On September 30, 1998, Ty Inc. Introduced the first nine members of its exciting new line of toys - Beanie Buddies!
Most collectors cannot afford rare Beanie Babies such as Peanut the royal blue elephant and Humphrey the camel. So, Ty Warner has created Beanie Buddies, which are based on some of the most popular members of the Beanie Babies line. The Beanie Buddies are about 40 percent bigger than the Beanie Babies and they feature a unique, super-soft fabric designed by Ty!
These wonderful, high-quality collectibles have a suggested retail price of $10 each. If you ever wanted an opportunity to start collecting a set of Ty toys from the beginning, you now have your chance!
The first nine Beanie Buddies are Beak the kiwi bird, Humphrey the camel, Jake the mallard duck, Peanut the royal blue elephant, Quackers the duck, Rover the dog, Stretch the ostrich, Teddy the cranberry bear and Twigs the giraffe.
The Beanie Buddies are larger plush toys closer in size to members of the Ty Pillow Pals collection. There is a mixture of polyester filling and , of course, beans (PE pellets). Unlike with Beanie Babies, there is no birthdate listed inside the Buddies' fifth generation red Ty heart tag. On the left side of the tag are the words "The Beanie Buddies Collection" and a list of the Ty, Inc., locations in the United States and Canada. On the right side of the tag is a trivia statement about the Beanie Baby that the new Beanie Buddy is modeled after and the Ty, Inc., World Wide Web address.
All of the words on the inside of the hang tag are printed in black ink except for the words "BEANIE BABY," which are in red ink. The front of the tag has the yellow star with type that reads "BEANIE ORIGINAL BUDDY." The tush (or sewn-in) tags are of the same type (white with red heart and black letters) used on the Pillow Pals and the Ty Plush collectibles. The copyright year is 1998.
The style or item numbers (the last four numbers of the toy's "barcode") are in the 9300 range for Beanie Buddies, while Beanie Babies' style numbers are in the 4000 range.
The second group of Buddies were released on January 1st, 1999. The third group of Buddies were announced in April of 1999.
There are two variations of swing tags. The first generation was found of the first group released in September of 1998. The 2nd generation swing tag appeared on the second group of Buddies released on January 1st, 1999. On January 4th 2000, There were a large number of Buddies released. There was also a swing tag change. A multicolored star was added.
The Beanie Buddies have become a sought after prize. They are very difficult to find. You have to be in the right store at the right time to find them.
On this page, take a closer look at the original nine Beanie Buddies, which are pictured next to the Beanie Babies of the same name so you can see the difference in size between the two types of toys. You'll find each Beanie Buddy's style number, trivia statement and more! Happy Collecting!
the kiwi bird
HEIGHT: 8 inches
Trivia on Hang Tag: Beak the BEANIE BABY and Beak the Beanie Buddy are the first to be released as a set!
Beak's retirement date of 3-31-99, was announced on 3-26-99.
LENGTH: 11 1/2 inches long to his tail.
Trivia on Hang Tag: Humphrey the BEANIE BABY was one of the first to be retired. Very few were produced, making him highly collectable!
the mallard duck
LENGTH: 11 inches
HEIGHT: 8 inches
Trivia on Hang Tag: Jake the BEANIE BABY due to his numerous colors was difficult to manufacture making him one of the most sought after!
the royal blue elephant
LENGTH: 12 inches long from trunk to tail (lay-down style)
Trivia on Hang Tag: Peanut the BEANIE BABY made in this royal blue color is extremely rare and very valuable!
HEIGHT: 9 inches
Trivia on Hang Tag: Quackers the BEANIE BABY retired in May 1998 was once made without wings!
(Quackers is also available without wings!)
LENGTH: 14 inches
HEIGHT: 7 inches from top of the head to the feet (stand-up style)
Trivia on Hang Tag: Rover the BEANIE BABY was the forst non-breed dog. Introduced in the summer of 1996, this red color set him apart!
LENGTH: 9 1/2 inches
HEIGHT: 10 inches
Trivia on Hang Tag: Stretch the BEANIE BABY is one of the most difficult to produce due to her long neck and numerous parts!
the cranberry bear
HEIGHT: 13 inches
Trivia on Hang Tag: Teddy the BEANIE BABY was made in six colors. A very limited number were produced in this special cranberry color!
HEIGHT: 8 inches
Trivia on Hang Tag: Twigs the BEANIE BABY was manufactured in fabric created exclusively for Ty and was retired in May 1998!
Twigs, The Beanie Buddy, retired 12-31-98.
|You'd have to save for a thousand years to afford this one!||To protect the identity of this buddy, we have been forced to mask the number of his tag.|
Beanie Buddy Trivia:
2000 Signature Bear: 2000 Signature Bear BEANIE BABY did not exist. This bear represents the future!
Amber: Amber and Silver the BEANIE BABIES were modeled after two orphaned kittens found by Ty Warner!
Batty: Batty the BEANIE BABY was the second bat made by Ty. Batty came in two colors, mocha rose and Ty-dyed!
Beak: Beak the BEANIE BABY and Beak the Beanie Buddy are the first to be released as a set!
Bongo: Bongo the BEANIE BABY was first named Nana. Ty Warner liked the name Bongo btter because he plays the Bongos!
Bubbles: Bubbles the BEANIE BABY made in the swimming position was quite a challenge to manufacturers!
Britannia: Britannia the BEANIE BABY was the first international bear to have an emblem flag rather than a patch!
Chilly: Chilly the BEANIE BABY was introduced in June of 1994 and retired in January of 1996 making him one of the most sought after!
Chip: Chip the BEANIE BABY due to the variety of colors and pattern shapes is one of the most difficult to produce. It takes over 20 pieces to make Chip!
Chocolate: Chocolate the BEANIE BABY was the last of the original nine to be retired!
Clubby: Clubby the BEANIE BABY was not only the first BBOC bear but also the first to wear a button!
ClubbyII: ClubbyII the BEANIE BABY was the first to be included in a BBOC kit!
Congo: Congo the BEANIE BABY was inspired by the Ty plush gorilla George!
Coral: Coral the BEANIE BABY shares its birthday with Ty Warner's secretary!
Digger (orange): Digger the BEANIE BABY was originally made in orange and changed to red!
Dotty: Dotty the BEANIE BABY was the second Dalmation produced by Ty and still remains a favorite with collectors!
Erin: Erin the BEANIE BABY is the first bear to represent a country but not wear that country's flag!
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus the BEANIE BABY was the seond koala to be made by Ty. He was made due to the popularity of Mel!
Fetch: Fetch the BEANIE BABY was introduced in May of 1998 and was retired in December of 1998 when he was less than one year old!
Flip: Flip the BEANIE BABY was reminiscent of the first item produced by Ty. A white cat named Kashmir!
Flippity: Flippity the BEANIE BABY was never made. He is Floppity's missing twin!
Fuzz: Fuzz the BEANIE BABY is made with Tylon that is crimped under extremely high temperatures!
Germania: Germania the BEANIE BABY was the first Beanie Baby to have its poem in a language other than English!
Gobbles: Gobbles the BEANIE BABY had several different types of waddles, including single and double felts!
Goochy: Goochy the BEANIE BABY'S fabric was one of the most expensive to produce. The shine on the fabric makes the ty-dying process more difficult!
Groovy: Groovy the BEANIE BABY was the first Beanie to have a colored-flocked nose!
Halo: Halo the BEANIE BABY is made from a special fabric that shimmers. This fabric makes Halo even more heavenly!
Hippie: Hippie the BEANIE BABY was the first bunny to be ty-dyed!
Hippity: Hippith the BEANIE BABY is a shade of green called Spring Mint. This custom color is very difficult to maintain throughout production!
Hope: Hope the BEANIE BABY if the first Beanie Baby to be modeled after one of the Ty plush bears!
Humphrey: Humphrey the BEANIE BABY was one of the first to be retired. Very few were produced, making him highly collectible!
Inch: Inch the BEANIE BABY was availble with both felt and yarn antennas!
Jabber: Jabber the BEANIE BABY has 6 colors and 17 pattern pieces which made him one of the most difficult Beanies to produce!
Jake: Jake the BEANIE BABY due to his numerous colors was difficult to manufacture making him one of the most sought after!
Kicks: Kicks the BEANIE BABY was the first bear to represent a sport!
Large Fuzz: In order for Fuzz to maintain the proper proportions, longer Tylon had to be used. The longer the fur the more difficult it is to distress!
Large Libearty: Libearty the BEANIE BABY was the only Beanie to have a few of his hang tags attached with a white rather than a red tag pin!
Lefty: Lefty and Righty the BEANIE BABIES were the first two different Beanies to share a poem!
Lips: Lips the BEANIE BABY was one of the first summer show exclusives. This makes him very rare and valuable!
Lizzy: Lizzy the BEANIE BABY made with ty-dyed fabric was only produced for six months making her one of the most valuable Beanies!
Lucky: Lucky the BEANIE BABY was produced with three varieties of spots: 7 felt spots, 11 printed spots and 21 printed spots. Collectors are very lucky if they have all three!
Maple: Maple the BEANIE BABY was the first exclusive international bear!
Millennium: Millennium the BEANIE BABY commemorates a once in a lifetime event, making it a once in a lifetime Beanie Baby!
Nanook: Nanook the BEANIE BABY was the first Beanie to feature blue eyes rather than black!
Osito: Osito the BEANIE BABY was the first USA exclusive that did not have a USA flag!
Patti: Patti the BEANIE BABY was one of the original nine. Patti was available in both maroon and magenta!
Peace: Peace the BEANIE BABY was the first Beanie Baby with an embroidered emblem. This ty-dyed technique on a soft toy is the first in the World!
Peanut (Light blue): Peanut the BEANIE BABY made in this royal blue color is extemely rare and very valuable!
Peanut (Royal blue): Peanut the BEANIE BABY made in this royal blue color is extremely rare and very valuable!
Pinky: Pinky the BEANIE BABY was a manufacturing challenge because of her long neck!
Princess: Approved for Charity on behalf of the Estate of DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES.
Pumkin': Pumkin' the BEANIE BABY was the first Beanie to represent a fruit!
Quackers: Quackers the BEANIE BABY retired in May 1998 was once made without wings!
Rainbow: Rainbow the BEANIE BABY and his friend Iggy loved to switch tags and colors, making them the most confusing pair to date!
Rex: Rex the BEANIE BABY was one of the dinosaur trio. The poem and birthday for this item have yet to be discovered!
Rover: Rover the BEANIE BABY was the first non-breed dog. Introduced in the summer of 1996 this red color set him apart!
Schweetheart: Schweetheart the BEANIE BABY has fabric that is tip dyed. It is made with a special dying process where only the very tips are dyed a separate color, It is very costly and difficult process!
Scorch: Scorch the BEANIE BABY was one of the first Beanies to feature the ty-dyred curly fabric!
Silver: Silver and Amber the BEANIE BABIES were modeled after two orphaned kittens found by Ty Warner!
Slither: Slither the BEANIE BABY was the first snake made by Ty. Since his retirement in 1995 he has learned how to coil!
Smoochy: Smoochy the BEANIE BABY is the second Beanie Baby frog made by Ty!
Snort: Snort the BEANIE BABY is the second bull made by Ty. The first bull did not have hooves!
Snowboy: Snowboy the BEANIE BABY was never made. This is the first and only time this pattern will be used!
Spangle: Spangle the BEANIE BABY is the first Beanie to feature two distinct patterned fabrics and three different head colors!
Spinner: Spinner the BEANIE BABY was the second spider to be made by Ty. The attention to detail includes a tiger striped body and red eyes!
Squealer: Squealer the BEANIE BABY was one of the orignal nine. Squealer was so popular that he didn't retire for over four years!
Stretch: Stretch the BEANIE BABY is one of the most difficult to produce due to her long neck and numerous parts!
Teddy: Teddy the BEANIE BABY was made in six colors. A very limited were produced in this special cranberry color!
Teddy Teal: The Teddy teal BEANIE BABY was produced with this style face. Commonly referred to as an "old face" Teddy, his value continues to grow!
Tracker: Tracker the BEANIE BABY has the most expressive eyes. Close attention to this detail means limited production.
Twigs: Twigs the BEANIE BABY was manufactured in fabric created exclusively for Ty and was retired in December 1998!
Ty2K: Ty2K the BEANIE BABY'S name was the result of a play on words with Y2K!
Ty Dyed Digger: Digger the BEANIE BABY was originally made in orange and then changed to red!
Valentino: Valentino the BEANIE BABY was the first bear to feature embroidery!
Waddle: Waddle the BEANIE BABY was the first of two penguins to be made by Ty. He was retired in April of 1998!
Weenie: Weenie the BEANIE BABY was the first Beanie to stand on all four paws!
X Large Libearty: This extra large Libearty weighs as much as a dozen Beanie Babies!
Zip: Zip the BEANIE BABY was made in three styles: all white, black and white and all black!
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