that is pretty much identical to that of the original Kenner toy series marketed between 1978 and 1984.
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