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Top 10 Halloween Beanie Babies

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A few days ago I did a post where I compiled a list of my favourite ten Halloween Beanie Boos. In this post, I will be listing out my favourite ten Beanie Babies

As with before, this list is in no particular order.

1. BAT-e the Bat


BAT-e was a Ty store exclusive Beanie Baby. He is similar in appearance (albeit a different colour) to the earlier, Batty the bat, with the inclusion of two tiny white fangs. I love the spooky black/orange combination of some Halloween beanies! His birthday is also on 31st October!

2. Alacazam the Dog


Alacazam was released back in 2010 and with his birthday coming up in a week’s time, he’s soon to be five years old! This cute little dog has the same black/orange colour scheme as Bat-e and wears a witches hat costume.

3. Baron Van Pyre


Baron Van Pyre isn’t the first vampire bear Beanie Baby. He is almost identical to a previous vampire bear called Count. The only difference between them is Baron Van Pyre’s belt and bow-tie are made from red material and Count’s are purple. The only reason I chose Baron Van Pyre instead of Count is that I just love his name!

4. Fraidy the Cat


Fraidy is one of my favourite Beanie Babies, let alone Halloween themed Beanie Babies. I don’t know what it is about her that I love. I think it might be the eyes. She has gorgeous, bright orange cats eyes that stand out from her black fur. Fraidy was released in 2000. It was also her birthday was 10 days ago, making her fifteen years old!

5. Tremble the Dog


Next up is Tremble. This little Scottie dog wears a cute purple dog coat. According to his poem, he is scared of Halloween, darkness, and all sorts of various things, which seems to make him appear cuter! His birthday is on Halloween, so he will be terrified when he turns eight years old next Saturday!

6. Ghostio the Ghost


Ghostio is named after Romeo from the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. He carries a “trick or treat” bag ready to store goodies in on Halloween. He also has a girlfriend, Ghouliette, who is also a ghost.

7. Ghouliette the Ghost


You can’t have Ghostio without Ghouliette! This cute little girl ghost has an orange ribbon tied in her “hair”. She also holds a “trick or treat” bag, ready to go trick or treating with her boyfriend, Ghostio.

8. Hello Kitty with Bat Costume


I’ve always loved Sanrio characters, so Hello Kitty had to make it on the list somewhere. This variation of Hello Kitty wears a bat costume, which is perfect for trick or treating. On her head, she wears a bright orange bow covered in black polka dots.

9. Scarem the Bat


This little bat is not to be confused with the Scarem from the previous Top 10 Halloween Beanie Boos list. Scarem was released back in 2007, making him eight years old. I love the contrast between his star and moon covered orange wings and his purple feet and ears.

And finally…

10. Frightful the Cat


Frightful was released back in 2006 and was exclusively available at Borders stores. This adorable little cat is made from the same fuzzy material of Fraidy. He wears a cute little witches hat with a tiny bat hanging from the top of it. I really love Frightful’s deep green eyes and how the colours on his belly look like a giant candy corn.

Today is National Bring Your Teddy to Work and School Day!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


As you can see from the title, today was National Bring Your Teddy to Work and School Day!

Ty have released many teddies over the years. Beanie Babies, Beanie Boos, Beanie Buddies, Attic Treasures, Ty Classic, etc, all have various teddies all in different styles and colours.

Some teddies are rarer than others, with the Billionaire bears fetching over $200-400 each!

Some were released for charity. Aware was released to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

There have been Christmas bears, like the 1999 Holiday Teddy, St. Patrick’s Day bears, like Clover, and Easter bears like Bonnet.

Ty even released some to mark that very special day that a boy or girl is born into the world.

Did you bring a teddy bear to work or school today?

MLB and NFL Beanie Babies begin to hit the shelves

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Ty have released a range of MLB (Major League Baseball and NFL (National Football League) bears.

All of the bears have the first letter of the team they represent on the nose and the team logo on their chest.

The MLB bears released include: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.

The NFL bears include: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Cecil now available at The Entertainer stores in the UK

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Cecil has now appeared at The Entertainer stores in the UK!

The Cecil Beanie Baby was announced in August with all the profits from the sale of the beanie going to WILDCRU.

It was said that Cecil would start appearing in late September to early October.

Cecil has also been spotted at a Learning Express store in Franklin, Tennessee via their Instagram page.

The Entertainer are also selling Cecil via Amazon UK with all the profits going to WILDCRU.

Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby spotted at Learning Express store!

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Ty Warner introduces Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby - 100% of profits from the original sale to WildCRU, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford in Oxford England. (PRNewsFoto/Ty Inc.)

Learning Express in Franklin, Tennessee have posted a photo on their Instagram page showing that they have a limited stock of Cecil the Lion Beanie Babies in stock!

The Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby was announced by Ty last month with all of the profits from the sale of Cecil going to raise funds for WILDCRU to aid in conservation efforts in Zimbabwe.

It was said that Cecil would be released in late September so hopefully more should be on their way to stores soon.

To see the Learning Express photo, click here.

Have you spotted Cecil in any stores yet?

Cecil Beanie Baby could be available at the end of the month!

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Ty Warner made an announcement in August that Ty Inc. would be releasing a lion Beanie Baby in honour of Cecil the lion, the famous Zimbabwean lion who was tragically killed.

Ty hoped to raise awareness for animal conservation by releasing a Beanie Baby named Cecil and donate all the profits to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WILDCRU).

Ty Warner made a statement about the release of the Beanie Baby, saying “Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil”.

According to a Ty spokeswoman, Cecil will be available in stores at the end of this month at the price of $5.99 with all profits going to WILDCRU, who were monitoring Cecil at the time, to help with ongoing conservation efforts and research into enabling humans and wildlife to co-exist together.

Beanie Baby Swing Tags

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Tags are very important in the world of Beanie Babies. If a Beanie Baby is missing a tag it’s value can decrease by up to half!

As you may already know, Beanie Babies have  two types of tag, a swing tag and a tush tag. A swing tag is the red heart-shaped tag that usually hangs from your Beanie Baby’s ear or wing. A tush tag is the fabric tag that is attached to the Beanie Baby’s rear end!

This post talks about swing tags.

There are currently 19 generations of swing tag, each with their own differences. There are also variations between different parts of the world, for example, a 17th generation swing tag in the UK and EU is different from a swing tag from the USA. This post will go on to explain each generation of swing tag and highlight any differences between countries.

1st Generation

This was the very first generation of swing tag appearing at the beginning of 1994. It was just a simple red heart with Ty written on the front in white. The original Ty logo consisted of very thin writing compared to the thicker logo of today. Surrounding the edge of the heart is a gold border.

This swing tag was the only generation of tag not to open like a book. Instead it was a simple tag that had the Beanie Baby’s name and style number on the back. Beanies coming to the UK with a 1st generation swing tag had a white sticker stuck to the rear side of the tag and the very first Beanie Babies to enter the UK were forced to have a white rectangular swing tag instead of the heart-shaped tag to conform to UK laws that required plush toys to have the “CE” mark present. Only the original nine had these tags.

1st generation Beanie Babies were either made in China or Korea.

2nd Generation

The 2nd generation of swing tags were introduced in Spring 1994. the first to open like a book. These tags still had the skinny Ty logo and were sometimes called a “double tag”.

The inside of the tag is white and on the left hand side is written where the Beanie Baby was distributed from. This can either be the address for North America, Germany or the UK. On the right hand side is the name of the Beanie Baby followed by the style number. Underneath the name can either be a To/From section or copyright and care information. On the back is the barcode and the words “Retain tag for reference”.

These tags were only available on Beanies with 1st generation tush tags.

3rd Generation

The 3rd generation of swing tags started using the newer thicker Ty logo, known as the “bubble font Ty logo”, which was white and outlined in gold. They started appearing in Spring 1995. This generation still opened like a book.

Inside the tag is very similar to the 2nd generation in that the name and style number of the Beanie Baby are still located on the right hand side, followed by a To/From section. Some versions of this generation have a trademark symbol after the word “Babies” in “The Beanie Babies Collection” and later versions of the tag have added Ty’s corporate addresses to the left hand side.

At the top of the rear of the tag it now says that you should remove the tag before giving it to a child. The CE mark has now appeared next to the barcode. Underneath the barcode it says “Retain Tag for Reference” followed by “Surface Wash”.

These swing tags appear on Beanie Babies with 1st and 2nd generation tush tags dated 1993 and 1995.

4th Generation

The 4th generation of swing tags started to appear in Spring 1996 and added a yellow star to the top right of the Ty logo with the words ‘ORIGINAL BEANIE BABY” inside the star written in black capital lettering. The gold outline has disappeared from the Ty logo, which has shrunk a little to fit the star on the tag.

The inside of the tag has had a bit of an overhaul. Next to the name of the Beanie Baby is a â„¢ symbol. The style number is still present, however, the To/From section has disappeared to make way for a short background poem about the Beanie Baby. Ty’s web address has also been added underneath the poem.

On the back of the tag, the words “For ages 3 and up” has appeared between “Retain Tag for Reference” and “Surface Wash”

There can be a 3rd, 4th or 5th generation tush tag present with the 4th generation swing tag, each dated either 1993, 1995 or 1996.

5th Generation

The 5th generation emerged at the start of 1998. In many ways they were like the 4th generation. The font inside and outside the tag has now been changed to Comic Sans.

At the top left of the inside of the swing tag, there is now an ® next to “The Beanie Babies Collection.

Ty UK and Ty Deutschland have now been taken off the corporate addresses and replaced with Ty Europe and Ty Canada. the Ty Europe address can either be Fareham, Hants or Gosport, Hampshire (sometimes misspelled Gasport).

The Beanie Baby’s birthday is now spelled out in full and the style number has vanished.

Some tags have misspelled “Surface Wash” as “Suface Wash”. Most of these have also misspelled “ORIGINAL” as “ORIGIINAL” on the yellow star on the front of the tag.

These swing tags should come with 6th, 7th or 8th generation tush tags.

6th Generation

The 6th generation appeared in 2000. The yellow star on the front of the 4th and 5th generation tags has been replaced with a holographic star with “2000” written across it in yellow.

These tags still feature the Beanie Baby’s name, birthday and poem on the left of the inside of the tag.

The corporate addresses have now been simplified to the just the locations, such as Ty Inc., Ty Canada, Ty Europe, and now, Ty Japan.

The barcode on the rear has reduced in size to make way for the words “safety precaution”.

6th Generation Zodiac

The 6th generation also brought with it the Zodiac swing tag. This was reserved exclusively for the Zodiac range of Beanie Babies depicting animals from the Chinese Zodiac.

This tag replaces the holographic “2000” star with the word “Zodiac” in gold foil writing.

The rest of this tag is identical to the regular 6th generation swing tags.

7th Generation

This generation appeared in early 2000 and was only used for Beanie Babies shipped to the UK and Germany.

The 7th generation still uses the holographic star, but has replaced the “2000” with the word “Beanies” written in yellow across the star.

The corporate addresses have been changed to allow room for the full Ty Europe address in Gosport (sometimes misspelled as Gasport).

This swing tag was used on Ty Europe Beanie Babies right up until the 13th generation tag began to appear.

8th Generation

The 8th generation began to appear in January 2001. The holographic star has now shrunk to allow the word “Beanie” to appear over the top of it and “Baby” underneath, both written in yellow.

This tag was not available with Ty Europe Beanie Babies.

Inside the tag is absolutely identical to the 6th generation swing tags. The rear is also exactly the same.

9th Generation

The 9th generation of swing tags appeared in Summer 2001. They are almost identical to the 8th generation, except for where the words surrounding the holographic used to read “Beanie Baby”, it now reads “Beanie Babies” in yellow writing.

On the rear of the tag, the wording has slightly changed on the safety information.

These tags were issued to Beanie Babies distributed in the US and Canada only, and didn’t appear in Europe.

Birthday Bear Tags

Birthday Bears began to appear in July 2001 with these swing tags. They appeared at the same time as the 9th generation.

The front of these swing tags differ to the 9th generation in that the holographic star has disappeared and been replaced with a yellow birthday cake with seven red and green candles on top. Inside the birthday cake, the month that the bear represents is written in multicoloured lettering.

The inside has also changed. On the left hand side, the month that the bear represents is written in capital lettering. Underneath, it either has a poem (earlier bears) or states who shares a birthday on that month (later bears). On the right hand side, HAPPY BIRTHDAY is written and underneath is a To/From section. The website address is located under the To/From section.

10th Generation

The 10th generation appeared in January 2002.

The holographic star has now changed to the words “Beanie Babies” written in yellow on two separate lines. Five tiny holographic stars sit above the writing.

The 10th generation was only attached to Beanie Babies distributed in the US and Canada.

11th Generation

The 11th generation appeared in December of 2002.

Further changes have been made to the front. Where the five stars on the top right of the previous tag were, there is now a holographic “10” above the yellow “Beanie Babies” followed by a small white star with “yrs” written inside it.

The inside of these tags remain identical to the 10th generation apart from now two locations have been added to Ty’s corporate address list. These are Ty Asia and Ty Australia.

Beanie Baby of the Month (BBOM)

The Beanie Baby of the Month swing tags started appeared in January 2003.

On these tags, the yellow “Beanie Babies” in the top right and the “10 yrs” have been replaced by a yellow “Beanie Baby of the Month” badge with white lines emanating from it.

The inside of the Beanie Baby of the Month swing tags are identical to the 11th generation tags. This is considered by some to be an offshoot of the 11th generation given it’s similarities.

12th Generation (US)

The US version of the 12th generation swing tags replaced the “10 yrs” with the word “Original” in holographic writing above the yellow “Beanie Babies” writing and added a holographic splash underneath.

The inside of the 12th generation is the same as the 11th generation.

There are slight variations of this swing tag. The State exclusive bears have a slightly different tag from other Beanie Babies, replacing the poem inside the swing tag with facts about the State they are representing and a State flag replaces the corporate addresses and includes further information about the State, such as the State’s official web address.

12th Generation (EU)

This is the first change in the UK swing tags since the 7th generation.

The EU version of this swing tag is very similar to the US 12th generation, apart from the yellow “Beanie Babies” only says “Beanies”.

The inside of the tag is very similar to the US version, except that it now has the full Ty Europe address in Gosport.

An new white tag is now present just behind the swing tag because of safety regulations.

Beanie Baby Tush Tags

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Tush tags are the small fabric tags that are attached to a Beanie Baby’s rear end. There are 13 generations of tush tag, each with slight differences. There are also Canadian tush tags, and a few rare Beanie Babies have an embroidered tush tag.

Below each tag is explained in detail and features a picture for easy identification.

1st Generation

The original Beanie Baby tush tags were black and white in colour. Beanie Babies with this tag will also have either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation swing tag. The copyright dates dates on these tags should either be 1993 or 1995 and these tags may say “For ages 3 and up” and some tags have CE written on them. The name if the Beanie Baby will not be written on the tush tag.

This generation of tush tag will either have “HANDMADE IN CHINA” or “HANDMADE IN KOREA” written on it.

2nd Generation

The 2nd generation began to use the red heart with “Ty” written inside on the tush tag. An ® symbol can be seen to the lower right of the heart logo. The 1993 or 1995 copyright dates can be seen on these tush tags.

These tags will either say “MADE IN CHINA” or “MADE IN KOREA” on them

The 2nd generation tush tags still don’t feature the name of the Beanie Baby. The first tags in this generation state “For ages 3 and up” but the later releases don’t.

3rd Generation

The 3rd generation added the words “The Beanie Babies Collectionâ„¢” to the top of the tush tag. The red heart has decreased in size but still has the ® symbol to the lower right of the heart.

The name of the Beanie Baby is now present on the tush tag underneath the heart and these tags can now have the copyright dates of 1993, 1995 or 1996.

There are various mistakes associated with this tag. Some Libearty’s had the word “Beanine” instead of “Beanie” and instead of “Surface” on Sly’s tag, it said “Sufrace”.

4th Generation

The 4th generation added a small red star to the top left of the heart. In between the process of changing from the 3rd generation to the 4th generation, the star was initially on a clear sticker until in the later 4th generation tush tags, it was eventually printed straight on to the tag. This was the only alteration to this generation of tush tag.

The copyright dates on this generation can either be 1993, 1995 or 1996. It will either say “HANDMADE IN CHINA” or “HANDMADE IN KOREA” on the tag.

5th Generation

In October 1997, the 5th generation of tush tags appeared on Beanie Babies. Many changes appeared on this tag. On the part of the tag where it says “The Beanie Babies Collection”, the ® symbol has now appeared after “Babies”. After the Beanie Baby’s name, there is now a â„¢ symbol.

There is still the copyright dates of 1993, 1995 or 1996 available with this tag generation. “HANDMADE IN KOREA” or HANDMADE IN CHINA” is also present on this tush tag.

6th Generation

The 6th generation tush tags appeared in January 1998. Once again, there are many changes to this generation. The ® symbol has disappeared from after the word “Babies” on “The Beanie Babies Collection” and is now present after the word “Collection”. These tags will either say that the Beanie Baby has PVC pellets or PE pellets inside it.

As of June 1998, some of the tags included a red chinese stamp inside them, indicating the factory that the Beanie Bay was made in.

There are now two more copyright dates that can be present. The 6th generation can either have 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 or 1998 on them. Either “HANDMADE IN KOREA”, “HANDMADE IN CHINA” or “HANDMADE IN INDONESIA” will be printed on these tush tags.

7th Generation

The 7th generation tags began appearing after January 1999. A brand new hologram is now present, replacing the red heart symbol and “The Beanie Babies Collection. The Beanie Baby’s name is located below this hologram.

In the middle of the tush tag is a pale heart symbol which is heat activated and disappears when heat is applied. This has been added to help to identify between real and fake Beanie Babies.

The Chinese stamp that was present on the previous generation has now disappeared.

8th Generation

The 8th generation tush tags aren’t a whole lot different from the 7th generation tags. The only difference is that the tush tag is no longer a loop and is now just a strip of fabric with the hologram logo and all the same details as the 7th generation tush tags.

The Beanie Baby’s name is located below the hologram with a â„¢ symbol after the name.

9th Generation

The 9th generation tush tags appeared in March 2000 and reverted to the original loop tag design. There is still a hologram on these tags, but now you can either see a “Ty” heart or a star at different light angles with “Beanie” above the heart and “Babies” below it. Hearts and stars are dotted around on the hologram.

An 8 digit alpha numeric code is printed inside the tag and the heat responsive heart is still located  on the inside too.

10th Generation

The 10th generation tush tags started to appear on Beanie Babies in January 2001 and feature a new hologram. The background of the hologram features the words “Beanie Babies” written in diagonal lines. The “Ty” heart is still in the centre surrounded in hearts and stars.

The name of the Beanie Baby is located underneath the hologram followed by the â„¢ symbol.

11th Generation

The 11th generation tush tags were announced on 27th December 2001 and began to appear on Beanie Babies in January 2002. They can either be dated 2001 or 2002. The hologram has changed yet again, now with the new design of a Teddy Bear holding a “Ty” heart in it’s arms.

The Beanie Baby’s name appears below the hologram with the â„¢ symbol at the end.

12th Generation

The 12th generation tush tags appeared in 2002 with the new 11th generation swing tags. They first appeared on a Mastercard Anniversary special edition bear.

The hologram has dropped the Teddy Bear in favour of a “Ty” heart with smaller hearts and stars in the background. 2002 or 2003 dates can be present on these tush tags.

Later versions of the 12th generation tags moved the CE on to a separate line of writing and was made larger.

13th Generation

The 13th generation tush tags began to appear in 2003. The design had a complete overhaul and ditched the hologram in favour of a simple red foil “Ty” heart design. There is an ® symbol located to the lower right of the heart.

You can either find a 2003 or 2004 copyright date on these tush tags.

In the UK, Beanie Babies with the 12th generation swing tags appeared with 13th generation tush tags which were slightly different in that they had the UK Gosport address and didn’t state that they were made in China like previous versions.

In 2004, later versions of this tush tag appeared. The red heart lost it’s foil effect and the white “Ty” had now changed to gold. These tags had a copyright date of 2004.

Canadian Tush Tags

Beanie Babies that have been distributed in Canada include an additional tag on them underneath the usual tush tag. This Canadian tag is added to meet Canadian toy import regulations.

It is a white tag with black writing on and is written in English and French.

2002 versions of these import tags became much thinner.

Embroidered Tush Tags

Some very rare Beanie Babies with a 2nd generation swing tag and a Canadian import tag feature an embroidered tush tag.

This tag includes the copyright date of 1994, whereas no other tag has this date.

The embroidered tags are thought to be a mistake and it is incredibly rare to find a Beanie Baby with one attached as they are normally reserved for Ty Classic Animals.

Top 10 Rare Beanie Babies

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

When Beanie Babies were first introduced to the public back in 1993, they weren’t considered a collectable. It wasn’t until 1999 that the real Beanie Baby collecting craze began. Even now the original craze has died down, Beanie Babies are still treasured by collectors, with some still fetching a considerable amount of money today.

Like with all collections, some factors determine the rarity and value of the Beanie Baby. Since most of the earlier Beanie Babies were given to children to play with, the condition of the Beanie plays a massive part in it’s value. Some of the older toys, before they became a collector’s piece, have been badly damaged through play and general wear and tear. A mint condition 1st generation Beanie Baby is a considerably rare find and very valuable.

A lot of the 1st generation Beanie Babies had their tags removed so children could play with them. Those without tags are worth considerably less than a Beanie Baby with it’s tag still attached. If the tag is in mint condition, this makes the Beanie Baby more collectable. A creased tag will significantly decrease it’s value, possibly even by half depending on the damage.

Some Beanie Babies were released with mistakes that were quickly corrected, such as misspelling of the name, it was produced in the wrong colour or the name was changed entirely. Because the Beanie Babies with production mistakes were only in limited supply, this increases their rarity.

A number of Beanie Babies were produced as limited editions which are sought after by collectors because of their limited production.

Below I have listed the top ten rare Beanie Babies. This list is in alphabetical order and not in order of rarity or value.

10. Brownie the Bear

Brownie was one of the Original Nine beanie babies produced back in 1993. He was made from a medium brown material with a tan coloured muzzle and had the signature Beanie Baby black button eyes. Brownie was only released with a 1st generation tag, and as such has neither a birthdate or poem. He was later renamed “Cubbie” and those with the original Brownie tag are worth a considerable amount.

9. Derby the Horse (Fine Mane)

“All the other horses used to tattle
Because Derby never wore his saddle
He left the stables, and the horses too
Just so Derby can be with you!”

Derby was introduced on to the market on 6th March 1995. His birthday was on 16th September 1995. Four versions were produced of the tan-coloured horse: a version with no star and a fine yarn mane, no star with a coarse yarn mane, a coarse yarn mane with a star and a fluffy mane version with a star. The fine mane version made with twenty strands of fine yarn is by far the most sought after. Later he was produced with only eight strands of a coarser yarn, which was on of the more common versions of Derby.

8. Humphrey the Camel

Humphrey the Camel was introduced on 25th June 1994. He was a tan-coloured camel with black button eyes and black stitching for his nostrils. Humphrey is considered to be very rare indeed with only 25,000 of him ever produced! He was later made into one of the original nine Beanie Buddies in 1998 and a McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Baby in 2000. Because he was only ever released with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation swing tags, he does not have a birthday or a poem. He was one of the first Beanie Babies to retire on 15th June 1995.

7. Nana the Monkey

Nana the Monkey was introduced on 17th August 1995. He is made from a medium brown coloured fabric with a tan-coloured face, ears, hands, feet and tail and features black button eyes and black stitching for his nostrils. Nana was retired relatively quickly and re-introduced under the name “Bongo”, making the Beanie Babies with the original Nana tag highly valuable because of it’s limited production. Nana was only released with a 3rd generation swing tag, and as such does not have either a birthday or poem. Nana was retired later in 1995 to make way for Bongo the Monkey’s release.

6. Peanut the Elephant (Royal Blue)

“Peanut the elephant walks on tip-toes
Quietly sneaking wherever she goes
She’ll sneak up on you and a hug
You will get
Peanut is a friend you won’t soon forget!”

Peanut the elephant was introduced on 3rd June 1995. She was first released in a Royal Blue colour, presumably as an error in production and was later re-released in a light blue colour instead. The original Royal Blue colour Peanut the Elephant is considered one of the most rare and valuable Beanie Babies available and fetches a high price on the secondary market and at auction, if you can find her. The Royal Blue version is a dark blue colour with light pink on the inside of her ears and features black button eyes. Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant was released as a Beanie Buddy in 1998 and a McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Baby in 2000.

5. Peking the Panda

Peking the Panda was introduced on 25th June 1994. He is white on his main torso with black limbs, a black band over his body, black ears, black eye patches and a black tail. He has cloth eyes instead of the usual button eyes. The difference in eyes is what makes Peking so collectable. He fetches a considerable price on the secondary market and at auction. Peking was only released with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation swing tags, and as such has no birthday or poem on his tag. Peking was retired on 7th January 1996.

4. Punchers the Lobster

Punchers the Lobster was introduced on 6th January 1994. The name “Punchers” is thought to have been a spelling error as Punchers disappeared from the shelves and was replaced by the renamed Pinchers the Lobster. Those with the Punchers tag are among the rarest and most valuable Beanie Babies in existence, selling for a considerable amount of money on the secondary market and at auction. Punchers is made from a bright red material and features black button eyes and black thread antennae. He was retired later in 1994 to be replaced by Pinchers the Lobster.

3. Quackers the Duck (Without Wings)

Quackers the Duck was introduced on 25th June 1994. Originally he was shipped without wings but later re-introduced with the missing wings. Around 780 of the wingless Quackers Beanie Babies were shipped making them incredibly rare and valuable. At auction and on the secondary market he sells for a substantial amount of money. The Quackers with the missing wings was only released with 1st and 2nd generation swing tags so they didn’t have a birthday or poem inside the tag. He is made from a bright yellow material with a bright orange bill and feet. He has black button eyes and black stitched eyebrows giving him a wonderful expression. The wingless Quackers was retired on 7th January 1995.

2. Spot the Dog (Without Spot)

Spot the Dog was released on 8th January 1994. Oddly, he was first introduced without a spot. Later versions of Spot the Dog included the missing spot, making the earlier “spotless” versions highly valuable a auction and on the secondary market. Spot is made from a white material with black ears, a black patch on the left hand side of his face and a black tail. He features the usual black button eyes and a black button nose. Because the spotless Spot the Dog was only released with 1st and 2nd generation swing tags, he has no poem or birthday. Spot the Dog without a spot was retired on 13th April 1994 and replaced with the version with the spot included.

And finally……

1. Teddy the Bear (Brown with Old Face)

Teddy the Bear was introduced on 25th June 1994. The bear was released with two different styles of face (an old face and a new face) and was created in six different colours: brown, cranberry, jade, violet, teal and magenta. The brown version with the old style face is the most sought after and fetches a hight amount at auction and on the secondary market. It is made from a brown material and features black button eyes and a black button nose. It’s muzzle is more pointed in appearance and made to look like and older style teddy bear. Teddy was released with no poem and no birthday. It was retired on 7th January 1995.

The Original 9 Beanie Babies

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

It was 1993 at the World Toy Fair in New York City. Nine small, plush-like toys were introduced to the world, styled in various animal forms. But these were plush toys with a slight difference in that instead of the usual stuffing which previously filled children’s plush toys, these would be partially filled with PVC plastic pellets, nicknamed “beans”, giving a unique appearance. This gave you the ability to pose them in various different ways. These bean-filled animals would become what is now known as the “Original Nine” Beanie Babies.

Originally the critics were sceptical of their appearance, giving them horrific nicknames like “road-kill” due to their somewhat flattened appearance when lying down, but little did they know that Beanie Babies would be a worldwide phenomenon!

At first, they didn’t catch on, but when they did, they were a global success! Millions of Beanie Babies were sold around the world, with hundreds of different characters coming on to the market. Ty had a simple marketing strategy, and that was to keep it simple! Each character would only have a few colours of fabric and simple facial features. Every Beanie Baby adorned a red heart swing tag with the word “Ty” on the front in white. The first generation tags were simple double-sided tags with the name and style number written on the rear. Poems weren’t introduced until the fourth generation of swing tags. Tush tags were small fabric tags which initially were white with black lettering (later changed to red lettering) and were attached to the Beanie Baby’s rear end.

So now it’s time to introduce you to the Original Nine…

Chocolate the Moose

“Licorice, gum and peppermint candy
This moose always has these handy
But there is one more thing he likes to eat
Can you guess his favourite treat?”

A dark brown moose with orange antlers, Chocolate did not receive a poem until he was released with a 4th generation swing tag. The poem suggests that his favourite treat is chocolate, and you’ve got to love the pun, Chocolate Moose! Chocolate was one of the last of the Original Nine to retire, doing so on 31st December 1998.

Cubbie the Bear

“Cubbie used to eat crackers and honey
And what happened to him was funny
He was stung by fourteen bees
Now Cubbie eats broccoli and cheese!”

Poor Cubbie. I’m not quite sure what’s funny about being stung by fourteen bees. Actually Cubbie wasn’t really his original name. When the cute little brown bear was first introduced, it was under the name “Brownie”. Shortly after it’s release, Brownie was retired and was re-introduced as Cubbie. The two are identical in every way except for the name difference. Cubbie went into retirement on 31st December 1997.

Flash the Dolphin

“You know dolphins are a smart breed
Our friend Flash knows how to read
Splash the Whale is the one who taught her
Although reading is difficult under the water!”

It is indicated that Flash the Dolphin and Splash the Whale are good friends, with Splash being the one who taught clever Flash to read. The adorable grey dolphin has her birthday on 13th May 1993. Flash and Splash were retired together on 11th May 1997 and Echo the Dolphin took her place.

Legs the Frog

“Legs lives in a hollow log
Legs likes to play leap frog
If you like to hang out at the lake
Legs will be the new friend you make!”

Legs is a bright green coloured frog who was introduced 8th January 1994. His eyes were slightly different to the other Original Nine, in that they were black buttons with a green ring around the edge. According to his poem, Legs loves to play leap frog and hang out by the lake. His birthday is on 25th April 1993. Legs was one of the easier of the Original Nine to get hold of with him being available all over the place. He was retired on 1st October 1997.

Patti the Platypus

“Ran into Patti one day while walking
Believe me she wouldn’t stop talking
Listened and listened to her speak
That would explain her extra large beak!”

Patti has had four different colour changes in her lifetime! She was originally released in a magenta, almost red colour but has also been fuchsia, maroon and raspberry! She was born on 6th January 1993 The original magenta version is incredibly rare and fetches a lot of money when sold.

Pinchers the Lobster

“This lobster loves to pinch
Eating his food inch by inch
Balancing carefully with his tail
Moving forward slow as a snail!”

Pinchers was originally released under the name “Punchers”. This is thought to be a spelling error as Punchers was quickly retired and came back as Pinchers. He is bright red in colour with cute black button eyes and black thread antennae. Pinchers was also later released as a McDonald’s Teenie Beanie and a Beanie Buddy. Pinchers’ birthday is on 19th June 1993 and didn’t retire until 1st May 1998.

Splash the Whale

“Splash loves to jump and dive
He’s the fastest whale alive
He always wins the 100-yard dash
With a victory jump he’ll make a splash!”

Splash is a black and white orca whale who was introduced on 8th January 1994. He makes a great pair with Flash the Dolphin as according to Flash’s poem, Splash was the one who taught her to read. He has the signature black button eyes. Splash was one of the first of the Original Nine to be retired and did so on 11th May 1997.

Spot the Dog

“See Spot sprint, see Spot run
You and Spot will have lots of fun
Watch out now, because he’s not slow
Just stand back and watch him go!”

Spot was strangely first released missing a spot. This “spot-less” Spot was quickly taken off the market and later re-introduced with the spot. The version with the missing spot is one of the most valuable and sought after Beanie Babies around. Spot is a white coloured dog with black ears, a black patch on the left side of his face and the majority of those released have a black spot on his back. Spot was retired on 1st October 1997.

Squealer the Pig

“Squealer likes to joke around
He is known as class clown
Listen to his stories awhile
There is no doubt he’ll make you smile!”

Squealer was introduced to the market on 8th January 1994. He is a pale pink pig with a slightly darker pink snout, ears and curly tail. His cute little black button eyes are just calling out for a cuddle. He was one of the longest running of the Original Nine, only retiring on 1st May 1998. His birthday is on 23rd April 1993.