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Melthucelha Smith
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We carry one of the largest assortments around of brand name, high quality stuffed animals, plush animals and other plush toys. We are proud to offer some of the best names in stuffed animals - Douglas Cuddle Toy, Aurora Gifts, Wildlife Artists, and Wild Republic just to name a few. We offer thousands of different styles of stuffed animals - from traditional teddy bears to more unusual stuffed animals like stuffed platypus and stuffed gemsbok, and all of the stuffed animals we sell meet or exceed US Safety standards, as we are dedicated to providing safe, heirloom quality toys for all children.


Stuffed animals have been around for thousands of years and have a rich history, with records going back as far as Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Commercial production of plush animals began in the late 1800's, with the timeless teddy bear being one of the first commercially produced plush animals. Today, the type of plush animals available for purchase is almost as limitless as the types of animals in the world. At Stuffed Safari, we specialize in both traditional stuffed animals such as teddy bears, plush dogs, plush cats and plush horses, as well as the more unusual, including plush wild animals, plush birds, plush farm animals - even plush bugs!

A stuffed toy is a toy doll with an outer fabric sewn from a textile and stuffed with flexible material. They are known by many names, such as plush toys, plushies, stuffed animals, and stuffies; in Britain and Australia, they may also be called soft toys or cuddly toys. The stuffed toy originated from the Steiff company of Germany in the late 19th century and gained popularity following the creation of the teddy bear in the United States in 1903, at the same time the German toy inventor Richard Steiff designed a similar bear. In 1903, Peter Rabbit was the first fictional character to be made into a patented stuffed toy. In the 1970s, London-based Hamleys, the world's oldest toy store, bought the rights to Paddington Bear stuffed toys. In the 1990s, Ty Warner created Beanie Babies, a series of animals stuffed with plastic pellets that were popular as collector's items.

Stuffed toys are made in many different forms, but most resemble real animals (sometimes with exaggerated proportions or features), legendary creatures, cartoon characters, or inanimate objects. They can be commercially or home-produced from numerous materials, most commonly pile textiles like plush for the outer material and synthetic fiber for the stuffing. Often these toys are designed for children, but stuffed toys are popular for a range of ages and uses, and have been marked by fads in popular culture that sometimes affected collectors and the value of the toys.

Stuffed toys are distinguishable from other toys mainly by their softness, flexibility, and resemblance to animals or fictional characters. Stuffed toys most commonly take the form of animals, especially bears (in the case of teddy bears), mammalian pets such as cats and dogs, and highly recognizable animals such as zebras, tigers, pandas, lizards, and elephants. Many fictional animal-like characters from movies, TV shows, books, or other entertainment forms often appear in stuffed toy versions, as do both real and fictional humans if the individual or character is famous enough. These toys are filled with soft plush material.

Stuffed toys come in an array of different sizes, with the smallest being thumb-sized and the largest being larger than a house.[1][2] However, the largest somewhat commonly produced stuffed animals are not much bigger than a person.[citation needed] Most stuffed animals are designed to be an appropriate size for easy cuddling. They also come in a wide variety of colors, cloth surfaces, fur textures, and humanizing embellishments.

The first stuffed toy was a felt elephant originally sold as a pincushion, created by the German Steiff company in 1880.[3] Steiff used newly developed technology for manufacturing upholstery to make its stuffed toys.[4] In 1892, the Ithaca Kitty became one of the first mass-produced stuffed animal toys in the United States, which was sold as "The Tabby Cat" printed pattern on muslin by Arnold Print Works.[5]

The toy industry significantly expanded in the early 20th century. In 1903, Richard Steiff designed a soft stuffed bear that differed from earlier traditional rag dolls because it was made of plush furlike fabric.[4] At the same time, in the US, Morris Michtom created the first teddy bear after being inspired by a drawing of President "Teddy" Roosevelt with a bear cub.[6] In 1903, the character Peter Rabbit from English author Beatrix Potter was the first fictional character to be made into a patented stuffed toy.[7][8] The popularity of stuffed toys grew, with numerous manufacturers forming in Germany, the United Kingdom,[3] and the United States.[4] Many people also handmade their own stuffed toys. For instance, sock monkeys originated when parents turned old socks into toys during the Great Depression.[9]

Stuffed toys of Paddington Bear, a character created by Michael Bond, were first produced by the family of Jeremy Clarkson in 1972, with the family eventually selling the rights to London-based Hamleys, the world's oldest toy store.[10] More recent lines of stuffed animals have been created around unique concepts, like Uglydoll, introduced in 2001, with a number of recognizable characters and overarching style.[11]

Stuffed toys are made from a range of materials. The earliest were created from felt, velvet, or mohair and stuffed with straw, horsehair, or sawdust.[3][15] Following World War II, manufacturers began to adopt more synthetic materials into production,[3] and in 1954, the first teddy bear made from easily washable materials was produced.[1] Modern stuffed toys are commonly constructed of outer fabrics such as plain cloth, pile textiles like plush or terrycloth, or sometimes socks. Common stuffing materials include synthetic fiber, batting, cotton, straw, wood wool, plastic pellets, and beans. Some modern toys incorporate technology to move and interact with the user.[16]

Manufacturers sell two main types of stuffed toys: licensed, which are toys of characters or other licensed properties, or basic, which take the shape of ordinary animals or other non-licensed subjects.[16]

Many stuffed toys have become fads that have boosted the industry overall.[16] Teddy bears were an early fad that quickly grew into a cultural phenomenon.[4] Close to 100 years later, in the 1990s, Ty Warner created Beanie Babies, a series of animals stuffed with plastic pellets. The toys became a fad through marketing strategies that increased demand and encouraged collection.[20][21] Pillow Pets, which can be folded from a pillow into a stuffed animal, were another successful brand, launching in 2003 and selling more than 30 million toys between 2010 and 2016.[22]

The internet also presented an opportunity for new stuffed toy fads. In 2005, Ganz launched its Webkinz stuffed toys, which each came with a different "Secret Code" that gave access to the Webkinz World website and a virtual version of the toy for online play.[27][28] Webkinz's success inspired the creation of other stuffed toys containing codes to unlock digital content, such as the former online worlds Disney's Club Penguin and Build-A-Bearville from Build-A-Bear Workshop. In 2013, Disney launched its first collection of Disney Tsum Tsum stuffed toys based on characters from different Disney properties. Inspired by the popular app of the same name, Tsum Tsums were first released in Japan (an example of mochi shaped plushies) before expanding to the United States.[29] More recently, in 2021, Squishmallows have made an appearance as a popular internet fad and collector's item.[30]

At Build-A-Bear Workshop we bring imagination to life. We have plush toys in any color, shape and size you can dream of. Choose your stuffed animal and make your very own plush toy with hundreds of outfits and accessories to choose from. Build-A-Bear has licensed stuffed animals featuring all your favorite characters and soft toys you will only find here.

Invest in stuffed animals that are well made: Quality toys will withstand even the most rambunctious toddler games. Look for stuffed animals that are machine-washable, and check that the seams and edges are tight so no stuffing comes loose during play.

A plush toy is the perfect present to welcome a new baby into the family. From super snuggly bunnies to soothing sensory toys, these are our picks for the best stuffed animals for infants. Because safety is so important, all of the toys in this category have embroidered features to reduce the risk of choking.

Every year, we partner with non-profit organizations and sponsors to bring joy and comfort in the form of huggable stuffed animals to at-risk kids, children undergoing treatment, and kiddos with life-limiting illnesses at no cost to them. If you're interested in sponsoring a child or donating, you can learn more here.

Every year, we partner with different hospitals and nonprofit organizations to bring joy and comfort in the form of huggable stuffed animals to at-risk kids, children undergoing treatment, and children with life-limiting illnesses. I have been blown away by the response from our community and the kindness of strangers towards these kiddos.

Stuffed animals are one of the most beloved toys enjoyed by all ages. It's something about the way they can comfort a crying child and bring up pleasant childhood memories for an adult. Whether you're searching for a childhood toy or replacing a kid's favorite animal, you'll find a vast selection of vintage stuffed animals for sale on eBay.

You will come across well-known brands like Hasbro and Mattel as well as little known brands like the Commonwealth and Applause. A brief history of these brands will give you an idea of how these vintage stuffed animals value. 041b061a72


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