facts about the invention
of Beanie Babies by H Ty Warner in
AT A GLANCE:
Spot the dog, Squealer the pig, Patti the
platypus, Cubbie the bear, Choclate the moose, Pinchers the lobster,
Splash the killer whale, Legs the frog and Flash the dolphin: the
'original nine', as some collectors now call them, hit the shops of
Chicago in 1994. The Beanie Baby was born.
WHERE TO FIND
DID YOU KNOW?
Beanie Babies, 1993
understuffed animals affordably priced for
those on an allowance.with cute names that kids love.
H Ty Warner
||September 3, 1944 in
1983 Ty Waner starts a toy company making small stuffed animals.
1993 Names the small toys stuffed with plastic beans the Beanie Babies
inventor of, history of, who invented, invention of, fascinating
Warner is believed to guard his privacy, he
rarely grants media interviews and Ty Inc. does not even list its telephone
number. Some speculate this is actually designed to increase interest in
Beanie Babies as many websites speculate about every aspect of new product
announcements and various details of Beanies.
There are only 100 shares in Ty Incorporated,
a private company based in Westmont, Illinois and Ty Warner owns them all.
That makes him an extremely rich man. How rich? No one really knows, but
some estimates say he could be worth $6 billion. Ty's Beanie Baby empire is now bigger than the conventional toy giants
Hasbro and Mattel combined. And that's official.
In 1983, he mortgaged a small flat he owned in Hinsdale, another suburb not
fare from where he grew up, and founded Ty Incorporated. He hired two
workers, Miss Nickels and Patricia Roche, who now heads the UK operation.
And soon the Himalayan Cats, as he called his first toys, were
selling out in local shops. Warner's genius was
to leave out some of the stuffing, to make the animals less stiff and more
lifelike. Rivals sneered and jokingly called them 'roadkill.' Then he sold
30,000 at the Atlanta toy fair. By 1992 the Ty catalogue had grown to dozens
of animals. But Warner was looking for something else, an appealing toy that
children could buy with pocket money, something collectable and less than
$5.00. Spot the dog, Squealer the pig, Patti the platypus, Cubbie the bear,
Choclate the moose, Pinchers the lobster, Splash the killer whale, Legs the
frog and Flash the dolphin: the 'original nine', as some collectors now call
them, hit the shops of Chicago in 1994. The Beanie Baby was born.
Ty Warner is a generous philanthropist, with donations
of $6 million to the Andre Agassi Foundation for underprivileged children in
Las Vegas and $3 million for the creation of Ty Warner Park, $8M for the Ty
Warner Sea Park in California and the gift of 10000 Beanie Babies for
children in Iraq.
History of Toys and Games
from The Great Idea Finder
Warner Biography from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Beanie Mania II: The Complete Collector's Guide (Limited availability)
by Becky Phillips, Becky Estenssoro / Hardcover: 180 pages / Dinomates
Press; Col edition (1998)
This book has photos and descriptions of Beanie
Babies, Teenie Beanies and Beanie Baby prototypes. It includes the complete
history of Beanie Babies; an exclusive interview with Mr. H. Ty Warner, the
creator of Beanie Babies; the author's Beanie Market Trend Analysis, with
historical price charts and graphs; pages of information packed charts and
checklists; articles on buying, selling and trading Beanies.
ON THE WEB:
Official Home of ty
The company Web site with everything ty.
Worlds Richest People 2003
H Ty Warner
, self made. Net worth $6 billion dollars.
About Ty Warner
In a stubby sleek smoked-glass office block in the suburbs of Chicago sits
the richest toymaker of all time. From the Sunday Telegraph 18th July 1999
Ty, Inc. was started and is owned by Ty Warner. Ty's full name is H.Ty
Warner. He was supposedly named after the baseball player Ty Cobb. The "H."
represents no name
Babies Official Club
Contest, newsletters, forum, hard to find list and lots more.
Ask Ty is a new section that allows visitors to the website to submit
questions to be asked to Ty Warner himself. About every week 5 questions are
selected and posted, visitors get to vote on which question will be asked to
Ty. Ty than answers that question.
WHERE TO FIND:
Ty Beanie Babies Patriot the Bear
Toys / ASIN:
B0007871RU / Lesss than $15.00
Ty's Beanie Babies Collection, USA
Exclusive Patriot the Bear.
DID YOU KNOW?:
- The 'Billionaire Bear', created by Warner
as a limited-edition 'thank you' for his workers to commemorate $1-billion
sales last year, is now worth more than $2,000.
- The Great Beanie Creator, who thrills them
simply by 'dropping in' for a chat now and then on the Beanie Babies
Beanie Babies® is a
trademark of TY® Inc.
Sources in BOLD Type.
page revised April, 2005.
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