This section is for the more advanced Beanie Baby® Collector. Our
goal for this section is to give detailed explanations and actual pictures
of our Beanie® friends that have one or more variations.
Pinchers™ the Lobster
Punchers has been seen with all types of slight variations. This lobster
spelled with a u is very rare and very expensive.
||Pinchers™ was one of the
original nine Beanies®. Punchers has been seen only with the first
generation Ty® tag.
Quackers™ the Duck
|Quackers™ the Duck is
another Beanie Baby® that has gone through a sort of metamorphosis. When
Quackers™ was introduced in 1995, he was a wingless duck. In 1995, he was
redesigned to include a wing on each side of his body.
Sly™ the Fox
|Sly™ the Fox was
released in mid 1996. He was originally released with an all brown body
with white fabric in his ears and on his lower muzzle area.
Before long a new Sly™ was popping up with a white belly. Why? We
feel this was because TY® realized that a real fox has a white, not a
Spooky™ the Ghost
thread with a slight smile, a U smile, and V Smile, and on some, the
black thread is just plain missing.
|This little white ghost was
introduced in September 1995. Early in production there was an error
made to result in Spooky™ Being Spook. His "tush tag" Is
located under his left arm unlike Spooky™ where the tag is on his tail.
There is also a variation of Spooky™ in the way that his mouth was
sewn on, some have the black
Spot™ the Dog
|Spot™ the dog was first
introduced without a black spot on his back. Rumor has it that
Spot™ gained his spot when the TY company introduced Daisy™ the Black Cow,
with a white spot on her side.
Stripes™ the Tiger
Tiger was released in 1995. When first introduced, he was much darker in
color, with more closely placed stripes. Next, came a Stripes™ of the
same color, but with a fabric that was more fuzzy on the belly.
This is a rare variation. Finally, in mid 1996, Stripes™ was spotted (or shall we say striped)
with his last body style, the color was a much lighter tarnished
yellow and he now has approximately 50% less stripes.
Tank™ the Armadillo
||The first Tank™
was introduced in 1995. This Tank™ had more beans and 7 bony plates (or
rows as the collectors refer to them). In Mid 1996, the TY® company
released Tank™ stuffed with less beans and 2 more bony plates. Then in
late 1996, the TY Company® changed this burrowing mammal again, this
time with a slightly smaller body, 9 bony plates, and a cute protective
None of the colored old face bears came with a ribbon around it's
neck as did their later replacements. Do not expect the correct style
numbers to appear on these bears. The style numbers do not match the
color of the bear. The eyes of the early old face bears
were placed to the side of their face unlike their new faced replacements,
whose eyes are much closer together. The nose was also much smaller than the
new faced bears.
|The Colored Bears were
introduced shortly after the first 9 Beanies. When introduced they were
available in 6 colors: violet, teal, jade, cranberry, magenta, and
brown. All 6 colored bears were introduced with the old style face. This
face has a very European style teddy bear look to it and is not at all
like the new face teddy bear look.
All the later new face bears were retired in 1995, except the new face
brown teddy who was retired in October. 1997.
Tusk™ the Walrus
In September of 1996, many of the Tusk™ Beanie Babies® were sent to
the stores with the name changed to Tuck. This error was quickly corrected.
The Tuck tag variation is quite rare.
|Prior to his retirement,
Tusk™ had several interesting changes. We do not consider these
to be too significant. Some of the earliest Tusk™ Beanie Babies® can be
found with his little tusks pointing up, similar to an elephant.
Ziggy™ the Zebra
|You may have
noticed a changes in Ziggy™. He has two types of stripes, and his head is
slightly smaller. The new stripes are wider than the previous, spaced
wider apart, and no longer "Y"or split off at the ends.
The newest Ziggy™ also has a larger head.
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