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Beanie Baby Hang Tag Guide

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Do you need help understanding Beanie Baby Hang Tags? This Beanie Baby Hang Tag Guide will help you find out which generation of hang tag your Beanie Baby has.

Hang tags are incredibly important in the world of Beanie Babies. If a Beanie Baby is missing its hang tag, the value can decrease by up to half!

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

This guide is for understanding all the different Beanie Baby hang tag generations. If you are looking for information on tush tags, please refer to my Tush Tag Identification Guide.

The Beanie Baby Hang Tag Guide

By the end of this guide, you should understand all the differences in the Beanie Baby hang tag generations.

There are currently 20 generations of hang tag, each with their own differences. Hang tags sometimes also in the USA and Europe, for example, a 17th generation swing tag in the UK and the rest of Europe is slightly different from a swing tag from the USA.

The most sought after swing tag generations are 1-3, the later generations were generally mass-produced (although there are exceptions) and more common than the first three.

Below in this guide, I will explain each generation of Beanie Baby hang tag and try to highlight any differences between countries.

1st Generation

1st Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

This was the very first generation of hang tag that appeared at the beginning of 1994. It was 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 generation of hang tag was the only one not to open like a book. Instead it was a simple paper 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

2nd Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The 2nd generation hang tags were introduced in Spring 1994. They were 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

3rd Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The 3rd generation hang 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

4th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The 4th generation hang 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 trademark (TM) 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

5th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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 hang 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

6th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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

6th Generation Zodiac Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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

7th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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

8th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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

9th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The 9th generation of hang 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 Bear Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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 hang 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

10th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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

11th Generation Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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)

Beanie Baby of the Month (BBOM) Hang Tag

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)

12th Generation USA Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The US version of the 12th generation hang 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)

12th Generation EU Beanie Baby Hang Tag

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.

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

13th Generation (US)

13th Generation USA Beanie Baby Hang Tag

There have been a few changes with this hang tag. The “ORIGINAL” has now changed from using holographic text to a thinner, smaller white font.

The “BEANIE BABIES” is slightly larger and the holographic flash underlining it has now disappeared.

However, a holographic star now sits to the left of the “BEANIE BABIES” text.

13th Generation (EU)

13th Generation EU Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The UK and EU 13th generation slightly differs from the US one in that instead of the word “BEANIE BABIES”, it only has the word “BEANIES”.

The word “ORIGINAL” is the same as on the US tag and the holographic star remains in the same place.

14th Generation (US)

14th Generation US Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The holographic star from the previous generation has now disappeared. A yellow star now present under the word “ORIGINAL”, which has now changed from white to holographic.

The “BEANIE BABIES” text has now been moved slightly to the left to fit directly under the word “ORIGINAL”.

14th Generation (EU)

14th Generation EU Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The front of the EU hang tag is similar to the US one. It retains the yellow star and holographic “ORIGINAL” text.

Instead of the “BEANIE BABIES” wording, the word “BEANIES” sits under the word “ORIGINAL”.

15th Generation (US)

15th Generation US Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The yellow star has now disappeared from behind the word “ORIGINAL”, which remains holographic, but is now underlined with a holographic flash.

A white star is now present beside the word, “BEANIE BABIES”.

15th Generation (EU)

15th Generation EU Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The 15th generation EU hang tag is most identical to the US version. The only real difference is the word “BEANIE BABIES” is changed to “BEANIES”.

16th Generation (US)

16th Generation US Beanie Baby Hang Tag

The holographic “ORIGINAL” loses the flash underlining it on the 16th generation US hang tag.

The white star has been replaced with two silver stars, one on either side of the word “BEANIE BABIES”.

16th Generation (EU)

16th Generation EU Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The holographic “ORIGINAL” is slightly lower on the EU 16th generation hang tag than on the US version.

The word “BEANIE BABIES” is changed to “BEANIES” for the EU hang tags, but the silver stars remain on either side, albeit a little bit smaller.

17th Generation (US)

17th Generation Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The word “ORIGINAL” remains holographic, but is now underlined again with a flash.

The silver stars have been removed and the word “BEANIE BABIES” has moved slightly to the right to allow room for three white stars on the left.

17th Generation (US Transitional)

17th Generation US Transitional Beanie Babies Hang Tag

This was the transitional tag between the 17th and 18th generation US hang tags.

The only difference between this transitional version and the 17th generation tag is the absence of a holographic flash under the word “ORIGINAL”.

17th Generation (EU)

17th Generation EU Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The EU version of the 17th generation hang tag is almost identical to the US version, but the word “BEANIE BABIES” is replaced with “BEANIES”.

Everything else remains the same.

18th Generation (US)

18th Generation US Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The white stars to the left have disappeared and the word “BEANIE BABIES” has now moved to the centre.

Three, smaller white stars have now appeared under the word “ORIGINAL”.

18th Generation (EU)

18th Generation EU Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The EU variant of the 18th generation hang tag is almost identical to the US version, except the word “BEANIE BABIES” has been changed to “BEANIES”.

19th Generation (US)

19th Generation US Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The words “ORIGINAL” and “BEANIE BABIES” remain the same as the 18th generation hang tag, but the three stars have been replaced by a single white star.

19th Generation (EU)

19th Generation EU Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The 19th generation EU hang tag is the same as the US version, except the “BEANIE BABIES” is replaced by the word “BEANIES”.

20th Generation

20th Generation Beanie Babies Hang Tag

The 20th Generation hang tag is very similar to a 5th generation hang tag on the outside, with the letters on “BEANIE” and “BABY” ever-so-slightly closer together.

The inside is very different to a 5th generation tag. The Beanie Baby name is a larger size and in bold, the Birthday is below the poem and reads “My Birthday is…” instead of “DATE OF BIRTH”.

Hopefully this Beanie Baby hang tag guide has helped you to understand more about the differences between hang tag generations!