What’s the most expensive toy you can think of (and where not talking about things like these 25 most expensive yachts ever built). Is it a computer game? How about a game console? Maybe a special collector’s item of some sort? In today’s age, toys come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and sometimes the price tags on these recreational items can be quite alarming. Take a PlayStation 4 for example. This popular game console will cost you around 400 dollars, and lets not even talk about the games. Though this price tag may indeed be a bit alarming, it’s nothing compared to the price tag the toys on our list carry. From a toy soldier worth $200,000 to a dollhouse worth $8.5 million (that’s right, millions), here are 25 Most Expensive Toys You Won’t Believe Are Real.
Crystals-studded Etch-a-Sketch, price: $1,500
Do you remember playing with an Etch-a-Sketch? When introduced back in 1960, these mechanical drawing toys were sold for $3 each. In 2003, FAO Schwarz came up with a special limited edition Etch-a-Sketch, studded with 14,400 hand-set red Swarovski crystals. Twelve of these limited editions were made and each was sold for $1,500.
Ride-on Plush Giraffe, price: $1,879
Available at petittresor.com, the standing ride-on giraffe can support up to 150 pounds (68 kg). Originally created for exclusive European collectors, each plush animal is meticulously handcrafted from portraits of real animals and comes with a ”Toys that Teach” tag describing in detail their habitat, lifestyle, care of their young and eating habits.
1978 Telescopic Light Saber Darth Vader, price: $6,000
Originally sold for just $2.49, the first set of these 1978 Star Wars figures were discontinued because the light saber extended and this was found to be an undesirable trait. As only a few hundred pieces of this Kenner version of Darth Vader were actually manufactured, the figure is now worth up to $6,000.
No. 30 Crane Matchbox Car, price: $13,000
When Matchbox cars were introduced, they were usually sold for less than 1 dollar. However, in 2004, a renowned Matchbox collector by the name of Jim Gallegos (who already owned over 150,000 die-cast miniatures valued at over $1.4 million), reportedly purchased a brown No. 30 crane for an incredible $13,000.
Toy Sewing Machine, price: $13,600
Although this bizarre toy sewing machine was not made from precious materials like many other toys featured in this list, it became the most expensive item of its kind in April 1996 when an English industrial sewing-machine dealer bought it for $13,600 in an auction in London.
Babe Ruth Figure, price: $13,600
In 2009, a figure of New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth was sold in an eBay auction for a staggering $13,600. Made by master figure creator and avid baseball fan Todd MacFarlane, this particular version of the toy was unique due to the color of Babe’s hat (blue instead of black). In fact, MacFarlane only produced 5 copies of this particular version, two of which ended up in his personal collection while the other three were mixed into distribution.
Life-sized NBA Figure, price: $15,000
In 2003, NBA offered their fans the opportunity to buy life-sized Lego figures of their favorite players. The fans could choose from a variety of famous players including Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Chris Webber and Allan Houston. Each of these figures were worth $15,000.
Levitating Hover Scooter, price: $15,000
Hammacher Schlemmer, the oldest catalogue company in the US, offered what looked like every boy´s dream toy. Described as a miniature flying saucer with handlebars, the Levitating Hover Scooter moved its rider on a cushion of air. Capable of speeds up to 15 mph (24km/h), the Hover Scooter could have been yours for $15,000 dollars.
Gold Nintendo Gameboy, price: $25,000
The limited edition of Nintendo Gameboy, the world´s most popular handheld toy, was created by British jewelers Asprey of London in 2006. Made from 18-karat gold and diamonds, this Gameboy can be yours for mere 25,000 dollars.
PEZ Dispenser, price: $32,205
As PEZ dispensers are popular collection items, it is not surprising collectors are willing to pay seemingly excessive money to get some of the rarest pieces. But the 1982 World’s Fair Astronaut B PEZ Dispenser exceeded everyone´s expectations. Believed to have been a prototype to The World’s Fair board, this particular dispenser fetched over 32,000 dollars in an auction.
Whac-a-mole Game, price: $35,000
Another fancy toy by the Hammacher Schlemmer, this Whac-a-mole gaming machine was highly customized, offering remote-controlled doors and shelves for your favorite liqueurs. Weighing 286 pounds (130 kg), the machine is equipped with built-in speakers that provide authentic sound effects.
Pink Rear-Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb, price: $72,000
This specific Hot Wheels car was discontinued because it wouldn’t work on the Mattel-made race tracks. The odd design of the toy, having a surfboard hanging from the back, made it especially desirable for collectors. So far, only two pink copies of this particular model have been found and the owner of one of them is believed to have paid $72,000 for it.
Platinum Pacifier, price: $85,000
Jeweler Matt Case crafted this pacifier worth $85,000 for bespoke jewelers Russell & Case in February 2013. Created specifically for the UK Baby and Toddler Show at the BT Convention center, the pacifier is made of pure platinum and weighs 250 grams (9 oz).
Lionel 3360 Burro Crane, price: $85,000
This Lionel 3360 Burro Crane may look humble and unassuming, but it’s actually a prototype for many model cranes released in the 1950s. Kept in perfect condition, it fetched exactly $85,062.25 in an online auction, making it one of the most expensive toy items ever sold on eBay.
Porsche 917 Le Mans Raceway, price: $125,000
Fans of slot car racing would be excited to find this full-sized Porsche 917 replica hides a 1:32-scale wooden slot car track in it. The car track is a reproduction of the world’s oldest active sports raceway, the iconic Le Mans track in France. If you have a spare 125,000 dollars, this thing can be yours.
Hot Wheels Diamond Car, price: $140,000
On the occasion of their 40th anniversary in 2008, Mattel´s Hot Wheels created a special diamond-encrusted car worth $140,000. One of the world´s most expensive toy cars ever created, this model was made from 18-karat white gold and covered with over 2,700 jewels.
Pokemon Pikachu Illustrator Card, price: $150,000
The Pokemon trading card game was first introduced by Wizards of the Coast in North America in January 1999. Considered to be one of the rarest cards ever produced, the Pikachu Illustrator card features a rare double star. Only six of these cards were ever made, making it one of the rarest collection items ever.
Toy Soldier, price: $200,000
Handcrafted by Don Levine in 1963, the G. I. Joe prototype figure became the world´s most expensive toy soldier 40 years later when it was sold in an auction for staggering 200,000 dollars. Made on the author´s ping pong table, the figure wears a hand-stitched Sargeant’s uniform and an apparently battle-weary expression.
Stefano Canturi Barbie, price: $302,500
To raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Mattel tapped Australian jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to create a special edition Barbie. After six months of hard work, he came up with a doll wearing a diamond necklace worth $300,000 alone. In 2010, the Barbie was purchased for $302,500.
Kuratas Wearable Robot Suit, price: $1 million
Designed by Japan-based Suidobashi Heavy Industry, the gigantic robot suit known as Kuratas will enable you to experience what it feels like to be a real life Transformer. Weighing 5-tons and measuring 12.5 feet (3.8m) tall, the price tag for this tech is 1 million dollars.
Golden Monopoly, price: $2 million
The world’s most expensive version of the Monopoly board game is estimated to be worth roughly $2 million. The 18-karat gold and jewel-encrusted Monopoly was crafted by San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell in 1988. It took him one year to finish this masterpiece.
Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear, price: $2.1 million
Created by Steiff, a teddy bear designer, and Louis Vuitton, a luxury French fashion house, the Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear boasts the title of the most expensive teddy bear in the world. Sold at an auction in Monaco in 2000, the toy was bought by Jessie Kim from Korea for a hefty price of $2,100,000.
Lamborghini Aventador Model Car – $4.6 million
One of the most luxurious and desired sport cars, Lamborghini Aventador costs around $400,000. As unbelievable as it sounds, a German engineer named Robert Gulpen created a model version called Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 that was worth $4.8 million. Yes, the miniature version was more than 10-times more expensive than the actual car. Why? Because it was made of platinum, carbon fiber, gold and diamonds.
Alnwick Garden Treehouse, price: $6 million
Every kid loves playing in a tree house and usually, it only takes a few boards and a skilful parent to build one. However, if you don’t want to waste your time and if you have 6 million dollars lying around somewhere, you can buy the Alnwick Garden Treehouse. Made by Treehouse Co for the Duke and Duchess of Scotland, the house extends over a massive 6,000 square feet (560 sq m) area.
Astolat Dollhouse Castle, price: $8.5 million
The world’s most expensive dollhouse crafted over 13 years by carpenters, goldsmiths, silversmiths, glassblowers and other craftsmen is probably worth more than all the real houses in your street combined. The price of this 29-room dollhouse was estimated at a staggering 8.5 million dollars.