If you were a child in the 90s, you likely played with Pokémon cards and Tamagotchi growing up. It’s also likely that you wandered that aisles of Toys R’ Us on a Saturday, looking in wonder at all those toys. There’s a chance that the toys you loved so much back then can now fetch a small fortune!
It’s funny how the area outside MRT stations seem to attract Pokémon enthusiasts. Back then, it was teens sitting in a circle duking it out using Pokémon cards. Now it’s more likely to be a handful of retirees playing Pokémon Go. Whether you merely collected the cards or actually played the card game yourself, you would have seen them around. Back then, they were so popular you could even get them at 7/11!
Want to sell your old collection and put it in your BTO fund?
If you have a Charizard foil card, it can net you thousands, although this one seller is listing it for on Carousell for no less than $37, 000.
Back when our pencil cases were all humungous, some girls from more well-to-do families may have proudly displayed their Polly Pocket pencil case on their table. They may have also had a collection of the tiny clamshell dollhouses at home, featuring dolls less than inch in height and bright funky colours.
If you have any Polly Pocket toys still safely stored in its wrapper, they could net you a pretty penny. For example, take a look at this Enchanted Storybook set in mint condition that’s going for $1,500 on Carousell.
Marketed to boys instead of girls, Mighty Max featured the same dollhouse theme but instead of houses it was dungeons and lairs. Monsters and Mighty Max himself took the place of regular dolls.
Like Polly Pocket, Mighty Max also had its own animated TV series.
Unfortunately, Mighty Max never quite reached the popularity of Polly Pocket. But if you have any lying around, you can still sell it for a few hundreds. Look at this brand new Mighty Max Dragon Island toy on Carousell for instance, which is going for $400.
In the year 2000, a disaster the likes of which McDonald’s Singapore could’ve never predicted unfolded. After announcing that a pair of Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel collectibles would be available along with any purchase of an Extra Value Meal, crowds of Singaporeans swarmed McDonald’s outlets all over the island and emptied it of plushies depicting a pair of mouthless felines. According to this National Library Board site, the glass doors at a Boon Keng McDonald’s outlet shattered as the weight of the crowd came to bear on it.
If your aunt and uncle have their whole set saved up to pass on their children, they may be disappointed with its value today.
For just $300, you can get the whole set on Carousell. Not really a great investment, in my opinion.
Kids love plushies and in the 90s, the hottest plushies were Beanie Babies. The initial line-up of Beanie Babies featured 9 designs, including a lobster named Pinchers and a platypus named Patti. The toys were produced by Ty Inc and their soaring popularity meant that the founder of company, Ty Warner, soon became so rich that he was able to buy The Four Seasons Hotel New York.
Today, a stay at the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite would set you back approximately $50, 000 USD per or $66, 865.50 in Singapore dollars.
If you have a first generation Beanie Baby lying around, they can fetch up to $239.99 on eBay.
In the 90s, there were two types of kids. One that let their Tamagotchi screen fill up with virtual poop and the other who religiously rids the screen of poop as soon as it appears. Though it is an iconic toy of the 90s, the Tamagotchi’s moment is far from over.
For instance, Tamagotchi partnered with Demon Slayer to release a line of Demon Slayer Tamagotchis. You can get one for just $34 on Lazada.
Long before the advent of LAN cafes and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, kids doused each other with water guns. The kids who had Hasbro’s Super Soakers had all the advantage. The neon-coloured toys had superior water reserves, power and range.
The Super Soaker 50, which was released in 1991 became a best-seller, eventually earning the Super Soaker a place in the Toy Hall of Fame in 2015. If you happen to have a whole set of vintage Super Soaker 50s lying around in your home, you can offload it to a collector on eBay for $2250 or more.
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