It’s safe to say that it’s been a long time since the days when only kids collected toys. In fact, all the toys that you collected as a kid are probably worth a lot more money than your parents paid for them back in the day, and that’s down to an adult collectors market. With this change in the consumer demographic, comes the inevitable change in the product itself, and while there are still plenty of toys out there that are either designed specifically for kids, or designed so that fans of all ages can appreciate them (Lego, for example), there is an ever-growing market of high-end toys, statues and collectables designed specifically for the adult fan.
The most expensive toys in decades past were invariably things like video game consoles or bicycles, but these days just as much time, effort and expense goes into producing things like action figures. Once just chunks of plastic with moveable limbs, action figures are now highly detailed, meticulously crafted replicas of your favorite characters. This all doesn’t come cheap though, and if you want the best, you’ll have to pay. With that in mind, we here at CBR have found some of the most expensive modern toys that you definitely cannot afford!
15 VOLTRON MAQUETTE (SIDESHOW) - $1,250
Sideshow is a company that produces the best of the best action figures, statues and life-size collectibles. A simple browse through its catalog will show you just how insanely high quality even its cheaper products are. That high quality comes with a high price tag though, as this Voltron Maquette proves.
Standing an impressive 27 inches tall, this model replica of the epic Defender of the Universe comes with light up eyes, a stand and his iconic sword. The wingspan gives him a width of nearly 15 inches too, so this would be a massive part of any Voltron fans collection. While it’s more of a statue than an actual action figure, there’s no denying it puts many other toys to shame. Still, with a hefty price tag of over $1250 dollars, that’s unsurprising.
14 DEATH STAR (LEGO) - $1,424
For many years, Lego has positioned itself into becoming one of the premium sellers of toys that are both instantly accessible to kids, but insanely desirable to adults and collectors. Partly down to the limited number of units some sets are produced in, and partly down to the ridiculous aftermarket prices for some of the rarer collections, Lego has fast become a commodity that is worth more than gold.
The Lego Death Star is, to many people, the pinnacle of the Star Wars line. Lego acquired the license to produce Star Wars sets nearly two decades ago, and since then have consistently replicated characters and scenes from the hit franchise. This set comes with 24 Minifigures -- each themselves worth a lot of money in the aftermarket -- and nearly 4,000 individual pieces make this, deservedly, one of the biggest and most sought-after sets.
13 EIFFEL TOWER 1:300 SCALE (LEGO) - $1,450
Lego has done well to tread the fine line between toys for kids and toys for adults. On the adult side of its market, Lego released many “expert” level sets recreating street scenes, and multi-level shopping complexes, as well as sets like this one, depicting real-life architectural wonders and landmarks.
This Eiffel Tower set is 1:300 scale, meaning that it stands a staggering 42 inches tall, making it not only almost to scale with the Lego Minifigures themselves, but also the tallest Lego structure released. It was designed and created using the original structure’s blueprints and in total uses 3428 individual pieces. There aren’t many sets like this around within the Lego universe, and since the set itself has since been retired, the cost of acquiring one of these is getting more and more expensive.
12 UCS IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER (LEGO) - $1,600
The Ultimate Collector’s Series of Lego sets is designed as a premium collection of “expert” level builds that, once complete, make for an impressive piece of anyone’s collection. Unfortunately, like a lot of Lego sets, many of these Imperial Star Destroyers will probably remain sealed in their boxes, as the cost of a mint condition set is astronomical.
Released in 2002, it contains over 3,000 pieces, and once built was the largest set ever produced at that time. It’s been retired since 2008, however, meaning that if you want to track down a set, it’s going to cost you. The set also comes with a Rebel Blockade Runner ship, built to scale with the Star Destroyer, giving you the opportunity to recreate the epic opening scene from Star Wars: A New Hope.
11 PLANET ARLIA VEGETA (POP VINYL) - $1,740
Pop Vinyl figurines have become the action figures of our generation. Not only are they designed for both adult and kids to enjoy, but the sheer volume of different characters you can now buy in Pop form is overwhelming. Everything from Adventure Time to Zoolander, Wrestling stars to movie stars, they are all available. Even video games and anime characters get the Pop treatment, like this Planet Arlia variant of Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyan race from Dragonball.
First released as an exclusive of Toy Tokyo NYCC 2014, Planet Arlia Vegeta has fast become one of the rarest, and therefore most expensive, Pop Vinyl figures of all. Most of the time these figures work just as well in the box as out, so a lot of fans and collectors alike keep them in relatively mint condition. Still, a perfect quality version of this Dragonball character will set you back over $1,700.
10 HOLOGRAPHIC DARTH MAUL (POP VINYL) - $1,970
With Star Wars being as wildly successful as it is, it makes sense that there would be an abundance of Pop Vinyl figures to meet the demand of fans. Much like the action figures themselves, Pop is swiftly getting to the place where they’re running out of characters to recreate in their cute, big-headed fashion, hence the increasing amount of variant editions doing the rounds.
This rare, glow-in-the-dark holographic version of Darth Maul was released as an exclusive figure at the 2012 San Diego comic convention, and as such only came in extremely limited numbers. Only 480 of these were produced, making acquiring one extremely tricky. If you do find someone willing to sell, you’re looking at paying close to $2,000 for the privilege.
9 UCS MILLENNIUM FALCON (LEGO) - $2,415
Is there a more iconic ship in all of sci-fi than the Millennium Falcon? Famous for making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, Han Solo’s pride and joy has been recreated in Lego form multiple times over the years. This version, released in 2007, was the largest set ever produced at the time at nearly 5200 pieces.
It was also designed in meticulous detail and at a size that’s to scale with the Minifigures (Han, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca are all included in the set). Measuring 33 inches long and 22 inches wide, it’s also one of the largest completed builds Lego has ever made. It sold upon its release for $500 in 2007, and since its retirement in 2009, the demand and price has only increased.
8 LEGOLAND TRAIN (LEGO) - $2,750
Compared to some of the Lego sets on this list, you’d think this Legoland Train wouldn’t even come close to demanding the same aftermarket attention it does, and certainly, it doesn’t contain a quarter of a number of bricks as some of the larger sets. It’s fairly innocuous to look at, but in actual fact, it’s one of the rarest and most expensive Lego sets ever produced.
Released exclusively to those attending the annual Lego Inside Tour in Billund, Denmark, these sets were given away to those attendees lucky enough to acquire a ticket to the event -- a ticket which costs $2400 on its own! Limited to around 320 sets and built exclusively for the 2014 tour, this Legoland Train is a highly prized collectible, reaching up to $3,000 on eBay.
7 T-800 LIFE-SIZE ENDOSKELETON (SIDESHOW) - $5,999
This collectible sees a steep increase in price from the previous entries on the list, and perhaps with good reason. Sideshow produces items designed for the fan who has everything, and as such, some of their items are beyond the reach of anyone but the hardcore collector. This is just such an item: a life-size T-800 Endoskeleton figure from the Terminator movie franchise.
Specifically designed after the T-800 seen in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this figure stands at over six feet tall and comes with a stand complete with human skulls and other apocalyptic debris. It’s made of polystone and fiberglass and has a power cord that, once plugged in, light the figure’s eyes red for the complete movie effect. Whether you could stand to have such an imposing and scary movie character in your home is up to you, but for $6,000 this is surely the highlight of any movie fan’s collection.
6 HE-MAN WITH BATTLECAT SET (MATTEL) - $7,000
If you were a kid in the ‘80s, chances are you had some Masters of the Universe figures or knew someone who did. They rivaled Transformers and G.I. Joe as the toys every kid had, and this set -- released by Mattel in 1985 -- may have been the best of the bunch.
Released in the fourth wave of MotU action figures, this set came with both He-Man and Battlecat and came with removable armor, a power sword and a battle ax. Due to the fact that these were toys designed to be played with, the rarity of finding one mint in box drives the price up to the $7,000 mark. As you nauseously remember your parents giving it away at a yard sale when you left for college, bear in mind that this has to be pristine, unplayed-with specimen to garner such a steep price tag.
5 IRON MAN MARK VII LIFE-SIZE FIGURE (SIDESHOW) - $7,950
The very nature of Iron Man makes him an enviable figure. A billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist is basically a fancy term for a guy that has it all, and for the relatively low price of $7,950, you can come close to that feeling with your very own life-size Iron Man armor (arrogant industrialist sold separately).
This is modeled off the mark VII armor seen in the first Avengers movie, and while you can’t quite wear it (more on that later) you can display it proudly in your futuristic workshop -- or your geek-cave. It stands at over seven feet tall and comes with light up eyes, arc reactor and palm repulsors. For that price, you’d want it to light your entire home, but sure: palm repulsors are good, too.
4 LIFE-SIZE STORMTROOPER FIGURE (SIDESHOW) - $7,999
Coming in at just under $8,000, this life-size collectible figure of the Imperial Stormtroopers from the original Star Wars trilogy is a crazy expensive piece. It stands at six and a half feet tall on its base, though, meaning that this would be the centerpiece of your Star Wars themed room.
With such a steep price tag, you’d expect a figure of someone who could at least shoot straight, but what can you do? This is slightly different to the suits you can buy and wear, but there’s no denying how impressive it looks. To really complete the effect, you’d need at least a couple dozen of these to line up in the backyard like your own personal army, but unfortunately, it’s limit-one-per-customer, so you may have to hold off on that takeover of the galaxy.
3 DARTH VADER LIFE-SIZE FIGURE (SIDESHOW) - $8,900
Surely this is the ultimate Star Wars collectible. Standing at an imposing 7’6” tall, the Sideshow life-size Darth Vader figure casts a threatening shadow over everything else you own. It’s movie accurate down to every painstaking detail, and it’s so realistic you’ll think the Dark Lord of Sith is right there in your living room, staring at you as you play Nintendo in your Chewbacca onesie.
What’s so impressive about this figure is the attention to detail: the costume and cape, the iconic mask and the little panel of buttons on his light-up chest plate make this worthy of a museum, frankly, but instead, you can own what feels like the actual Sith Lord himself for your home. With a price tag just shy of $9000, owning a piece of the Dark Side doesn’t come cheap.
2 NHL CENTENNIAL TWO-PACK (MCFARLANE) - $20,000
When Todd McFarlane first created McFarlane Toys, they instantly became known as a company that produced high-end, quality action figures at affordable prices. They utilized brand new technology to replicate in minute detail comic book, horror movie and pop cultural figures in ways that had barely been seen in the action figure market before.
Among their expansive line-up of figures were replicas of famous sports stars, and in 2009 they produced this centennial two-pack commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens. There were two sets -- depicting Yvan Cournoyer & Jean Beliveau, and Jacques Plante & Maurice Richard that were extremely limited, and as such fetch insane prices on the aftermarket. As such, these very rare sets have become some of the most sought-after and most expensive action figures, not only in the McFarlane line but ever made.
1 IRON MAN MARK 43 LIFE-SIZE SUIT (TOYS ASIA) $365,000
One for only the richest superfans in the world, this ludicrously expensive collectible gives you the opportunity to own your very own, completely functional (except for stuff like flight, rockets or any of the actual cool stuff) suit of Iron Man armor.
Based on the Mark 43 suit from 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, this ridiculously impressive item is fully motorized and opens up giving you the tantalizing prospect of actually climbing inside. You can’t do that, unfortunately, as it’s way too delicate and not quite big enough, but with over 560 individual moving parts running on 40 motors, you’ll believe that you are the real Iron Man by owning this Toy Asia figure. Unsurprisingly, it’s not cheap: to come as close as you will ever humanly come to being Tony Stark, it’ll cost you roughly $365,000.
Which of these toys would you buy if you had the cash? Let us know in the comments!