In 1993 Ty Warner Inc began producing beanie babies with an initial creation of nine different animals, the original nine were Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Brownie the Bear, Flash the Dolphin, Splash the Whale, Patti the Platypus, Chocolate the Moose, Spot the Dog and Pinchers the Lobster although it is rare to come across these now as they were originally just childrens toys rather than collectors items. In 1999 Ty announced that all beanie babies would retire on the 31st of December 1999, the public were allowed to vote and decide if beanie babies were to cease in production and the public voted for production to continue.
Blessed the bear was one of the last beanie babies that I bought before it came to the point where I had simply collected too many to have any more. Blessed is a lovely white bear sitting in praying position, he black eyes are closed and she has pink embroidered nose and paws. Blessed main body has tiny little flecks of silver in which makes her shine which is beautiful and she has two wings which are fur backed and nice and fluffy to the touch. Like all beanies Blessed has a little white tush tag which has a shiny red heart on it with TY in the middle rather than the holographic symbol some of the older beanie have.
Blessed was available for sale from the 30th of June 2003 and was retired 28th of July 2004 so she was one of the beanies that were on sale for a longer period. Blessed has a red heart hang tag which tells you that her date of birth is the 11th of October 2002 and she has a little poem inside which is,
When it's time to go to bed
Right before you rest your head
Say a prayer for you and me
For the morning light to see !
I think Blessed is a lovely bear and as my collection has grown out of control I have allowed my children to play with some of my beanies but not the bears so Blessed still takes a place on display. Her fur being flecked with silver make her shine in the sunshine and it really gives that added sparkle, I think blessed would make a meaningful gift for someone special.