Beanie Babies were introduced in 1993 by the Ty toy company. They became popular in the late 90s when Beanie Babies became both a fad and a collectible. The president of Ty, Inc., decided to stop making Beanies in 1999; however, consumers convinced him to change his mind. He continues to design new Beanie Babies to this day. Ty, Inc. also makes bears of many sizes, shapes and colors. They are high quality bears--loved and collected by people around the world.