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?
Turtle Blimp II PlaysetPhoto: aksobhya01/eBay
Sold for: $8,000.00
Year released: 1991
Arguably one of the coolest toys of the last few decades, the Turtle Blimp is one of the most expensive and rarest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys you could possibly find. This one recently sold for a jaw-dropping $8,000. The fact that it was a much rarer Version 2 means that collectors are more willing to pay top dollar. Standard Turtle Blimp playsets often sell for more than $1000 even when they're incomplete, so even if you don't have a rare one, you're still sitting on one of the holy grails of TMNT toys.
Slam Dunkin' Don FigurePhoto: jambalaya83 / eBay
Sold for: $3,000.00
Year released: 1994
A lot of fun variations of the titular turtles have come out over the years. This 1994 Donatello toy came dressed in basketball gear and is still a hot collector's item. Unlike other sports-inspired Turtles toys, this version of Don featured an alternate white jersey. It sold for $3,000 and is an incredibly rare piece, perfect for die-hard Turtles fans. Similar figures often sell for $70 or more, but if you have one in a white jersey, you could be sitting on a small fortune.
Ninja Turtles Scratch Action FigurePhoto: pittsburghfan1993 / eBay
Sold for: $2,500.00
Year released: 1993
It's not just the main Turtles figurines collectors want to get their hands on. Smaller characters, such as Scratch, can still sell for thousands of dollars—even if they're not in mint condition. This particular listing sold for more than $2000 a few months ago. Granted, it's still in its original packaging, which definitely helps increase the resale value.
Undercover Leonardo ToyPhoto: batman15 / eBay
Sold for: $2,100.00
Year released: 1994
When you're a teenage mutant ninja turtle, you can't exactly walk around in public without a disguise. Undercover Leonardo from 1994 is a big hit with collectors, as evidenced by this particular listing, in its original packaging, which sold for more than $2,000. Similar action figures have sold for between $1,500 and $1,725. If you have any of the Undercover Turtles, you might want to gather them up and start searching for all those random accessories.