Toys are a large part of childhood. We create our earliest memories with them, and they become nostalgic as we age and when we have kids of our own. Toys now are different than the ones we played with as kids. They’re way cooler in a sense now. Still, there is something special about the older toys – specifically the ones from the ’90s when we were growing up like Beanie Babies, Nintendo 64, and original Furbies – that people flock to. Even decades later, people are spending loads of money on getting their hands on an original, and one classic N64 game is worth a whole lot of cash. Here’s what we know.
The Toy Zone wanted to find out the ’90s toys that are worth a lot of money now. Data was collected in March 2021 by looking up toys and prices on Mavin and took note of the toy, the price it sold for, the year it was released, and came up with a detailed list. For this purpose, they excluded any toys sold as part of a set, and up to 10 most expensive toys were included for each toy line. The final list included 343 toys released in the 1990s. One video game took home the prize for the priciest: Goldeneye 007 for Nintendo 64.
According to the data collected, a copy of Goldeneye 007 for N64, first released in 1997, sold in 2020 for $14,999. “If you somehow resisted unpackaging the cartridge it took you half a year to save for in 1993, now could be the time to act,” the site reports. “The biggest sale on Mavin was for Goldeneye 007 for Nintendo 64. It sold in the fall of 2020 for a dollar under $15k.”
Goldeneye 007 was the only toy in the top 10 priciest ’90s toys that wasn’t a Beanie Baby and by far the video game that is worth the most. The second priciest N64 game was the 1999 N64 version of Super Smash Bros, which sold for $ 9,976, and Yoshi’s Story, released in 1998, sold for $5,500.
Overall, the Beanie Babies line is where most of the money can be found in old toys we used to play with. Some people spend money on the old-school Furbies and American Girl dolls, too.
So, if you have an old copy of Goldeneye 007 for N64, maybe hold on to it for a little longer. We have a feeling its worth is only going to rise – if you can resist the urge to play it.