Can you please help me find this Manhattan Toy Company teddy?

by Bethany
(Southampton, UK)

Manhattan Toy Company teddy

Manhattan Toy Company teddy

Manhattan Toy Company teddy
Manhattan Toy Company label

Hello all,

I’m currently trying to find a teddy bear made by the Manhattan Toy Company and bought in the early 1990s. The bear would be a replacement for an old one, who I tragically lost a few years ago and who I’ve been dying to replace ever since! I’m not really a teddy bear collector but this teddy was really quite special to me so I would love a replacement!
I know that there were a range of teddies made by the Manhattan Toy Company around the same time and that they came in a range of different sizes. I think my teddy was about 14 inches high when you put him flat. I hope the photos I’ve posted (really sorry, these are the only ones I’ve got) give you an idea of the bear. He was brown with slightly lighter paw pads for his feet and paws with black eyes and nose. He didn’t have any beans and so couldn’t stand or sit by himself! The most distinctive feature of the teddy I’m after, though, is his cute green tartan bow which he wore around his neck.
I have done a bit of research and it seems that these teddies are really quite rare, although the Manhattan Toy Company did make a range of other cuddly toys and continue to do so today. I think this teddy was bought in a shop in the UK in early 1994, although I haven’t been able to find out where exactly and for how much.
The personal history of my teddy is that he was given to me as a christening present and sat on the end of my bed until my early teens. I’m ashamed to say that I decided when I was 13 that I was now ‘too grown up for Teddy’ and banished him to my old toy box, although he frequently escaped from his box when no one else was around! My younger cousin found him about five years ago and sadly left him on the floor of my room for the dog to later pick up and ruin! Oh well, these things happen.
Would really appreciated all the help and any advice you can give. Do you recognise or have you ever seen this teddy? Any ideas as to how I should go about hunting for a replacement? The quirky yellow crown on Teddy’s label is quite distinctive so hopefully this might jog your memory!
Thanks so much,
Bethany

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