Oh, Beanie Babies. It's been nearly 30 years and you still haven't had your plastic pelleted fill of them, have you? So, what's all the hoopla about these stuffed animals? Is it because they are cute? Is it because they are cuddly? Or, is it because in mint condition they can bring you a small fortune? Check, check and check. But, the fascination with Beanie Babies really began with their conception in 1991 when inventor Ty Warner decided to use small plastic pellets to fill his stuffed animals as opposed to the common stuffing found in plush toys. This made Beanie Babies maneuverable and, for children, much more realistic than the everyday plush animal.
By the mid-'90s, you're well aware of, and probably participated in, the Beanie Baby fad which swept the nation and many parts of the world. By the end of the decade mint condition Beanie Babies were going for thousands of dollars. Undoubtedly, the most expensive Beanie Baby is Princess Bear which was a tribute to Princess Diana. While sellers seek to fetch nearly half a million for Princess Bear, undoubtedly a high five-figure or low six-figure price is attainable.
So, which Beanie Baby do you cherish? Do you love to buzz around with Bumble the Bee or reminisce with Decade the Bear? See how many of these Beanie Babies you can name from an image. It might not only be fun, but could also be valuable!
The Princess purple bear was created on October 29, 1997, to honor Princess Diana after she died. Only a limited number of these Princess beanies collectibles were produced and available for purchase. All profits from the sale of the Princess Beanies were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
Quackers the Duck, like many other ducks, is bright yellow with an orange beak, and was first introduced on June 24, 1994. The first version of this Beanie was released without wings, and is considered to be very rare. A subsequent version of Quackers the Duck with wings was later released.
This is a bright pink flamingo beanie with floppy legs, which are of a lighter shade of pink. The flamingo also has a big orange beak. Pinky was first introduced on June 3, 1995, and measures a 10.5 inches in height, one of the largest beanies of all time.
Sly the Fox Beanie is a playful fox which was first introduced in June 1996. There are two versions of Sly, one with a brown belly and one with a white belly, which was introduced just about two months after the first on August 6, 1996. Other than the variations, he is brown and has a flat tail.
Bumble the Bee, like many bees, is yellow and black and has a pair of large black wings, a pair of antennae, four legs and two black plastic eyes. It was introduced on June 3, 1995 and was retired just over a year later on June 15, 1996.
Snoopy the Dog is one the many dog beanies produced but unlike the rest of them, he is the only one from the Peanuts comic book series and the Charlie Brown cartoons. This beanie is black and white and has a red collar around his neck. Snoopy also features a key clip which can be used to attached keys and/or bags.
Pumkin the Pumpkin is one of a kind was the first Beanie Baby that represented a fruit. It is green and orange, like normal pumpkins. It was introduced on September 30, 1998, just before the annual Halloween celebration.
Gary the snail is a brightly-colored snail from the popular Nickelodeon series, SpongeBob SquarePants. The company created two versions of Gary, one for regular retail and the other exclusively for the corporate giant, Best Buy.
Hello Kitty is extremely popular, so it comes as no surprise that the TY company decided to make her into a Beanie Baby. The little kitten is dressed in a pink onesie with a bib and a rattle, and she also has her classic bow over one ear.
Peanut the Elephant is one of the most notable Beanie babies ever created. The bear is royal blue with a hint of pink on its huge ears. The small Beanie, who was first introduced on June 3, 1995, lies flat on its stomach with its long trunk protruding into the air.
The original Inky the Octopus is grey and was first introduced on September 12, 1994, while the pink version came out on June 3, 1995. Like all octopuses, these two beanies have eight tentacles and a very large head. Both Inky’s have black eyes and a mischievous smile.
Mystic the Unicorn came in four different styles between 1994 and 1999. Almost 25 years later, these specific beanie babies are selling for prices ranging from as little as $1,100 to as high as $3,750, depending on the style.
Osito is a red cuddly bear released in 1999, and was meant to represent Mexico. He comes with a green and white bow around his neck, and a Mexican flag stitched on his chest.
Lefty the Donkey is bluish grey while its feet and nose are black, and he has an American flag on his back. Having been introduced during the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election, it was named Lefty the Democratic Donkey in honor of the Democratic Party.
Decade the Bear was introduced on December 15, 2003, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the existence of Beanie Babies. There are ten colors of this beanie, some of which include; brown, dark blue, gold, green, red, light blue, orange, and pink. Each has a ribbon around its neck. The bear also has a 10-anniversary patch on its chest.
Lizzy the Lizard, who was introduced on January 7, 1996, is a blue lizard with black patterned spots, a yellow underbelly and a red forked tongue. Lizzy is almost 14 inches in length and also comes in a tie-dyed version.
Like many other beanies on this list, Ringo the Raccoon is a character from a television show (A Wonderful World of Color). The raccoon is light brown and its tail is alternating colors of dark and light brown. Ringo also has a pair of short black whiskers, black eyes and two-toned ears.
Introduced on September 30, 1998, Scorch the Dragon is one of few Beanie Babies that came with wings. Scorch was the first Beanie Baby to have tie-dyed fabric and the iridescent color of the wings made Scorch a hit with the kids.
Shiloh the Ferret was introduced on January 19, 2006, and could only be obtained through the World Wildlife Fund and the TY store. Shiloh’s breed of ferret is on the endangered species list, so it was only fitting that she represented the WWF.
Digger the Crab was introduced on June 3, 1995, and was retired on May 11, 1997. The original crab was orange. Since then, many versions have been released, some of which are tie-dyed and red.
Introduced on July 8,, 2000, Bananas the Orangutan has a multicolored body with orange feet and hands, an orange face, and purple mouth, and some of its fur is yellow. Bananas is said to be worth lots of money if he is in mint condition.
There are many bears which were made to represent a country, and Maple was made especially for Canada. Maple is all white with a yellow ribbon around its neck and a Canadian flag stitched on its chest. The bear was introduced on January 1, 1997, and the company donated 5,000 Maple beanies to the Canadian Special Olympics.
After the amazing success of Nickelodeon’s "SpongeBob SquarePants" TV show, TY decided to make some of the characters into Beanie Babies, one of which was Squidward. He was introduced in October of 2004, and is an exact replica of the classic cartoon character.
America the Bear was created to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The bear is light blue with a red, white and blue ribbon around its neck, and has the American flag stitched on its chest. There are five other versions of this beanie, one of which has the pattern of the American flag.