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Honks the Goose
When I was around 14 or 15 Beanie Babies made by TY came onto the scene and quickly became one of the most popular soft toys around and when TY started retiring them, this made them even more popular as they became collectible as only a certain number were made of each one. I remember one of our local shops having loads of different ones for sale and at one point I did try to collect a few, but at around £4.99 each they proved quite expensive when my £2 per week combined pocket money from my mum and nan had to last me to buy sweets and other important teenage things, so I ended up just buying the ones that I really really liked. For some unknown reason while browsing through the Beanie Babies in my local shop Honks the Goose stood out for me and I found myself making another Beanie purchase.
** About Honks **
Honks is a goose, he is a really nice grey colour which has a two-tone effect to it. I think this was part of the appeal of Honks as this is more unusual than other Beanies I own. Like most beanie babies Honks has a lovely soft feel to him. He has 2 large wings which match his body in the nice grey colour and he has large orangey-yellow feet and a matching beak.
Honks sits naturally on his bum due to the soft nature of beanie babies making his feet too floppy and soft to support him in a standing position. I quite like this though as I think with his feet in front of him he looks like he has just flopped down in a chilled out way and the size of his feet make him look rather cute too. His wings are attached to his back and feel quite thin and almost like there may be no stuffing inside them. His beak, like his feet is also quite large but doesn't look out of place, it actually adds to the cuteness of him and the way the beak has been sewn looks like he is smiling.
As with all beanie babies part of the toy is filled with tiny beans. In Honks case it is his bum area. The beans feel really soft and because the toy is so well made and the beans are apparently contained in a sack inside the toy there has never been an issue with them leaking out. The rest of Honks is filled with soft filling like a regular soft toy.
The other key feature of TY Beanie Babies is that they all have individual names and dates of birth. These are displayed on a little heart shaped tag that is usually attached somewhere near the head of the various creature. For Honks, he has his tag attached to his wing. The tag tells me that Honks date of birth is the 11th March 1999 and the tag also has a little rhyme inside to describe the personality of Honks...
** Honks Rhyme **
"Honks the Goose likes to fly away,
South for the winter he will stay,
When Spring comes back, North he will fly,
And swim in ponds and lakes nearby."
Honks the Goose is really well made. I bought him in probably early 2000 and although I haven't really 'played' with him much, he has been through his fair share of rough and tumbles, as a baby my brother used to love my beanie babies and would sit throwing them across the room. My dog Izzie has also given a few of my beanie babies including Honks, a bit of a beating when she has been in 'naughty toy stealing mood' and I have often found my beanies hidden in her bed! Through all of this Honks remains in one piece and although his tag is a little worse for wear his material has no holes and all of the beans remain inside him.
The guidance age for TY Beanie Babies is 3+, usually I would say for a toy with beans inside that this may be a little risky, however I have owned many of these TY Beanie Babies and so far they have all remained in one piece.
Overall, I Honks isn't my favourite beanie baby but I do really like him, I particularly like the way his plush has been made to give a feathery effect as this makes him stand out more from the other beanie babies that were available at the time. At the moment he lives in my brothers room as he took a bit of a liking to him. For durability and safety I would definitely recommend Honks, he has been through a lot and still survives now, although he is living a more peaceful life in James' room!
Honks is retired now, so I doubt very much that you will find him in the shops, I have however seen him on eBay many times for as low as 1p auction starting price, plus postage and packaging!
Overall Honks is a nice looking and pleasant member of my Beanie Baby collection.
Thanks for reading! :)