Are Beanie Boos And Beanie Babies The Same?

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If you are lucky enough to have seen the Ty phenomenon of the 1990s, you will likely be very familiar with the Beanie Baby. Small, understuffed, and adorably floppy, no lap or bedroom was complete without them. Their more recent successor, the Beanie Boos, on the other hand, are very different and yet remain popular with a whole new generation! So, are Beanie Boos and Beanie Babies the same – and if not, how do they differ?

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Are Beanie Boos And Beanie Babies The Same?


Beanie Boos And Beanie Babies

Are all Ty Beanie toys the same?

Put most simply, no.

Over the years, Ty has released a range of Beanie toys, including the:

  • Beanie Babies
  • Beanie Boos
  • Beanie Bellies
  • Squishy Beanies
  • Beanie Balls

All of which have a very distinct appearance, despite coming from the same designer and manufacturer.

This means each specific Beanie is likely to speak to and be more exciting for a different variety of shopper – getting Beanies into homes around the world with ease.

Differences In Beanie Toy Designs

The main differences between each Ty iteration can be summed up by their character design, filling level, and size.

Character Design

Beanie Babies, both the originals and the 2.0 range, were designed to be gentle companions or loving gifts – and their design reflected this.

Although still colourful and full of personality, Ty Beanie Babies’ colours were more muted and felt calmer overall, with their soulful black button eyes.

Beanie Boos, on the other hand, are often a riot of fabrics and colours, making them more overstated and exciting.

Add to this the inclusion of overly-large sparkling eyes – the Beanie Boos are guaranteed to make your friends and family gasp noisily with delight.

Filling Levels

Ty Beanie Babies were designed by creator H. Ty Warner, to be floppy and cuddly characters.

Their longer, softer bodies were deliberately underfilled with Ty’s plastic pellets or beans for increased posing potential and extra comfort, as they appeared to loll or collapse lovingly into the arms of their collector.

The Beanie Boos, on the other hand, are much sturdier and are well-filled with a mix of Ty pellets and fluff, so they appear to sit or stand and look up to you.

While still infinitely huggable, their comparable rigidity seems better designed for play and adventures than their Beanie Baby counterparts.


Beanie Babies come in 3 distinct sizes:

  • Regular – 8″ (around 20cm)
  • Medium – 13″ (around 33cm)
  • Large – 16″ (around 40cm)

With the most recognisable being the 8” characters.

Beanie Boos, on the other hand, come in 4 size options:

  • Key rings or clips – 8cm
  • Regular – 15.5cm
  • Medium – 23cm
  • Large – 40cm

With the most common also being the regular or medium-sized characters. 

Ty Toys For All

No matter if your heart lies with the original Beanie Babies from your past, or you’ve embraced the new and adorable Beanie Boos – you have plenty to choose from.

Because it seems that Ty plushies and soft toys are here to stay – and we couldn’t be happier!

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