New photos emerging

With just two days until the 2017 Teenie Beanie Boo Happy Meal promotion hits McDonald’s restaurants in the US, some eBay listings for the new Ty Teenie Boos are beginning to show what appears to be the Happy Meal display case design for the upcoming promotion.

As with most Happy Meal toy promotions, these setups are usually constructed of cardboard with the toys strategically hung, and are placed inside an acrylic display case inside McDonald’s stores.

The theme that seems to be emerging for this year’s Ty Teenie Beanie Boo promotion is “Become a Boo Zoo Keeper,” as printed on this display above.

2004 Teenie Beanie display

Fun fact: If you befriend your local McDonald’s manager, they might let you take or buy the display and other promotional posters once this year’s Teenie Beanie Boo promotion is over! In 2004, I was able to get my hands on all of my local McDonald’s promotional pieces for free, and used them to display my Teenie Beanies.

Image source of the 2017 Teenie Boo display from this eBay listing (though it appears other sellers are using the same photograph with different watermarks).

In-hand video of all 15 Teenie Beanies

In-hand video of all 15 Teenie Beanie Boos

Yesterday I shared a video of all 15 of the 2017 Teenie Beanie Boos in-hand from the upcoming McDonald’s Happy Meals promotion in their packages. A new video (above) is now the first in-hand look we have at all 15 Teenie Beanies outside of the packaging, along with some other exciting pieces like a checklist and online game tokens for each character that seems to be included in the packaging.

Previous in-hand videos from other countries where the Teenie Beanie promotion has already started only show 10 of the Teenies in-hand. It seems, at this time, that the USA is the only country that will have all 15 Teenies.

Names revealed for all 15 Teenie Beanies

A Youtube video (above) that shows all 15 McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Boos in their packages in-hand has revealed the official names for each character, as well as the order in which they will be released. They are:

  • Toy #1: Bushy the lion
  • Toy #2: Blizz the white tiger
  • Toy #3: Mel koala bear
  • Toy #4: Timber the wolf
  • Toy #5: Chocolate the moose
  • Toy #6: Bongo the monkey
  • Toy #7: Twigs the giraffe
  • Toy #8: Seamore the seal
  • Toy #9: Snort the bull
  • Toy #10: Spike the rhinoceros
  • Toy #11: Peanut the elephant
  • Toy #12: Frostiness the polar bear
  • Toy #13: Tusk the walrus
  • Toy #14: Freckles the leopard
  • Toy #15: Waddle the penguin

This revelation disproves my earlier theory that all 15 of the 2017 Teenie Beanie Boos were Boo versions of Teenie Beanie Babies from the 1997-2000 McDonald’s Teenie Beanie promotions. Although 13 of them do share names with Teenie Beanies from the first 4 Happy Meal promotions, Frostiness (the polar bear) was a Beanie Baby that was released in 2008 and a Teenie Beanie Babies 2.0 from 2009, and there is no Beanie Baby, Boo, or Teenie style named Timber (the wolf), though Ty did release a Timber the wolf Ty Classic in 2012.

Teanie Beanie name theory

Thanks to the image posted on the Australian Happy Meal website (above), we know the names of eight of the 15 new Teenie Beanie Boos. However, since the Teenie Boos are not obviously based on existing regular-sized Boos, I assumed we’d have to wait until they actually hit Happy Meals to learn the other seven.

However, those eight names seemed a little familiar to me, so I looked back through past Teenie Beanie promotions, and found that each of those eight names was also the name of a Teenie Beanie Baby from previous. It then occurred to me that, since this year marks 20 years since Teenie Beanies first appeared at McDonald’s, maybe Ty has a little nostalgia up its sleeve.

Here’s my theory: These 15 characters are Teenie Boo versions of Teenie Beanie Babies that were in Happy Meals from 1997 through 2000, arguably the time frame when the toys would have been at the height of popularity. A little extra research seems to potentially confirm my theory. Check out the table below to see my hypothesized names of this year’s Teenie Beanies compared to their original counterparts.


CHOCOLATE
(Confirmed by Russian site)

CHOCOLATE
(1997 Teenie Beanie)

SEAMORE
(Confirmed by Australian site)

SEAMORE
(1997 Teenie Beanie)

SNORT
(Confirmed by Russian site)

SNORT
(1997 Teenie Beanie)

BONGO
(Confirmed by Russian site)

BONGO
(1998 Teenie Beanie)

MEL
(Unconfirmed)

MEL
(1998 Teenie Beanie)

PEANUT
(Confirmed by Australian site)

PEANUT
(1998 Teenie Beanie)

TWIGS
(Confirmed by Australian site)

TWIGS
(1998 Teenie Beanie)

WADDLE
(Confirmed by Australian site)

WADDLE
(1998 Teenie Beanie)

WADDLE
(Confirmed by Australian site)

WADDLE
(1999 Teenie Beanie)

NOOK
(Unconfirmed)

NOOK
(1999 Teenie Beanie)

BLIZZ
(Confirmed by Australian site)

BLIZZ
(2000 Teenie Beanie)

BUSHY
(Confirmed by Russian site)

BUSHY
(2000 Teenie Beanie)

CHILLY
(Unconfirmed)

CHILLY
(2000 Teenie Beanie)

SPIKE
(Confirmed by Australian site)

SPIKE
(2000 Teenie Beanie)

TUSK
(Unconfirmed)

TUSK
(2000 Teenie Beanie)

What do you think? Post a comment with your thoughts and theories below!

Update 5/4/17: The Russian Happy Meal site has confirmed four additional names thanks to the filenames of the images on its site.

(Images of older Teenie Beanies from aboutbeanies.com)

What’s in a name?

In my routine surf around the internet to check for new information about the upcoming Teenie Beanie Boos, I ran across a list with a few interesting discrepancies. The online retailer BBToyStore.com has listings for the 2014 Teenie Beanies, but some of the names listed are different than, or missing from, those we’ve previously seen advertised.

Additionally, While we know that there are to be 16 Teenie Boos — two colors each of 8 animals — the BBToyStore.com listings show that it is expecting 12 separate Boos. Take a look at this comparison:

Official List (two each)
BBToyStore.com List
Coconut the monkey (pink and green) Coconut the monkey
Ellie the elephant
Flips the dolphin
Glamour the leopard (pink and blue) Glamour the leopard
Legs the octopus
Leona the leopard
Magic the unicorn (pink and purple) Magic the unicorn
Myrtle the turtle (pink and purple)
Ollie the octopus (orange and purple) Ollie the octopus
Peanut the elephant (pink and orange)
Pinky the owl
Shellby the turtle
Spells the owl (pink and blue) Spells the owl
Surf the dolphin (pink and purple) Surf the dolphin

Reading down both columns of the list, you’ll notice that — even though some of the names are different — they are listing correct animal characters/color styles. It wouldn’t be quite as intriguing if BBToyStore.com listed 16 Teenie Boos, but it only has 12: it’s missing one monkey, one elephant, one unicorn and one turtle.

There are at least two plausible explanations for the difference in the lists: First, it’s possible that BBToyStore.com simply obtained an early or inaccurate list and hasn’t updated it to the latest information. (Which would make sense, since it has no pictures, details or active pre-order options yet.)

A second possibility is that this list may indicate that the 16 Teenie Beanie Boos may not simply be 2 color versions of 8 characters. Rather, what if there will actually be 16 characters — each with its own name — consisting of 8 pairs of animals? So, for example, instead of having a pink and purple Flips, there would be a pink Surf and a purple Flips. Just like the regular-sized Beanie Boos.

As always, Tyme will tell. We’re just a few days away!

Teenie Boos in the UK?

A reader recently asked if the Teenie Beanie Boos will be coming to the UK. The short answer is: nobody knows. The longer answer involves a lot of speculation.

If I were to answer this based solely recent patterns and history, I would say it isn’t likely. At least not immediately. The last time Teenie Beanies were in a Happy Meal promotion anywhere in the world was five years ago, in 2009, in the United States. The US promotion prior to that was in 2004, and was subsequently followed by several Teenie Beanie promotions in other countries, and basically included generalized versions of the 2004 US toys: Canada (2004), the UK (2005), Malaysia (2006) and Singapore (2006). (See the complete Teenie Beanie history at TyCollector.com.)

So judging from that information, if the Teenie Beanie Boos do end up going to the UK (or anywhere else), it may be several months or several years until it happens, since, obviously, the Happy Meals in other countries have their own toy schedules.

However, there might be a glimmer of hope for my UK readers: on June 5, the Happy Meal Toys UK Facebook page teased that “How to Train Your Dragon 2 [is] coming soon to a Happy Meal near you.” The current UK toys are Hello Kitty and Hotwheels, which started on June 4 and will go through July 8. If the blurb about “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is factual, then that toy promotion will likely begin on July 9. And if UK McDonald’s stores are piggybacking the “Dragon 2” promotion a month after the US did it, then it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that Teenie Beanie Boos might piggyback into the UK in early- to mid-August.

Of course, this is all PURELY speculation. Tyme will tell if our Teenie Boo friends will become world travelers and when. But I’ll keep an eye out for any new information and share it here. Stay tuned!

 

McDonald’s announcess Teenie Beanie Boos

Ty Beanie collectors rejoice!

Today the McDonald’s Happy Meal website refreshed its Toys page to reveal that the upcoming promotion will include Ty Beanie Boos.

06.13-screencap

The image reveals that the Boos in the set are (from left to right) Surf the dolphin, Peanut the elephant, Spells the owl, Glamour the leopard, Magic the unicorn, Ollie the octopus, Coconut the monkey and Myrtle the turtle. Additionally, the media flyer (below, from BeanieSource) reveals that there will be two color variations of each piece, meaning that there will be a total of 16 Boos available in this collection.

According the the flyer, the Teenie Beanie Boo promotion will begin July 4, right after the current How to Train Your Dragon 2 promotion, and will be a dual giveaway with Wii’s Mario Kart 8 toys.

The promotion will last through July 31.

06.13-flyer

Teenie Beanies coming back to McDonald’s?

Several popular Beanie Baby news websites (BeanieSource, TyCollector and BeanieNews) have circulated this mysterious photo of what appears to be a small pink leopard (Glamour?) with a key clip, similar to the key clip Boos that are available at Ty retailers. What makes it different, however, is the tush tag: one side shows the Ty logo, while the other side states that the toy was “Made for McDonald’s.”

This summer marks the 35th anniversary of the Happy Meal, so it would seem fitting that — like McDonald’s has done for the 25th and 30th anniversary years — the two companies revisit the most successful Happy Meal promotion ever.

Stay tuned…