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One of my daughter's grandparents spent some of last summer in Germany and on return brought my daughter some little gifts, one of which was this Steiff Molly teddy, which I was horrified to find cost a small fortune when it comes to a teddy. To be honest, I had never heard of the brand Steiff before and therefore was unaware of the value of the teddy when it was given to my daughter, but when it was given to her as a little 'treat' that she had to care for, it made me wonder what kind of money these Steiff teddies went for. A teddy such as this can retail for £25+ depending on where you get it, and given that this toy was bought in Euros I'm sure it was rather more costly given the poor exchange rate at the time.
After looking up a little bit about Steiff Teddies, I realise that this teddy Molly has the added touch of being a 'Button in the ear' teddy, which has the little Steiff logo earmarked into the ear, making sure that a potential buyer can trust that this is a real Steiff teddy. Steiff teddies originated in Germany, and were created by Richard Steiff, a nephew of Margarete Steiff who developed the Steiff company.
My daughter's Molly Steiff teddy is russet in colour, with a pretty red ribbon tied around the neck. It is therefore suitable for either boy or girl. As you can see from the picture above, the paws and feet of the teddy are slightly lighter than the rest of the teddy.
It is very clear that this teddy is very well made. You can see the richness of the material used to make the teddy, but I can't help feeling it isn't very cuddly, and is a little on the hard side. Yes, the arms and legs are moveable meaning it can be played with somewhat, bit it just isn't as cuddly and soft as my daughter's other teddies in her cot.
I am also very wary of my daughter playing too much with it as well, as she can be a little hard on her toys and I feel for what was paid for this teddy, it would be terrible if something happened to it, so since she was given it, it sits on her bookshelf, only brought down when she points to it, which isn't very often to be honest.
All in all, this is a nice coloured teddy, and certainly the fact that the arms and legs move make this teddy a little different from your basic teddy, and there is definitely a richness to the quality of the material used. In my opinion however, this is really a teddy for decoration and not one to be played with (which is a bit pointless for a child then!) given the amount of money that each teddy costs.