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Whilst looking for a mother's day present a few years ago I saw this adorable soft toy in a window. The dog is a Ty Classic and is named Yodel. I loved the dog as he looked so cute and couldn't resist buying it for my mum.
When we went into the shop to buy it I saw more of the same dog but bigger. My gran, who I was shopping with, said the normal size one was fine but I had to go for the big one. The bigger the better!
Yodel is a white dog with a light brown back and dark brown ears. He is really soft and great to cuddle. I don't like to touch him much in case his fur comes out (this hasn't happened, I'm just being cautious) but he is always watching me from the end of the bed.
He is a Ty Classic and has a soft filling rather than beans. Yodel is huge being approximately 90cm long. He lays on his tummy and has big brown eyes that look adorable.
Yodel also has brothers, Yodels and Yodeler who look exactly like him but smaller (and with a different name.) Yodeler is the only one to have a beany filling but in his feet only. Yodels is approximately 20cm long whilst Yodeler is around 15cm long.
As I said at the start, I bought Yodel for my mum as a mother's day present. She loved the dog and keeps it on her bed but Yodel is not alone as for Christmas I bought her Yodels and Yodeler and they now sleep on top of each other each night. To my surprise, she had also bought me Yodel, Yodels and Yodeler that Christmas and so we now each have a family of Yodels in each room. I am so glad I have my own Yodels to look at each day.
If I remember correctly, the largest dog, Yodel, cost around £40 which is good for the size. I bought mine from a local flower shop but you can buy them off amazon.
These dogs are my favourite soft toy and from a fantastic brand.
My youngest son is 4, and he loves the same sorts of characters that my eldest son does but he also still loves sleeping with his toys. I would often find him in bed with a hard toy figure, and I was worried that he would roll onto them and either break them or hurt himself.
Browsing on amazon one day, I spotted a perfect solution for him. I found a set of Ben 10 beanie figures. The set I bought was bargainous as I got 5 figures for only £10. Beanie toys are usually around the £5 mark each, so I felt this was a bargainous price, and this set of five is meant to sell for nearer £30.
Each of the figures in the set is a plush figure about eight inches in height, which is perfect for holding in a little ones hand for playing. The figures don't do anything, but because they are soft the arms and legs have a little bit of movement, and my son has been delighted with this set. They were perfect for taking in the car to play with and my son didn't mind if his 2 year old cousin joined in with his game as there were no small pieces to lose or be a choking risk for her. I also found that my son can sometimes be very rough in his play, but he could not do any damage really to these toys so I was finding myself letting him play rather than worrying what he was up to.
The five figures in our set are:
Ben 10 - This is a human figure based on the cartoon boy. He comes in a familiar outfit from the show. He is wearing a black top, blue trousers, trainers and a green jacket. My son has managed to take this jacket off and it is pretty tough to get back on over his hands, but this hasn't damaged the toy. I think this is the one that looks least like the animated character, but I think it is quite hard to bring human features to a flat faced doll and it looks close enough to not bother my son which is the main thing.
Echo Echo - a little white robot. Here, the detail is fantastic on the toy even down to his CD player and ear phones, and a little number on him to show which one of the clones he is. This is the only figure to show any signs of damage as there are two wires (made out of fabric) going into the ear phones, and my son was being heavy handed and pulled them both out of the ear pieces. This is only a visual thing though as it was never a working wire - he did pull on it pretty hard too to make it come out.
Swampfire - a tall thin green alien figure. Again the colouring on this and the features are excellent, and I find it very recognisable as the character it is meant to be.
Jet Ray - a predominantly red alien creature whose distinctive feature is his wings. My son really enjoys pretending that this one is flying.
Humongusaur - A large alien who kind of looks a bit like a dinosaur, he again looks like the animated version, and is recognisable to my son as this character.
All of these figures came with the little heart tag that all beanies come with to prove they are the genuine article. The stitching on these figures is brilliant. They are really well made with few weak points on the figures.
Although my son could have decided they were a bit babyish as they weren't real figures, he did take to them well and they have been played with so much by both my four year old and six year old. They are tough enough to be played with in quite a rough manner recreating events my sons have seen on the show or in the books, and for the price I have paid, I find they were superb value for money.
Previously my only experience of beanie babies has been when I saw a friend of mine was collecting them, and she had a large collection of animal figures. I think it is brilliant that the range now also contains some well known cartoon characters as they are a lovely toy either to play with of for a display collection.
I've had this little Beenie Baby teddy for a good few years now.The reason I have it is for Pippa the Chihuahua. These toys are just the right size for her and the free ones out of McDonalds used to be a good size as well. Someone at work was selling a mixed bag of different Beenie Teddies so I bought them for Pips. She doesn't play with this really anymore - her sister Willow seems to have adopted this as her own and for some reason she likes to take this outside in the garden when she goes for the toilet - and often would forget to bring it back in - guess that is my job!
The price of this brand can vary. A few years ago the prices seemed to peak as they were more collectors items some of them but I think for any of these you will expect to pay between £5-£10 for 1 or these can be picked up on ebay and that for probably a bit cheaper.
The Bear looks just like the picture. A nice enough looking Teddy. The body is nice and soft and she washes up well. She's been thrown about a bit with the Dogs "killing" her but he looks just like new with all eyes still in the 1 place (more that I can say than Pippa's Toy Penguin that she has had for 12 years!). There is little Beenie bits inside the Bear so he has a slight Beanbag kind feel to him in a way, but still soft to cuddle. This Teddy is safe enough for young children to have.
Due to the size of these Teddies they aren't really the kind of Toy that you would or could cuddle - unless you are a Chihuahua but these Teddies look cute enough just propped up on a chest of drawers or that.
If you look on the tag on this Bear it tells you her Birthday and year of birth. There is also a little poem on it which is quite sweet.
OK, so let's start with a confession: I am a collector of Beanie Babies. Despite having no interest in them when I was growing up - I preferred collecting virtual creatures thanks to Pokemon - I have recently started a little Beanie Baby collection and their numbers are growing rather quickly. For newbies like me the best way to start shopping for beanies is through eBay, where you can pick up mixed lots for a low price. If you are looking for just one specific beanie, then toy shops or Amazon are good places to look, and they are usually priced at around £5.00 each.
What to look for if you're collecting. There are several important factors to take into account when buying a Beanie Baby, especially if you are going for the option of buying pre-owned beanies. Consider the overall condition of the toy, is it in good shape, with no marks, rips or pulls in the fabric? Does it have the heart tag intact and still attached? You can buy protective plastic covers for the TY heart tags and I would recommend this to keep the tag from getting bent or torn. Buying to collect is different than just buying for enjoyment of the item, or giving to a child for playing with. I'm no serious collector, but I would definitely ensure that the condition of my beanies is like new, with the tags still attached.
I personally prefer the animal Beanie Babies, as the bears are not to my liking. One of the first beanies I ended up with was Fleece, a lovely little lamb. I think that sheep and lambs are particularly cute, and being a knitter with a fondness for wool, these fuzzy animals hold a special place in my heart. I was really happy with Fleece's appearance, as although she looks plain with her pure white coat, she has an air of innocence and a sweet little face. Fleece is positioned as though laying down, which looks great when on display as she sits nicely on a shelf and holds her position well, so there is no chance of her falling over or slipping out of place.
This Beanie Baby is made from a textured fabric which gives the look and appearance of fleece, rather than the smooth faux fur used for the other beanies. I think this is a nice touch as it makes the toy a bit more realistic looking and adds some interest to the otherwise plain body section. The material can be surface washed if necessary, and should not be soaked as this can ruin the finish of the fabric.
One of the neat little features of Beanie Baby toys is that each has their own special name and birthday, as well as a little poem inside the heart tag. I think this is a really nice touch which is fun, and at times sentimental. My tag tells me that Fleece here was born on March 21st 1996 and her poem reads:
"Fleece would like to sing a lullaby
But please be patient, she's rather shy
When you sleep, keep her by your ear
Her song will leave you nothing to fear."
I find this poem particularly endearing and it helps me imagine the toy as the Fleece character, rather than just being a lamb shaped plush toy.
On the negative side there is only one small problem with Fleece, and that is that her beanie insides sometimes shift around a little too much when she is being handled. If I pick the toy up and move it around a bit, the beans falls out of place and usually settle into the leg sections, leaving the body looking flat and under-stuffed. This can be fixed by simply shaking the beans back into place and making sure the body is filled out properly.
Overall I think that Fleece is a lovely little Beanie Baby character and makes a nice addition to my Beanie Baby collection.
** Please note I suggested this lamb as a separate product but Dooyoo said to post the review here **
As it was Easter recently I asked my family to not buy my two year old little girl too much chocolate. She absolutely loves chocolate and would probably eat it all day long if I let her but I didn't want her having massively big Easter Eggs. I was happy if she got one or two little eggs but I suggested that maybe a little stuffed animal might be nice as well. Last year my mum and dad bought her a bunny rabbit so this year they decided to keep with the Easter/spring theme and buy her a lamb.
The lamb they bought her was this adorable Ty Beanie baby lamb called Clover. Ty have been producing Beanie babies for years now and they have become a very collectable toy. They are all named and have special tags. I know years ago my little cousins were really into collecting them. Up until now my little girl didn't have any beanie babies but I think this lamb might be the start of a very big collection. To me, they are very well made, classic toys that will really last a long time. Clover is from the Beanie Boos collection which, after doing some research to see what other animals you can collect, are a collection of smaller little toys.
Clover is amazingly cute. She is only small, about 15cm high but in my opinion that adds to her cuteness. I like the fact that she is small as she is the perfect size for my little girl to tuck under her arm and walk around the house with, which she is obsessed with doing at the moment, and not too big that you can't cuddle her and take her places. I think the first most striking thing about Clover is that she has massive big purple eyes that are actually too big for her head so they stick out but they give her that really cute, puppy dog eye look. It makes her look sad but friendly all at the same time and she really has that cuddle me look about her!
Then as you would expect Clover has soft white fur which is kind of bobbly and very short so it looks very much like a lamb wool coat. She has purple in the snide of her ears and purple feet to match her lovely purple ears.
My parents didn't spend much on her, less than £10 they told me but this made a lovely Easter present and one little girl very happy.
---Why I Bought It---
I was not one of those who was an avid collector in the 1990s.
I stumbled upon the Beanie Babies when I found a gorgeous stars and stripes teddy on Ebay. After that I was hooked!
Since then I have bought quite a few - not to collect - but just because I like them, and some for presents.
This sitting bear was bought as part of a job lot with loads of others from Ebay.
A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal, made by Ty Warner Inc, later renamed as Ty Inc. in late 1993.
Ty stopped producing the product in 1999; but demand led them to reconsider.
In 2000, a Beanie Baby named "The Beginning" was introduced to remind people of Beanie Babies' comeback. (Wikipedia)
8 inches nose to tail.
A realistic looking bear in light beige slightly mottled fur.
The bear has lighter fur on the pads of its feet, black beady eyes and a black plastic nose.
He also has a stub of a tail.
His head is padded but his body is filled with beans.
---Beanie Bear Information---
Style Number 4246
--Leaving her den in early spring--
--So very hungry, she'll eat anything--
--Nuts, fruits, berries and fish--
--Mixed together makes a great dish!--
I also have an identical bear called Pecan which is a more milk chocolate colour.
As this bear is one of the 'retired' beanies the cost is hard to determine.
Currently on Ebay Halo II can be picked up for between £2.50 and £15.
I only buy mine when they are either in a job lot of are around £1-2.
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.
These Ty Beanies are not supposed to be washed but I always remove the tags when I get them and put them through the washing machine - them I feel that they are nice and clean for me.
This is a more realistic looking bear than the beanie teddy bears and does not come with a ribbon or anything like that.
He is a just a basic bear - who can be put to sit back on his back legs or put forward and he will then stand on his four legs.
I like these sort of Ty Beanies for when younger children come to visit as they have no ribbons or other attachments that can be taken off and are just the basic wild animals.
I know if I had young children at home now I would be collecting lots of these animals - as they would be good for playing with and having 'tea parties' but not too bulky to store.
I like these natural looking beanies and also have a koala and a super elephant, as well as my cats of course.
I think these are good for make believe play - but all the beanies have their place and I also like the colourful comic sort of teddy bears as well.
---Would I Recommend?---
There were two different versions of Batty the bat, there was a plain brown version and a tye dyed version, this review is for the tye dyed Batty the bat beanie baby.
I was hooked on beanie babies after a trip to Oasis with my family where I found out about their existance, I left my holiday with seven of the little creatures and collected them happily for the next few years. Beanie babies were first created by Ty Warner Inc in 1993 when an initial nine creatures were released, this spiralled with the creation odf many others and then production was stopped in 1999 ending with The End bear. The company changed to Ty Inc and restarted production in 2000 starting with The Beginning bear.
Batty is a very cute creature in my opinion, he is quite small compared to some of the others such as Gobble the turkey who is nearly double his size. Batty has a small head about the size of a ping pong ball black plastic eyes and a brown plastic nose, he has some stitch detailing for his mouth and I think he looks miserable. Batty has felt like material for his ears and a soft pellet filled body which spans two large wings. Batty has got little bits of velcro on the outside of his wings wo you can spread his wings out or velcro them together and wrap him up in his own wings.
As this Batty is tye dyed it means there isn't another one exactly the same as it would be very rare for the colours to be an eact match, this Batty is coloured in different shades of blues and browns. Inside Battys red heart tag that all the Beanie Babies have it states his date of birth is 29th October 1996 although he wasn't released until 1st January 1999, Batty was retired on the 31st of March 1999 so wasn't available for very long. Inside his tag his poem is,
Bats may make some people jitter
People don't be scared of this critter
If you're lonely or have nothing to do
This Beanie Baby would love to hug you!
I really like this Beanie Baby as I think he is really cute especially the way you can wrap his wings around him and hide his face, his colourings are lovely and as ever he is very soft to the touch so suitable for young children. There is a warning on the tag that if you would like to give this toy to a young child you must remove all the tags first of course you wouldn't want to do this if you wanted him to be a collectors piece. If batty gets himself in a mess you can give him a surface wash but he cannot be put in a washing machine, a lovely addition to anyones colection.
Back in the day when Beanie Babies were the new "in thing", I must have collected hundreds, all of which I still have safely tucked away in storage boxes as I am far too sentimental to throw them out! One of the gems in my collection as far as I am concerned is Spunky the Spaniel, a gorgeous floppity dog with curly ears. Despite his dubious name he really is rather a delightful little toy and I just had to have him as I absolutely adore spaniels in any shape or form.
Spunky is a rather handsome chap, mainly I think due to his lovely toffee colouring and extremely life like spaniel's ears, he is made out of plush that is soft and velvety to the touch and his body is filled with beans to give him a floppy, tactile quality. He is in a relaxed lying down pose with back legs that are splayed out behind him - he really is one chilled out pooch!
One of the endearing qualities of Ty Beanie Babies is the little tag that they all have, (usually attached to one of their ears) that has their name, date of birth and a cute little poem inside. In the case of Spunky his birthday is 14th January 1997 which makes him a very old canine indeed. His own unique poem is rather adorable and goes:
Bouncing around without much grace
To jump on your lap and lick your face
But watch him closely he has no fears
He'll run so fast he'll trip over his ears!
I think this little rhyme sums up spaniels to a T, it's certainly true about every single one I've ever met! They are generally the soppiest most lovable things that simply love people, cuddles and a lot of fuss. Spunky is really well made which cute little brown eyes and dare I say it, perhaps a bit of a dopey expression bless him!
Depite collecting beanies when I was a kid I never really played with them and I value them more as collective items rather than toys, though if the tag was removed I see no reason why they couldn't be given to a child. I have given mine the odd wipe down with a slightly damp cloth in order to remove dust, I can't however comment on how well they come out if put in the washing machine, I imagine if washed on a low setting they would be fine, though I would be cautious about popping them in a tumble dryer.
I think this particular beanie would be just perfect as a gift for any spaniel lover, he's an adorable wee fellow that I cherish; definately one of the favourites in a rather vast collection!
Spunky the Spaniel
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. Being a dog lover, more to the point though a Spaniel lover when I saw Spunky the Spaniel I knew that he was a must have purchase.
** About Spunky **
When I first got Spunky I remember having a little giggle to myself about his name and how they really shouldn't have called him Spunky! But anyhow...
Spunky is a cocker spaniel, he is light brown in colour and has a lovely soft feel to him. His ears are curly and scruffy, the do feel kind of like they are knotted and they aren't particularly soft to touch, but they do look very cute and make it obvious that Spunky is indeed a spaniel.
Spunky has been made in a lying down position with all of his legs facing outwards, he is one very chilled out dog. When my Izzie, who is also a spaniel, does this we call her frog legs! Spunky has a little stubby tail just like a real cocker spaniel, however I would say his facial features actually remind more of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel like my Izzie as his nose is shorter than a cocker spaniels. Either way though he is extremely cute and has the 'spaniel look' to him.
As with all beanie babies part of the toy is filled with tiny beans. In Spunky's case it is his bum! The beans feel really soft and because the toy is so well made there has never been an issue with them leaking out. The rest of Spunky 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. In the case of Spunky, he has his ear pierced, so not only is he a very laid back pooch he is also pretty cool. Spunky's tag tells me that his date of birth is the 14th January 1997 and the tag also has a little rhyme inside to describe the personality of Spunky, I have had Spunky so long that I actually feel quite embarrassed to admit that I know the rhyme off by heart as I always thought it was really cute and very much like a spaniel's personality!
** Spunky's Rhyme **
"Bouncing around without much grace,
To jump on your lap and lick your face,
But watch him closely he has no fears,
He'll run so fast he'll trip over his ears!"
As I have already mentioned Spunky the Spaniel is really well made. I still have him now, so I have owned him for around 14 years and he is still in really good condition. He still has his original TY tag, although it is a little battered now. As I have recently moved Spunky is currently packed away in a box for safe keeping, but once I am settled he will once again be placed in his loyal place at the side of the bed.
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, even the ones that I gave to my brother when he was around 3 or 4, possibly even a bit younger.
Overall, I love my Spunky Spaniel and now I have been talking about him I cannot wait to find which box he is packed into and get him out again! If you are a spaniel lover then this is a must have furry friend!
Thanks for reading!
My niece loves Dora the explorer, which I like because she is a great role model for little girls, she is a strong independent woman! Just like Auntie Jenna! Anyway, back to Dora. My niece has a collection of Dora toys including a little backpack like our hero wears and other action figures. I like this one because she is soft and cuddly.
When I saw the Ty Beanie baby Dora the explorer, I could not resist it.
==Price and availability==
The Beanie baby costs about £4.50. I bought this one from EBay.
This is a soft plush Ty beanie toy. Dora is made from good quality material that is soft to tough and filled with polyester stuffing. Dora's bum is filled with the beans, this adds a little weight and means that Dora will sit comfortably on her bottom.
Dora is wearing pink shorts, t shirt and shoes and is carrying her little backpack. None of her clothes will come off, which disappointed Olive my Niece as she wanted to undress her! She is well made though and looks better in real life than she does in the picture. All the seams and stitching are good quality. My favourite part of Dora is her cute little face. She looks so cheeky and it is hard to resist her little grin!
This is a perfect soft toy for little girls and boys to play with as she is soft and robust, you can drag her around and not worry that her limbs will come off! Dora will sit nicely on any surface and she is especially cuddly. She has the TY tag which is good for any collector.
I love the Hello Kitty franchise, the merchandise they sell is so cute, I have a large range of different Hello Kitty things including soft toys, phone covers, speakers, head phones, photo frames and much more.
So when I seen this Hello Kitty Plush last week when I was doing a bit of Christmas Shopping for the kids, I had to pick this up, but I kept it for myself to add to my lovely collection.
There are lots of different Hello Kitty Plushes in stores and on the internet at the moment, however the Plush that I am reviewing is extra cute in my opinion.
In this soft toy Hello Kitty is of course sporting her usual pink bow, she is also wearing a pair of very cute and playful bunny ears and a yellow hair band on her head. On her body she is wearing a little yellow pinafore with a pink little t-shirt underneath it, the t-shirt and pinafore is in the design of the toys fabric and not extra clothing on this toy. This Hello Kitty Bunny toy feels really soft and cuddly, and really huggable this makes it a lovely toy for the children to play with.
This little toy is suitable for children ages 3+, my little niece (age 4) has already spotted her in my house and as she really loves the Hello Kitty brand as well, she has had a little play with her too and likes carrying it around and giving it a little cuddle on the sofa when she is getting sleepy, she loves all my Hello Kitty beanies and this one is no exception. This toy is also good for Hello Kitty Collectors (of which there are many) and has been a great little edition to my collection of all things Hello Kitty.
The Hello Kitty Plush sits at around 7-8" high which is a nice little size for a soft toy.
I bought this little plush last week in my local toy store for £4.99, this was a really good price as the Hello Kitty Plush range are normally more expensive then this (in around the £8-£10 mark for toys this size).
Overall I think that this is a really lovely little soft toy by TY Beanie Babies, I got it for a great price and it's lovely to add another little toy to my collection. This particular toy is meant to be marketed around Easter (the Easter bunny theme), however I think that it's really cute and suitable for all year round.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
As I have previously said on here my middle daughter is hello kitty mad so when I saw this at Easter I just had to get it for her to go with her hello kitty Easter egg I had brought.
Although this is quite a seasonal looking hello kitty you could buy it any time of year and for just £6.99 it isn't badly priced either. It doesn't come in a box or anything just in a clear plastic bag to stop it getting dirty in the shop
The quality of this as with all the hello kitty products I have brought is really good, the stitching is tough and has lasted really well, hello kitty is very soft to the touch too so is nice to cuddle up too and not too big at just 10 centimetres.
The look on my daughters face on Easter morning when she got this was great, she loved it instantly, it was one of her favourites for quite a while and she took it every where with her, it is machine washable at 40 degrees and doesn't misshape or loose any of its fluffiness either,
We have the pink and yellow one as pictured above but you can get it in yellow and green too so if you have two children who love hello kitty there shouldn't be any arguments.
As with lots of beanie toys they are sold at lots of different places so you wont have trouble finding one and are all roughly the same price too
My daughter and her peers are currently obsessed by Hello Kitty so consequently everything she has should be Hello Kitty and on a recent trip to Sainsbury's her eagle eyes spotted this Easter Hello Kitty cuddly in yellow and with a squeal of delight she pounced on it with screams of please can I have it as I haven't got a yellow one only a pink one!
Well occasionally you have to say yes and at 62p in the sale I was happy to indulge her on this occasion!
What is Hello Kitty?
Hailing from Japan she is a small Kitty who lives with her twin sister mimmy Kitty is energetic and curious and mimmy is shy together they do lots of girly playing. Although originally born in 1974 she is currently the in thing with merchandising on everything and Ty have bought out the cuddly Hello Kitty's from Key ring size to large ones and of course naturally they come in all different outfits and looks.
Cost and Stockist
I saw the Easter Hello Kitty's at that time in the entire major stall and were £3.99 as mentioned available in the sale at Sainsbury's for 62p but for Hello kitty beanies try Amazon
Hello Kitty is a sweet girly character but try to resist the girl power of persuasion other wise you may find yourself being taken over by Hello kitty
I'm not usually taken in by soft toys, most of my soft toys date from the 1980's and beyond but just before Christmas I was passing a card shop and needed luxury gift bags since I discovered I'm no good at wrapping gifts! Blame it on a fast paced lifestyle, but when I'm out and about and shopping for things on a time limit, I need it there and then. By the time I get home I'm already hunting around for sellotape and nervously trying to wrap a Christmas gift that should be easy - like a box for example - but I always end up making a hash of it and often need to return to the shop to get more gift wrap and a decent run of sellotape. So, whilst noseying through a few different options before me, I knocked over a tray of those famous TY Beanie Babies soft toys on the shelf below the ribbons and luxury bags I was looking for and it was there that I saw a little lamb looking up at me. You could say it was love at first sight!
"Sheepishly," as he/she is known is a cute and tiny little lamb made by TY and forms part of the range known as the very famous and collectable series that is known as Beanie Babies. "Sheepy," as he is now known by guards my Yankee Candle wax tarts, but of course he is much more than that. From the Quentin Crisp like light purple ribbon with psychedelic like yellow patterned flowers and contrasting pastel greens which adorns his neck, and soft to the touch feet and hands in peach beige against his soft white body, his beady little black eyes, pink mouth and short ears with an affectionate smile may melt the coldest of hearts! Sheepy is also able to sit up without slouching over and it is good here that Ty have retained a good design value of the sheep's features and measures 14.5cm height by 12.5cm width approximate. Now I'm not a fan of Beanie Babies in general but its good to see Sheepy comes from Ty's Beanie Baby Farm animals series and has amongst the ear tags an additional "tush" tag - the trademark Ty material label - on his bottom complete with a little tuft of fabric acting as his tail.
Beanie Babies are products you either love or loathe and I adore Sheepy even though a downside to his position is that he always looks out from the right hand side/angled because of the way his character has been designed and that ribbon is not removable since it has been stitched in the middle of his neck. His neck, legs, arms and feet can not be moved into many different fixed positions, although legs, arms and feet are movable to get into limited poses. For the fact that this Lamb of Love is so well made, tactile and soft I was more than surprised to find that I had bought a Beanie Baby rather than a design all on its own. If he does have beans inside him, it is difficult to tell with the fabric and fur being so thick. Being made by Ty automatically incites an overall quality that some other soft animal toys often lack and Sheepy has a soft nylon synthetic fur that is good to hold as well as being surface washable, not machine washable. Like most Beanie babies, Sheepy comes complete with three heart shaped tags on his right ear with the Ty trademark sign which opens up into a 2 page booklet confirming his date of birth (1998) and a little poem dedicated all to him/her:
A sweet friend is easy to find,
This little lamb is sweet and kind.
Ready to cuddle day or night
Making everything oh-so right!
Priced between £4 and £8 (I paid £4-95), if you are collector of Beanie Babies, then it will automatically make sense to buy Sheepy/"Sheepishly," anyway. If like me you're not a collector and looking for a little friend to guard things, you won't go far wrong with this Farm animal Beanie Baby. Children may well love the sight of this little lamb; my own pupils have already fallen in love with him! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011
TY Tracker the Basset Hound
Date of Birth: June 5, 1997
Minimum Age: 36 Months
~ A house stuffed full of animals and bears ~
It all started one Christmas when a member of my partner's family bought me a cuddly toy as a present, after they explained to me that it is a collectable item, I thanked them and went off on my merry way. From that point onwards I started to see similar looking cuddly toys in a number of different shops nearby to where I lived and occasionally one of them would make its way to the counter with me and accompany me home to keep the others company, and so began my monstrous TY Beanie collection. After a few years of collecting and with the help of a local shop that had opened near me which exclusively sold TY Beanies my collection almost over ran my house. After several house moves though this collection was trimmed down to a much more manageable size, and after my last house move now it consists of only the most desirable of my once proud collection. Of all the Beanies that I have had over the years one of my favourites has always been "Tracker the Basset Hound" and he even now still takes pride of place in my house.
~ Ty Beanie Babies ~
Ty Beanie Babies became a craze during the 90's, they became a collectible item. The range of soft toys included all kinds of animals and bears that are highly detailed. TY Beanies are of high quality with an amazing attention to detail. Some of the Beanies would become retired after a while and some were limited editions. So for these reasons plastic boxes were available to house them in to keep them in pristine condition. As Tracker was one of my favourites he was displayed in a plastic case for most of his life to stop him from becoming dusty.
~ What a cute little pooch ~
This little puppy needed a home.
Tracker the Basset hound is a soft plush toy, his ivory and brown coat is made from Tylon, which is a manmade fabric that is exclusive to TY toys, it has a uniquely soft and luxurious feel to it, making it irresistible. He stands on all fours, with that typical sad doe eyed look that typifies this breed. His sad expressive eyes are made from plastic, and these are firmly attached, they have a sad droopy look to them as they have white felt under them which accentuates his sad expression. He has a cute little nose and long floppy ears; he's an adorable little pooch. The fabric under his ears and paws is napped which gives it a soft velvety feel. Unlike its counterparts, these little soft toys are not stuffed in the traditional way, rather they are filled with 'beans' which are PVC pellets, they are not overly filled, you can feel the beans in the bottom and the top half is filled with polyester fibre which give these toys a unique lightweight feel to them, this also makes them slightly pose-able. He is a very tactile toy that is soft and squishy, and incredibly smooth and silky; you will find it hard to put him down.
Original Beanie Babies sport two signature tags. Tracker wears his red heart swing tag on his left ear, the TY logo is printed on the front of the tag and inside is all of the information such as, his date of birth, also within each tag is a little poem. The small material 'tush' tag is located on the rear of the animal which features its name.
Trackers Swing tag reads:
"Sniffing and tracking and following trails
Tracker the basset always wags his tail
It doesn't matter what you do
He's always happy when he's with you!"
~ Caring for your pooch ~
This pup needs little maintenance as he is house trained, he just needs lots of fuss and attention, and I'm sure you will be holding him a lot as he is so soft.
As with all Beanies he is surface washable only, a soft damp cloth will suffice, although if you are a collector this one would be best displayed in a case as it has a light ivory coat that will show dirt easily. The swing tag should be left on, you can buy a plastic heart shaped protector case to stop it from becoming damaged, and this will keep it in pristine condition.
~ Give this pup a home ~
Ty Beanies make great gifts, and this particular pooch would be the perfect gift for dog/Basset hound lovers. He would make a fine addition to a collection and I'm sure he would be popular with children, although if you are planning on giving this to a child you will need to remove his swing tag, which is said to greatly decrease his value. As they are all marked with a date of birth these are nice to give to someone who shares the same birthday. There are lots of other TY dogs that are all just as adorable.
I paid £5.95 for him, however as Tracker is now retired you won't find it for sale in shops very easily, however, you may find this dear little dog on-line, on such sites as eBay, and Amazon, So the price will vary drastically.
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