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Beanie Babies are a line of collectable stuffed animals made by Ty Warner. Each toy has an inner "posable lining" and is stuffed with plastic pellets giving the toys flexibility like a mini beanbag, hence the name of course.
Beanies were launched in 1993 and since then have produced collectable bears (such as Garcia the bear which as a Deadhead I certainly approve of!) and a variety of mini versions which have had the indignity of being stuffed inside a McDonald's Happy meal box. There is a beanie available for pretty much any animal you can think of and they do a large variety of cats including this one here.
Stupid name for a cat but there you go. Sneaky is a soft black beanie cat with orange ear tips and a matching bow. She was coveted by my daughter for a while before I bought her from Amazon. Sneaky is very well made, has never made a mess or become frazzled (which is more than can be said for our 4 living cats) and is very high quality for such a simple toy.
She has a moulded hard plastic orange nose and shiny green eyes which are very well attached although the makers "Ty Warner" state that the toy is not suitable for a child under 3 years old. We have several beanies and have never had a problem with any of them despite surviving several runs through the washing machine and being on the receiving end of a rambunctious toddler.
The fur on this cat is plush and very thick making the toy very appealing and cuddly for a child. The seams are tight and the cat manages not to grumble when held by its tail or ear. A very nice feature is the orange contrast and this is sewn tidily in the ears with no loose bits to unravel. Sneaky is the perfect size for a small child to lug about and being a bean bag the cat will snuggle into the child with no hard edges so beanies make a great toy to bring to bed. Even the ribbon has stayed intact although admittedly it has seen better days. The checked orange ribbon is sewn to the cat under the neck meaning that it will not come off or become a choking hazard but it does look a big dog-eared as time goes on.
Beanie Babies have always been distinctive and identifiable by their two tags. They all come with a large swing tag at the top in a heart shape and a fabric tag on the bottom. The heart one usually gets removed fairly quickly as my daughter finds it annoying. The large heart is made of card therefore easy to remove and sometimes features little poems or details about the toy such as date of birth etc. Ours just had a "to" and "from" inside the heart. There are basic care instructions included.
We paid £5.95 for this little toy and that is in my opinion a bargain. The beanies are well made, collectable (if you like that sort of thing) and a decent size, Sneaky the cat for example is around 8" long making it a lot harder to lose in the ever growing toy mountain. This little cat has given my daughter a lot of joy and has been with her on many adventures. Due to her love of cats especially, I see this toy being used for a long time yet.
One of the trademarks of Ty Warner is that their beanies were designed to be affordable. A good business model because this when combined with their very clever limited editions, product withdrawals, stocking via small retailers and not chains, and the general unpredictability of the beanie animal design means that Ty have made a small fortune. It is in my opinion well deserved because Ty have supported the smaller businesses by avoiding huge chains and their products are well made and thought out.
Sneaky the cat is a great toy for young kids, it has none of the pink or schmaltzy nature of a lot of kids cuddlies and this one has a real halloween vibe. The cat is realistic (as realistic as a cuddly toy can be) but still retains a cuteness that younger kids will love. The cat has lasted a long time with us and we recommend it 100%.
* Official Ty product with the authentic Ty heart-shaped tag!
* Extra huggable and Machine Washable
* SNEAKY is Approximately 8"
* Handmade with the finest quality standards
Dimensions: 20.3 x 7.6 x 10.2 cm
At the moment "Sneaky" the Ty cat is available on Amazon for just £4.95 plus £1.80 delivery.
---Why I Bought It---
I was not one of those who was an avid collector in the 1990s.
I began picking up some Ty bears and animals when I could get some bargains on Ebay of ones I liked.
However we have recently been adopted by a stray black cat so i was on the lookout for a black cat beanie - also as the cat arrived around halloween I christened him 'Pumpkin', so when I saw this orange and black halloween cat I though he was ideal. I also had a £5 voucher for Paypal so thought I could treat myself.
A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal, made by Ty Warner Inc, later renamed as Ty Inc. in late 1993.
6.5 inches head to feet.
Very soft black velvety fur.
Called 'SNEAKY' supposed to be from age 3 upwards.
Label states to 'surface wash', made in China.
Has orange and black beady eyes and an orange plastic nose.
The insides of his ears are bright pumpkin orange as are the soles of his feet.
Around his neck is a pretty black, orange ribbon with a shimmering gold thread runing through it.
This one was bought brand new from Ebay and cost me £4.99 - but I had a voucher for £5 so treated myself.
An integral part for collectors was to keep the tags of these stuffed animals in immaculate condition.
There were two tags - one was the 'swing tag' - a heart shaped cardboard tag attached to its ear and a fabric 'tush tag' sewn into its base somewhere.
You were able to buy plastic heart shaped transparent covers for the 'swing tags' to stop them getting scuffed and damaged.
This cat was introdcued only in 2011 so is a relative newcomer to the beanie range.
However I did not buy him as a collection item, but purely because I wanted a cute black cat.
He is very soft and tactile and would make a great gift as a 'good luck' present, or even just a halloween gift.
The top part of his body and head have conventional stuffing but he has the bean pellet beads (which are a trademark of beanies) in the bottom portion of his legs and feet - he therefore sits up well.
Although called SNEAKY Ty also have a SNEAKY leopard which is much older, so don't get confused.
There are a few black cats with orange for the halloweeen holidays.
This has not been played with so it is hard to say about 'wear and tear' but judging by other beanies I have and also the feel of this one I would say it is very strong and long lasting.
---Would I Recommend?---