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  Sell your toys for loads of cash!
Updated 01 September 2003, 16.04

You might love playing with your Harry Potter figures but be careful - in a few years, they could make you a fortune!

Toy collectors have been snapping up old playthings for years, but now it could be your turn, as Harry Potter and LOTR toys are becoming more expensive.

The key is to choose rare or one-off toys


Craig Anderson, from collectables shop Forbidden Planet, reckons Dumbledore figures are the ones to watch.

He said, "They started off at 6.99, but have already risen to 30, because models based on Richard Harris (who played Dumbledore before he died) won't be around for long."

Choose your moment

After you've chosen your toy, and kept it safe, you have to choose the right moment to sell it.

It's best to wait until there is a lot of interest in the type of thing you've got.

Fact File
Turn toys to cash
Keep them in original packaging
Store them in the dark
Keep them away from damp and heat
Don't touch them with your fingers
Buy two - one to play with, one to keep
The Fellowship of the Rings figures went up in value as soon as they were replaced with models from the Two Towers.

Although it might take a few years for most toys to get really expensive, you don't always have to wait.

A Harry Potter Hogwart's Express train which sold in shops for 80, is being sold on the net for 500!

But most importantly, buy things that make you happy.

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