|Iggy & Rainbow were officially retired
on March 31, 1999, along with several other beanies. This surprize announcement
was in the form of a puzzle
in which you match up squares containing pictures of beanies. Once again,Ty
has the wrong photos for Iggy & Rainbow
in the puzzle! It seems only fitting that they retire this way, as that
is the way they were introduced in the first place, all mixed up! Fairwell
to Iggy & Rainbow, the most misunderstood beanies!
The story you are about to read is true. Only the fabrics were changed
to protect the beanies. I am a beanie hunter. It was a cold day in January,
1998. I was working day watch out of San Diego, Ca, when I first spotted
them at a local Hallmark. Iggy the iguana, born August 12, 1997, and Rainbow
the chameleon, born October 14, 1997. As I looked at these newly released
beanies from Ty, I quickly realized something was very wrong. I collected
several samples to take back to the lab for further analysis. Here are
the results of that preliminary analysis:
The first thing I noticed was that the beanie tagged Rainbow was not
a rainbow color at all, but rather a blueish color. Next, I read the poem
on Rainbow's hang tag:
Red, green, blue and yellow
This chameleon is a colorful fellow
A blend of colors, his own unique hue
Rainbow was made especially for you!
Now, I look over at Iggy, and he is sitting there in this rainbow
colored fabric. Let's have a look at his poem:
Sitting on a rock, basking in the sun
Is this Iguana's idea of fun
Towel and glasses, book and beach chair,
His life is so perfect without a care!
Well, almost perfect... seems to me from this preliminary
evidence that Rainbow got Iggys' fabric, and vice-verca. But maybe it's
just the tags that got switched. Hmmm. Looks like some further investigation
is required here. What do real chameleons and iguanas look like?
For the answer to that question, lets go to the zoo:
This is an
is a "veiled" chameleon
It appears that the iguana has a "spine" and the chameleon has a
"veil". So the beanies are tagged correctly after all.
Now, let's examine the 5 versions of Iggy the iguana:
Iggy #1 has Iggy hang & tush tags, rainbow fabric, a green felt
spine, no tongue, red eyes, hang tag (5th gen) attached to left front foot,
and PVC or PE pellets. He made his first appearance around January of 1998.
This may have been the first production runs of Iggy the iguana.
Iggy #2 has Iggy hang & tush tags, rainbow fabric, a green felt
spine, no tongue, red eyes, hang tag (5th gen) attached to spine, and PVC
or PE pellets. He made his first appearance around January of 1998.
Iggy #3 has Iggy hang & tush tags, rainbow fabric, a green felt
spine, a red forked tongue, red eyes, hang tag (5th gen) attached to spine,
and PE pellets. He first appeared around June of 1998. What a mess!
It looks like the factories in Asia finally got it right! This latest
version of Iggy now has Iggy hang & tush tags, blue/green tie-dyed
fabric, a green felt spine, no tongue, yellow eyes, hang tag (5th gen)
attached to spine, and PE pellets. He first appeared around August, 1998.
February 20, 1999 - Several visitors have been reporting sightings of
a new Iggy configuration. It seems that the hang tag has been moved to
Iggy's foot! While on routine patrol at my local Hallmark, I spotted this
new variation, and secured 2 samples. This latest version of Iggy now has
Iggy hang & tush tags, blue/green tie-dyed fabric, a green felt spine,
no tongue, yellow eyes, hang tag (5th gen) attached to left front foot,
and PE pellets. Is this just another mistake, or a permanent change? Hard
to say, but Ty might have a reason for not wanting the hang tag on the
spine. This hang tag move also appears on newly released Canadian versions
of Iggy. Note also that the tush tags on these beanies are not the
new hologram type with heat sensitive heart.
NOTE: Since Iggy has now been retired, Iggy #5 is the
final configuration for this beanie, not counting possible future Teenie
Beanie Babies or Beanie Buddies versions.
Now, let's take a look at the four versions of Rainbow the chameleon:
Rainbow #1 has Rainbow hang & tush tags, blue/green tie-dyed fabric,
a veil, no tongue, yellow eyes, hang tag (5th gen) attached to left front
foot, and PVC or PE pellets. He first appeared around January, 1998. This
may have been the first production runs of Rainbow the chameleon.
All fixed!!? This latest version of Rainbow has Rainbow hang & tush
tags, rainbow fabric, a veil, a red forked tongue, red eyes, hang tag (5th
gen) attached to left front foot, and PE pellets. He first appeared around
August of 1998.
NOTE: Since Rainbow has now been retired, Rainbow #2 is the final
configuration for this beanie, not counting possible future Teenie Beanie
Babies or Beanie Buddies versions.
On May 21, 1999, McDonald's Restaurants launched their third Teenie
Beanie Babies promotion. In the lineup this time is none other than "Iggy",
which is really Rainbow in Iggy's fabric! This Teenie Beanie is also tagged
Iggy, making this the first mistagged Rainbow! This design is obviously
based on outdated information, but with millions being produced, it was
probably too costly and too late to stop production. I "borrowed" this
photo from McDonald's web site. If they sue, I'll claim I was overcome
by Happy Meals. I hope to see an Iggy Teenie Beenie next year, but since
they already have an Iggy, will they have to call it Rainbow?
In January, 2000, Ty introduced several new Beanie Buddies styles, including
Rainbow in the correct fabric! Will there be an Iggy Beanie Buddie? I certainly
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
FABRIC - It is possible (and probable!) that the tie-dyed (or
is that Ty-dyed?) rainbow fabric discussed herein has two variations, namely
a darker, "sherbet" coloring, and a lighter, "pastel" coloring, similar
to "Pastel Peace" the bear. After examining
dozens of beanies, I
did notice that some of the beanies have a lighter, softer shade of coloring,
but I cannot tell if this is a different material altogether, a different
section of the same fabric, or color variations from different fabric suppliers.
I have tried to sort a group of 24 beanies into "pastel" and "sherbet"
color groups, and the more beanies I look at, the more confused I become.
Some of the beanies have "pastel" and "sherbet" coloring on the same
Many of the variations may have been made in both flavors.
Let's just say this is a "gray" area, and I have not yet determined which
variations had which shade or shades of the rainbow colored fabric. And
you thought only real chameleons changed colors!
FABRIC (UPDATE) - Special thanks to Roger who I think has discovered
a very important clue about "pastel" vs "sherbet" fabric colors. While
examining several specimens of Iggy #3, Roger noticed that the red inspection
stamp on the inside of the tush tag was oriented differently for the "pastel"
vs "sherbet" colored beanies. I inspected every Iggy #3 in my possesion,
and found that on "pastel" colored beanies, the stamp is oriented perpendicular
to the direction of writing on the outside of the tush tag, and for "sherbet"
colored beanies, it is oriented parallel to the writing! With this
knowledge in hand, it is relatively easy to sort the "pastel" colored beanies
from the "sherbet" colored versions of Iggy #3. None of my Iggy#1 or Iggy
#2 beanies have inspection stamps, but appear to have been made with both
"pastel" and "sherbet" fabric colors. I also found an Iggy #3 with no inspection
stamp, and I can't tell if it's fabric is "pastel" or "sherbet"
PELLETS - I am not sure if PE (polyethylene) pellets replaced
(polyvinylchloride) pellets in the early versions of Iggy and Rainbow,or
if different factories (Ty uses several you know!) in Asia were just using
up different stock as part of the same production run. Only Ty knows the
answer to that question, and they're not talking! Click here
for a photo of some PE pellets.
TAGS - Rainbow was most likely designed to have his hang tag
attached to his foot because there was no other practical location for
it. This is where it is attached on all versions of Rainbow. Iggy #1, and
the final version, Iggy #5 exhibit this tag placement as well. The hang
tags were never switched on Iggy and Rainbow for any production
run, not counting Teenie Beanie Babies. The designs were manufactured
with swapped fabric and eyes, and the addition or removal of a tongue.
beanie with the spine has always been tagged Iggy, and the beanie
with the veil has always been tagged Rainbow, except for the occasional
hang tag or tush tag errors found on these and many other beanies over
the years. From evidence I have gathered from many visitors, these errors
seem to be confined to Iggys and Rainbows manufactured in Indonesia, and
sold in the UK and Canada. With the introduction of Iggy #3, a red stamp
with a number in the center appeared inside the tush tags. I am not sure
exactly what this number represents, but it could be a factory identification.
Some of my Rainbow #1 beanies have this stamp, some do not. The corrected
Iggy and Rainbow both have this stamp as do most, if not all of the newer
TY MEMO, WEBSITE, & MERCHANDISE - I have heard that
Ty sent out a memo shortly after the release of Iggy & Rainbow which
stated that the tags on these beanies were switched. I have not seen a
copy of this memo, so I cannot verify its existance. Even if it does
I believe that the people at Ty were just as confused as everyone else
about these beanies. Up until January 8, 1999, (see below) their website
showed the wrong photos for Iggy & Rainbow, even after releasing
the correctly configured versions of these beanies! The Series I trading
cards for Iggy and Rainbow
released by Ty also reflect this error. Perhaps there is just too much
merchandise already manufactured for Ty to go back and change it all. There
are calendars, books, notepads, posters, etc.
And yet they have released the corrected beanies. I am sure they
are aware of this situation. I imagine people will be confused when they
look at a calendar or guide book, and then at their new beanie, and they
On Friday, January 8, 1999, Ty updated the Current Beanie Babies page
to reflect the CORRECT photos for Iggy and Rainbow, unequivocally collaberating
the evidence I present on this page! On March 31, 1999, the photos were
moved to the Retired
Beanie Babies page. Series II Trading Cards now reflect correct photos
for Iggy and Rainbow.
Special thanks to Dorothy for sending me the new trading cards, as well
as the calendar pages.
Some time in May or June of 1999, Ty changed Rainbow's picture on the
Retired Beanie Babies page to that of Iggy in Rainbow's fabric. It seems
that the folks at Ty who work on these web pages just don't know beans
about Iggy and Rainbow!
I just checked the Retired Beanie Babies page, and Ty has fixed Rainbow's
picture. It is now correct, but very tiny! Yet another "error" to add to
IN CONLUSION - Not since the Royal Blue Elephant has there been
such a mixup of fabrics, making all of the mis-fabriced beanies
potentially very valuable in the future, assuming the beanie market
is alive and well. I have already noticed dealers in my area raising prices
and starting to pay closer attention to these beanies. A lot of people
ask me which version will be the most valuable? I won't speculate
here, because I don't have enough information on how many of each variation
were manufactured. And due to Ty's unpredictable shipping patterns, there
may have been more of one type of variation distributed in a given geographical
area than another. Time will tell us the answer to that mystery.
In the meantime, I will be placing any of these beanies I see under citizens'arrest!
Here's a chart to help you sort out your Iggys and Rainbows. Photos
are available by clicking on a beanie name. Use your browser's BACK button
to return here after viewing a photo...