Product Type: Carte Blanche Greetings Soft Toy
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Cute little friends with a blue button nose
My Blue Nose Friends
Member Name: privatedanceruk
My Blue Nose Friends
Advantages: so many cute figures, cheap if you dont want them all
Disadvantages: expensive to buy the whole range
The character range of "My Blue Nose Friends" was launched early last year by Carte Blanche Greetings as a pocket money alternative to the ever growing range of Me to You Bears.
There are now over 50 of the little friends in this range, who all stand at around 5 inches tall and cost just £5.00 to purchase. The little critters are really become so sought after that as soon as they hit the stand in Clintons they are gone, so grab them whilst you can!
The characters are every animal you could think of, from Patch the dog, and Shelly the turtle to Coco the monkey and Rocky the lion. They are really cute with their fat little bellys and blue button noses, and make a great addition to any collection.
They are made of soft fabric, and really good quality which is what you expect from the Me To You range. Each character has the distinctive blue nose and black beedy eyes.
At only £5.00 they are a reasonable price, however as there are so many being released the costs can add up. There is also a larger blue nose friend which costs normally £15 each, however at the moment in alot of stores are reduced to £10. As with the Me to you range, there are also other additions including keyrings and ceramic figurines, and also a range of tatty bears holding their blue nose friend.
There is also a large boxed limited edition Tatty bear in his pjs, surrounded by the blue noses. This retails for around £40.00
Since their launch the Blue Nose Friends have made quite an impact to the world of Me to You collectors and one particular 'friend' - Breeze the Butterfly is perhaps the most important one of them all. Although it is number 27 in the series (there are over 50 at the moment with plenty more still to come), however it so sought after and was launched as a Special Edition and would have a limited release date. Breeze originally cost only £5.00 to purchase just like the rest of the range, however it is now that popular that ebay prices easily reach over £100.00 for a 5 inch bear!
Since the overwhelming popularity of Breeze other special editions friends have also been released, with new introductions to the range including Ruby the penguin, Echo the bat, Legend the unicorn and now Stilts the flamingo (which at the moment is going pretty cheap on ebay so get it whilst you can!). If you own any of these dont cut the tags off, keep them wrapped in cotton wool and locked in a safe!
Link to the Blue Nose Friends website where all the characters in the range can be viewed: http://carteblanchegreetings.com/mybluenosefriends /
I would advise that if you are just starting to collect the figures like I am then to purchase them from ebay, as there are some real bargains to be had. I tend to seach for bears under £3 only so that I know I am saving on their original price. Obviously for the older more wanted bears expect to pay a little extra. You can purchase the bears directly from Clintons or other retail stores which sell the range. Every one of mine I have bought so far is off ebay, and usually I can get the brand new ones for around £1.50.
The blue nose friends are a great collectable, and a lovely addition to anybodys collection. One piece of advice is if you are buying these for your kids, dont let them get their grubby little paws on them as one day I think they may be worth quite a bit!!!!
Summary: Wide range of great little characters to add to any collection