Care bears have been with us since the early 1980's and were originally created by a greetings card company in America to adorn a range of cards.
They are aimed at babies and very young children and are designed to teach children about good and evil, kindness and caring and other early life lessons.
There appearance is much stylised and not at all based on the traditional teddy bear look. They are brightly coloured and have different symbols on their tummies to signify their name and special power.
Over the years the care bears have been extremely popular and have sold millions of dollars worth of goods ranging from soft toys to books and DVDs. They have also appeared on their own television shows and several big screen movies all of which has propelled the bears to celebrity status amongst the very young amongst them.
These happy characters have been with us for over thirty years and during that time not only have new bear characters been added, their design has changed and the range of products have grown.
The bears have gone through several re-launches and so as a collector there are many areas to choose from for your collection.
Many of the bears can be found on Ebay for sale. Simply click on the name of the bear you are interested below to find them for sale.
The original ten care bears to launch in 1982 were:
Bedtime Bear aqua blue sleeping crescent moon/ yellow star
Birthday Bear golden yellow cupcake with a candle
Cheer Bear light pink a rainbow
Friend Bear peach two intertwined smiling flowers
Funshine Bear yellow smiling sun.
Good Luck Bear deep green four leaf clover/ heart-shaped petals
Grumpy Bear dusty blue raincloud / raindrops and hearts
Love-a-Lot Bear red heart and a pink heart
Wish Bear light teal smiling shooting star on a gold rainbow
A further fifteen care bears were added during the 80's and 90's
Baby Hugs Bear baby pink smiling Star / a pink heart-shaped box
Baby Tugs Bear baby blue smiling Star inside a baby blue diaper cloth
Champ Bear royal
blue gold trophy / red star (formerly a red
(originally chrome yellow)
Daydream Bear blue-violet pink heart-shaped
(originally pink) (originally two heart-shaped balloons)
Forest Friend Bear brown bear and rabbit hugging
Grams Bear gray pink rose with a yellow bow.
Harmony Bear violet colored notes, since 2004 smiling flower
I Love You Bear yellow small heart
also available in light pink.
Perfect Panda black and white gold star with a ribbon
Polite Panda black and white pink rose with a ribbon
Sea Friend Bear sea blue ocean wave with a sun smiling over it
Secret Bear magenta red heart-shaped padlock
Share Bear purple pink
heart-sprinkled ice cream soda
(later two heart-shaped lollipops)
Surprise Bear deep
purple colorful heart stamped
Take Care Bear pale pink purple smiling heart holding a smiling star
True Heart Bear pastel yellow multi-colored star from a central heart
Since then another twenty five care bears have appeared, although some only briefly within films and on TV.
America Cares Bear white red, white, and blue shooting star
Bashful Heart Bear turquoise heart hiding behind a rainbow cloud
Best Friend Bear violet smiling heart /a smiling star
Do Your Best Bear lime green colorful kite
Laugh-a-Lot Bear orange laughing yellow star
Smart Heart Bear watermelon red apple with a heart twinkle
Thanks-a-Lot Bear dark teal shooting star /red heart to a rainbow tail
Hopeful Heart Bear light fuscha heart with rainbow
All My Heart Bear red red and white heart
Amigo Bear red-orange aztec-style spiral sun / hearts
Heartsong Bear blue rainbow colored musical note / hearts
Play-a-Lot Bear light blue violet bouncing ball with a heart on it
Shine Bright Bear fuchsia sunrise inside a violet heart
Superstar Bear lemon yellow orange star with a heart inside
Work of Heart Bear multi-colored yellow heart-shaped artist's palette
Sweet Dreams Bear light purple pink sleeping moon on a cloud
Always There Bear forest pink two smiling pink and lavender hearts
Oopsy Bear yellow-green does not have a tummy symbol
Pink Power Bear baby pink pink ribbon
Sweet Sakura Bear light pink pink cherry blossom /a red heart
Great Giving Bear red heart coming out of a present box
Me Bear lilac pink smiling heart-shaped hand mirror
Messy Bear periwinkle a silly-faced whirlwind
Too Loud Bear coral a yellow bullhorn (with a red heart)
First launched 1982
Care bear cousins launched in 1984
1985 first movie "The Care Bears Movie"
1986 second movie " A New Generation"
During this early period the bears proved to be very popular with over 40 million soft toy Bears sold.
1991 the bears were re-launched for the first time
2003 another re-launch to celebrate their 20th anniversary year. The design of the bears were changed slightly at this time
2005 the "Big Wish Movie" was released
2007 another re-launch with the movie "Oopsy Does It" and a new Tv series. also another bear redesign.
2009 saw the bears take on a new direct and new powers with redesigned belly badges.
The bears continue to be popular and new products are continually being produced.
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