Are there valuable rare toys in your attic?

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Could this little car make you big bucks?
"Star Wars figures, in particular, are a goldmine, as the recent sale of a 35-year-old Empire Strikes Back model of Boba Fett for £18,000, shows. This beauty originally cost £1.50, so that's some mark up"
  • | by Dan Moore

What Christmas presents from the past are worth are a pretty penny today? 

Most family homes have a hoard of old toys consigned to a big dusty box up in the attic.

But did you know that some of these toys are worth a fortune?

Let's take a look at a selection of the most noteworthy playthings which are now worth a packet…

The name's Bond

Image of a Corgi toy Aston Martin DB5

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In the mid-1960s it seemed Britannia ruled the world, let alone the waves.

Beatlemania had wiped the floor with Elvis, England won the football World Cup, while James Bond managed to trump From Russia with Love with Goldfinger and, in the process, introduced to the mainstream a car to die for – the Aston Martin DB5.

When it came to cool cars, this one had all a spy could want.

There was an ejector seat for getting shot of baddies, revolving number plates for avoiding parking tickets and a bullet-proof rear windshield for dealing with the pigeons.

Even better, a toy DB5 James Bond edition car hit the streets.

Back in 1965, you or your parents would pay nine shillings 11 pence – that's £9 in today's money – for one of these model cars.

That was probably a fair sum back then, but it pales compared to what you'd expect to pay for one now, as six unopened boxes of the toy were snapped up for £8,000 earlier this year.

Tie-ups between films and products are commonplace these days, but they were less so back in the swinging sixties.

Yet unlike many relationships that started back then, this is one that's still going strong. An Aston Martin spokesman told us: "Aston Martin and James Bond are intrinsically linked and the public view Aston Martin as James Bond's car. We are extremely comfortable with this status."

All dolled up

Image of a Sindy doll from the 70's

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If you think the Bond car probably took its fair share of knocks, spare a thought for Sindy.

The doll was named Toy of the Year 1970 and from day one it seemed the future was bright for the plastic babe that made her debut in 1963 for 22 shillings and six pence.

All was going well, until someone decided the British beauty should break America. She failed, largely thanks to dominance on that side of the pond by the irrepressible Barbie.

Decades on and someone at Sindy HQ was clearly still rankled, so in the 1980s the model went under the knife to make her more 'American'. As facelifts go, it was a disaster and Sindy's star waned.

If you have an original 1970 Sindy in pristine condition, expect to pass it on for around £1,000, which is not to be sniffed at.

Easily board?

Image of a rubik's cube

The dominance of traditional toys and board games was swept away in 1980 when a science project, hatched by a Hungarian architect called Erno Rubik, became one of the must-have toys of the early 1980s.

This toy is unusual in one regard – that you can tell whether someone has played with it and failed to solve the puzzle. Sure, you can take it apart and attempt to rebuild it, but from experience I can tell you this isn't easy, although it's more dignified than slapping paint on a used cube.

As for cost, forget it.

This is not a rare or valuable item, as the market was flooded with these riddles.

It's estimated that 350 million cubes were sold throughout the '80s – so don't expect to earn much more than face value for this toy. Unless you have your hands on the £1 million diamond encrusted cube produced in the '80s, that is.

Reflecting on its success, Erno Rubik told us: "When the cube was born it was obvious to attach signage to all the little 'cubelets' so one could follow what happens in the process.

He continued: "I applied the primary colours and it became evident that the cube functioned as a magical toy or puzzle, albeit one so difficult that it took much longer for the toy market to accept it."

Stars of the screen

Image of pokemon

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First-edition toys from the '70s to the '90s and beyond are definitely worth keeping your eagle eyes on.

Star Wars figures, in particular, are a goldmine, as the recent sale of a 35-year-old Empire Strikes Back model of Boba Fett for £18,000, shows. This beauty originally cost £1.50, so that's some mark up.

Other movie-related toys can also be worth a pretty penny.

Original Jaws shark toys, Evel Knieval's wind-up bike and Pokemons all frequently sell for over £100 on eBay – if they are in good nick.

The big problem with these toys is establishing whether they're the real deal, fakes or newer models.

The present day

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So what of the current generation of toys?

Well, no one knows what will be worth a fortune in years to come, and which ones will find homes in the nation's charity shops.

If nothing else, take some consolation from the fact that if your kids never even take a pricey toy out of its box at Christmas, it could end up being part of their inheritance many years from now.

And if you do have a rare and valuable toy  in your house, make sure that it's covered with the right home insurance.

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