Ty is coming out with a Beanie Baby to memorialize Cecil the lion (2002-2015). The Cecil beanie will likely hit retail stores at the end of September, for $5.99. All profits from Ty’s sales to “retailers” will be donated to Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. [source]
Cecil was a popular lion at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He was part of a pride of around 20 lions; and also part of an Oxford University “tracking” study.
Before Cecil died, he was apparently lured away from the sanctuary, illegally hunted, and shot to death by a trophy hunter. (Cecil’s remains have been confiscated.)
Inkology, Inc. has teamed up with Ty Inc. to produce ball point pens with Beanie Boo toppers. See pictures here and here. Some collectors have found the pens at Walgreens for $4.99. Others have found them at Justice for around $9.
Ty has released at least five extra-large (28-inch) Beanie Boos overseas:
Coconut monkey, #99992
Glamour leopard, #99991
Tasha leopard, #99996
Cancun, Coconut and Glamour appear to be redesigns; with new style numbers. Originally, they had embroidered eyes. Now, they have glass-like eyes. The XL Fantasia unicorn and Tasha leopard also have glass-like eyes. See picture here.