I went to Oasis for my 16th birthday with my Mam and Grandma, I had never seen a beanie baby before until we went into a shop on site that sold them. After many visits to the shop my mam gave in and bought me my first seven beanies including the sought after Britannia Bear and from then on I was hooked on beanies.
Beanie babies were created by Ty Warner Inc although the company renamed later as Ty Inc, beanies were created in 1993 and stopped in production in 1999, this was some say a marketing ploy and they relaunched "due to public demand" in 2000.
Gobble the Turkey was one of the first Beanie Babies that I bought myself, I worked in debenhams at the time and they had a sale on and sop I bought myself a couple for the collection at the reduced price. The beanie babies were always £4.99 in price although not long after the relaunch the price increased up to £5.99 each, with my discount I managed to buy this beanie for little over £2.50 so a 50% discount in total.
Gobble the turkey is brown, red, yellow and white in colour, he has two dangling legs and two wings with detailing under the chin so is pretty realistic for a turkey. His plummage is in stripes of colour the brown being first as it is the same as the body colour followed by a stripe odf red and then finally a stripe of white, there is also some detailing stitched in red. I must admit that I don't think this is the cutest of the beanie babies although there is something quite attractive about him.
As with all the beanie babies Gobble has what is called a tush tag which is a small white tag on his bum showing a holographic symbol to show he is genuine and displaying his name. Gobble also has the usual red shape heart tag attached to him which states that his birth date was 27th November 1996 although he wasn't introduce on the market until 7th October 1997. Inside his tag is a little rhyme,
Gobbles the turkey loves to eat
Once a year she has a feast
I have a secret I'd like to divulge
If she eats too much her tummy will bulge!
Gobble was retired on the 31st of march 1999 so he had quite a long shelf life as some beanies have only sold for a couple of months before retirement.
I used to enjoy collecting the beanie babies so it didn't really matter too me that Gobble wasn't the nicest looking and I think his colourway is lovely and the colours really stahnd out well against each other. He has big beady eyes and little detailing on his nose in black, if you are giving him to a child you must remove the tags and if he needs a clean he can only have a surface clean. I wouldn't expect this was one of the most popular of the beanie beabies but he still had a place in my collection the question is what to do with them all now.