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As a collector of Cherished Teddies, I only have good things to say about these figurines. Though the Cherished Teddies collection does include products such as stuffed toys, the key features are the small yet adorable figures made by Enesco - the true treasure. Almost all bears are named, and have information on the base including that name, the year of production, the name of the piece and the specific figure registration number - a necessity for an avid collector like myself. Cute features and a solid build (I won't deny that this has been tested a few times as they've fallen from shelves) make these the ideal product to buy for yourself or to give as a gift, and many are themed ensuring that someone buying a bear for a friend or loved one can always find a suitable sentiment. A majority of Cherished Teddies figurines are limited edition - out for a short time or already out of production, making the process of collection even more challenging, and there's also a Cherished Teddies club with benefits including 'Symbol of Membearship' bears available only to club members, and regular collectors' events allowing for a true community feel, though I've yet to attend one of these. My own collection favourites are Ted, a gift from my boyfriend with a snowy Christmas theme, Jonah (another adorable character) and Jackson (given to me as a birthday gift by my brother), and you need only Google these three ornaments to see how wonderful the bears all can, and do, look. Anyone looking to start a collection can find limited edition and out of production bears on eBay to get hold of those special pieces they might otherwise not find, but new bears are still available in popular High Street jewellery shops such as F. Hinds.
Cherished teddies are another brand of teddy bears which makes up a fair proportion of my overall collection. If I'm honest this is mainly because they are both far easier to get hold of than the collectable Steiff and Herman bears, and they are less expensive to buy. I am not quite sure why these bears have been put in with soft toys, because they are not. Cherished teddies specialise in figurines which are most definitely not cuddly...they have recently moved into plush bears and other decorations, but that does not stop their main reputation coming from these china figurines...the figurines therefore is where this review is focused on. ===History=== Cherished Teddies do not have even a quarter of the history of the company's such as Steiff and Hermann, neither for that matter are they aiming at the same customers...unsurprisingly. The Cherished Teddies collection was originally based on the illustrations of children's writer Priscilla Hillman, and they were first introduced to retailers in 1991, and we as shoppers saw the first pieces appear in stores in Spring 1992. Nowadays all of the new ideas are thought up by both her and her son, Glenn (these things do seem to run in families). For what is such an amazingly large business today, how new it is in comparison to other teddy bear companies is quite amazing. They rose to renown very quickly, and are now a very popular and recognised collector's piece, and have attracted worldwide attention. Even in 1992 it was awarded the 'Most Outstanding New Product', and has attracted several awards since then. ===Range=== Where to start comes greatly to mind. The Cherished Teddies Collection is not by any means a small collection; new bears are being added to it frequently which makes it hard to keep track of what you do have and what you don't have. But they really do have quite an amazing amount of choice of teddy bears for you to pick from. Every teddy bear comes with an individual name, a sentiment or quote to go with the name and an adoption certificate. This does make them feel more individualised (even if in your head you know that everyone gets the same certificate!), and the sentiments written on the bottom of each bear are often quite cute and touching which again adds to the effect of the bear itself. There are sets for just about everything that you could wish for in the Cherished Teddies Collection, which again makes them perfect for gift. For example there is both a mothers day, and a fathers day selection with the fathers day one being a child and a father fishing together with the inscription on the bottom being 'Dad can tackle anything'. They have a St. George bear which bears the inscription 'Chivalrous Saint, Defender Of Faith', and has a triumphant bear in chainmail, dressed in white and red, and holding the St. George's cross as a flag above his head...with a rather cute dragon at his feet. They even have bears for Sherlock and Holmes, dressed in their stereotypical clothing with the inscription for Sherlock being 'Elementary, My Dear Friend' and for Holmes 'It's No Mystery Why We're Friends'. This doesn't include the more 'normal' bears, which include baby bears splashing in puddles, or for that matter the legendary characters such as Sir Lancelot ('I Would Brave Anything For You') and King Arthur ('Our Valiant Friendship Is Bound In Honour'). The largest majority of the Cherished Teddy Collection are between 7 and 10cm in height, although the set pieces with backgrounds can go up to 20cm, and are thus the perfect size to go on a bookshelf or next to a window. ===Collectors club=== The collectors club is much the same as any other collectors club out there, to be honest there is only a minimal amount of things I can say about this as I have never belonged to it...or for that matter any such club, I'm not quite sure why but they seem to annoy me on principle. Strangely enough though I was vaguely thinking of joining earlier this year (I wanted the membership only bear, whose name in case you are interested is Wilma!) But from what I have gathered, each year has a different theme, and this years theme is the beach. This means that all of the member only gifts and the bears which only they can buy are based around the beach. So, this years membership package comes with Wilma who is portrayed as collecting shells on the beach, a 'memory box' with pictures of bears on the beach on it and holds 4" by 6" photographs, a canvas bag, mailings from Cherished Teddies and four copies of their teddy magazine. There are three other bears which only members can buy this year, the first 'Connie, Jim & Eric' is a family building a sandcastle, the second 'Brennan' is a young female bear holding a blow up shark, and the last 'Paulina & Maria' is two females bears paddling in the sea. ===My experience=== I would quite happily say that if you are looking for teddy bear figurines then look no further, Cherished Teddies do an exceptional range for all occasions with each and every one of them being of a high quality and so, so cute! They are far cheaper than the main bear collections such as Steiff and Hermann, and the reason for this is quite obvious - they are not stuffed bears! But either if you just do not have the money for the more expensive bear, or you are just looking for something cute to put on your shelves then Cherished Teddies are for you. As a 'collector' (or just trying to amass enough bears to allow them to stage a political coup), I have found that Cherished Teddies are one of the best made set of figurines around. As soon as I pick one of my bears up I can immediately tell if it is a Cherished Teddy, even if I have my eyes shut at the time (yes, I am sad enough to have tried this!). This is largely to do with the quality, they are very smoothly made and nicely varnished, but they also have a fair weight in your hands meaning that they are not just hollow inside. Personally, the adoption certificates are a very nice idea, but when you have verging on a hundred and fifty of them they are very easy to lose! In fact, considering how hollow minded and daft I am, it just gives me one more thing to lose. Often or not with the limited edition Steiff bears they come with a certificate, and I seem to be very good at not losing them (me thinks it is related to the amount of money I had to put into it!), but with the Cherished Teddies, although I loved the certificates when I took them out I very much doubt I could find more than a quarter of them! But yeah, from my personal experience Cherished Teddies have never disappointed me, they are always well made, a brilliant quality...and they all seem to have different and very cute facial expressions...my only issue with them is that being non cuddly I can't hug them...meh...the Lissy sulks. ===Where to find=== Where not to find is probably a better question, you can quite easily find cherished teddies anywhere that you want to. Personally, I would advise that you buy them brand new from a store rather than from Amazon...as then you can be sure of getting you adoption certificate and the cute packaging...but each to his own; I am truly a 3 year old at heart (no, honestly, my brother and I have a combined mental age of 5...usually I'm 3 and he is 2!). But anyhow, back to the main topic, if you are not looking on the internet then you can find Cherished Teddies just about anywhere; most main jewellery shops will sell them such as H.Samuel, but many other main high-street retailers will stock them ===Conclusion== In conclusion, I would be perfectly happy to recommend this brand to just about anyone who wants a bear either for themselves or as a gift for someone else. They are high quality, very cute, made for all occasions and often are something that you will treasure for life. I would however raise issues with giving them to children as they are easily breakable, and once broken it is far to easy to hurt yourself on them...as an adult I've managed both accidentally once...I'm not sure what most upset me - the loss of the bear, or the blood on my hand! And before anyone says anything - my teddy bears ARE going to take over the world!
What can I say about Cherished Teddies - they are gorgeous!! They are a great thing to collect as they are not too pricey (some cost less than £10 and the most expensive ones will be £30-£40) and therefore it's easy to ask for them as Christmas or birthday presents. There are many available and they get retired and more are then added throughout the year. The Christmas ones are my favourites, they always release a good selection at this time of year. They also make great gifts as you can get teddies for different occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, the birth of a child, weddings etc. Who knows, you could start off someone elses collection by buying one as a gift. They are also adorable and most of them are very colourful. Enesco often release groups of Cherished Teddies like Halloween, Robin Hood, seasons, nursery rhymes etc. Each set would have a few different teddies in each so that you could collect them all. If you are looking to start a collection then Cherished Teddies are fun, colourful, cute and cheap to buy.
I'm one of those people that are terribly difficult to shop for as when someone asks me what I want for my Birthday or for Christmas, my reply is normally "nothing" or "i aren't bothered". Sometimes not being selfish but I prefer people to buy me nothing purely because what they do buy me is normally no use than ornament, which is how I come to talk about Cherished Teddies. The first time I was bought a Cherished Teddy was probably dating back to 1997, it was something that I had asked for or something that I would have ever though of asking for however I got one and much to my surprise I was really happy about by little bear and thought for once someone has bought me something that yes, I actually quite like, its not socks, or thongs or loads of bath stuff which I would prefer to choose myself. Cherished Teddies were first developed in 1992 and have developed their collection ever since and are now one the top collectibles ever made. Cherished Teddies are a trademark of the Company Enesco who also own the other trademarks of Lilliput LAne and Friends of Peter Rabbit. Cherished Teddies are available at many jewellers or can be purchased online at the Collectors Club. Each Teddy comes in its own box, has its own name and a certificate to prove its authenticity. Ranging in price depending on the size of the teddy and whether it is limited edition or not, these little bears do make a great little gift. Prices range from around £15 upto in the region of £50. Following all different themes you can always find one that reminds you of a certain person or something that is associated with them. You see different Teddies introduced year on year and the Company does bring out limited edition versions where there are only a several hundred or maybe a thousand of that particular item. I probably have about ten of these now, as people seem to think because I liked the first I am going to want another one every year and have built quite a nice little collection that is displayed on my dining room. They are kind of cute and adorable. For more enthusiastic people, they is an Official Collectors Club that your can subscribe too, receive their regular mailing about whats new for the season, be given priviledge offers of purchasing Teddies that are not made available to the general public and also opportunities to attend Cherished Teddies event. I am not an enthusiast though and would not even consider attending an event like this. Think I will stick to my one bought me every year. Nice little bears if you are looking something to collection. Also nice for kids for something decorative in their rooms.