“ Manufacturer: House of Fraser / Type: Soft Toy „
A toy I have not owned since my childhood is a teddy bear with my 42 year old almost thread bare bear being stored in a box at the bottom of the wardrobe. I wanted a teddy to sit on my bed and whilst queuing in The House of Frasier a few months ago with some Yankee Candle tarts I noticed a cute little bear sat on the counter. As I had picked him up and cuddled him I didn't have the heart to put him back (daft I know!) so I ended up parting with £8, which I thought was quite reasonable for the House of Frasier and this review discusses Great Bertie Bear.
Bertie is exclusive to the House of Frasier and was designed as a commemorative toy to celebrate the forthcoming Olympic Games and the Queen's Golden Jubilee. He measures 23 cm in height and it was his appearance as well as his super soft sand coloured fur that made me fall in love with him. Bertie is quite a plump teddy bear and effortlessly sits on his bottom without falling over and as a result he has pride of place in the centre of my bed. He wears a cute navy coloured waistcoat, which has been completed with two brass buttons and it is firmly attached to his fur with a few threads on the left hand side of his chest. I love the pretty emblem he is displaying on his chest as it is quite exquisite and has been created to perfection with the beautiful silk embroidery of the Union Jack together with satin ribbons of red, white and blue.
According to the small fabric label located on his bottom Bertie has been manufactured from polyester fibre and two products that I've never heard of before namely, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and plastic stiffener. However, I can find no areas of Bertie that have been stiffened, so I am a little confused at the label stating plastic stiffener. He has been filled with polyester fibre and again, plastic stiffener has been used. Whilst I have no young children in my household I would advise that the label states that Bertie is suitable for all ages and I would have to agree with this statement as there are no parts likely to come loose. As I was a keen soft toy maker in my younger days I am pleased to note that safety eyes have been used and whilst they have been made from plastic they are the type that are firmly fixed inside Bertie's head, so are highly unlikely to come loose despite being pulled.
Bertie's nose is soft and smooth where a fleece style fabric has been used and his mouth has been created with several lengths of brown thread, which feels slightly rigid, so I don't think this is likely to come undone whilst the teddy is being played with. Whenever I would make soft toys in the past I would always ensure that the fur fabric was pulled through at the edges of the seams, which subsequently hides the joins. However, there are a few areas on Bertie, particularly below his mouth, that have not been correctly finished although I must admit I'm being a little fussy here as this does not spoil his overall appearance, but the blunt end of a needle will easily remedy this by gently placing it underneath the fur fabric and giving a slight tug. Bertie displays a cute little soft and fury tail, which peeps out from the lower side of his jacket and as well as looking adorable from the front he looks equally as adorable from the rear.
The pads on Bertie's feet are created from a soft dark brown fleece material with his right foot being beautifully embroidered in golden coloured silk to display the words "Great Bertie Bear". His feet are filled with tiny plastic pellets although I'm unsure of the purpose of this and whilst they feel hard to the touch they are soft when Bertie is cuddled. I've not had the need to wash Bertie and am unlikely to ever need to do so, but the label states that he can be machine washed at 40 degrees, but he is unsuitable for tumble drying. I was surprised to see the not suitable for ironing symbol as who on earth would feel the need to iron poor Bertie?
This is an absolutely adorable teddy bear and is well suited to anyone, so he receives my recommendation. I was a little mad that I paid £8 for this bear as within a matter of weeks he was reduced to £5.40 and is still available in House of Frasier stores either online or on the high street.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.