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Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas to all my readers. Not only do I wish you a Happy New Year, but below you find the new surprises for the beginning of 2014, check them out. FYI: The panda, bright pink and peach color are all 10”. The backpack clips with wild hair are 3.5”. The Americana – red, and blue and white Uncle Sam snuffles are 5”. Delivery expected to start later in January 2014. If anyone has any cool snuffles, and would like to share with me, feel free to email me.






Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merry Christmas to all of you




(Pics courtesy of K. and V., Looks like warm weather in Florida...)

Merry Christmas from Snuffles.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The bears gang up to play Bear Train... Do you want to join?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

newest upcoming snuffles

Gund is still coming up with new snuffles.  Good for all of us collectors and fans of snuffles. 

The latest upcoming snuffles is a snufflesnerd with glasses that are not removable, and each one is 10”:  
 

 
 The below picture are backpack clips about 3.5” in size:
 
In February 2014, there will be a small 5” Snuffles for Mother’s day.   It has a flower on it’s tummy and fancy pink eyelashes:

 I can only make a hint, since I do not yet know what else is coming up, but there will be some surprises coming in 2014.  Stay tuned.

To order any of These snuffles, go to Jan's Bear Essentials Homepage. I get all my snuffles from Jan for years now and can only recommend her.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Snuffles with the smallest monkey in the Philipines

Another interesting Pictures of Snuffles.  I am quite amazed that People all over the world are collecting this Little cute teddybear called Snuffles. 

This Pictures Comes from Sana, a Reader who I believe has to be from Japan.  She was in the Philipines and took this amazing Picture depicting her Little snuffles with the smalltest monkey called TARSIER who inhabits only the forest in Bohol island of the Philippines.

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Big 30 inch brown snuffles

You don't see this one often.  A big 30 Inch Brown snuffles.  The last one I saw has to be years ago. 

A cute and cuddly fellow.

 Below is a catalogue Picture displaying this large Brown snuffles...

(Pictures courtesy of Jan)

Snuffles waking up

Snuffles waking up...


(Pic courtesy of Karen, Singapore)

It is always nice to see how many People around the globe are in love with snuffles.  Such a famous teddybear...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Snuffles on a plate

I have never seen this before, neither has Jan from jansbearessentials.com.  When she saw it, she immediately had to grab it.  I want to share this with you. 

 Isn't this such a cute snuffles plate?


Anybody else has one like this?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Snuffles is proud of over 100000 views to his blog

Snuffles is a happy bear to begin with, but it makes him very happy that so many People have seen him.  Makes Snuffles feel like a star.  Which he really is, isn't he?  She? It?  Snuffles is THE bear.  The cuddliest Teddybear ever. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Upcoming new snuffles: Valentine snuffles

(www.jansbearessentials.com)

Upcoming newest snuffles: The valentine snuffles.  Two Colors, pink and White.  Aren't These incredibly cute?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jan on collectability of snuffles

Jan from Jan's Bear Essentials, one of the most popular snuffles authorized dealers in the US, wrote this interesting contribution about collectability of snuffles which I found on Ebay:

I found this picture today on the web and wanted to share it with you while delivering this contribution below:




(picture source)


This guide was put together to give you the history and collectability of the Gund Snuffles Bear.
Snuffles is the best-known bear Gund ever created..  It was designed in 1980 by Rita Raiffe who, at the time, led the Gund Company with her husband Herbert. She was inspired by the shape of a beautiful crescent moon in the sky, and designed a happy bear looking up at the moon.   Snuffles is known worldwide for that shape and ability to look up and gaze at you when being held.   Snuffles debuted in the Teddy Bear World in 1981 and is now the oldest bear in Gund's product line.  I am told that there is a sign on the side of the Gund Headquarters Building in Edison, New Jersey that says the The House that Snuffles Built.  I am not sure this is true, but I read that somewhere.  The initial bears were 12-inch tall models available in brown or white.

Over the years, Snuffles was produced in a many different sizes and colors.  Most were between four inches and three feet tall.  For buyers and sellers, the size of these bears is difficult to measure.   The colors included dark and light brown, blue, pink, as well as rare green and yellow versions.  In addition to the traditional teddy bear, Gund made Snuffles into rattles, puppets, slippers, clip-ons, ice-packs, pillows, pajama bags and seasonal releases.  Gund also introduced a line of soft dolls that hold a small 4" Snuff in their hands.  Most of the colored bears had a white snout, ears, and a white patch on their belly.  There has been a variety of fur types made over the years including fur, velour, and terry cloth, mohair and ceramic.  I even found a record album with a variety of Snuffles gracing the cover.

Most Snuffles styles had a limited production run and are hard to locate now that they are discontinued.  Limited edition bears were made including ones with mohair fur.  FAO Schwartz had many exclusive Snuffles Bears like a 24" blush Snuffles 25th anniversary edition.  They had been the exclusive retailer of a number of other Snuffles including 2 silver millenium edition Snuffles and two-foot Snuffles versions.  The standard size blush colored 12" Snuffles was produced for Gund's 25th anniversary but was sold by most retailers. Other editions have been made for Macy's, Pottery Barn, and Barnes & Noble.

The name "Snuff" was originally used to refer to the small baby safe bear.  These were produced in pink, white and blue and measured about 6".  They have embroidered eyes, not plastic.  The name "Snuff" is currently used by most for any of the smaller bears.

In recent years, Gund decided to stop production on all colored Snuffles, producing just the white bear in 3 sizes.

For collectors, paper hang-tags are very important.  Although many sellers think the tush tag is enough, I personally wouldn't buy one with just that.   The condition of the bear is also top on collector's requirements.   The noses on some show wear with the felt rubbing off.   A few older models had plastic noses which survived longer.

Snuffles has won many awards over the years including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award in 1996 and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award (for toddlers) in 2004.   According to reviewers, "with his round tummy, this short, loveable armful of a bear is likely to become a constant companion".    The huggability of this bear is probably the reason it is difficult to find older, rarer Snuffles in good condition.   They have been hugged for many years and unfortunately for us collectors, many have not survived.
In 2010 Gund released a series of "30th Anniversary Snuffles".   There was a 10" and 15" in caramel and chocolate.   There was also a 13.5" limited edition (ed. of 1,000).   I have sold out of the 15" caramel and the limited white bear but still have a small quantity of the others.

In 2011, Gund released a new  "34" Snuffles bear which was huge.   I sold over one hundred of these big guys and shipped them all over the world.   I have a few in stock.

 (Click on picture to get to the exclusive snuffles shop of Jan)

In 2012, Gund released a new "Exclusive Snuffles" which is only available through Jan's Bear Essentials.   The bear is beautiful and highly collectible since it is a limited edition (limited to 1500 manufactured).  He is black and measures about 13.5".   You can order it in my store or from my website.
 
(This information was pulled together from many sources including Gund's book - Images of America , Gund catalogs, Wikipedia, collectors from all over the globe and my Gund knowledge base)

Last but not least, I have bought many snuffleses from Jan and can only recommend her as a trusted source to find current and past snuffles.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Snuffles in Japan on the famous wooden bridge


The bridge picture is Kintai bridge which is located  in the Yamaguch-pref., Japan. The bridge was built in 1673. Althouth the bridge was destroyed by floods twice, it is now reconstructed. This bridge is composed of five sequential wooden arch bridges and it is a very rare structure in the world. Kitai bridge is also trying to become a world heritage of UNESCO now.

Well, since Snuffles is worldfamous, you see two little Snuffles sitting on this famous bridge.  Isn't that cool?

(Pictures and information courtesy of Sana in Japan.)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fwd: Snuffles in Hawaii

I would like to forward this email from a fellow reader of the snuffles blog.  Thanks to Jeff and his family:

We thought we would send some pictures of my son Austin's Snuffles, who came along to Hawaii with us on vacation.

We even found an Aloha shirt in his size.  Here is Snuffles on Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background.

Also a couple pictures from the Teddy Bear Museum, there was an original Snuffles in a display case!

Snuffles was doing Gangnam Style with the Psy Bear at the museum too.

Aloha!

(Pictures courtesy of Jeff and his family)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

New: three new snuffles are coming for Halloween

Expect three new little 5 inch snuffles later on this year for Halloween...

A vampire, witch and cat.

These are very cute.



(Pictures courtesy of Jan from Jansbearessentials and of Gund)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lurkie checks out Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janiero