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Trivia / Beanie Babies

  • Cash Cow Franchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of Hello Kitty, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shrek, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Backyardigans, the live-action Garfield movies, the actual Garfield, the Ice Age films, the Madagascar films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.
    • To say nothing of the intentional release of design variations. For instance, Patti the Platypus comes in several almost-indiscernible color variations; Mystic the Unicorn had three design changes; Lucky the Ladybug can have 7, 11 or 21 spots (and they can be stitched-on felt or patterned fabric!).
  • Follow the Leader: In the wake of the first wave of Beanie Baby success in the late nineties, many other plush toy lines suddenly came into vogue, such as Puffkins (which had a puffy Armless Biped design), Salvino's Bammers (beanbag bears themed after sports figures), etc. There was also a Darker and Edgier beanbag toy called "Meanies", which relied on grossout humor.
  • Name's the Same: A couple Beanies have identical names despite being different species:
    • One of the early Beanies was Bongo the Monkey, formerly Nana. Later on, there was an orangutan Beanie also named Bongo, and a bear named Nana.
    • Fearless is the name of both a guinea pig and bulldog Beanie, although the latter was a UK exclusive.
    • There are two different dog beanies named Fetch. One is a golden retriever, and the other is a generic gray and white dog. Adding to the confusion, there is also a brown dog Beanie named Fetcher.
    • There are two nearly-identical Ty-dyed bears: Groovy and Groovey.
    • Two different bunnies are both named Hippity and Hoppity.
    • ...to say nothing of Nibble, Nibbler, Nibblies and Nibbly. Four different bunnies with almost the same name.
    • Both a gold bear and hamster are named Pecan.
    • There is a pink flamingo named Pinky... and a pink guinea pig (of all things!) named Pinky.
    • Two different dogs are both named Rowdy.
    • A pink bear and pink hedgehog are both named Smitten.
  • No Export for You: Several Beanie Babies, Beanie Buddies, and Classic Ty plush are ONLY available in certain stores, in certain countries, or at certain events.
    • There's a Loch Ness Monster beanie named "Mystery" who is only available in Scotland.
    • The earliest example of this is a bear named "Maple" that was only available in Canada.
    • Also, the Godzilla plush line.

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