When Nickelodeon launched in 1979, the fledgling network's primary goal was to entertain kids. Today, nearly 40 years after its launch, Nick is a major player in the entertainment industry — and a flagship provider of kids programming.
Whether it's cartoon hits like Rugrats and SpongeBob Squarepants or live-action favorites like Are You Afraid of the Dark? or iCarly, Nickelodeon's proved time and time again it knows how to hook young audiences.
Of course, the network's had plenty of help appealing to kids thanks to its colorful cartoon characters and slew of merchandise. Nick's been able to build a unique identity expanding beyond simple toys based on its shows, producing everything from telephones and alarm clocks to sellable slime and more.
We're paying homage to Nickelodeon by revisiting some of our favorite Nick-themed toys and merchandise to see just how much they're actually worth today.
Note: We based our current selling prices on listings from Amazon and eBay. You might find these items priced differently elsewhere. And as always, value varies based on the condition of your collectibles.
Current Selling Price: $10 - $50
Early Nick shows like You Can't Do That On Television and Double Dare used plenty of that legendary green slime, drenching everyone in sight. Luckily, you could get some of that slime-inspired goodness at home thanks to Gak. First released in 1992, Gak was more solid than slime (which had been released for purchase earlier), allowing you to actually hold it in your hands and play with it.
Nick made several versions of Gak, including glow-in-the dark Gak, scented Gak and even color changing Gak. Your old Gak probably isn't worth a ton today, but prices will vary depending on which kind of Gak you have.
Current Selling Price: $10 - $150
Gooze was essentially a spin-off of Gak, made during the late '90s and early '00s as a tie-in to Double Dare 2000. It was transparent, bouncy, stretchy and pretty weird. Best of all, you could ball up your Gooze and shove it down a glass to make a fart noise. This is the kind of toy every kid needed. Prices vary wildly depending on which variety of Gooze you've got.
1997 Tommy Pickles Doll
Current Selling Price: $10 - $20
Rugrats is easily one of Nickelodeon's most successful cartoons, with a 13-year run that also included three movies and a spin-off series. So it's no shock that the show spawned tons of merch and toys. Unfortunately, most of those toys — like this Tommy Pickles doll — aren't worth a ton of money today. Still, if you have toys in perfect condition you might be able to get a little money for them.
Nickelodeon Time Blaster
Current Selling Price: $40 - $100
Thankfully, Nickelodeon diversified from the weird, slimy substance industry with items like the Time Blaster. A decked out alarm clock, the Time Blaster came with customizable alarm sounds and a working AM/FM radio — making your mornings a lot more fun. Also, "time blaster" sounds a lot cooler than "alarm clock."
Nickelodeon Talk Blaster
Current Selling Price: $25 - $70
The Talk Blaster brought Nick's kid-friendly style to the telephone, once again with custom sounds for the ringer as well as a big red button to test out those noises. It also glowed green when you got a call, which was pretty sweet.
Nickelodeon Photo Blaster
Current Selling Price: $25 - $60
The Photo Blaster was the most basic item in the Blaster series. It was just a Nickelodeon-themed camera. No crazy sounds, no wild flashing lights — it just took pictures. Still, for a toy camera this one had a fun design and was easy to use. Just point and shoot and you'll capture some sweet shots.
Blue's Clues Notepad
Current Selling Price: $10 - $20
Thankfully, if you were a younger kid you could get plenty of Nick Jr. themed toys. And considering the popularity of Blue's Clues, it's no shock that the network produced these notepads modeled after that of host Steve. You could even place your own Blue paw prints around the house to mark clues at home.
SpongeBob Squarepants Waterbabies Doll
Current Selling Price: $40 - $170
This doll is included on our list because of its next level insane design. Waterbabies Dolls are already a weird concept — they're dolls you fill with warm water to make them feel like a real baby — and now you can get one in a SpongeBob Squarepants costume. This toy really just speaks to the popularity of SpongeBob — slap him on anything and it'll sell.
Nickelodeon GUTS Super Nintendo Game
Current Selling Price: $10 - $450
Nick's inspired plenty of video games throughout its history, but we'll always remember the GUTS game for SNES. Based on the competition show of the same name, the video game had you compete in extreme sports events just like contestants on TV. If you have a beat up, used copy of the game it's worth practically nothing. But if you have this one in perfect condition left in its box then you could make some serious cash.
Did you have any Nickelodeon toys as a kid? What were some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.