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.

Teenie Boos gone international

Updated. Originally published May 6.

Many Happy Meals around the globe are already being filled with Teenie Beanies. Here’s a rundown of what we know so far:

Australia

Eight Teenie Beanie Boos will appear in the Australia. Dates for the promotion are not yet confirmed. Click here to visit the Australian Happy Meal website.

Austria

Teenie Boos will join Austrian Happy Meals May 12. It is not immediately apparent how many of the Boo characters will appear in the Austrian promotion. (The image at the top of this post is from the Austrian Happy Meal website.) Click here to visit the Austrian Happy Meal website.

Check Republic

Eight Teenie Beanie Boos will appear in the Check Republic now through June 5. Click here to visit the Czeck Happy Meal website.

Croatia

Ten characters from this year’s Teenie Beanie Boo lineup are currently being included in Croatian Happy Meals through June 1. Click here to visit the Croatian Happy Meal website.

Germany

Germany Happy Meals will include Teenie Beanie Boos from what it appears is May 12 through June 22. This Teenie Beanie promotion is unique in that it only will include six of the Boo characters, but will also include what appears to be some sort of Boo-themed board game called Animal Cube, and a Boo-themed coloring or activity book. Click here to visit the Germany Happy Meal website.

Hungary

Ten Teenie Beanie Boos are appearing in the Hungary starting May 5. Click here to visit the Hungary Happy Meal website.

Latvia

Happy Meals in Latvia include 10 of the Teenie Beanie Boo characters.

New Zealand

New Zealand Happy Meals will include 8 of the Teenie Beanie Boo characters. Click here to visit the New Zealand Happy Meal website.

Romania

Ten characters from this year’s Teenie Beanie Boo lineup are currently being included in Romanian Happy Meals April 28 through May 31. Click here to visit the Romanian Happy Meal website.

Russia

Russian Happy Meals include 10 of the Teenie Beanie Boo characters May 1 through 31. Click here to visit the Russian Happy Meal website.

Serbia

Ten characters from this year’s Teenie Beanie Boo lineup are currently being included in Serbia’s Happy Meals. Click here to visit the Serbia Happy Meal website.

Spain

Ten characters from this year’s Teenie Beanie Boo lineup are currently being included in Spain Happy Meals May 1 through 21. Click here to visit the Spain Happy Meal website. Click here to watch the commercial.

Historically, Teenie Beanies have also appeared in Happy Meals in Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. As of this writing, I was unable to find any information as to whether the Teenie Boos would show up in those countries.

In-hand Teenie Boos

Youtube now has a large handful of videos of people unboxing the Teenie Beanie Boos. One such video is embedded below. These allow us to see 10 of the 15 Teenie Beanie Boos we can expect to find in US Happy Meals later this month, as well as the Happy Meal box and other packaging.

Teenie Beanies already in Russia

Check out this Russian Happy Meal commercial!

According to the site, Russian Happy Meals had the Teenie Beanies starting May 1, and they’ll continue through May 31.

Translated: “Meet our new program of soft and fluffy animals Beanie Boo’s! Look for them from 1 to 31 May 2017 in each ‘Happy Meal’!

“It has long dreamed of a faithful furry friend that always had someone to play and have fun? Now you have the opportunity to assemble a group of friends! Lovely zveryata Beanie Boos and would themselves want to make friends with you, but that’s only some of them are too shy…”

It appears that Russian Happy Meals will include 10 of the 15 character styles that US Happy Meals will have, some with different names:

  • Hairballs (Bushy) the lion
  • Twigs the giraffe
  • Choco (Chocolate) the moose
  • Bongo the monkey
  • Snowball (Blizz) the white tiger
  • Pyhchun (Snort) the bull
  • Morjachok (Seamore) the seal
  • Thorn (Spike) the rhino
  • Freckles the leopard
  • Roly-Poly (Waddle) the penguin

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)

20 years of Teenie Beanies

Remember the summer of 1997? I do. Ty Beanie Babies were popular across the globe, and McDonald’s launched its very first set of Teenie Beanies. History was made. (Click here to read an LA Times article from 1998 about the craze.)

Twenty years later, it’s impressive that McDonald’s continues to collaborate with Ty regularly for its Happy Meal toys. (This partnership is almost on par with Barbie and Hotwheels, two iconic brands that also regularly appear at McDonald’s.) Ty’s Beanie Boos line is popular with kid and adult collectors alike, and it’s only fitting that the Ty/McDonald’s partnership has transferred to the Boos.

Later this month we’re looking forward to meeting 15 new Teenie Beanies. But first, join me as I take a little walk down Memory Lane, revisiting the Teenie Beanie US promotions from the last twenty years.

1997

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The first set of Teenie Beanies were at McDonalds April 11 through May 15, 1997. There were 10 characters based on existing regular-sized Beanie Babies: Chocolate, Chops, Goldie, Lizz, Patti, Pinky, Quacks, Seamore, Snort and Speedy. Ten million of each character was made. Most Teenies sold out within the first day of being offered. Despite the original plan that two characters would be released per week, McDonald’s issued an announcement April 20 to say that the toys were completely sold out three weeks early.

1998

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The 1998 Happy Meal promotion ran May 22 through June 18, 1998. There were 12 different characters: Bones, Bongo, Doby, Happy, Inch, Mel, Peanut (light blue), Pinchers, Scoop, Twigs, Waddle and Zip. Twenty million of each was made to keep up with the anticipated demand.

1999

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The 1999 Teenie Beanies were at McDonald’s May 21 through June 17, 1999. Twelve different characters were in the first phase of the promotion: Antsy, Chip, Claude, Freckles, Iggy, Nook, Nuts, Rocket, Smoochy, Spunky, Stretchy and Strut. Four International Bears were available next and were sold completely separate from Happy Meals: Britannia, Erin, Maple and Glory. And one McDonald’s crew exclusive bear was given to employees May 21.

2000

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A total of 32 characters were included in the 2000 Teenie Beanie promotion June 13 through November 9. In the first phase, 18 characters were included in the Happy Meals promotion. These came in five categories: Pet Pals (Dotty, Flip, Lips and Slither), At the Zoo (Blizz, Schweetheart, Spike and Tusk), Garden Bunch (Buzz, Flitter, Lucky and Spinner), Under the Sea (Coral, Goochy, Neon and Sting) and Top Secret (Bushy and Springy). The two Top Secret Teenies were released June 29. June 13 was declared McHappy Day, and Millennium the bear was sold separately from Happy Meals. Also on June 13, 10 new Teenies, called the Superstars, were released in four categories that could be purchased separately from Happy Meals: Dinosaur Trio (Bronty, Rex and Steg; June 13), International Bears II (Germania, Osito and Spangle; June 20), Legends (Chilly, Humphrey and Royal Blue Peanut; June 29), and The End Bear (June 30). Finally, the American Trio promotion (Lefty, Righty and Libearty) was October 25 through November 9, which lined up with US elections. Again, these could be purchased separately from Happy Meals.

2004

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After a four year hiatus, Teeny Beanies returned to McDonald’s to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Happy Meal. Citing Teenie Beanies as the most successful Happy Meal toy ever, it was only fitting that the mini Ty toys were part of the festivities. The promotion ran July 23 through August 19, 2004. This was the first time that the Teenie Beanie characters were brand-new, and did not have pre-existing regular-size Beanie counterparts. Twelve styles were released, each a bear representing an icon of McDonald’s: Red Shoe, Birdie, Burger, Fries, Golden Arches, Grimace, Hamburger, Happy Meal, Happy Meal 25th, McNuggets, Ronald McDonald, and Shake. (Side note: I think this was my favorite set of Teenies so far.)

2009

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Teenie Beanies again returned to celebrate a Happy Meal milestone, this time the 30th Anniversary. By now, Ty had all but retired its iconic Beanie Babies line, trying to find a plush niche in an internet-fueled world with a new line called Beanies Babies 2.0. (Read more about BB2.0 at this TyCollector.com article.) As a result, this run was comprised of Teenie Beanie Babies 2.0, mostly based on existing regular-sized BB2.0 characters: Aussie, Boomer, Cargo, Chill, Clipper, Fable, Fluffball, Frostiness, Hydrant, Jumps, Maiden, Ming, Oasis, Pico, Pops, Quackly, Rascal, Skunkers, Splits, Spurs, Topper and Woolsy. There were, however, some new characters too. Based on an online TBB2.0-themed Happy Meal game were characters Fez, Radish and Yammy; iconic McDonald’s characters were Grimace and Ronald McDonald; and 30th Anniversary-themed bears were Celebration, Streamers and Thirty. Each TBB2.0 came with a code inside its tag that could be used to log into online activities at happymeal.com or ty.com. This promotion ran April 11 through May 15, 2009.

2014

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Five years later, Teenie Beanies returned to McDonald’s to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Happy Meal. The Beanie Babies 2.0 line had failed to catch on, but Ty had a new hit on its hands: Beanie Boos! The Teenie Beanie Boos promotion was July 4 through July 31, 2014. There were eight characters total, but each came in two color variations: Coconut, Glamour, Magic, Myrtle, Ollie, Peanut, Spells and Surf. After this promotion ended, I assumed we’d have to wait until 2019 for another Teenie Beanie Happy Meal promotion. But as Ty’s old tagline said, Expect the unexpected!

Want to read more about the past Teenie Beanie promotions? Visit the Teenie Beanie section at TyCollector.com!

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