Pros: Markings nicely detailed.
My children have a large collection of Beanie Babies thanks to their Grandmother. If you normally read my reviews, I'm sure you've already read quite a few of my reviews on them. We don't collect them though, that is not like a collector does, but my children play with them just as they would any other stuffed animal. My children's Grandmother sends them Beanie Babies quite often, for holidays and sometimes just as an "I'm thinking of you" gift.
Today I am reviewing Freckles the Leopard, another one of my daughter's favorites. Her grandmother saw him in a zoo gift shop a few years ago and immediately thought of my daughter. Freckles is retired, so may be hard to find, but well worth the effort for any collector.
Freckles, as his name implies, is a leopard. He is in a laying down position and cannot be positioned any other way. I would not exactly call him cute, not many leopards could be called cute anyway. His markings and spots are nicely done and I think that's what Ty was probably trying to do, to make him look as real as possible.
Like I mentioned before, Freckles is a leopard, his fur is of a really light tan color with two-tone brown spots, just like you would see on a real leopard, with the darker brown outlining the lighter brown on the spots. The only place he doesn't have spots is on his heart shaped pink nose, which is hard plastic, not stitched. Because of all the spots, it is hard to see his carefully stitched mouth, but it is there and nicely detailed too. His whiskers are done in a thick black thread, but with only two whiskers on each side. His eyes are shiny with large black pupils rimmed in a warm golden brown color, the same color you can see on many cats. He also has a long thin tail and ears are shaped just like a real cats, the only difference is that he has spots inside his ears inside of the standard pink that you see on most domesticated cats.
Freckles, like I mentioned before is in a laying down position and is about ten and a half inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. He has the polyfiberfill in his head to give his head and face it's shape and the rest of him is filled with the little P.E. Pellets. His fur is very soft and silky to the touch, even after a few cleanings.
Swing Tag Info
Freckles was born on June 3, 1996 and his poem reads as follows:
From the trees he hunts prey
In the night and in the day
He's the king of camouflage
Look real close, he's no mirage!
Like all Beanie Babies, Freckles is surface washable only, he cannot go in the washing machine unless you want him ruined. It is recommended to use a product designed specifically for cleaning surface washable stuffed animals, but if you don't have one available you can use a damp cloth with mild soap and warm water to clean him. Freckles has been cleaned a couple of times and he still retains his soft and silky fur.
The Play Factor and Durability
Freckles gets some kind of playtime just about every day. My daughter will still play school with her Beanie Babies when she is playing with her brothers, to keep our youngest happy. When she's playing with them by herself, she basically just plays with her Beanie Babies as if they were her babies. When not being played with, Freckles is arranged nicely on her bed with her other stuffed animals and Beanie Babies. Freckles still looks good, he does get slept with, so his fur gets matted a bit, which is the main reason he's been cleaned a couple of times. Because of his color, he doesn't show dirt very easily, so the first thing you notice is the fur matting. He has not suffered any rips or tears over the years of playing and even being tugged on by our four year old who thinks that his sister should give him all of her Beanie Babies.
My daughter loves animals, especially cats, so Beanie Babies have always made the perfect gift for her. I have to say that Freckles has been through a lot of playing and loving over the years and he's still as good as new, how many stuffed animals can you say that about?
I definitely recommend Freckles to any collector that doesn't have him yet. Even though he is retired, the details on his markings alone are enough to get him.
For more information on other Ty Beanie Babies like Freckles, you can visit their website at: http://www.ty.com/BeanieBabies_home