Beanie Buddies started out as larger
versions of Beanie Babies. The value of some Beanie Babies had risen so high on the secondary market that many collectors
could not afford to buy them. Ty decided to make larger versions of the more popular Beanie Babies so collectors could still buy
animals like the Royal Blue Peanut or Humphrey, albeit in a larger size. The Beanie Buddies originally sold at retail for $10.
The first nine Beanie Buddies introduced on September 30, 1998, were
Jake, Peanut (royal blue),
Teddy (cranberry) and
Twigs. Twigs has the distinction of being
the first Beanie Buddy retired by Ty.
They are made with a new material called Tylon or with a terrycloth fabric. Tangerine is the only
Buddy that was made in both of these fabric types. The Tylon is extremely soft, smooth and specifically
designed to hold vibrant colors. A good example of the color capabilities of Tylon is Lizzy
Beanie Buddies come in a large assortment of sizes, but are typically from 11 to 14 inches tall. Several of them like
Peace, are available in regular, large, extra large and jumbo sizes. The jumbo size Peace is approximately 44
In 2009/2010, Ty transferred most of the non-retired Buddies into the Classic family line. These ex-Buddies are now sold with
Classic swing tags. Even though the swing tags are similar to traditional 4th generation Classic tags on
the outside, some have The Beanie Buddies Collection
printed on the inside.
Ty now uses the Beanie Buddies category for licensed plush products like movie and TV cartoon characters.
As of August 2012, Ty has produced approximately 500 different Beanie Buddies.
Last update - August 16, 2012
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