~+~ The moose mystery ~+~
It is almost the two-year anniversary of the mysterious arrival of this little moose into our home. Bizarrely, someone simply placed him on our front door step. We live in a cul-de-sac, and our daughter is the only child living in the last 1/3 of a mile of our street. We think that a child must have dropped him while walking past our house and another pedestrian saw it and assumed it was ours. It was either this or some kind of joke that we never understood, and none of our friends admitted they had left sweet little moosey with us. And so moose stayed with us.
Arriving in near-new condition, this Ty Beanie Chocolate Moose quickly settled into its new home next to too-many-to-count soft toys owned by our then two-year-old daughter. Our daughter's taste in such toys is vast and this item was only the third Beanie Baby she has owned, the other two being a speckled dog and a gorgeous pink hippo (which "accidentally went on an international trip" with me when it was lost at the airport and I had to quickly purchase a replacement while I was away).
This moose, which we call "Moosey" is a rich chocolate colour with orange antlers. The plush material is really smooth and soft - I guess that's why it's known as "plush". He rests in a lying (prone) position with his head resting on his front legs.
Moosey has never been disembowelled or had a perforation, so I don't know the exact composition of the little beans that make up Moosey's innards. They do feel soft inside.
With regards to Moosey's personal hygiene, all he has ever experienced is a once over with a baby wipe. Despite this, he still looks as good as new.
This Beanie Baby Moose has been played with intermittently alongside my daughters other soft toys. One of her favourite activities is to line up six or seven of them in a row and pretend to feed them. I feel that Millie is safe when she is playing with soft toys. That is, there are no sharp edges and she wont be hurt by it if another child uses Moosey as a missile.
~+~ What we like about Moosey ~+~
This is a fairly inexpensive item that is fun, doesn't take up too much room and is not dangerous.
~+~ What we dislike about this Moose ~+~
There is nothing that I specifically do not like about this item.
I recall about 15 years ago that some Beanie Babies became collectors items and I read a news story that people were falling out over this brand and available/unavailable items. At the time I decided that I'd prefer not to have anything to do with such a product. Of course I wasn't a parent at that stage...
~+~ Recommended ~+~
Currently available from various online retailers for £6 - £8.
I bought this Ty Beanie Chocolate Moose a few years ago. I got him from Home Bargains (I think) for a couple of quid. Home Bargains used to sell a few Ty's but now not so many and not as cheap as they were. Although long retired Chocolate Moose is still available and Amazon have him for £8 with free delivery.
He's so cute I had to buy him, not even as a christmas pressie, I just bought him to sit on the side as a decoration. He came with the usual ear tag, I can't read it because it's no longer on it.... I'm hoping his tag wasn't 1G as I've just looked him up and they're worth a lot of money with that tag still attached- ooops.......even tags 2G and 3G are worth a bit..........
Ty Beanie's are collectable beanbag toys, usually animals that come out in limited additions we have quite a few- mainly cat ones. They're all incredible cute and tactile. Only small they fit perfectly in the hand- weight 127g size 17.8 x 7.6 x 5.1cm. They are suitable for 12 months and up.
Ty Moose is dark brown with little black plastic eyes and cute ears, he has bright orange floppy antlers sewed on top of his head. His body is covered in soft plush fur and he's filled with plastic pellets. He's not stiffly stuffed so can folded in the middle to make him sit up.
He's well made with no worn areas or undone stitching which is imperative for a bean bag- you don't want beans spilling out and getting swallowed or worse inhaled. He hasn't endured much abuse but he has been chucked around even so he's in perfect condition.
I would recommend Moose for any-ones Ty collection.
5 stars from me
When I was about 14-16yrs old Ty beanie babies were very popular and everyone seemed to be collecting them. With a collection of over 300 beanies I had lots of different one's but still plenty left to collect. Ty beanie babies are soft toys filled with beans, each one has its own unique name which is printed on a heart tag, which is normally located in the ear of the beanie baby. Each beanie baby also has its own date of birth and a little poem about the beanie itself, all this information is in the heart tag. When I was collecting beanies there were a lot of fake beanies about and you had to be extra careful when buying the beanies due to the number of fakes that were around. Being a collector, luckily I knew how to spot a fake, and some of them were very good. After a certain amount of time each beanie retired and often the older retired one's were harder to get hold of and they were worth a lot more than the most recent one's that had been introduced by Ty.
Chocolate is a moose and has the birth-date of 27th April 1993 and was later retired on 31st December 1994. Chocolate lies flat on his front and has 2 bright coloured antlers which sit behind his 2 small brown ears. The tag is inserted through his right ear and mine currently has a tag protector on it. When collecting these, it was important to keep the tags in pristine condition to ensure it didn't get damaged, creased or ripped. Chocolate is made form really soft material which looks lighter or darker depending on the way the material is brushed with a hand. He has beans in his body which fall into his feet. His head doesn't contain beans, but is stuffed firmly with soft padding. He has 2 gorgeous black eyes on the front of his head which are shiny and smooth. On the back of his body is a small brown tail which is padded slightly. His antlers are made from the same material as his body, but they are slightly padded but not too much as the antlers still flop about which is what makes this so cute.
The poem inside his tag says the following:
Liquorice, gum and peppermint candy
This moose always has these handy
There is one more thing he likes to eat
Can you guess his favourite sweet?
I didn't buy this beanie for any particular reason than to add to my collection, as I would always buy any beanies that I didn't have. I love the brightly coloured antlers on the soft chocolate body to the Moose. This is a really cute beanie and although I have now had it over 10 years it has kept very well in a box amongest my other beanies. There has been no fading or damage to the fabric or the tag itself and it looks as good as new.
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Chocolate the Moose
When I was around 14 or 15 Beanie Babies made by TY came onto the scene and quickly became one of the most popular soft toys around and when TY started retiring them, this made them even more popular as they became collectible as only certain numbers were made of each one. Over the few years that I had an interest in Beanie Babies I managed to collect quite a few of them, most of which I still have today. Chocolate the Moose was one of the Beanie babies I received for Christmas one year and he is still a firm favourite of mine.
** About Chocolate **
Chocolate is a Moose, he is a lovely warm chocolaty brown in colour. On the top of his head are two lovely bright orange soft antlers next to his little ears. Chocolate has a lovely soft feel and has been made from a high quality plush material. The quality of the material is easily evident when you think that I have had Chocolate for around 13 or 14 years now and there are no worn patches or holes.
Chocolate has been made in a lying down position, very similar to most of the early beanie baby dogs with his back legs stretched out behind him and his head resting on his front legs. Chocolate's eyes are simply 2 black beady eyes positioned just above his nose and he has a cute little tail as well.
As with all beanie babies part of Chocolate is filled with tiny beans, again, like the design of the early beanie baby dogs it is Chocolate's bum and belly area that are beanie. The beans feel soft and are contained in a sack inside the toy, because of this there has never been an issue for me with them leaking out. The rest of Chocolate is filled with soft filling like a regular soft toy.
Like all other TY Beanie Babies Chocolate has his TY heart shaped tag which features his name and date of birth. Chocolate's tag is attached to his ear and it tells me that his date of birth is the 27th April 1993, the tag also has a little rhyme inside to describe the personality of Chocolate...
** Chocolate's Rhyme **
"Liquorice, gum and peppermint candy
This moose always has these handy
There is one more thing he likes to eat
Can you guess his favourite sweet?"
Chocolate is really well made. I cant remember the exact year I received him but it was around the mid '90's and I still have him now and thankfully he is still in one piece and his material has no holes and all of the beans remain inside him even after Izzie (my dog) took a bit of liking to him!
The guidance age for TY Beanie Babies is 3+, usually I would say for a toy with beans inside that this may be a little risky, however I have owned many of these TY Beanie Babies and so far they have all remained in one piece.
Overall, I think Chocolate is lovely, he has a lovely sweet look on his face and his brown and orange colouring looks really effective and personally it makes me want to cuddle him.
Chocolate is retired, so I doubt that you will find him in the shops, he is of course frequently on eBay and usually at quite a low price. I would recommend Chocolate to your Beanie collections, simply for the fact that he looks so sweet!
Thanks for reading! :)