If like me you were a child of the 90's then you will remember the craze for Ty Beanie Babies very well, I adored them and must of collected over 200 of the delightful bean filled creatures which I still have to this day. Ty Beanie Babies are very well made soft toys that are filled with a mixture of stuffing and beans, making a lot of them rather floppy but poseable. Out of my entire collection I must say that the Zodiac dog is one of my absolute favourites!
The dog is made from an orangey-yellow soft plush that is very tactile, he is nice and cuddly without being too floppy so he is able to sit up. The bottom of his paws and the insides of his ears are a gold shiny material that looks almost sequined. The dog is modelled on a chow chow and has the most amazing eyes - they are two tones of vibrant orange with piercing black pupils. He has quite a grumpy expression on his little face as well which I think adds to the cuteness! The detail to his nose is very life like, it is a little rough to the touch as has lots of tiny indentations, very much like that of a real dog.
He comes with the Ty tag in his ear and as he is a zodiac it has handy information about people born in the year of the dog. These people are said to work very well with others, are often loyal and very honest too. They should apparently marry a horse or a tiger but stay clear of dragons. I think this is a lovely extra touch to the toy.
Ty beanies were originally made as toys but they also became collectors items, I never did really play with mine but they are very well made and put together so I think they could withstand a lot of playing with by children. I'd say to remove the tag first and not to give to a child under 3 as the eyes and nose could be a potential choking hazard. I bought mine for around the £5 mark way back in 2000, they're a lot cheaper than that now though and you can easily pick them up for a couple of pounds. Amazon is a good site to find them.
I hope you enjoyed my review and look out for other beanie reviews in the near future!