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Spring 1996

Everthing you need to know about Muffy.
Muffy Wishlist
Muffy History
Muffy VanderBear Club

VanderBear Family
We have published a history of the VanderBear Family.

Very Important Bears
Did you know that the VIBs have been around longer than Muffy! Learn all about these fascinating bears.
VIB History
Retired Photo Album
Recent Photos

Price Guides
Muffy Guide
VIB Guide
North American Bear

Muffy History
"Life is One Big Dress Up"

Muffy VanderBear

In the spring of 1984, Muffy VanderBear came to life as the fifth and littlest (7" tall) member of the VanderBear Family, which includes papa Cornelius (20" tall), mamma Alice (18"tall), twin brother and sister, Fuzzy and Fluffy (both (12" tall). Like the rest of her family, Muffy has rich golden plush fur, felt pawpads, a fully-jointed body and a hand stitched nose. Because papa Cornelius firmly believes that "clothes make the bear," Muffy and her family are always sure to be appropriately dressed for every occasion. Muffy first appeared in a delicate white Christening gown, hardly knowing that many outfits and collections would later be created for her.

Particularly fond of adventure, celebrations and world travel, the VanderBears always go in style. Their "All Paws on Deck" outfits are inspired by summery nautical garb while their "A Taste O' Honey Collection" recalls the pleasure and tradition of fun family activities. Warm holiday spirits are evoked by Norwegian customs in "The North Pole Collection". Other collections have been created around themes as varied as the "Wild West and "English High Tea". All of their outfits are designed with a unique mix of gentle humor, creativity and attention to historical detail. New collections are introduced each season while some of the earlier collections are retired. Collections are available dressed on the bears or the outfits can be purchased separately.

Though she shares many collections with her family, Muffy has an array of imaginative, whimsical outfits and accessories, made especially for her. Muffy outfits can range from a boxed limited editions which are beautiful Muffy fantasies, while other outfits are well-suited to imaginative play in which Muffy shares her activities and hobbies with you. Many collections include artful accessories like wooden furniture, watches, stationary and figurines. Muffy also loves dressing up and playing with her friends' especially Oatsie the pony and Hoppy VanderHare (Muffy's "bosom bunny).

Muffy's charm and love for dressing up have made her a bit of a celebrity, leading to the creation of the international Muffy VanderBear Fan Club. Some of Muffy's most dramatic outfits are found in the club exclusive limited editions. The past Muffy Butterfly and Muffy Rose were exquisite collectibles. Her latest fantasy is Princess Muffy and the Pea. Wearing a beautiful nightgown, she is accompanied by a bed complete with a stack of mattresses and the dastardly pea. She truly gives charm to the classic storybook role. Muffy's fan club publishes a newsletter, "Muffy Fanfare", to keep her fans updated on the latest developments.

New outfits, accessories and collections are always on the way from North American Bear, and are sure to delight bear lovers, collectors and (of course) Muffy and the VanderBears for years to come.

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