Pillow Pal

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Pillow Pals were a line of plush toys made by Ty, Inc. during the 1990s. The toys were given their name because they were soft like a pillow, and were made with children in mind. Though many of them resembled certain Beanie Babies, those that did not share names with their Beanie Baby counterparts. Such Pillow Pals saw a decline in popularity in the late 1990s with the introduction of Beanie Buddies, which were also larger versions of various Beanie Babies. In January 1999, all Pillow Pals were redesigned, and their colors were changed. This line did not sell well, and was discontinued by Ty around the end of the year. Today, PillowPals LLC takes childrens's drawings and replicates them into 3D pillows. [1]

At the time of the final retirement, Ty donated its remaining stock of pillow pals to the Ronald McDonald House to be distributed to sick children.[2]

List of Pillow Pals[edit]

The following Pillow Pals were made during the 1990s:

Name Animal Type Introduced Reintroduced Retired Beanie Baby Resembled
Antlers
Moose 1999 (neon) 1999 Chocolate
Baba
Lamb 1999 (neon) 1999 Fleece
Bruiser
Bulldog 1997 Wrinkles
Carrots
Bunny 1999 (neon) 1999 Ears, but pink instead of brown
Chewy
1999 (neon) 1999
Clover
Bunny 1998 Ears, but white instead of brown
Foxy
Fox Sly
Glide
Porpoise Echo the Dolphin
Huggy
Bear 1995 1999 (neon) 1999 Cubbie, but yellow instead of brown
Meow
Cat 1997 1999 (neon) 1999 Snip
Moo
Cow 1995 Daisy, but with white body instead of black
Oink
Pig 1995 Squealer
Paddles
Platypus 1999 (neon) 1999 Patti
Purr
Tiger Stripes, but yellow-orange instead of orange-black
Red
Bull Snort
Ribbit (All-Green)
Frog 1995 1999 (neon) 1999 Legs
Ribbit (Green-Yellow)
Frog Smoochy
Sherbert
Tie-Dye Bear 1998 1999 (neon) 1999 Sammy
Snap (All-Yellow)
Turtle 1995 Speedy, but yellow instead of green
Snap (Yellow-Green)
Turtle 1999 (neon) Peekaboo
Snuggy
Bear 1995 Cubbie, but pink instead of brown
Sparkler
Bear 1999 Spangle
Speckles
Leopard Freckles
Spotty
Dalmatian Dotty
Squirt
Elephant 1999 (neon) 1999 Peanut
Swinger
Monkey 1999 (neon) 1999 Bongo
Tide
Whale Splash
Tubby
Hippopotamus Happy
Woof
Dog 1995 1999 (neon) 1999 Bones
Zulu
Zebra Ziggy, but pink-green instead of black-white

After the 1999 redesign, the following Pillow Pals were made:

Name Animal Type Difference from original
Baba Lamb Purple rather than white
Bibbit
Frog New introduction in 1999
Huggy
Bear New introduction in 1999
Carrots Bunny Green rather than pink
Kolala
Koala New introduction in 1999
Meow Cat Purple rather than tan
Paddles Platypus Green rather than purple
Rusty
Raccoon New introduction in 1999
Snap Turtle Tie-dyed rather than green
Squirt Elephant Turquoise rather than light blue
Swinger Monkey Blue and yellow rather than brown
Woof Dog Multicolored rather than brown

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