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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.

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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.

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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.

Possible Releases for Autumn 2012 – Spring 2013

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Listed below are the potential Ty collectibles that could be released between the end of this year and into Spring next year. The beanies in the list have been collected from various resources, including rumours, so it’s quite possible that some of the following won’t be released.

Beanie Babies

Hello Kitty “I Love New York”
Hello Kitty “I Love Chicago”
Hello Kitty “I Love Las Vegas”
Hello Kitty “I Love San Francisco”
Hello Kitty “I Love Los Angeles”
Hello Kitty – Hawaii
Hello Kitty – Red Elf Costume
Hello Kitty – Green Elf Costume
Kuromi the White Rabbit
Freezie the Penguin
Scrat the Sabre-Tooth Squirrel
Winnie the Pooh
Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Kermit the Frog
Brobee (Yo Gabba Gabba) – Keyclip

Beanie Buddies

Boots (Dora the Explorer)
Brobee (Yo Gabba Gabba)

Beanie Ballz – Regular

Washington Redskins
Utah Jazz
Tennessee Titans
Tamba Bay Buccaneers
St. Louis Rams
Sock Monkey – Rainbow
Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers
Sacramento Kings
Portland Trailblazers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Phoenix Suns
Philadelphia Eagles
Ohio State
Oakland Raiders
New York Jets
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Hornets
New Jersey Jets
New England Patriots
Minnesota Vikings
Milwaukee Bucks
Miami Dolphins
Memphis Grizzlies
Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Green Bay Packers
Golden State Warriors
Detroit Lions
Denver Nuggets
Denver Broncos
Dallas Cowboys
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears
Charlotte Bobcats
Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills
Britanny (The Chipmunks)
Boots (Dora the Explorer)
Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons
Arizona Cardinals
Alvin (The Chipmunks)

Beanie Ballz – Large

Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
Boots (Dora the Explorer)
Brittany (The Chipmunks)
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
Oakland Raiders
Ohio State
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins

Beanie Ballz – Extra Large

Washington Redskins
Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles
Ohio State
Oakland Raiders
New York Jets
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints
New England Patriots
Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos
Dallas Cowboys
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills
Brittany (The Chipmunks)
Boots (Dora the Explorer)
Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons
Arizona Cardinals

Beanie Ballz – Keyclip

Alvin (The Chipmunks)
Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Bandit the Raccoon
Baltimore Ravens
Boots (Dora the Explorer)
Brittany (The Chipmunks)
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
Oakland Raiders
Ohio State
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Sock Monkey – Rainbow
St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins

Beanie Boos – Regular

Merlin the Cat

Beanie Boos – Large

Midnight the Bat – Orange Wings
Cookie the Dog

Beanie Boos – Keyclip

Woody the Rabbit

Beanie Puzzle Erasers

Hello Kitty – Pink Overalls
Hello Kitty – Red Overalls

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