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Beanie Babies are a line of stuffed animals made by Ty Warner Inc. in 1991. Each toy was stuffed with plastic pellets, which gave them more flexibility. In 1993, nine original Beanie Babies were launched, including a pig, a moose, and a platypus. By the mid-'90s, there was a national craze over Beanie Babies, and Ty intentionally produced limited quantities of the toys. As the toys were systematically retired, people began collecting and selling them; at the height of their popularity, some Beanies were flipped at 1000% on eBay. Ty stopped producing the toys in 1999, but public pressure caused them to resume their production in 2000.