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Identifying a Stuffed Toy?

March 16, 2021

A drawing of a stuffed unicorn.If this breaks the rules, I can take it down. I have no actual pictures of this stuffed animal, and I have been looking everywhere on the internet for this and have had no luck, and this is the only website I have found so far where I think I could ask about identification.

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So I used to have this little stuffed unicorn named Sparkles. I am unsure if she had a tag with her name on it or not, but i remember using her tag to spell her name a lot. Yet I can't find any stuffed animal fitting the description.

She looks like the first image (at the bottom)- a purple unicorn with white feathering. Except she had purple, TiNY BiTS of yellowish green, and pink fur in the style of the cat plush. Little gradients, but with lavender dominating. She had pink, round hooves, a lion-style tail with a white tuft of hair on the end, and a white mane. Her horn was like a glittery pale yellow-greenish maybe fabric, with white string creating the helix going around it. She had blue eyes.

She was small, about 5.5 inches tall, and somewhat floppy, but i could still stand her up somewhat due to her polyester bead filled legs being short. The rest of her, her head and body, were stuffed with the usual cottony filling. Her tail had no filling.

I used to draw her all the time when i was little, and I have photos of some. It's not an image of the actual toy but it's close enough. Also I drew an example reference from my memory just now to give a better example of what she looked like.

I remember having her as early as around 2010, either before or after. I dont remember getting her, I just remember having her as early as then and the losing her when I stayed in a hotel with my family a number of years ago.

I hope I can find some good leads, if not examples. I just finally want to know what brand she is and if she is for sale anywhere!

Thank you so much!

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A small stuffed unicorn.
 
A small stuffed cat.
 
A drawing of a unicorn.
 
A drawing of a unicorn.
 

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It reminds me of Twilight Sparkle- a g-4 unicorn pony, one of the characters in the My Little Pony Series. After 3 years the name was changed to Alicorn and redesigned for a different look. www.wikipedia.org/.../twilight_sparkle

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January 3, 2020

I have had this stuffed dog since I was a baby, and I have wondered what he looked like before he was given to me.

Original Photos of This Dog - tri-color dog
 
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Original Photos of This Dog
 

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Cute! I think he looks pretty much the same as when you got him. I think his name is milkbone. I want to say he was related to a movie from that time frame.

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He was sold at many Hallmark and gift shops. Enjoy!!

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He most likely looked about the same - maybe set a little taller?

I do not believe he is a Beethoven because Dakin (and several other companies) paid a large fee to use this name (and from what I've read there were certain looks/colors the dogs had to have - similar to the movie dog) and this dog does not follow those guide lines and Beethoven is not on the tush tag.
Beethoven became popular after the 1992 movie Beethoven was released and 'every' kid wanted a 'Beethoven". Of course, when Beethoven 2nd was released in 1993 the same thing happened so now there were even more Beethovens being sold - the original and the 2nd. It is difficult to even determine how many different types/styles Dakin alone made without even searching for other companies.

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I believe this St Bernard was commissioned by Dakin before the craze for Beethoven came about and that might be a reason the coloring is completely different (and Beethoven is not one the tush tag).
I think this may just be Dakin's normal type of plush animal and would fall in the rank of just another plush animal made by Dakin as they made every type of plush animal that children loved to own.
This is just my feelings from the searches I made but I think it makes this St Bernard more difficult to find and would take someone more knowledgeable about vintage Dakin to identify this plush any further.

If you still want to pursue further you can join some of the plush/stuffed animal forums to see if someone can provide what you're looking for.

www.facebook.com/.../

www.ghostofthedoll.co.uk/.../

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I remember the movie (or movies I should say) but only watched the first one and I remember seeing all sizes of the plush Beethoven everywhere. I loved Hallmark stores so I'm sure I saw him there also.

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But the milkbone version was different than most of the others and it came out with the Beethoven 2nd movie. I see a lot of listings that have 'Milkbone' in their title but very few are the real Milkbone. This version had his tongue showing (like the one in question here) and had spots on his 'cheeks'. I'm sure very few people will still have the 'milkbone' that came with him as it was loose - not attached to the dog. All of the Dakin Beethoven 2nd had a collar with his name and tush tags. So many different versions.

I did find a couple of true Milkbone listed for sale - he's really cute. One has the bone. Just thought you might be interested.

www.ebay.com/.../202821962590?hash=item2f39218b5e...

www.ebay.com/.../163632792990?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001...

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I love the examples you found of the real Milkbone!! I had totally forgotten his name was on the tag! Note to self to check reality, don't rely on memory! Red face :(

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So now I need to find this pup's real name if he had one.

I am sure I don't have the Dakin catalogs. I remember checking for another post and the are gone.

Going to see if my friend who was our manager remembers. Will let you know!

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April 25, 2021

I've had this stuffed animal since around the 2000s to now. It was given to me by my mom who passed in 2012. My dog got to it today while I was cleaning and I wanted to find the original manufacture or a duplicate of the stuffed animal to salvage pieces to restore my own :( It would mean a lot to me if anyone could offer help.

My Google fu wasnt good enough to find anything. It's one of two possessions I still own given to me by her.

An old stuffed elephant with a torn ear.
 
An old stuffed elephant.
 
An old stuffed elephant with a torn ear.
 
A torn ear on a stuffed elephant.
 
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December 30, 2021

This is hippo, my favorite childhood toy and memory. I lost it when I was a child and never recover from it. I hope someone can help me find one just like him or as similar as possible.A child holding a stuffed toy.

 

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December 28, 2021

So my sisters and I received these stuffed animals as small children in the very early 90's. Each had a plaid bow tie. One received a mouse, the other a horse, and I got the pig. I LOVED that pig and had him until I was 21 but a friend's parent threw him away when I lived with them by mistake.

My sister still has the horse - when we were young she cut his hair off and removed the tag so I have nothing to go by :( I just want to find Mr Pig again. I have pictures of the horse in hopes that he's somewhat recognizable!

A small stuffed horse.
 
A close up of the horse's eye.
 
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February 14, 2021

I bought this toy at a Goodwill in Orlando Florida around 18 years ago around 2003. It was already used, and the tag was already worn at that point. It's a pastel rainbow sorbet tie dye type coloration of pink/green/yellow when clean. The feet have beads in them adding weight. The head and body have stuffing.A stuffed rabbit with a carrot on its ear.

 

I have taken this baby all over the country with me since I brought her home. She's been my favorite stuffed animal since I got her. I think there's something about her weight distribution that just makes her extremely comforting and comfortable! I still sleep with her every night.

These two are similar in color, but look to be from different companies.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/CboAAOSwwste3VFa/s-l400.jpg

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oS4AAOSw7TNf2od2/s-l300.png

Both mention Russ Berrie, but the tags on rabbit toys associated with him appear to have stitching. The tag on mine washed off.

A stuffed rabbit with a carrot on its ear.
 
The backside of a stuffed rabbit.
 

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This one looks like an exact match. Says it was sold at/thru Walmart and this one sold for $28 (not sure the year)

www.bonanza.com/.../Walmart-Pink-Easter-Bunny-Floppy...

Hope this helps!

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December 29, 2020

I have this toy from my childhood and I am just really curious about who made her. I got her from the restaurant Space Aliens as a prize. I remember her laying on top of similar stuffed animals but in green. She is a small stuffed dog that is purple with white markings. Her limbs are white and most of her face is white.

A small purple and white stuffed dog.
 

Even if you happen to have the same type of toy, I would be glad to know! There are no signs of her ever having a tag as well and she is rather worn from years of being played with so the image would not be the best reference of the toy.

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Thanks for the info.

I have a couple of leads for you.

The dog is in the style I have seen used by Nanco, which is one of the big carnival prize toy makers of that era, but there were many more.

I have also seen Cuddly Cousins that have similar faces.

If you can't find a match under those two brands, this a long list of carnival toy makers:

carnivalwarehouse.com/.../1

Since the restaurant chain appears to still be in business, maybe call them and ask who their vendors are. Here is their contact info:

spacealiens.com/.../

Post back what you learn!

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It is really difficult to find information on toys that are mass produced for 'give a-ways' as these same toys are sold to carnivals and the largest supply is usually sold to the crane & claw machine companies. They usually like the different/odd colors as these usually attract the most attention.
Similar toys:
www.gumball.com/.../100-generic-small-plush-mix-144-ct...

If no answer here then you might post your question on one of the toy forums to see if anyone has suggestions. They will need to know all of the information you supplied about the year and size:
www.ghostofthedoll.co.uk/.../
www.lostmylovey.com/
www.facebook.com/.../?ref=group_header

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March 15, 2021

Does anyone recognize this manufacturer from the tag? The fawn is old, has glass eyes and a stitched nose. It is about 12 tall. I can't make out the threadbare tag, however.Identifying a Stuffed Toy Fawn? - brown stuffy

 

The top line reads, in part, Signed . . .

Manufacturer name starts with a C . . .
Does anybody recognize this brand?
Thanks!

Identifying a Stuffed Toy Fawn? - tag
 
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December 12, 2019

My son fell in love with a stuffy that my mom had gotten me when I was pregnant with my son. When he was born I had put it in his crib and at around 6 months he began carrying her everywhere! He is now 8 and he still loves his bunny to the point where her hair, or at least what is left is completely matted and frayed.Identifying a Vintage Stuffed Bunny - well loved stuffed bunny

 

He has come to me a few times to fix her and I have had to explain that I can't make her what she used to be. It breaks my heart to see him so upset and I have scoured the internet to find another identical one to no avail. I somewhat recall it was an Applause or Aurora World Inc. item, but am not positive and of course had cut off the itchy tag way back when. Anyone know who this bunny is? Advice?

And I don't see it in the pics, but she has a carrot on her right foot.

Identifying a Vintage Stuffed Bunny
 
Identifying a Vintage Stuffed Bunny
 

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I see similar plushies on eBay frequently. How tall is he?

There are a number very similar on there now using the search bunny carrot foot.

If that brings up too many, add the height. I can tell you most sellers have no clue what brand they are selling and list things so generically that it is often like finding a needle in a haystack.

Both companies you mention made tons of plushies, so it could have been them. It could have also been Anico, American Greetings, Animal Alley, Russ Berrie, or Hallmark. I would keep my search general (see above) and see what you can find.

If you don't see it on eBay, do the same search on Google images and then maybe you can find it on Etsy, or Amazon.

Best wishes!! I hope you find a match!!

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I'm not sure you will be able to match this bunny but are you sure he will accept a 'new' bunny even if you find it?
I tend to think he will not want another bunny no matter what you find.
It's my personal opinion that you should try to get him to accept another bunny or even another plush animal.
After all, 8 years old is getting kinda time that he may be going to other types of entertainment. Is this bunny something he sleeps with?

I have seen families have success with replacing a favorite plush with another one by letting them be the one to pick out a 'brother or sister' for their favorite toy. eBay is a good site to look for a bunny together. I'm not sure about 8 years old but many times a younger child will get excited about finding a playmate for their pets.
Of course, this is just a suggestion but please think about it as I believe he needs to be a part of the 'finding' group or he may not accept anything you offer.

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