Still have a few vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys laying around your (or your parent’s) basement? If so, you might be sitting on a small fortune. Like so many other great toy franchises, this one started with a comic. Back in 1984, Mirage Studios started publishing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic strips as a means of parodying other popular comics. Naturally, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo quickly gained a cult following, and in 1987 Playmates claimed the licensing rights to make the toys. Developed in conjunction with the animated series, the world of TMNT hit the airwaves in the fall of 1987, and kids’ Christmas wish lists would never be the same again.
After 30+ years of fandom, various live-action movies (some good, some terrible), and a handful of different toylines, it’s no surprise that some of the original and more vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys can fetch a small fortune. Whether it’s because the toys were rare, limited, or made by accident, some of the most valuable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys and vehicle sets are worth thousands of dollars today.
How many of these vintage ninja turtles did you have as a kid? Perhaps more importantly, how many do you still own?
Technodrome PlaysetPhoto: all_things_comics/eBay
Sold for: $2,025.00
Year released: 1990
The Turtles' Technodrome can now be yours to own! That is, provided you have more than $2,000 to drop. eBay seller all_things_comics sold their unopened set for more than a mint back in Dec 2019. While opened and used sets often sell for $300 or more, this one was such a high ticket item because it was still packaged in the original box.
Rocksteady FigurePhoto: benjomon / eBay
Sold for: $1,758.00
Year released: 1998
This Rocksteady figure came out in 1988 and is part of the 1st release Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figurines. This action figure doesn't come on the market often, which is why collectors are willing to spend over $1,700 to get it. This particular example was unopened in its original packaging.
Shogun Shoate ToyPhoto: intergalactic_space_bunny / eBay
Sold for: $1,500.00
Year released: 1994
This Shogun Shoate action figure is also from the '80s Playmates collection, basically the second series of Turtles figures. This one recently sold for $1,500 in large part because of the fact that it was still in the original box. Additionally, that box does not have any issues with it, having been kept in pristine condition.
Sewer PlaysetPhoto: carmsadoll/eBay
Sold for: $1,200.00
Year released: 1989
Descend into the sewers with your favorite reptile pals with the 1989 Sewer Playset from Playmates. Sold for more than $1000 in 2019, it has some very minor wear and tear, but otherwise is in great shape. Plus, all of the inside parts are still sealed shut. Used and incomplete TMNT playsets often sell anywhere from $80 to $200.