Beanie Kids began in 2000 and at the end of 2002 Ty retired all but one Beanie Kid, Babe-e the TyStore exclusive Kid. It is rumored and appears to be true that Ty will stop making Ty Beanie Kids in 2003. Babe-e is expected to retire shortly.
Ty produced 24 different Kids, with the Baby 2002 being the most popular and sought after one! Click here for a list of all Ty Kids and their tag and introduction and retirement dates!
Though Ty Beanie Kids were not the most popular of the Ty product lines, they did make an impression on many Ty collectors...how it all began...
On January 5, 2000 Ty made the following mysterius announcement on the Ty.com website:
The world premiere of the Beanie _ _ _ _ will be unveiled at the following shows:
Philadelphia Gift Show January 8-11
Dallas Gift Show January 8-11
Atlanta Gift Show January 8-12
Seattle Gift Show January 15-18
Washington DC Gift Show January 16-19
Kansas City Gift Show January 22-25
Los Angeles Gift Show January 22-25
New York Gift Show January 23-27
Chicago-McCormick Gift Show January 29-February 1
Chicago-Mart Gift Show January 29-February 1
San Francisco Gift Show February 5-9
New York Toy Fair February 13-17
Denver Gift Show February 26-29
Boston Gift Show March 26-29
CGTA (Toronto) Gift Show January 30-February 3
Winnepeg Gift Show February 6-8
Alberta Gift Show February 13-16
Montreal Gift Show March 5-8
Saskatoon Gift Show March 5-6
Regina Gift Show March 12-13
Vancouver Gift Show March 12-14
Ottawa Gift Show May 28-30
Nurenberg International Toy Fair February 3-8
Birmingham Spring Trade Fair February 6-10
Frankfurt Ambiente February 18-22
Harrogate Home & Gift Fair July 16-19
Frankfurt Tendance August 25-29
Tokyo Gift Show February 2-4
Osaka Gift Show March 1-3
Tokyo Gift Show March 16-19
Only Ty Direct accounts that attend in person will be given the opportunity to place an order.
Quantities will be extremely limited.
Expect the Unexpected!
This cryptic announcement would lead to the introduction of the newest Ty product line Beanie Kids. The first set of Ty Beanie Kids were shown off on January 8, 2000 at gift shows in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Kids are a bit larger than Beanies and instead of being cute animal creations they are designed to look like little children. They have different hair styles, skin colors and cute little outfits!
There was mixed reaction by the public on Ty’s newest creation. The seasoned Beanie Baby collector didn’t seem to care for this new look, however Beanie Kids proved to be pretty popular with young children (as I am sure they were meant for!).
The new series began with 9 Kids: Angel, Cutie, Precious, Ginger, Boomer, Curly, Tumbles, Rascal and Chipper. Ty pushed these new little guys by announcing how detailed they were compared to other products of their kind, including their sewn in belly buttons, and hand-painted crystal eyes.
Beanie Kids were being promoted as “Limited,” as though there really would be just a few made, sent to the few retailers who ordered them at the shows. However, as with most other Ty “Limited” products, with a little time there were plenty of Kids to go around!
On February 9, 2000 Ty made another announcement on the website giving a few addresses of where you could buy these new Beanie Kids!
On Friday February 11, 2000, Ty officially introduced the new Beanie Kids line on the website and introduced the first images!
Beanie Kids will be for sale in quantities at the following locations this weekend:
5 E. 14th St.
New York, NY
900 N. Michigan Ave.
2 World Financial Center
New York, NY
Fashion Valley Mall
7007 Friars Road
San Diego, Ca
Granite Run Mall
3725 Irving Mall
5075 Abbotts Bridge Rd.
3393 Peachtree Rd. NE
2774 E. Fowler Ave.
12100 Shawnee Mission Pkwy.
Ten Quivera Plaza
Shawnee Mission, KS
Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, NY
Coach House Gifts
5423 W. 88th Ave.
112 Alton Square
New York, NY
7053 Hwy 6N at 529
G. Thanks Gifts
Rt. 19 & Ft. Couch Road
South Hills Village
2000 Riverchase Galleria
257 Quaker Bridge Mall
Corona Del Mar Plaza
900 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA
On June 24th at the Dallas Gift Show, Ty announced four new Beanie Kids named, Buzz, Calypso, Princess and Cookie. Than two weeks later Ty presented TyGear - Outfits for Beanie Kids that would be available in October 2000.
On January 1, 2001, Ty introduced 5 new Beanie Kids named Blondie, Jammer, Luvie, Shenanigan and Specs and 3 more new TyGear Outfits: Bunny, Dressup and Snowboarder.
For a checklist of Ty Gear click here!
This was the beginning of a whole new line for Ty! Ty even introduced what will probably become the rarest Kid of all, Baby 2002, a Kid Baby dressed for the New Year! Ty retired Baby 2002 before most stores even receiver their first shipments! Who knows what’s coming next!
TY BEANIE KIDS CHECKLIST
|Interesting Beanie Kid Facts|
|Curly shares the same birthday as Ty Warners secretary,|
Tumbles has the same birthday as Ty Warner!
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