Series: Winnie the Pooh
Company: Golden Bear Products Ltd
Size: 12~15 cm
Main distribution: Europe
These are small beanie plushies from the Classic Pooh line. They are made to look like the classic images of Ernest Howard Shepard. They are very sculpted plush and therefor nice as a display.
I believe they made a set with all of Pooh Bear’s friends, however, I only got 2 of these; Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore. They have little beans or pellets inside them in their bottom area, hence beanie. However they are not as soft and floppy as some beanies are, these are quite firm and well sculpted.
Winnie the Pooh
It’s a small plush at 12 cm sitting, but that’s what makes him so cute and nice to display. Pooh bear is a pastel yellow colour and has embroidered eyes, eyebrows and nose. He’s wearing a red jacket with a little bit of velcro at the front. The jacket is attached with a few stitches to his back neck, but could easily be removed.
Pooh Bear is made of a soft fabric with a very short pile. His belly is lesser stuffed than the rest and is therefor quite soft. He holds his left paw up, which is very sturdy. His proportions are spot on.
He can sit easily due to the large bottom area of the plush. He makes a nice display piece, waving at you.
Its tush tag is located on the left side of his bum. It’s fairly standard, with Classic Pooh on it and the usual care and copyrights. He no longer has its hang tags, but they would be attached here to the tush tag. All the plush carried the same tush and hang tag, see Eeyore’s below to see what it looks like.
It’s a small plush at 9 cm sitting, but that’s what makes this one so cute and nice to display. Eeyore is a pastel purple colour with black hair and embroidered eyes and nose.
Eeyore feels a bit like velvet. He is made from a vintage looking fabric with a very short pile. His entire body is sculpted and therefor very stiff. The ears and tail are the most bendable. His proportions are perfect due to this though.
He can sit easily due to the large bottom area of the plush. He makes a nice display piece. Above his tail is a pink ribbon tied into a bowtie which can be undone (I’m terrible at making it look pretty again!). Its hair and tail tuft are soft of a longer, black fibre.
Its tush tag is located on his bum. It’s fairly standard, with Classic Pooh on it and the usual care and copyrights. Attached to the tush tag are the hang tags. One are the care instructions. The other is much prettier, featuring Classic Pooh, with Winnie looking up at a dragonfly, and is nicely framed.
My mother and younger brother loved Pooh Bear, so I ended up watching a lot of it. I like the original stories and poems, and the lovely drawings, so I’m often drawn more to classic Pooh than the Disney-fied one. I love seeing art come to life so the plush based on E. H. Shepard’s work is more interesting to me than the over marketed Disney ones.
These plush are so well sculpted they’re like plush statues / figures. They’re also a nice size, which sits easily on a bookshelf (with the Pooh Bear book!). They feel more like plush for adults than children somehow.
I’ve been doubting for a while if I should keep these. I prefer the classic Pooh plush from Gund, as they are softer and seem of a higher quality. These plush also attract dust easily it seems. Still, it’s hard to say no to these cute faces. And they look so good proportion wise! But in the end, I’ve decided to sell them. I can’t keep everything! I hope I don’t regret this. So these two are now up for sale.
If you like Classic Pooh, these are very nice. Their sculpts and poses are nice, they have a nice weight to them, they are a cute and convenient size and display nicely.
If you prefer Disney Pooh, or like softer, cuddlier plush or larger plush, you may want to give these a miss.
The photo’s are, as always, of the actual plush in hand and not stock photos.
Got any more details / information for me to add? Or did I get something wrong? Do you own the same plush? Do you agree or disagree with my findings? Let me know in the comments below!
2 thoughts on “Classic Pooh beanies – Golden Bear”
I have a Golden Bear eeyore. His tag says everybody needs friends. Just wondering if my eeyore is from Europe.
Hi Melodie! Golden Bear is a British toy manufacturing company so it’s high likely you have an European plush. See if the tag has the CE marking, it indicates the products conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. If it has that, then it was probably distributed in Europe. 🙂