---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 colourful 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.
---Birthday Bears in General---
As well as having a range of ordinary 'Birthday Bears' Ty brought out two ranges which represented every month of the year.
The one in the image is a December Bear - from the first series - each month had a similar water colour bear but the name of the month on its chest and the colour of its head, feet and ruffle were different according to which month it was. These were the realistic looking bears - the poems and noses reflected the respective birthstones for each month.
* Series 2
Ty also brought out a second range of Birthday Bears, more the teddy bear shape - these were plain coloured bears but this time they were all wearing party hats.
8 inches head to feet.
Colourful bear - made in a seated position.
Comes with turquoise head and soles of feet.
Has black beady eyes and a transparent plastic nose in turquoise.
The main body is in a multi coloured fur - sort of water colour effect with splodges of different colours.
On his chest he has an embroidered birthday cake with candles and the name 'December'
He has a little stub tail and around his neck he has an elasticated ruffle in turquoise - this can be removed but is attached to the bear by a few stitches at the back.
---Beanie Bear Information---
Style Number 4371
--My nose is the color of my birthstone--
--It brings happiness--
--creativity and success!-
As this bear is one of the 'retired' beanies the cost is hard to determine.
Currently it can be picked up for £3.80.
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.
This little bear is a cute character and looks a bit like a clown with his ruffle - but this can easily be snipped off if giving him to young children.
His fur is very colourful and I love the transparent nose idea - but I tend to like transparent stuff in general anyway.
These bears sit down very well and would be a great birthday gift if you buy the relevant month for the person - such a novel idea. Mine would be a green head for May but I have not got that one - but they are cute little characters and a good little gift if you can think of nothing else.
These bears can be picked up in mint condition from Ebay quite inexpensively with all their tags intact. Even though bought in pristine condition I would either surface wash or quickly hand wash - making sure to keep the cardboard tags dry - this can be done quite easily if you are careful.
I like these colourful bears myself - they have soft colourful fur and sit nicely without flopping over.
These birthday bears would be a great gift for someone and would not break the bank - but would look much better than just giving a card. Much more colourful than the second series of birthday bears which are plain - I think these are a novel idea - especially as their colour and noses are tied into the month's birth stone.
I can see how the collectors of these beanies caught the collecting 'bug' - I can imagine how nice a whole row of these birthday bears would look!
---Would I Recommend?---