Champion the World Cup Bear (Japan – Japanese Tag)

Theme: Beanie Babies
Subtheme: Sports
Style Number: 04408
Colour: Brown
Swing Tag Generation: 7, 10
Tush Tag Generation: 11
Birthday: None
Release Date: 04/04/2002
Release Year: 2002
Retirement Date: 18/06/2002
Animal: Bear
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Description

The Japanese version of Champion is a fuzzy, brown bear with black button eyes and a button nose with the Japanese flag on it. It wears a gold ribbon tied around it’s neck. On it’s chest is a badge with the words “2002 FIFA World Cup” on it.

Poem

English Translation
As host to the 2002 FIFA World
Cup along with Korea, Japan is a
relative newcomer to the
competition. The country first
qualified for a FIFA World Cup
berth in the 1998 games in France.

Collectors note

Champion the Bear was introduced on 4th April 2002.

There are 32 different versions of Champion, each representing the countries that were in the 2002 World Cup. This particular bear represents Japan.

There are two types of swing tag for the Japanese Champion the Bear, an English tag and a Japanese tag. This version includes the Japanese swing tag.

Each version of Champion was retired separately on the day that country was eliminated from the 2002 World Cup.

The Japanese Champion the Bear retired on 18th June 2002.

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