Teenie Beanies

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The Teenie Beanies are miniature Beanie Babies that were offered in McDonald's promotions from 1996-2000.

The Teenie Beanies were most in demand from McDonald's in the first year they were offered, and declined in popularity every year thereafter, even though more were produced each time.

During the height of their popularity, which was in 1998, Teenie Beanies were the cause of many fights at various McDonald's locations, resulting in calls to police, criminal charges, and injuries.[1] These included a Miami area McDonalds employee, who was charged with the theft of the toys.[2] Though they were sold for around $2 each along with a Happy Meal, they were often sold for much higher prices on the secondary market after the promotion.

Some McDonalds locations exhausted their supplies of Teenie Beanies before the promotion was over.

Teenie Beanie Babies returned to McDonalds in July 2009, featuring Beanie Babies 2.0, the subseries of Ty Beanie Babies. Consumers could log onto http://www.ty.com/ and play online with their new Teenie Beanie as a marketing decision to raise public awareness and garner interest in the Beanie Babies 2.0 virtual pets. Originally, there was a 30-day trial period for playing with the toys online, but now the company has decided to allow consumers to keep their virtual pets for an undisclosed period of time (albeit indefinite.)

An all-new line of Teenie Beanie Boos, a miniaturized version of the popular Beanie Baby spin-off with large eyes, were introduced to McDonalds in July 2014.

1996 Series[edit]

The 1996 series included 10 Beanies.[3]

  1. Patti the Platypus
  2. Pinky the Flamingo
  3. Chops the Lamb
  4. Chocolate the Moose
  5. Goldie the Goldfish
  6. Speedy the Turtle
  7. Seamore the Seal
  8. Snort the Bull
  9. Quacks the Duck (resembling Quackers)
  10. Lizz the Lizard (resembling Lizzy)

1998 Series[edit]

The 1998 series included 12 Beanies.[4]

  1. Doby the Doberman
  2. Bongo the Monkey (named Mitch in European countries)
  3. Twigs the Giraffe
  4. Inch the Worm
  5. Pinchers the Lobster
  6. Happy the Hippo (named Percival in European countries)
  7. Mel the Koala
  8. Scoop the Pelican
  9. Bones the Dog
  10. Zip the Cat
  11. Waddle the Penguin
  12. Peanut the Elephant

1999 Series[edit]

The 1999 series, which consisted of 16 Beanies, included four bears, which were known as the International Bears[5] One of those International Bears, Glory the Bear, was also given out (in different packaging from the one sold to customers) as an exclusive Teenie Beanie Baby to McDonalds employees and Ty reps at the end of the promotion.

  1. Freckles the Leopard
  2. Antsy the Anteater (resembling Ants)
  3. Smoochy the Frog
  4. Spunky the Cocker Spaniel
  5. Rocket the Blue Jay
  6. Iggy the Iguana
  7. Strut the Rooster
  8. Nuts the Squirrel
  9. Claude the Crab
  10. Stretchy the Ostrich (resembling Stretch)
  11. Nook the Husky (resembling Nanook)
  12. Chip the Cat

International Bears:

2000 Series[edit]

In 2000, there were 32 different Teenie Beanies produced in all.[6] The first 29 of them came out in the spring, and the final three, which were the Patriotic Trio of 1996, were released in the fall. Unlike in earlier years, the 2000 series was divided into several categories. One of those Beanies, Millennium the Bear, was also given out (in different packaging from the one sold to customers) as an exclusive Teenie Beanie Baby to McDonalds employees and Ty reps at the end of the promotion.

  1. Lips the Fish
  2. Slither the Snake
  3. Flip the Cat
  4. Dotty the Dalmatian
  5. Lucky the Ladybug (resembling Maiden)
  6. Bumble the Bee
  7. Spinner the Spider
  8. Flitter the Butterfly
  9. Tusk the Walrus
  10. Blizz the White tiger (resembling Blizzard)
  11. Spike the Rhinoceros
  12. Schweetheart the Orangutan
  13. Neon the Seahorse
  14. Coral the Tropical Fish
  15. Sting the Stingray
  16. Goochy the Jellyfish
  17. Springy the Bunny
  18. Bushy the Lion

Super Stars: Dinosaur Trio:

International Bears:

Legends:

Others:

  • Millennium the Bear (McHappy Day)
  • The End the Bear (End of season's promotion)

U.S.A. Trio (released in Fall 2000):

2004 Series[edit]

Following a four-year hiatus, a set of Teenie Beanies was introduced in 2004. Unlike the earlier sets, the twelve that came out this time bore no resemblance to any regular Ty Beanie Babies, with the exception of the Ronald McDonald bear which was an exclusive Beanie Baby handed out to those who attended the Worldwide McDonald's Owner/Operator Convention. Rather, each one represented a different McDonald's product or character.

  1. Happy Meal 25th Bear (10th in Canada)
  2. Burger the Burger
  3. Birdie the Bird
  4. Golden Arches the Bear
  5. McNuggets the Nuggets
  6. Ronald McDonald the Clown
  7. Happy Meal the Box
  8. Shake the Bear
  9. Hamburglar the Human
  10. Big Red Shoe the Shoe
  11. Fries the Fries
  12. Grimace the Taste Bud

2009 Series[edit]

Following a five-year hiatus, the Teenie Beanie Babies 2.0 promotion ran from July 17, 2009 through August 13, 2009. Unlike earlier sets, this release was heavily based on the Beanie Babies 2.0 line, a subseries of the original Beanie Babies that come with online virtual codes much akin to other popular toy product lines such as Ganz Webkinz. In addition, there were four Teenie Beanies which represented original Beanie Babies, some teddy bears made specifically for this promotion that do not having a matching Beanie counterpart, and some McDonaldland and McWorld characters including Ronald McDonald and Grimace. The set included 30 styles to celebrate the 30th anniversary since the advent of the Happy Meal.

  1. Clipper the dolphin
  2. Maiden the ladybug
  3. Boomer the dog (original Beanie Babies)
  4. Ronald McDonald the clown
  5. Jumps the frog
  6. Woolsy the lamb
  7. Quackly the duck
  8. Aussie the koala
  9. Streamers the bear
  10. Fez the monkey (McWorld mascot)
  11. Pico the chihuahua
  12. Thirty the bear
  13. Chill the penguin
  14. Radish the dog (McWorld mascot)
  15. Fluffball the guinea pig
  16. Topper the giraffe
  17. Rascal the labradoodle
  18. Yammy the cat (McWorld mascot)
  19. Fable the unicorn
  20. Ming the panda bear
  21. Grimace the taste bud
  22. Skunkers the skunk
  23. Hydrant the dalmatian
  24. Spurs the horse (original Beanie Babies)
  25. Cargo the bulldog
  26. Pops the gorilla
  27. Frostiness the polar bear (original Beanie Babies)
  28. Oasis the tiger
  29. Splits the flamingo
  30. Celebration the bear (known as "Happy Birthday" in the original Beanie Babies)

Teenie Boos (2014)[edit]

Following yet another 5-year hiatus, the Teenie Beanie Boos were created for the 35th anniversary of the Happy Meal in 2014. They are smaller versions of the large-eyed Beanie Boos. Each is available in two color variations. Their promotion lasts from July 4-July 31, 2014. The set includes 8 styles:

  1. Coconut the monkey
  2. Glamour the leopard
  3. Magic the unicorn
  4. Spells the owl
  5. Ollie the octopus
  6. Surf the dolphin
  7. Peanut the elephant
  8. Myrtle the turtle

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