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Gund Teddy Bears

Adolph Gund founded the Gund Manufacturing Company in 1898, at first producing toys and other novelties; however, the company soon began producing innovative stuffed soft products by the means of patents for mechanized stuffed toys. The company continues its original goal to produce quality plush products that reflect trends and culture. Over the years, Gund, the oldest manufacturer of soft toys, has produced barking dogs, ride-ons, teddy bears, dolls with war bond themes, cartoon licensed plush animals, Ugly Dolls, and Grumpy Cats.

What are some of the types of Gund stuffed products?

The company makes many types of plush animals. The bulk of its merchandise is soft, stuffed toys with no music or animation, but the brand also offers plush toys with animation, speech, and music as well as blankets, dolls, and baby rattles.

  • Soft plush: Gund is known for its plush products. These can be teddy bears, bunnies, dogs, polar bears, and many other stuffed types.
  • Animated plush: Animated plush offers a lot of fun for a baby with soft toys that move, sing, or recite.
  • Musical: Musical items offer soothing melodies.
  • Rattles: These help keep a baby amused.
  • Dolls: Soft dolls are the perfect companion for a baby.
  • Jumbo plush: These oversized plush animals range in size from 20 to 34 inches.
  • Characters: Gund has had many licensing agreements over the years to produce Disney, Ugly, Sesame Street, Beatrix Potter, and Pusheen characters.
  • Holiday: Holiday celebrations can be commemorated with these charming holiday bears.
What are some of the enduring stuffed plush items?

Gund has produced many soft products since the company first began. Several patents introduced merchandise that was animated in the early years of the company. Later innovations changed the look and feel of the animals to more soft and cuddly appearances.

  • Ride-on duck: The ride-on duck was one of the first products at the company to incorporate its patented mechanism for movement
  • Barking dog: The barking dog was made with one of the patents in the early 1900s.
  • Pull dogs: All types of toys were mechanized and also rolled on wheels due to patents from Gund in the early 1900s.
  • War bond dolls: During World War II, the company produced war bond dolls in order to promote the purchase of bonds to finance the war efforts.
  • Panda bears: Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing were two pandas given to the United States in 1972, and the company commemorated this event with the production of these soft bears.
  • Teddy bears: Some of the first teddy bears were produced by Gund.
  • Cartoon characters: Licensing agreements between Disney and Gund promoted the production of famous Disney characters.
  • Grumpy Cat: The famous cat became a part of the company's product line.
  • Snuffles: Snuffles was first produced in 1981.
What are some Gund collectibles?

There are many sought-after Gund plush animals that hail from both the early days of the company and from more contemporary collections. The Signature Series signed by Rita Raiffe, Muttsy, Snuffles, Canterbury Bears, Cubbi, Gotta Get a Gund Bear, Winnie the Pooh 75th anniversary edition, Gund Mohair, and Barton's Creek are all collectibles.

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