- User Rating: Very Good
Cons:Not as much detail as other Wonder Pets, cape tears at the seam
The Bottom Line: Worth the price of purchase, but not a perfect Beanie Baby…fans of the show will love it, despite the flaws
Linny has always been my least favorite of The Wonder Pets, and that is true of the Beanie Baby version as well. For those who don’t have small kids and aren’t aware, The Wonder Pets is a children’s show on Nickelodeon featuring three small animals that team up to save the day when other animals are in trouble. There is Tuck the Turtle, Ming Ming the Duck, and their leader, Linny the Guinea Pig. While the other two characters have flaws, Linny always seems to know what to say and do, which kinda bugs me. Anyway, we had already picked up the first two Beanie Babies in the set, so it was only a matter of time before we had to pick up Linny.
Linny was introduced on May 30, 2008, just like Tuck and Ming Ming, and like all Ty Beanie Babies that are based on shows or movies, they don’t have a birth date on their heart-shaped hang tags. Like all Beanie Babies, what they do have is a short message/poem that is specific to their individual character. For Linny, the tag says:
“This calls for some celery!”
This is one of her favorite statements on the show, as Linny always advocates celery as a healthy celebratory snack. That is one of the nice things about the show, as other Nickelodeon shows (like the Backyardigans) will usually talk about snacks that aren’t as healthy. For the Wonder Pets, it’s all about the veggies.
The Linny doll is roughly 6” inches, relatively close in height and weight to her two partners. She is a guinea pig, and looks as a guinea pig would, if they were dressed like a superhero. She wears an orange hat and a blue cape. The cape has the Wonder Pets logo on the back of it, with a red W in a yellow background with a blue circle around it. The blue circle sort of blends in with the rest of the cape unfortunately, as Ming Ming and Tuck have green and red capes respectively, causing their capes to look better than Linny’s.
The Beanie Baby is fairly sturdy, as my kids throw them around quite frequently, so they can take a beating. My main complaint with Linny is the same I have with the other two, as the cape is sewn onto the doll rather than being attached by Velcro. While this adds to the sturdiness, my kids would like to be able to take the capes on and off, which isn’t an option. The capes are strong themselves, but the sewing job isn’t fantastic to the Beanie, meaning that small tears along the seam are common.
Overall, while my kids are a big fan, I can’t say I like Linny as much as the other two Wonder Pets stuffed animals. There just doesn’t seem to be the same level of detail on Linny. Still, if you are going to buy one, you will likely buy them all eventually. I’d recommend Linny to fans of the show (or of fans of guinea pig stuffed animals I guess), but only after getting the other two first.
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Amount Paid (US$): 6.00
Type of Toy: Stuffed Toy
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years