Most people would usually not spend over $100 for their kids’ toys and even that’s pushing it. After just a few plays, kids forget about or move on from most of their toys anyway. Saying no and walking away isn’t as easy to do for some parents, though. Those parents tend to have little more money in their pockets and their children tend to be a little more spoiled. When you think "expensive toys,” you’re probably imagining something along the lines of a few hundred. You’d be wrong.
While most of us were fine with the $30 toys we grew up with, there are some kids, usually that of million/billionaires, who prefer something a little more upscale. We’re talking diamonds, gold, jewels, and furs. It’s less about function(some of these toys can’t even be played with) and more about having a wow factor. There are some parents willing to give their kids whatever they want and we love them for that; it makes for great entertainment. Limited-edition, custom made, and over-the-top expensive are words to describe the toys in this list. While you might not be able to afford most of the toys on this list, some upwards of $1 million, at least you can take solace in the fact that while most of your toys aren’t adorned with jewels, they can actually be played with.
So, who’s the real winner here? If you’ve ever wondered how the filthy-rich do Christmas and birthdays, here’s the list of the world's most expensive toys. It’s crazier than you’d think.
13 Swarovski-Studded Etch-a-Sketch - $1500
Hold on, don’t pull out your wallets just yet, though you may see this as an absolute necessity for your child this Christmas. Only 12 lucky kids were able to get their hands on this limited-edition toy introduced from FAO Schwarz during the holidays in 2003. Each one is studded with 14,400 handset red Swarovski crystals. The drawing toy is made for kids ages 8 and up, but the value(and fun) of the toy may be lost on someone so young. What it loses in practicality it makes up in visual appeal. It’s just so shiny! Kids love shiny things, right?
12 Life-Size Lego Basketball Player - $15,000
For children who are interested in sports, legos, and art, this is an absolute must-have. Offered by the NBA, these lego creations can either be purchased in any of the figures already made (Jason Kidd, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Chris Webber and Allan Houston, for instance) or customers can have one custom made in the likeness of any other player of their choice. Each life-size figure contains more than 17,000 Lego bricks and it takes 200+ hours for Lego's Master Builders to make just one. It’s made up of legos, not jewels like many other toys on the list, but your child and his/her friends would go crazy over it.
11 18-Carat Gold Nintendo Game Boy - $30,000
This limited-edition toy was sold on eBay for a whopping $30,000. Since when do people with $30,000 lying around shop on eBay? Not only is the handheld device made with 18-carat solid gold, but the screen is lined with diamonds and the power-button is jewel-encrusted. It was created by British jewelers Asprey of London in 2006 and the highest bidder instantly went from gamer geek to chic and likely all of his/her friends were jealous. Who knew playing video games could look so cool? Apparently diamonds and solid gold buttons are all you really needed.
10 Steiff Limited-Edition Teddy Bears - $195,000
It’s unfortunate that so many of these toys are limited-edition as everyone would likely take them home given the chance. However, only 41 of these stuffed animals (made with golden mouths and sapphire eyes) were up for grabs. Steiff, German stuffed-animal specialists, created the limited-edition line to celebrate the Teddy Bear’s 125th birthday in 2000. The most expensive one was purchased at an auction for $195,000. That bear better be extremely cuddly. Steiff claims to be the original creator of the teddy bear and the company has produced more than a few over-priced bears. Matter of fact, if you keep reading, you’ll find another one of their creations fairly north of a million dollars.
9 Titania’s Palace - $256,500
Complete with 18 rooms and 3000 mini pieces, this dream dollhouse is as detailed as it gets. The palace, which took 15-years to make(from 1907 to 1922), was built by Sir Nevile Wilkinson when his daughter asked him to built her a house for the fairies in the garden. The fairies were undoubtedly grateful for such a luxurious space and all the tiny mahogany furniture to sit on. The castle made its way from the UK to Demark in 1978 when it was purchased by a citizen and it’s currently up for exhibit at Castle of Denmark.
8 Bejeweled Barbie - $300,000
Making every little girl’s dream come true, Australian fine jewelry designer Stefano Canturi created this record-breaking expensive Barbie. She wears a black strapless evening dress and a choker featuring a one-carat square-cut pink diamond because Barbie has places to go and she needs to look her best. The doll was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for $302,500, on the lower-end of the esteemed worth which was between $300,000 and $500,000. Breaking the record and becoming the most expensive Barbie ever sold (it beat the $17,091 Barbie also bought at auction in 2006), the proceeds went to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
7 Gold Nintendo Wii Supreme - $487,000
Yet another expensive buy from Nintendo, this diamond-studded beauty is the most expensive gaming console ever sold. It’s made with 2,500 grams of solid 22 carat gold and three diamond studded buttons. The gaming system, in all featuring 78 diamonds(19.5 carats), was made by Stuart Hughes, someone very well-known for adding bling to electronics completely unnecessarily. It took him 6 months to produce and only three were made. While the console is absolutely gorgeous and crazy expensive, you’re on your own if there are technical difficulties so, if you’re in it for the games, buying the regular, cheaper version of the device is probably the smartest choice.
6 Gold Rocking Horse - $1.28 million
Many of these toys seem to be made up of gold. Whether or not kids appreciate this is unknown, but their parents are willing to shell out more for toys made with the precious metal. Jeweler Ginza Tanaka crafted the 24 carat gold rocking horse in honor of the birth of Japan's only prince. It weighs 80 pounds and Jay-Z and Beyonce bought their own version of the toy for Blue Ivy from the same company for around $600,000. Well, they are practically American royalty after all. Plus, the smoother ride (it’s made for a softer rock than a regular old wooden rocker) might make the price well worth it.
5 The Masterpiece Cube Rubik’s Cube - $1.5 million
This has to be one of the most gorgeous toys out there. An expensive take on the classic Rubik's Cube, this one is made with 18 carat gold and each side has 185 carats of precious gems. It was produced by Diamond Cutters International in 1995. If you’d rather play the game matching up 22.5 carats of amethysts, 34 carats of emeralds, and 34 carats of rubies instead of stickers on plastic, this toy was made for you. Though it looks like jewelry, it’s completely functional. Maybe purchasing this version of the classic toy will motivate you enough to actually learn how to solve the thing.
4 Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear - $2.1 million
Of course the most expensive teddy bear in the world would have had to be made by Steiff, the German toy company that enjoys making toys no parent can afford. This particular bear was sold at a 2000 Monaco auction to Jessie Kim of Korea. It now lives in the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea. Sporting a Louis Vuitton coat and hat, in addition to being the most expensive, it’s also the most fashionable teddy bear out there. On display with it at the Teddy Bear Museum is Louis Vuitton luggage for, you know, the stylish bear’s travel needs.
3 Shimansky Soccer Ball - $2.59 million
You won’t want to kick around this soccer ball. No, that’s just something you do if it’s a $10 ball, not if it’s over 2 and half million dollars. Why so costly? The price is due to the 2640 black diamonds, 6620 white diamonds and 3500 African diamonds found in this gorgeous soccer ball, which took 3 months to make. Shimansky is a South African jeweler known to work exclusively with diamond and tanzanite jewelry. The ball, weighing in at the standard 4.8 pounds, was created to commemorate the World Cup of soccer(or football) in 2010 that was held in its native country.
2 Lamborghini Aventador LP Model Car - $4.8 million
Yes, you read that right. At $4.8 million, this toy car will cost you more than the real thing(12 times more to be exact). It took 500 hours to finish the model, which is just 1/8 the size of the original. What it does have that the real thing doesn’t are pricey features like gold and platinum rims, and diamonds in its seats, steering wheel and headlights. If you can afford it, it’s probably best that you buy the real thing, which is a meager $400,000 and fully operational. Besides, you might want to save the difference for the next toy.
1 Madame Alexander Eloise - $5 million
If you though Barbie was expensive, this one might be a shock. Created by doll designer and the toy’s namesake Madame Alexander, this stylish handmade doll comes wearing Christian Dior clothes, Oscar de la Renta fur and Katherine Baumann accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals and 9 carats of diamonds. She’s one of 5 total, each coming with other accessories like an equally stylish dog for one. It’s undoubtedly adorable, but, seeing as you could get your own Christian Dior clothes, Oscar de la Renta fur and Katherine Baumann accessories and diamonds for a drastically lower price you might just want to reconsider and do just that.