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Beanie Boo Review – Zappy the Platypus

January 27th, 2020 by Rachel

Yesterday, I went into town to do some shopping and came home with an unexpected bargain from Poundland! For those in the USA who follow my website, Poundland is a nationwide discount store in the UK that sells things from £1 up to about £5. They are literally in every town and city in the UK that you come across.

Anyway, I just happened to notice that they had a selection of Beanie Boos in store! The Beanie Boos in stock at the time were Icy, Asha, Orson, Aqua, Nori, Zappy and Cinnamon. They also had Aqua and Icy in the medium size and various Ty Gear. I decided to buy Zappy the Platypus as I didn’t have him in my collection yet.

Zappy was released in 2019 in both the small and medium sizes of Beanie Boo. He is a purple, pink, blue and white platypus with a fluffy body except for his lavender coloured belly, which is made from the smoother Ty Silk material. His eyes (shown below) are glittery purple and slightly smaller than that of most Beanie Boos. His flippers and bill are made from sparkly turquoise fabric, covered in glitter.

He has a 4th generation Beanie Boo swing tag with the red background and yellow “Beanie Boos” logo and “Ty” written in white. Earlier Beanie Boos had a purple swing tag with a yellow “Ty” logo and “Beanie Boos” written in a pale blue font.

Written inside right of his swing tag is his name, Birthday, which is on 15th September, and a poem. The poem reads as follows:

I’m a platypus who likes to swim
So I’ll never, never need a gym!

The Zappy I bought has the version of the two-tag C1 tush tag that was distributed in the UK (with the Portsmouth address stuck over the front of the USA Oakbrook, IL address).

My overall impression of Zappy is that I just adore the colour of his fur! I think the combination of purples, blues and pinks really compliment each other well (I may be a bit biased as I just LOVE purple!). I think he makes a brilliant addition to the Beanie Boos range (and to my personal collection).

For the information of those in the UK, the price on the shelf for Zappy was £3, which I thought was a pretty good deal. However, when I went to the checkout, he was actually priced at £2! Even better!

What do you think of Zappy?

 

Simba and Nala Beanie Babies

January 24th, 2020 by Rachel

I was six years old when The Lion King was released and it quickly became one of my favourite movies of all time. When I heard Ty were releasing Simba and Nala Beanie Babies for the release of the live action movie, needless to say I was thrilled!

Simba and Nala were released at the same time as part of the Disney Sparkle range of Beanie Babies. They are an incredibly good likeness to the characters in the movie. I love all the little details on them like their glittery eyes and the little tufts of fur on their tail. I think Ty have done a really good job with them!

So far, I haven’t seen the live action version of The Lion King. I’ve been skeptical about it being as good as the original, but I’m trying to keep an open mind. I’m sure I’ll watch it at some point.

Do you have Simba and/or Nala in your collection?

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Aphrodite – The New Valentine’s Day Beanie Boo!

January 23rd, 2020 by Rachel

Looking for the perfect gift for a Beanie Boo collector this Valentine’s Day? Then you’re in luck!

Aphrodite is a brand new Valentine’s Day Beanie Boo! She is a cute, bright pink and white husky with an embroidered, sparkly pink love heart on her chest.

Her Birthday is on 20th July and her poem reads:

You and I will share a love so dear
Best friends we will be all through the year!

So far, Aphrodite is only available as a small Beanie Boo, but I’ll update you if there are any further sizes released.

Are you planning on giving Aphrodite as a gift this Valentine’s Day?

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New Beanie Boo – Slippers the Rabbit

January 22nd, 2020 by Rachel

There have been a few Beanie Boos and Flippables released recently and plenty more to come (Ty really have treated us this year!), but by far one of my favourites is Slippers.

Slippers is a cute white rabbit made with the signature Ty Silk fabric. She has large, pink glittery eyes and shiny pink fabric for her inner ears.

What I love about Slippers is the extra little details on her. She wears adorable rabbit slippers on her feet which not only feature sparkly pink ears like their wearer, but also tiny embroidered black eyes and a pink nose! So cute!

Slippers’ Birthday is on 10th May and the poem on her hang tag reads as follows:

A cute little bunny with slippers to match
I will hop all around for you to catch!

She is available in stores worldwide. Have you got Slippers in your collection? If so, feel free to add her to your collection page!

I will be posting further updates to other Beanie Boo releases shortly, so watch this space!

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Upcoming Beanie Boo Koala to Help Australian Wildlife

January 20th, 2020 by Rachel

Meet Katy.

Katy is an adorable Koala Beanie Boo due to hit stores in March this year.

Ty announced that they would be releasing Katy to help raise funds for the Australian animal rescue organisation, WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) and that 100% of the profits from the sale of Katy will go towards rescuing wildlife during the devastating wildfires that are currently sweeping across Australia.

WIRES are based in New South Wales, but have been working nationally for a while now, with over 2500 volunteers rescuing animals across the country.

 

WIRES was recommended by the Koala Foundation and other not-for-profit organisations to receive the donations as the situation is far beyond what they can cope with and WIRES have the best resources and national reach to handle this enormous task.

My thoughts go out to those who are having to cope during this dreadful time. I can’t even begin to imagine what you must be going through. Please, stay safe.

If you wish to donate to WIRES, please do so through their website.

Katy will be released worldwide sometime in March.

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Beanie Birthday – Sunburst the Crab!

June 4th, 2019 by Rachel

Today is is the 4th June, which means it’s Sunburst the Crab’s Birthday!

Sunburst was a Beanie Baby released on 28th February 2007. She is a bright pink crab covered in a summery white hibiscus flower print!

Sunburst came with a 15th generation hang tag and her poem is as follows:

Here in my island paradise
The weather’s warm; the breeze so nice
I’ll sun myself on the warm sand
Life on the beach is truly grand!

This cute little Beanie was retired only 10 months later on 27th December 2007.

Do you have Sunburst in your collection?

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Asuka – The New Japan Exclusive Beanie Boo!

April 25th, 2019 by Rachel

Meet Asuka.

Asuka is a cute, sparkly blue shark with a white belly and bright blue glittery eyes. His Birthday is on 13th December.

Asuka’s poem reads as follows:

I swim in the ocean
I am a fearsome shark
And if I bite you
I’ll leave a nasty mark.

This little shark is exclusively available in Japan and currently not much is known about him and seems to be impossible to find anything out about him. I have found conflicting information as to whether he has even been released yet.

Any information on this elusive shark Beanie Boo would be very much appreciated!

What do you think about Asuka?

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Bonnie and Tulip Flippables!

April 16th, 2019 by Rachel

Easter is nearly upon us, and so are two new Spring-themed Flippables!

The first of these is Bonnie, a cute little rabbit with white and pink sequins. Her white, fuzzy belly is the only part of her, except her white muzzle, pink inner ears, hands and feet that is not covered in sequins.

Bonnie’s poem reads:

When you see how sparkly I am
You’ll want to jump and hop
If you rub my head, back and forth
You’ll never want to stop!

Her Birthday is on 4th May.

Here is Bonnie is pictured below. Isn’t she adorable?!

Another new Easter-themed Flippable is Tulip.

Tulip is a little lamb with silver and pink/white flippable sequins that is just too adorable to resist! Her sequins replace her wool, and almost cover her entire body apart from her peach-coloured face and her sparkly pink hooves.

Her poem reads:

I’m a lamb but have no wool
My coat is sequin Flippable!

Tulip’s Birthday is on 27th April.

Take a look at Tulip, pictured below:

What do you think of these two Springtime Flippables? Do you own have them in your collection yet?

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McDonalds Happy Meal 40th Anniversary Teeny Ty Collection

April 8th, 2019 by Rachel

Check out these little cuties!

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Happy Meal, McDonalds have released a total of 36 different Teeny Tys to collect!

There are twelve different named Teeny Tys, but each animal comes in three different colour variations!

The Teeny Tys to look out for are:

You’ll have to be quick to add them to your collection as the promotion ends sometime later in April!

The picture above shows the full range of McDonalds Teeny Tys available to collect.

So far these Teeny Tys are only available in the USA and I’m not sure if they will be available elsewhere yet. Disappointingly, they aren’t available in McDonalds in the UK, which is where I’m based. If they are available anywhere else, please let me know!

Do you have any in your collection yet?

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The Top 10 Best Pig Beanie Babies!

February 5th, 2019 by Rachel

Today is the start of the Chinese New Year, and this year is the Year of the Pig!

According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the year of the pig are hard-working, optimistic and enthusiastic!

As this year is the Year of the Pig, I have compiled a list of ten of the best pig Beanie Babies (in my opinion, of course).

Here are my favourite pig Beanie Babies, in no particular order.

1. Knuckles the Pig

Knuckles was released back in April 1999.

I always thought this little piggie reminded me of Babe the sheep pig. I liked how she had different coloured trotters to the rest of her and I adore her blue ribbon!

2. Luau the Pig

Luau was released on 29th April 2004.

This little pig could have possibly been named a little more tastefully as her name, Luau, is the name of a traditional Hawaiian party, where the main dish is Kālua pig.

However, I think this cute little pig deserves to be mentioned in this list.

3. Wilbur the Pig

Wilbur is based on the character of the same name from the E. B. White book, Charlotte’s Web.

In the story, Wilbur is a pig that’s destined for the plate, when his friend, a barn spider named Charlotte, saves him from his fate by writing messages in her web to convince the farmer that Wilbur is special and to spare him.

4. Squealer the Pig

I thought Squealer deserved to be on the list considering he was one of the first Beanie Babies released!

This little guy was one of the original nine, along with Chocolate, Legs, Pinchers, Cubbie, Flash, Patti, Splash and Spot.

5. Stubby the Pig

Stubby was a cute little pig released in 2004.

He is a little different to most pigs released by Ty. Instead of the usual peach/pink coloured pigs, he has a beautiful white fur covered in black patches, almost like a Dalmatian!

6. Zodiac Pig

Since it is Chinese New Year, I couldn’t leave out the Zodiac Pig!

This Chinese Zodiac themed Pig was released in 2000, along with all the other animals of the Chinese Zodiac. These included, the Pig, Monkey, Ox, Goat, Dragon, Rabbit, Rooster, Tiger, Snake and Horse.

7. Grunt the Razorback

 

This scary-looking Beanie Baby is called Grunt.

Grunt is a Razorback, a type of Wild Boar. His tag says that although he looks kind of scary, he’s actually a bit of a big softie.

8. Tepig

Tepig is a pig Pokemon from the Pokemon game and TV series.

Although he isn’t your traditional pig Beanie Baby, Tepig is based on pig characteristics.

Tepig was released along with five other Pokemon Beanie Babies. These were Pikachu, Pansage, Oshawott, Axew and Snivy.

9. The Tale of Pigling Bland

Pigling Bland was a character from the Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Pigling Bland.

The Pigling Bland Beanie Baby was exclusively available in the UK. He was usually found with the words “Pigling Bland” in blue thread on his brown jacket. However, there was also a variation with gold thread which was exclusive to The World of Beatrix Potter, which is an attraction in Cumbria, and Harrods.

And finally…

10. 2007 Zodiac Pig

This Zodiac pig was released in 2006 ready for the Year of the Pig in 2007.

He is similar in design to Wilbur, but he wears a red collar around his neck.

This Zodiac pig was an Asia-Pacific exclusive Beanie Baby, unlike the 2000 Zodiac Pig, which was available worldwide.

Your thoughts

Do you have a favourite pig Beanie Baby on this list? Or do you have another favourite pig Beanie Baby that I’ve left out? Feel free to share your favourite in the comments!

Happy Chinese New Year!

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