Toys are among the most popular items to collect today. What was once an obscure hobby has become part of mainstream culture, especially in the United States. From antique Mickey Mouse dolls to exceptionally detailed sixth scale action figures, collecting toys is a fun way to pay homage to your favorite characters.

Despite being referred to as ‘toys’, many have become extremely valuable with age and scarcity. Some of the most beloved and sought-after toy lines by collectors include Barbie dolls, G.I. Joe action figures, vintage Kenner Star Wars toys, and Hasbro’s made-for-TV-toy-line, Transformers.

Whether collected in the box or displayed loose, toys are unique in that their collectors typically have a strong emotional attachment to them. Beyond their potential value on the secondary market, the nostalgia of owning something from your childhood is often at the heart of why people collect toys.