Real talk, remember Teenie Beanies? Not only were they introduced at the height of the Beanie Babies phenomenon, but these smaller, and most likely even cheaper to mass-produce premiums were even more sought-after than the normal Beanie Babies! Some McDonald’s locations actually ran out of them before the promotion was over!
I was a kid at the time, AKA the target audience for Beanie Baby consumption. I kept the tags on a few of mine, but I usually cut them off…the toys are more cuddly without tags, after all. Even I thought this was kind of nuts when it was happening.
Years later, in college I was talking to a friend who had moved to the US from Africa a few years back. I was joking about the “crazes” she’d missed and realized how silly the Beanie Babies madness was.
That’s not to say I’m not proud of my Beanie graduation owl collection, of course.