Dakin teddy bears had been around for decades. Indeed, no bear brand name illustrates the evolution of the traditional cuddly teddy bear better than these bears do.
Teddy bears: once a simple straightforward children’s toy in a basic design, these stuffed animals have become an art form and a competitive type of collectors item. The beloved Paddington was one of the early bears that really stood out from the rest, but in recent years many others have come along, full of creativity and character.
Dakin bears are among the best of the bears, designed in so many different styles that it’s difficult to describe the line in a few words. Dakin bears included belly bears, plump and squashable, shaped like a small child in sleepers that are a bit too big. There are extra large plush teddy bears like the Dakin Minky, 18 inches tall with incredibly realistic faux mink fur, and limited edition bears that commemorated an event or were sold to support a good cause. Among the Dakin teddy bears there were many personalities, all created with careful design, all endearing to the collector.
For most collectors however, it's not the value of the bear that counts, it's the huggable-ness, the warm fuzzy feeling that these charming characters bring with them. Still a favorite gift for children, Dakin bears often don't end up in the arms of a child —adults love them too and keep them safely out of harm's way so that they never look worn. And one is never enough; many a casual collector is hooked, and soon intent on acquiring Dakin teddy bears for every room in the house.
A few of the special designs, like the Artist collection bears, inspired by famous artists such as Thomas Kinkade, are more expensive and more eagerly sought after than others. The Dakin plush Thomas Kinkade bears are 14inches tall and sell for about $50.
If the internet is a good place to search for Dakins on the secondary market, it's an equally good place to research what's available in unused bears, and shop around internet retail sites to make a purchase.
With so many secure sites now doing business this way, it's never been easier to find that perfect Dakin bear, pay for it online, and then relax and let all your other bears know that a new friend is on the way.