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Article posted: 4/26/2013 1:00 AM

Classic toys stay popular; many are collectible

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A Madame Alexander Cissy doll from the 1950s is now a hot collectible.

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Madame Alexander Cissy dolls sold in the $15 range originally, but now can command $75 to $100 depending on condition says Bene Raia, a toy collectible expert and a picker featured on PBS' "Market Warriors."

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Toys based on popular movies and shows might have value in the future, toy experts say.

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Bene Raia, says the "Star Wars" LEGO toys, like this Death Star, are highly collectible and will continue to be so. Some parents opt to buy one kit for the kids to play with and one for saving intact.

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Retro toys like Tinkertoys have seen a resurgence and are now made of high density plastic, with pink versions just for girl builders (www.knex.com).

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A K'NEX Supernova Blast glows in the dark. Today's building kits were strong sellers at the recent Toy Fair in New York.

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A KíNEX Robo Creature can be built individually then attached to make even more elaborate creatures. Open ended creativity is something parents are looking for in toy purchases.

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In a megabyte-driven world, you'd think kids would be playing solely with mega-tech toys But at the recent Toy Fair 2013 in New York, buyers gathered like kids on a playground around the booths stocked with the classics -- wooden play sets and ride-on toys, craft materials, table games and building sets.
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    • A Madame Alexander Cissy doll from the 1950s is now a hot collectible.
    • Madame Alexander Cissy dolls sold in the $15 range originally, but now can command $75 to $100 depending on condition says Bene Raia, a toy collectible expert and a picker featured on PBS’ “Market Warriors.”
    • Toys based on popular movies and shows might have value in the future, toy experts say.
    • Bene Raia, says the “Star Wars” LEGO toys, like this Death Star, are highly collectible and will continue to be so. Some parents opt to buy one kit for the kids to play with and one for saving intact.
    • Retro toys like Tinkertoys have seen a resurgence and are now made of high density plastic, with pink versions just for girl builders (www.knex.com).
    • A K’NEX Supernova Blast glows in the dark. Today’s building kits were strong sellers at the recent Toy Fair in New York.
    • A KíNEX Robo Creature can be built individually then attached to make even more elaborate creatures. Open ended creativity is something parents are looking for in toy purchases.
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