Most parents like pampering their kids and what better way to do that than to purchase them costly toys. After all, they’re children just once, so why not give what you can, right? Well as you’ll see, just because they’re extremely expensive doesn’t necessarily make them more fun to play with! Here are the top 20 most expensive children’s toys ever made.
20. Masterpiece Rubik’s Cube
The Rubik’s Cube was first created in 1974, and it quickly became the most popular puzzle toy known to man. On its 15th anniversary, it became even more noteworthy as Fred Cuellar crafted one made of gold and precious gemstones!
Known as the ‘Masterpiece Cube’, it resembles that of its plastic counterpart; only this one has 18-karat yellow gold and over 185-carats of rubies, emeralds, and other colorful stones. Its approximate value is $2.5 million, making it the most expensive puzzle in the world.
19. Shimansky Soccer Ball
Soccer balls are for kicking from one side of the field to the other, but you would never dare do that with this special ball. Why? It’s only made of diamonds!
The Shimansky Diamond Soccer Ball is studded with 6620 white and 2640 black round brilliant cut South African diamonds. It weighs around 3,500 carats, or 4.9 pounds in total, which gives it a whopping valuation of $2.5 million! It took over 3 months to create, and crystal replicas of it were also auctioned off during the world cup. The proceeds went to local charities.
18. 18-Karat Gold Nintendo Game Boy
The Nintendo Game Boy is a classic device highly desirable to gaming aficionados. But if you could get your hands on this 18-karat gold version, you’d be more than just a gamer – you’d be the talk of the town!
An eBay seller sold the limited edition toy for a whopping price of $30,000! Is the cost justifiable? Aside from having a gold body, precious diamonds line the screen, and jewels encrust the power button. British jewelers Asprey of London crafted this wonderful gadget in 2006, and made only one piece.
17. Swarovski-Studded Etch-a-Sketch
Imagine playing with the old school Etch-a-Sketch, only this time it’s encrusted with precious gems! FAO Schwarz created this luxury jeweled edition of the classic toy, and it’s nothing short of marvelous. Using 10,000 sapphire Swarovski crystals turned it into an elegant display piece.
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The company made only six pieces, and once those sold out, they were gone forever. Each one costs $1,500. That’s pretty excessive for an Etch-a-Sketch, right?
16. Personalized Whac-A-Mole
Do you have any pent-up anger towards, say, your manager or a workmate? Then this personalized whac-a-mole machine can help you release all that fury.
This special toy is very unique. Instead of the usual moles that you hammer using a mallet, you can change it with molded caricatures of practically anyone. It even has a walnut veneer cabinet that opens and closes. When closed, it looks like an ordinary bookshelf. When opened, it reveals the arcade machine and a wine shelf above! And it could be yours for $35,000.
15. HMS Terrible Battleship
If you’re fond of toy boats, then having the HMS Terrible Battleship would make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. It’s only the most expensive toy boat ever made, which was sold at an auction in Berkshire for a hefty 76,000 Pounds! That’s around $101,000 today!
It’s definitely a collector’s item as its steam-propelled and tin-plated. It belonged to Ron McCrindell, a celebrated author who had a hobby of owning unique toys. The approximate value of the battleship was around 50,000 pounds, so it went way beyond the estimates.
14. Darth Vader Helmet
Darth Vader’s real fighting helmet from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” is valued at $115,000. For a true fanatic, it’s not too unreasonable because it’s not a replica, rather the actual prop from the film!
Bob Anderson, an Olympic fencing champion who took on Darth Vader’s role during the fight sequences, used this helmet.
13. Porsche 917 Le Mans Raceway
Looking at this exclusive item from Hammacher Schlemmer, you would think that it’s just an ordinary Porsche 917 replica. It even has functioning headlights and taillights.
What you don’t know is that it’s hiding a neat trick under its hood.
At the press of a button, it opens up like a clam and reveals a race track within. It’s a 1:32-scale working wooden slot car track based on the popular Le Mans raceway. It even has realistic landscaping and signage lit by working streetlights.
12. G.I. Joe Toy Soldier Prototype
A regular Hasbro GI Joe Soldier Action Figure costs around $56.61, and that already includes miniature weapons. But did you know the prototype costed a lot more than that?
The first GI Joe toy was made in the 1960s, and was the first movable action figure, sporting hand-stitched uniforms and was almost 12” tall.
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When it was first auctioned in 2003, the minimum asking price for it was $650,000! Unfortunately, no one bit the bait, but it was sold to Steve Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, for $200,000. That’s still a lot of cash!
11. Gundam Fix Platinum
If you thought buying a Transformers toy was expensive, then you clearly haven’t heard about Japan’s Gundam robot. This special model was built by Bandai in partnership with the famous jewelers Ginza Tanaka and is valued at a whopping $250,000!
The robot toy’s name is Gundam Fix Platinum. Its body is mostly pure platinum while the eyes are diamonds. Now even if you had that much cash on you, you won’t be able to buy it. The company created it just to increase awareness of its flagship toy lines.
10. Stefano Canturi Barbie
Barbie is already a relatively expensive doll. Give her an accessory like that of Satine in the movie “Moulin Rouge” and she becomes insanely overpriced!
The Stefano Canturi Barbie is known as the most valuable in the world as it commands a price tag of $302,000! She’s her usual self, plus the addition of a diamond Cubism necklace made by Stefano Canturi, a celebrated jeweler from Australia.
The necklace is made of white diamonds and a 1 carat Aussie Argyle pink diamond. The proceeds from the sale went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, proving Barbie has heart.
9. Nintendo Wii Supreme
The Nintendo Wii may not have come close to the PlayStation or Xbox’s popularity, but there’s one thing this thing has that the other ones can only dream of – an extraordinarily hefty price tag.
The Nintendo Wii Supreme is considered one of the most expensive gaming consoles ever made. It costs a blinding $485,000!
Each special unit is covered in 2,500 grams of solid 22-carat gold. If that’s not enough to make your eyes glisten, the front buttons are made of precious diamonds. Only three have ever been made.
8. Handmade Gold Rocking Horse
What’s the best thing about being Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s little child? You get everything money can buy, and that’s exactly what baby Blue Ivy Carter got – a rocking horse valued at $600,000!
It’s not just any ordinary rocking horse though. This one is made by no less than famed Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka, who is known for taking on such extravagant projects. Moreover, this handmade toy is made of solid gold. That’s not something you’d like to have scratches on!
7. Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear
Everyone loves teddy bears, but if you had a Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear, you’d surely guard it with your life knowing how ridiculously expensive it is!
Steiff is a well-known German toy company that creates costly masterpieces, so there’s that. The fact that its dressed in Louis Vuitton is another point to consider.
If that’s not enough, you’ll be surprised to know that it has gold fur and eyes made with sapphires and diamonds. Later, it was sold at auction for a crazy $2.1 million!
Its currently housed at Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, South Korea.
6. Madame Alexander Eloise
If you thought the Stefano Canturi Barbie and Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear were extremely overpriced, then you clearly haven’t heard about the Madame Alexander Eloise doll. Both the other toys can’t hold a candle against it even with their costs combined!
You see, this doll is valued at an astounding $5 million! It’s designed with 9 carats of diamonds and is handmade by the doll designer herself, Madame Alexander. If the Steiff Teddy Bear wore Louis Vuitton, Eloise wears Christian Dior clothes, Oscar de la Renta fur, and Katherine Baumann accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals.
Madame Alexander Eloise is indeed very costly. But something’s even pricier by over a million dollars – the L’Oiseleur.
Translated as “The Bird Trainer,” this extravagant toy isn’t for sale but is displayed in its creator’s workshop. Given the intricate workmanship, it’s worth every cent of its valuation.
The 4-foot tall figure of a young man is dressed in embroidered Renaissance garb, while its skin is painted porcelain and has glass eyes. It can play the “Marche des Rois” by Georges Bizet by blowing through its flute. Its eyes even dart back and forth while the bird on its shoulder moves to the music!
4. Titania’s Palace
If you thought dollhouses are expensive, then I’m curious to know what you think about these two masterpieces.
The first one, named Titania’s Palace, is one of the most amazing dollhouses in the world.
It took 15 years for Sir Nevile Wilkinson and staff of outstanding craftsmen to build this delicately designed toy. With no fewer than 3,000 components, its priced at $256,000!
But that’s not nearly as lavish as the Astolat Dollhouse Castle. It took around 13 years to construct this magnificent piece with 29 rooms, around 30,000 items, and an opulent wizard’s tower.
If you want it, then you better have $8.5 million on you!
3. Model Cars
We all know cars cost a pretty penny. But model cars? Who knew?
Just look at this Pink Volkswagen 1969 Rear Load Beach Bomb. It’s considered the holy grail of Hot Wheels because only two were ever made, and it didn’t even go to market.
Toy expert Johnny from “Pawn Stars” values it at $100,000. You could buy a Porsche 911 Carrera S for less than that!
Speaking of high-end cars, did you know a Lamborghini model car could cost over 18 times more than the actual thing? It’s true!
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The one built by Robert Gülpen Engineering has headlights made of real diamonds, a body constructed out of carbon fiber with threads of solid gold, and is bulletproof! That gives it a whopping $7.5 million valuation!
2. Levitating Hover Scooter
You’ve heard about hoverboards, but they didn’t really deliver their promise. The Levitating Hover Scooter, however, does what its name says it can do.
It can levitate over the ground on a few inches of air through an engine-powered fan. There’s a stream of air in the back that allows you to move forward, and you can reach a maximum of 15 miles per hour.
And you know what? You don’t need any experience to use it because leaning in different directions is all you need. This is yours for $13,000. Not too bad considering it actually does something fun.
1. Platinum Pacifier
What’s the first toy a baby plays with? A pacifier. But do you love your little one enough to buy an $85,000 platinum pacifier?
Made by jeweler Matt Case for the UK Baby and Toddler Show, it nabbed the title of the most expensive pacifier in the world. It’s five times pricier than the previous title holder, which was made of gold and diamonds and valued at $17,000. Any toddler who has this will put Richie Rich to shame!
Which of these incredible expensive children’s toys made you fall off your chair? In comparison, what was the most expensive toy you ever received? Let me know in the comments below.