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      16.07.2013 09:05
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      When I was younger I was a huge fan of the TY range of beanie babies. I dread to think how many I have (probably in excess of 200) and then my mum continued to collect the bears after I finished collecting them for myself so between us we probably have 300 or 400 of the collection.

      The RRP for the beanie babies was £5.99 but we would rarely pay this for an item and instead we would usually pay £3.99. We bought them from our local market most of the time but I did seem to acquire them from a lot of places including garden centres, gift shops and even a furniture store.

      I wasnt much of a girly girl at that age but this butterfly really caught my eye because it was different. It is quite flat and looks different from a number of the other beanies on offer which can be bears, cats, dogs, monkeys...anything really.

      The butterfly is exactly as is shown above. She has a velvet sort of texture and she has a beautiful colouring on her wings. The fabric goes from pink to green and it has a really pretty effect. The butterfly is about 7 inches tall and 8 or 9 inches wide.

      It has the familiar red TY label on its right wing and it was important to keep these intact if the toy would retain any value. The beanie is quite floppy and therefore I think it is a good toy for younger children as it can be pulled about and things without becoming too mishapen.

      The wings are quite thin but the butterfly still looks great. The body of the butterfly is filled with beans and I love the overall look of the butterfly.

      I had many hours playing with this as did my niece, Ellie. We were always very careful with the beanies so they have never been washed however I have seen some that have been washed and they remain in a good condition.

      Beanies have been phased out now so this can only really be found on Amazon Marketplace or Ebay.

      Beanies were a really important part of my childhood and I really like Flitter as she is quite different to most of the range. She is a good quality toy and looks great.

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        21.02.2012 19:31
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        My daughter loves her as much as I did

        When I was 16 my Mam took me away to Oasis for my birthday, Oasis was very similar to the likes of Centre Parcs is now. Within the site there was a shop which sold Ty beanie babies which I personally had never seen before and neither had my Mam, there was an offer on that if you bought six beanies you could buy the sought after Britannia Bear. In the time we were on the site I must have been in the shop 30-40 times and eventually my Mam gave in and let me choose six beanies plus bought me the Britannia Bear.

        The beanies babies were created by Ty Warner Inc and first appeared in 1993 with an initial nine little animals. They stopped production in 1999 with the last one being The End bear but they started production again in 2000 in The Beginning Bear. Each beanie baby was given a birthday and then slowly they would go into retirement of course making them worth more once they became rare, after the year 2000 the collectability seemed to grow and with so many being kept in mint condition the worth of each was reduced.

        One of my first beanie babies was Flitter the Butterfly, Flitter cost £4.99 which at the time was what they all cost apart from the bears which seemed by cost more or you would have to fulfil some conditions before you were able to buy one.

        Flitter the butterfly is beautiful, she is made of soft plush in purple and pink a must for any little girl. Flitters main body is pink in colour with two purple antennae on top of her head, she has four separate wings which are all edged in purple with pink embroidered detailing where inside the colouring is a mix of numerous pastel colours all merging into each other. Flitter has a little white tag from her bottom with the holographic logo on it to show that she is a genuine product and her name written across it.

        Flitter like all of the beanie babies has a heart shaped red cardboard tag on which is you are a true collector you generally protect with a tag protector. Every tag has a little rhyme in about the baby, Flitters tag enclosed the information that her DOB is 2nd June 1999 and she has the following rhyme

        "I did not know what I was to be,
        Covered in fuzz, it was hard to see,
        Now a butterfly, what a beautiful sight,
        On silken wings I take to flight."

        Flitter was retired in December 1999 although she is not at all rare and can often be found cheaply at boot sales. If you were to give Flitter to a young child then the tag should be removed, Flitter can be surface washed so can be kept pretty clean even when young hands are playing with her.

        Flitter is a beautiful animal very soft to the touch and beautiful to look at, she has sat proudly on my drawers for years although I have now reached the point where I prefer to have less things lying around so she has now been passed to my eldest daughter who is pink mad. She is soft enough that my daughter sleeps with her and I think she will be loved for many years to come yet.

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        02.07.2010 11:16
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        A gorgeous Butterfly plush toy

        We bought Flitter the Butterfly Beanie plush as a gift for a friends daughter. Seeing as though the young lady in question had a very strong liking for anything pink and girly at the time and was also a beanie fan it seemed like the perfect gift.

        Flitter is a Ty Beanie baby plush toy, its one of a larger group of assorted animals and its been a very popular beanie to collect. You can instantly see why as the colours used are so very pretty. The pic shown here doesn't do Flitter justice at all in my opinion, as she is so soft and shimmery in real life.

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        Flitter was very well received by her new owner and is proudly displayed on the dressing table mirror, attached with some pink elastic to keep her in place. She is amongst a pink and mauve themed room and looks very sweet with the other little butterflies and fairies there.

        I feel that if you are thinking of doing a pink themed girls room, then going with butterflies and fairies is a lovely idea and makes a change from more garish Barbie pink themes . There is another Ty Butterfly called Float which is could be used along with Flitter to achieve this look.

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        We paid £4.99 for Flitter at the time and thought it reasonable as beanies were even more popular than they are now back then. However you can buy a Flitter beanie for anything between £3 and £8 these days from sites like Ebay, Amazon and also specialist beanie sellers. So whilst Flitter is not a very rare or particularly valuable beanie plush, she has remained popular and steady in value.

        Flitter is made of a soft velveteen plush fur effect material, she has a squishy and soft body made out of pink plush fabric. Her glorious wings are lovely to look at. They are surrounded by a nice soft lilac/ mauve edge and backing, which sets off the other colours a treat.

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        The panels of Flitters wings are each in soft pink and turquoise/ blue shades, then surrounded by a pinky red braid type trim, which makes the outline of each wing panel really stand out.

        She has two black stranded antenna, which in my opinion do let her down a little, as they could have been thought out more and made of something nicer. Her eyes let her down too. I think they could have looked better, but I still think that the overall effect of Flitter's design is really nice.

        Flitter is approximately 7 inches by 6 inches in size and is a very slim little beanie, at less than 1 inch in thickness.

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        Flitters birthday can be celebrated on the 6th June, each year as she was born in 1999. She was first sold in the shops in July 1999 and retired later that year in December.

        She has the usual heart shaped red and white Ty tag with her own special poem inside it, it mentions her transformation into a beautiful butterfly, which I think is very sweet. Some of the little poems are in truth a bit naff, but this one is quite nice.

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        Her poem reads a as follows:

        I did not know what I was to be
        Covered in fuzz - It was hard to see
        Now a butterfly - What a beautiful sight
        On silken wings I take to flight!

        Now who could fail to lover her after reading that!

        As with all the Beanie Babies, they are collected widely and if this is being bought as a collectable the usual, mint condition with perfect tags rule applies.

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        If however, you are buying Flitter as a gift for a young child then it won't matter if Flitter makes her way out in to the garden, on a warm summer day to play and gets a bit messy. She can be surface cleaned, not washed fully and her tag should be removed it she is being given to a younger child.

        I think Flitter is lovely and is fully deserving of a 4 star rating. If she had nicer antenna and eyes I would have awarded her the full 5 star rating.

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