Many of the most valuable collectibles started out cheap: A $27,000 Black Lotus card could be found in a $2.50 Magic the Gathering booster pack in 1993, and a $3 million issue of Action Comics #1 sold for just 10 cents in 1938. The collectibles on this list, however, all start out in high-dollar territory.
These aren’t one-of-a-kind rarities or old objects that have increased in value through the years. Everything you see here can be bought new right now — as long as you can afford it. (Although a few items, like Marty McFly’s high tops, are disappearing fast.) So if you have a few grand burning a hole through your pocket, here’s how you can get rid of that cash fast.
Middle-Earth Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray - $560
This boxed set includes 30 Blu-Ray discs with extended editions of all six Peter Jackson-directed Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, all the previously released behind-the-scenes extras and interviews, Bilbo and Frodo’s book with original concept art, two reproductions of watercolors by fantasy artists Alan Lee and John Howe, and a sturdy wooden shelf for it all to fit in. While that may seem extravagant, this is the least expensive item on this list.
Buy here: amazon.com
Jon Snow's Longsword "Ice" and Scabbard - $620
You might think you’re ready for the zombie apocalypse, but are you ready for the attack of the white walkers? After all, winter is coming, and the only thing that can kill them is dragonglass and legendary Valyrian steel. This replica of Jon Snow’s famous blade from HBO’s Game of Thrones isn’t really Valyrian steel, because it's fictional, but it would still look awesome hanging over your mantle.
Buy here: replicadungeon.com
Ghostbusters Life-sized Slimer Replica - $1,200
What you have here is a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a class five free-roaming vapor. Real nasty one, too. We are having a special this week on proton charging and storage of the beast, and that’s only going to come to $1,200.
Buy here: moviereplicasdirect.com
Death Star Fire Pit - $1,300
Sometimes you just want to warm yourself by the amber glow of an incomplete (but, of course, fully operational) Death Star II. You can buy one as big as three feet across, so you have ample room to barbeque Stormtrooper corpses Ewok-style. Plus the seller says they’re all made by an 85-year-old retired Korean War veteran, with a portion of the proceeds going toward his grandkids’ college funds.
Buy here: etsy.com
Warhammer 40,000 Warlord Titan - $1,530
Wargaming always seems to be an inherently pricey hobby, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t include the most expensive single model you can buy for Warhammer 40,000. Titans were originally introduced in the late 1980s as a 6mm-scale game (now discontinued). This model is sized to be played with the current 28mm Warhammer 40,000 figures. Which makes the Warlord Titan “miniature” almost two feet tall.
Buy here: forgeworld.co.uk
Living Dead Zombie Stalkaround - $2,025
Bring your Walking Dead cosplay to the next level with this 8-foot-tall zombie. It’s less a costume than a giant, moveable puppet that you control from inside. Almost like Big Bird, but in this case it’s a terrifying zombie. The joints are all articulated, and the zombie head turns with yours via an attached helmet.
Buy here: halloweentownstore.com
Admiral Kirk Jacket From Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - $2,100
After the beige dental assistant look in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, costume designer Robert Fletcher devised a more militaristic Starfleet uniform (reportedly based on 19th century military formal wear) for Wrath of Khan. The new maroon jacket quickly became iconic — Kirk and crew wore them all the way through Generations. This reproduction was reverse engineered from a screen-used costume, and it includes tiny details like a flag officer’s gold trim and a checkerboard pattern sleeve band that we bet you’d never noticed before. Of course, if you’re going to dress like the admiral, you’ll also need his rank pin ($10), his service bars ($30), his turtleneck ($150), and his trousers ($225). (You’re on your own for the boots.) That brings your total cost up to $2,515.
Buy here: anovos.com
Adult-Sized Multi-use Hobbit Hole - $4,000
Evem though for less than this cost you could fly to New Zealand from pretty much anywhere in the world and visit Bilbo Baggins’ actual house from The Hobbit in person, that’s still no substitute for having a comfortable hobbit hole in your own backyard. This kit lets you build a 12-foot by 7-foot space that’s big enough to stand up in (as long as you aren’t taller than 6-feet 5-inches) with a 4-foot diameter circular front door, plus a normal rectangular back door. You can also order a smaller 5-foot 5-inch tall playhouse for your kids, or if you don’t have kids you could even get a hobbit hole coop for your chickens.
Buy here: etsy.com
Iron Man Mark 43 Costume - $4,700
If you actually had Tony Stark’s budget, along with his genius-level technological know-how, you’d already have a whole armory of these suits that actually worked (along with a garage full of sweet sports cars). Since you don’t have either of those things, you can suffice with this wearable costume made to your exact specifications. In fact, when you order one they ask you to take 18 separate measurements of your body, including the length of certain finger joints. You can also opt for a motorized faceplate, motorized rocket launchers, motorized wingflaps, hand repulsor lights with sound effects, and a CO2-powered propulsion simulator, all controlled from inside the suit.
Buy here: buyfullbodyarmors.com
Darth Vader Yoroi Samurai Armor Display Set - $5,750
Darth Vader’s helmet and mask were partly inspired by samurai armor, so it’s not much of a leap to come up with samurai armor inspired by Darth Vader. These armor displays are traditionally a part of Children’s Day in Japan, held in May. Before you think that it’s not unreasonable to pay almost $6,000 for a handcrafted set of samurai armor, we should point out that this is actually a “doll” — the entire display you see here is only about three feet tall.
Buy here: japantrendshop.com
Dalek Replica - $5,600
You know you’ve created good television when your clunky, cheaply made robot with a toilet plunger for an arm is still thought of as one of the most terrifying creatures ever dreamed up. This officially licensed replica Dalek is made to order, using molds of the parts used filming Doctor Who. To shout “Ex-ter-min-ate!” with authenticity, you’ll also need a microphone hooked up to a Moogerfooger MF-102 Ring Modulator ($300).
Buy here: iconicstudiocreations.com
Life-Sized Boba Fett - $8,500
Never mind that for half this cost you could probably hire someone to just come over to your house dressed as Boba Fett whenever you wanted. This 6-foot 6-inch tall figure is less like a statue and more like a giant doll, wearing Boba Fett’s Mandalorian body armor, fabric fatigues, and braided hair Wookie scalps. It’s realistic enough that anyone who sees it will be reaching for their trusty DL-44 heavy blaster in self-defense. Don’t forget to pair it with Jabba’s favorite decoration, a life-sized Han Solo in carbonite, for just $7,500 more.
Buy here: sideshowtoy.com
Trivial Pursuit by Geoffrey Parker with Sterling Silver Pieces - $10,830
What better way is there to prove your intellectual superiority over your friends and family than by grabbing all six sterling silver pieces of the Trivial Pursuit pie on a calfskin leather game board embossed with silver and gold? We can’t think of any. While this isn't available for delivery to the U.S. and Canada, those of us who live north of the Rio Grande can instead grab a $14,000 "Billionare Silver Gilt" Monopoly board.
Buy here: zontikgames.com
Batman ‘66 Pinball - $15,000
Stern Pinball currently offers three Batman-themed models. This Super-LE edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the show with an HD screen (instead of the usual dot matrix) that plays clips from the celebrated TV series as you man the flippers. Stern also makes pinball machines for Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and The Walking Dead, but this retro Batman machine is by far their priciest option.
Buy here: sternpinball.com
Giant Plush Dragon - $16,000
No self-respecting Khaleesi has less than three dragons in her palace. This plush monstrosity (including a rock to stand on) is 8 feet tall, 9 feet long, and is crafted to have “soulful eyes and expressive faces.”
Buy here: poshtots.com
Recycled Metal “Green Giant” - $18,000
This 10 foot tall metal sculpture of a “green giant,” which resembles Marvel’s Hulk in what we can only assume is a completely non-copyright infringing way, is perfect for any front yard or bedroom. Each one is made to order from recycled metal, machine parts and auto parts. His secret: He’s always angry.
Buy here: etsy.com
Deep Space Fighter Bed - $18,000
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that sleeping in a bed that looks like a starfighter will ensure you have lucid dreams of blowing up the Death Star every night, but it can’t hurt. And if you want to tuck into a TIE Fighter, Mark VII Viper, or a Veritech Valkyrie, these beds can be made to your specifications in twin- or full-size.
Buy here: poshtots.com
Jurassic Park Arcade Motion Deluxe - $22,800
The Jurassic Park series is broadly about mankind’s hubris while pursuing scientific advancement and the terror of nature run amok, but the most fun parts are when anyone’s being chased by a dinosaur. In this arcade game, two people can shoot back at more than 30 different dinosaurs across nine missions displayed on a 55-inch LCD screen. Plus the motion-equipped version shakes the seats so you can get a small taste of what it’s like to be tossed around by a T-Rex.
Buy here: primetimeamusements.com
Soviet-Era T-72 Tank - $50,000
The cold-war era T-72 battle tanks were designed by the Soviet Union for their friends behind the Iron Curtain, and many are still in use today in the Ukraine, Syria, and Northern Iraq. One can be yours for less than the cost of a nicely equipped Ford Explorer. (In comparison, the United States’ M1 Abrams battle tanks each cost around $6.1 million.) Unlike the Ford, this comes equipped with a 125mm smoothbore main gun, a 7.62mm machine gun, and a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun. It reaches a top speed of 68 miles per hour on the highway, which we highly recommend you do not attempt in no uncertain terms. According to military surplus shop Mortar Investments, all it takes to bring one into the U.S. is the proper government forms.
Buy here: mortarinvestments.eu
Nike Mag Auto-Lacing - $56,000 and up
Back to the Future Part II turned out to be astonishingly prescient — they were only one year off from predicting a Cubs win in the World Series. Some small part of that is likely because fans kept begging for the coolest things that director Robert Zemeckis envisioned for his then-future 2015. And now you can finally own a pair of Marty McFly’s self-lacing Nikes. Most of 89 pairs in existence have already been released via a giveaway through Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease foundation, but one last pair goes on auction in New York on November 12. Get your checkbook ready: A previous auction in London sold a pair for $56,800, and in Hong Kong they went for $105,000. Of course, it’s never too late to support Parkinson’s research; kick in a few bucks to the Michael J. Fox Foundation here.
Buy here: nike.com
The Batmobile - $250,000
This is a working, driveable replica of the Batmobile that Adam West drove in the 1966 Batman TV series. Indiana auto shop Fiberglass Freaks builds each replica to order, and is limited by their DC Comics license to produce no more than eight per year. (Owner Mark Racop tells us they’ve never had to make more than four in a single year as it is.) This top of the line “LX” model even includes a 525-horsepower Corvette engine, a flamethrower rocket booster in the back, and — lest Bruce Wayne have to fight crime without his favorite playlist — a Bluetooth-capable stereo.
Buy here: buybatparts.com