Winnie the Pooh – Classic Pooh plush – Gund

Winnie the Pooh - Classic Pooh plush by Gund

Series: Winnie the Pooh

Company: Gund

Size: 17 cm

Release: 1999

Main distribution: Europe

Barcode: 0 28399 08036 6

This is an Winnie the Pooh from the Classic Pooh line. He is made to look like the classic images of Ernest Howard Shepard. It is a very sculpted plush and therefor nice as a display. He holds a little picnic basket.

Winnie the Pooh - Classic Pooh plush by Gund front

It’s a decent size plush at 17 cm sitting. He’s very cute and nice to display. Pooh has a nice light yellow brown colour with black button eyes and a black embroidered nose. He is holding a small wicker picnic basket and pulls out a picnic blanket. The blanket is red and white chequered. The blanket and basket are sewn stuck to his paws. His feet have a velvety patch on them.

Winnie the Pooh - Classic Pooh plush by Gund side

Pooh feels soft and sturdy. He is made from a fabric with a short pile. He leans forward as he’s grabbing the blanket out of the basket.

Winnie the Pooh - Classic Pooh plush by Gund back

His proportions are spot on. He even has a chubby little belly. He’s nicely sculpted and the seam lines aren’t in the way. He sits upright easily.

Winnie the Pooh - Classic Pooh plush by Gund tags

His tush tags are located at the center of his back. There is a small plasticy one with a number on it. Then a small fabric one that simply reads ‘Classic Pooh’ on one side, and ‘© Disney’ on the other. Then a larger one of Gund with the usual care and legal information. Attached to this is a cardboard hang tag. It has an image of Pooh Bear looking up at a dragon fly, with Classic Pooh and Gund underneath. The back has the usual legal information. It’s apparently style no: 8036.
It also used to have another cardboard hang tag on a brown rope around its neck, reading ‘Have a smackerel of something’ along with pictures of honey pots and bees.

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, although I do like the first movie and tv series Disney did. 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 though.

I found this little guy in a charity shop. I thought he looked quite unique, as I’ve found some Gund classic Pooh’s over the years, but never this one with the basket. So I bought him. He had a little rope around his neck, and I later realised he used to have another tag here. It’s no great lost though.

I found some illustrations of Pooh with a picnic basket, but I couldn’t find an image of this exact pose however.

Illustration of Winnie the Pooh Bear with a picnic basket of E. H. Shepard.
© E. H. Shepard

That said this plush is very well sculpted and would be a nice decoration. It’s also a nice size, which sits easily on a bookshelf (with the Pooh Bear book!).

However, I’m downsizing and don’t have the room to keep all these plushies, so this little guy can go to a new home. As much as I love the quality of Gund plush, and this little Pooh Bear, there are other plush I rather keep.

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!

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