Beanie Reviews

Beanie Baby Review – Stripes the Zebra!

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Hi everyone!

As promised earlier this week, I am now going to review another recent Beanie Baby I purchased…Stripes!

Stripes is an adorable white zebra with airbrushed black stripes. He has large, glittery blue button eyes that really stand out from his white fur! His eyes could almost be mistaken for those of a Beanie Boo, but Stripes is from the Beanie Babies range.

His fuzzy mane and the tip of his tail are both white with subtle hints of black mixed in. His muzzle, inner ears and hooves are all pale grey and he has black stitching for his mouth and nostrils.

Stripes has the given Birthday of 17th January and his poem reads as follows:

My stripes help me to hide from danger
I run and hide when I see a stranger!

As you can see from his tush tag, Stripes is made from the trademarked VelveTy material which is very soft to the touch. It also has a subtle sheen to it which catches the light.

My final thoughts on Stripes are that he is incredibly cute and he has the most gorgeous eyes! I definitely think it was the right decision to go with the blue, glittery eyes. I am so glad to have this little guy in my collection now as I had been meaning to get him for ages!

What do you think of Stripes? Do you have him in your collection?

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Ty Flippables Review – Sterling the Leopard!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Hi everyone!

Last weekend, I went for a lovely family day out, but came back with a couple of new additions to my collection!

This time it was the small version of the Ty Flippables, Sterling the leopard (who I am going to review today) and the Beanie Baby, Stripes the zebra (who I will be reviewing shortly).

Here we have Sterling (pictured below).

sterling ty flippables beanie booSterling, as you know, is from the Ty Flippables line, which are essentially Beanie Boos but covered in reversible sequins. Initially, I wasn’t so sure about this range, especially since the sequins on the first dinosaur Flippables (Tremor, Crunch and Stompy) seem to have a few problems flipping and getting caught at weird angles, making them look a bit messy.

But Sterling doesn’t seem to have this problem quite so badly (unless I just got lucky with this one, in which case, I apologise in advance!).

Sterling’s sequins alternate from a bright gold colour to a sparkly silver when you run your hands over them which is strangely satisfying.

Here is Sterling in his silver colour scheme from the front…

Sterling Ty Flippables Beanie Boo front view

…and from the back…

Sterling Ty Flippables Beanie Boo rear viewIsn’t he so sparkly?!

Inside Sterling’s swing tag, he has the given Birthday of 21st May and his poem reads as follows:

Leopards are glamorous! I’m no exception to the rule
In sunlight, I shimmer and shine like the finest of jewels!

My final thoughts on Sterling are that he is a really pretty Flippables addition. Like the line in his poem “In sunlight, I shimmer and shine like the finest of jewels”, he really does shimmer in sunlight quite brightly and he really is a lovely addition to my collection.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and this has given you a good idea of what Sterling looks like in reality.

Do you have this adorable little leopard? If so, add him to your collection in the “My Beanies” area!

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on this little guy!

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I got a special delivery!… – Tremor Flippables Review

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Eeek! I’ve been really excited all week for this delivery to turn up!

Because of the current situation, Royal Mail in the UK have been understandably a bit delayed, so it was a few days later than it would normally have been, but he’s finally here!

Meet Tremor!

Tremor (not this one pictured) recently took a trip into Space aboard the SpaceX ship Crew Dragon with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

This little apatosaurus has taken a trip to my door and I couldn’t be happier!

Tremor was one of the original three Flippables released, the other two being Crunch and Stompy. He was released in both small and medium sizes.

This is a review of the the small version of Tremor.

Tremor is covered in reversible sequins everywhere except for his pink belly, which features a shiny scale pattern. His sequins alternate between blue and pink when you run your hands over them.

Although this is a really cool idea, it doesn’t work quite as smoothly as you’d like it to. However, I do love how sparkly he is.

His swing tag features the Flippables logo on the front and is attached to his left side.

Inside the tag is his birth date, which is on 5th September and his poem which reads:

I only want
Big leaves to eat
They’re always sweet
Such a tasty treat!

Now Tremor can join Crunch in my collection. Now I just need Stompy to complete the original three Flippables!

I hope you enjoyed this review of Tremor!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Beanie Baby Review – Mystery the Loch Ness Monster

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

I’ve lost count how many weeks we’ve been in lockdown now. The only problem with being at home is that I keep coming across new additions to my collection!

One of my latest additions that has just arrived is a UK exclusive Beanie Baby called Mystery.

Mystery Beanie Baby

Mystery is a turquoise Loch Ness Monster that was exclusive to the UK. She has little black button eyes and a white belly. On her side is the Scottish flag, embroidered in blue with a white cross.

Mystery Beanie Baby tush tag

Mystery was only ever available with a UK 13th generation hang tag. These were slightly different than a 13th generation USA tag in that they only say “ORIGINAL BEANIES” instead of “ORIGINAL BEANIE BABIES”. However, both tags featured the holographic star to the left of the lettering.

Mystery Beanie Baby Swing Hang Tag

Inside Mystery’s hang tag, her Birthday is on 22nd June 2004 and her poem reads as follows:

My size and shape a secret so old
Generations of tales greatly told
Any ripples or shadows you see
Just think aloud that it could be me!

Mystery Beanie Baby Swing Hang Tag

I’ve been wanting this Beanie Baby for a little while now, so I’m glad to finally have her in my collection!

Here’s she is pictured from another angle. Isn’t she adorable?!

Mystery Beanie Baby

There are two other Loch Ness Monster Beanie Babies similar in appearance to Mystery. There are two versions of NESS-e (pictured below right), a retail version and an Inverness Centre exclusive version (there were also key clips of both versions of NESS-e) and Enigma (below left), another Inverness Centre exclusive.

Enigma and NESS-e Beanie BabyHave you spotted any of these cute little Loch Ness Monsters before? Do you have them in your collection?

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Mini Boos Series 1 & 2 Unboxing

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday!

Today, I took a rare trip to Poundland (a discount store in the UK), as I needed some supplies. I hadn’t been there for about two months or more (I’ve lost track of time now) but was in desperate need of a few things.

While there I found they are still selling Beanie Boos. The same faces were there from before (Orson, Asha, Aqua, Icy and Zappy) so it doesn’t look like they’ve updated the range recently – at least not in my area. They were also still selling some items of Ty Fashion among the Beanie Boos. One thing I found interesting though were that my local store have started selling series 2 Mini Boos as well as series 1!

I decided to pick up one series 1 and two series 2 boxes.

I’ll start with the series 1 box.

As I’ve said before, there are 12 common Mini Boos available in each series, plus one rare “mystery chaser”. Each box comes with a checklist of all the Mini Boos available in the series (with the exception of the chaser, which is shown as a yellow silhouette with a red “?” over the front.

The common Mini Boos available in Series 1 are Waddles, Slush, Duke, Icy, Kiki, Coconut, Sammy, Fantasia, Bamboo, Leona, Safari and Pinky. The chaser for this series is a rainbow coloured leopard called Dotty.

The Mini Boo I received with this packet was….Coconut!

Coconut is a cute little monkey with a dark brown, fuzzy texture all over his head and body. His glittery purple eyes are surrounded by a cream coloured face and he has a hand-painted nose and mouth.

Next up is the first of my series 2 boxes.

Like the series 1 box, it comes with a little checklist of the Mini Boos available for this series. In series 2, you can get either Blueberry, Boom Boom, Gilbert, Glitter, Ice Cube, Owlette, Precious, Skylar, Squirt, Tabitha, Tasha or Tundra, plus the mystery chaser, Glitz the golden unicorn.

Inside this box was….Precious!

Precious is an adorable bright pink dog with sparkly purple eyes. She has one purple ear and one bright orange ear. Under her left eye is a patch of bright orange and she also has an orange tail.

Finally, now for the last series 2 box.

Pretty much the same as the last box, with the exception of an orange question mark on the front instead of blue. The bag was even the same green colour.

And now to find out which Mini Boo is inside…

Uh-oh! Double trouble!

Well I got another Precious, so now I have two! Oh well, better luck next time! At least they can keep each other company.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Beanie Review – Peachy the Cat

Monday, February 24th, 2020

This weekend, I decided to add another Beanie Boo to my collection, which turned into two Beanie Boos, then two Beanie Boos and four Beanie Babies and THEN two Beanie Boos, four Beanie Babies and a Ty Classic!

I started out bidding on Kiki, then I saw that Jamal had gone down in price on Amazon UK, then I found four Beanie Babies going cheap in a discount store (Tooter, Stinky, white paws Nip and another Peace bear) and then I fell in love with a Ty Classic cat called Peachy.

Today I’m going to review Peachy the long-haired cat.

Peachy is from the Ty Classic line and features luxurious white fur, airbrushed with a very light brown to make her fur appear more real. Her fur is longer on her back and tail.

Her eyes are a gorgeous bright blue colour and she has a cute little peach coloured nose that stands out from the white of her fur. Her whiskers are slightly off-white and her mouth is made from peach coloured thread.

Peachy has a slightly different swing tag from the Beanie Babies range. Her swing tag is a 4th generation Ty Classic tag, which is the same red colour as Beanie Baby swing tags and still features the white “Ty” logo, but features the word “Classic” in gold foil to the upper right of the tag.

The inside of the swing tag doesn’t have a poem like the Beanie Baby range (4th generation onwards or course), but is more akin to 3rd generation Beanie Baby tags with the name (Peachy in this case), and spaces to write “To” and “From”.

The tush tag is quite simple and doesn’t feature a name like on Beanie Baby or Beanie Boo tags. It is also made from a different type of fabric, with more of an embroidered feel to it.

I really like how realistic Peachy looks, and its one of the reasons I couldn’t resist adding her to my collection. She is slightly under-stuffed, so you can pose her lying down or sat up (pictured below).

Ty Classics aren’t the most common collectible Ty produce (Beanie Babies and Beanie Boos are more popular for collectors), however they are so well made, and have such attention to detail that Beanie Babies and Beanie Boos just don’t have (although I love them all!).

What do you think of Peachy?

Do you have any Ty Classics in your collection? Please let me know your favourites in the comments section!

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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Beanie Boos

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Yesterday I posted an article about my top five Valentine’s Day Beanie Babies. Well today, I’m going to talk about my top five Valentine’s Day Beanie Boos!

So I’ll start off with one of my favourite monkeys.

1. Casanova

Casanova is special to me as I received him myself for Valentine’s Day.

This cute little brown monkey was released in 2010 and holds a large, pink love heart in his paws. He is slightly older than the other Beanie Boos I’m going to talk about today and has a purple 2nd generation hang tag.

His poem reads:

My temperature’s high and my vision’s a blur
I have a bad case of jungle
Love for sure!

Casanova was also released in a medium size and as a key clip.

2. Romeo

Romeo looks like a bit like a Boston Terrier or a French Bulldog, I’m not quite sure which, but he sure is cute!

He is a gorgeous hot pink colour and holds a shiny red heart in his jaws, ready to give to his new owner!

His poem reads:

This special day, I give you my heart
Treat it well and we’ll never part!

Romeo was also released in a medium size.

3. Junglelove

Junglelove is a pale pink giraffe covered in hot pink patches. He is such a cutie with his little red heart, tiny red hooves and large pink eyes!

His poem reads:

I’m a romantic giraffe I surely think
Even my body is red and pink!

Junglelove was also released in a medium size and as a key clip.

4. Reagan

Reagan technically hasn’t been released yet, but I just had to put her on the list!

I just think her pink, curly hair is so adorable, as is her little pink, heart-shaped nose!

She is expected to be released very soon and currently her poem is unknown (I’ll update this as soon as I find out).

And finally…

5. Dainty

Dainty has the same pink, curly fur as Reagan, and looks so cute with her tiny wings and her sparkly beak, which holds a shiny hot pink heart.

Her poem reads:

No need to say anything, There is no special lingo.
I will forever be yours, your Valentine flamingo!

Dainty was also released in a medium size.

What are your favourite Valentine’s Day Beanie Boos? Who else do you think should be on this list?

 

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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Beanie Babies

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I have decided to compile a list of my top five personal favourite Valentine’s Day Beanie Babies!

1. Valentino

Valentino was one of the first Beanie Baby bears I got (along with Halo and Fuzz) so has a sentimental value to me.

His poem reads as follows:

His heart is red and full of love
He cares for you so give him a hug
Keep him close when feeling blue
Feel the love he has for you!

Although I love Valentino, there is so much false information out there about him, mainly regarding his rarity and value.

To clear things up a bit, Valentino is only worth any more than a few dollars when he has a 2nd or 3rd generation swing tag, the 2nd generation being worth several hundreds of dollars if it is in absolutely mint condition.

There was a rumour that if Valentino has a brown nose then he is worth more. The truth is that all Valentino bears had a brown nose. There was no other colour variation available.

Finally, errors in the tag add absolutely nothing to his value. Tag errors were produced in the millions and are very common among most Beanie Babies.

Having said that, I love Valentino and think he’s a lovely bear.

2. Lovely

Lovely is an adorable little white dog covered in a red heart pattern. She reminds me a bit of a dalmatian dog as the heart pattern looks a bit like red spots and I just love the bright red ribbon she has tied around her neck.

Her poem reads:

A wagging dog so cute and sweet
Is bringing you a special treat
Many warm hugs meant just for you
A more lovely pup you never knew!

So cute!

3. Garfield – Happy Valentine’s Day

I’m sure you have all heard of Garfield the cat, the popular comic series created by Jim Davis. Since he has appeared in his own TV series and even feature length movies.

The cynical, lasagne-loving feline has even been made into a few licensed Beanie Babies, one of which is the “Happy Valentine’s Day” version, pictured above.

His poem reads:

Love is splitting the
last plate of
pasta!

4. Romance

Romance is one of the newer “pot belly” design teddy bears, in fact she was the first to feature this new look.

She is a pale pink with highlights of hot pink mixed in and has a cute little heart-shaped nose.

Her poem reads:

Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance
To give some love and show romance
This little bear can hardly wait
She wants to help you celebrate!

And finally…

5. Smoothie

Smoothie was a cute white giraffe covered in bright red hearts. Her gorgeous fluffy red mane runs down her long neck and she has a tuft of bright red fur on the end of her tail.

Smoothie’s poem reads:

I will search high in the trees
For someone that I can squeeze
My Valentine will meet me there
And we will make the perfect pair!

What did you think of this list? What are your favourite Valentine’s Day Beanie Babies.

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Mini Boos Unboxing – Series 1

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Another Poundland find this weekend!

Last week I reviewed Zappy as I found him and a few other Beanie Boos, including Orson and Nori in Poundland for only £2! As I previously mentioned, Poundland is a UK discount store that sells items for between £1-5.

This time, I came home with one of the Mini Boos!

Mini Boos are hand-painted figurine versions of Beanie Boos that come in a concealed box with a question mark on the front.

I had previously purchased one of the Mini Boos from Poundland and I received Kiki (pictured below), a cute grey tabby cat with a pink bow. When I came back to buy another one, they had all sold out! However, they now have a new batch in stock again! Yay!

On the back of the box are all the pictures of all the Mini Boos available in the series. This box happens to be from the first series. The only Mini Boo not pictured is what is known as the “Mystery Chaser”, a rare Mini Boo that is only available in smaller quantities.

Inside each box is a bagged Mini Boo figurine and a Mini Boos checklist. For some reason, I’ve ended up with two checklists. I’m pretty sure there is only meant to be one as that was what I got with Kiki originally.

Each checklist has the different Mini Boos available for each series with their picture, name and a circle that you can tick when you get each one. There is also a Mystery Chaser picture that you can tick if you’re lucky enough to get it.

Finally, it was time for me to open the box and the Mini Boo inside was…Safari! The Safari Mini Boo is based on the Beanie Boo, also called Safari, who was released in 2010.

Isn’t he adorable?

Safari will sit nicely on my desk alongside the Kiki Mini Boo I got previously. I’m sure more will join them both at some point.

Here they are pictured together.

There are currently four series of Mini Boos available, and I’m now hooked! And this is just the first series!

Do you have any Mini Boos in your collection?

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Beanie Boo Review – Zappy the Platypus

Monday, January 27th, 2020

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?

 

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