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Charlie Bears - You won't find a more affordable, collectable teddy bear

Updated on September 15, 2013

All About Charlie Bears

Everything you could want to know about the lovely Charlie Bears and Isabelle Collection bears and animals.


Find out where the bears come from & the materials used in their creation, and how they're growing fast in popularity. Vote for your favourite bear from my top ten, browse retired bears available for sale on ebay and discover other resources where you can indulge your passion for the gorgeous 'bears with personality'.


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A Little History of Charlie Bears

Charlie Bears were established in 2005 in North Yorkshire, before moving down to Cornwall in the South of England. Owned and run by husband and wife team Charlie and William Morris. Their aim was to have continually changing ranges of affordable teddy bears by artist designers from all around the world, and that's just what they did! Past and current Charlie Bears teddy bear artists include Isabelle Lee from Korea, Australian Lisa Rosenbaum and Kiwi Heather Lyell.

Each year four new collections have been launched - two in the Spring and two in the Autumn. The Charlie Bears collection comprises plush teddies and animals and the Isabelle Collection has limited edition bears made from the finest mohair and alpaca.

Occasionally extra, even more exclusive ranges are released, such as 'Show Specials' characters which are only available to official Charlie Bears stockists who attend the Spring Fair at the Birmingham NEC, where Charlie Bears were first unveiled in 2006. Other special collections include limited edition mohair bears that are only for members of the Charlie Bears Best Friends Club.

Charlie Bears have even created special teddy bears for their retailers including Bronte, Brook and Little D for QVC, the television shopping channel, Ollie for Danbury Mint and Goldie for Golden Valley Bears.

In December 2009 the first Charlie Bears 'Year Bear' was launched - a lovely plush bear with mohair nose and inner ears, named Charlie 2009 after Charlie Morris herself!

The First Charlie Bears Collections 2006

Spring 2006

Beau

Benjamin

Georgie

Harry

Jack

Jake

Kai

Maximilliam

Samuel

Thomas

Timothy

Toby

Autumn 2006

Alfie

Bartholomew

Chi Chi

Connor

Daniel

Dylan

Edward

Ethan

Humphrey

Jack Golly

Jill Golly

Joseph

Joshua

Jude

Little Billy

Mia

Mr Bumbles

Mrs Bumbles

Mr Button

Mrs Button

Olivier

Tyler

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More about Charlie Bears...

  • Frankie's Bunny is the only non-jointed Charlie Bears toy
  • A Charlie Bear has appeared on Bruce Forsyth's famous conveyor belt on TV's Generation Game...a Cuddly Toy!!!
  • Arctophilia means collecting teddy bears - so a teddy bear collector is an arctophile! It comes from Greek words meaning 'bear' and 'affection'
  • Charlie Bears range in size from the tiny 7.5 inch Pansy and friends, to the gigantic 6 foot tall Digby, Wellington, Odin and Nelson!
  • Mohair is a soft, natural fibre sheared from Angora Goats
  • Charlie Bears are now officially sold in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and now, Australia.
  • Frankie's Bunny is a celebrity amongst Charlie Bears having appeared in the British film 'Three and Out' in 2008

Charlie Bears & Isabelle Collections 2007

Charlie Bears Spring 2007

Luke

Harriet

Tamsin

Bamboo

Boo Boo

James

Seb

Freddy

Louis

Olly

Bronte

Maisie

Lou Lou

Jacob

Emily

Charlie Bears Autumn 2007

Sammi-Jo

Kyle

Jessica

Ryan

Jamie

Scarlet

Poppy

Owen

Oscar

Big Fred

Olivia

Megan

Liam

Anan

Lewis

Leo

Jonty

Jamie

Harvey

Fred and Ginger

Finley

Chloe

Lily

Cameron

Callum

Branwell

Jasper

Barnaby

Bailey

Archie

Andrew

Isabelle Collection Autumn 2007

Murphy

Alpha

Harrison

Love Angel

Marina

Michelle

Bruno

Dylan

Saimon

Casey

Abel

Henry

Teresa

Coco and Baby

Sommerwind

Dennis

Willy

Faith Angel

Allen

Georgia

Cinnamon

Neo, Barbara and Runa

Niki

Ruth

Logan

Roo

Springkle

What's So Special About Bears With Personality?

Well that's one thing for a start...they each have their own, individual personality! Whichever Charlie Bears teddy bear artist a bear is designed by, Charlie herself will check and double check the design to make sure the bear feels good, cuddles well and has the right personality. Charlie has a passion for bear's bottoms and feet so you will see lots of well-rounded bottoms and delightfully-detailed feet & pads!

All Charlie Bears and Isabelle Collection are five-way jointed like traditional teddy bears. This means that their arms, legs and head all move with special joints. While some bears are firm and can be posed and even stand alone, others have 'wobble joints' making them very cuddly; when you hold them they snuggle in and look up at you with lots of love in their eyes!

Charlie and William name each of the bears themselves, but they listen to all of the suggestions that teddy bear collectors send to them. Big Dave is a great big teddy bear who stand nearly 2 and a half feet tall; he was named after Charlie received a letter from a Charlie Bears fan all about her wonderful husband called Big Dave. Now he's immortalised as a lovely large bear! Ade too was named after a collector's husband who needed a bear of his own. Other bears are named after collectors (like 'Debbie') or teddy bear shop owners and there are now two Williams - William and William II (the second) after Charlie's own husband.

Charlie Bears & Isabelle Collections 2008

Charlie Bears Spring 2008

Angus

Purdy

Kiera

Brook

Jo Jo

Christopher

Erin

Matthew

Kelsey

Gemma

Hershey

Romeo

Isabelle

Jai Jai

Biddles

Ronnie

Josie

William

Katie

Fletcher

Bramble

Lucas

Drew

Selwyn

Lucy

Waldo

Tabitha

Sophie

Jack Jr

Pippin

Anna

Richard

Jordan

Grayson

Rosie

Sam

Nathan

Slothy Joe

Jorja

Tetley

Willow

Charlie Bears Autumn 2008

Jimmy

Marty

Bernie

Daisy

Macy

Freya

Pip

Holly

Jen

Jeremy

Benji

Jodie

Ellie May

Blake

Primrose

Josh

Woody

Dexter

Emma

Kirsten

Leia

Corey

Maddison

Jed

Edmund

Big Dave

Phoebe

Ewan

Joey

Ross

Scooter

Isabelle Collection Spring 2008

Chrissie

Amy

Bertie

Bunty

Cookie

Monty

Crystal

Amelia

Zippy

Polina

Ruby

Ellie

Zac

Evie

Humphrey

Ralph

Li Li

Amber

Liquorice

Mollie

Chocolate Muffin

Petra

Rhea

Tarquin

Dion

Toby

Victoria

Zara

Isabelle Collection Autumn 2008

Mr Widget

Daja

Fenton

Patch

Finn

Giles

Simba

Tiramisu

Hartley

Jeeves

Tamara

Maurice

Easton

Miming

Betsy

Fudge

Nico

Taco

Tinkerbell

Pierre

Fergus

Poem

Rolo

Grace

Sara

Talia

Tutti Frutti

Justin

Kylie

Maggie

Cuddles for Everybody!

One of the best things about Charlie Bears is the fact that there are many affordable teddies - and lots to save up for too! Prices start at just over 20 pounds and go right up to £1499 for a life-size 6 foot tall bear. But there are plenty of bears to choose from that could be bought with saved-up pocket money.

Then there's the Isabelle Collection - these bears are a little more expensive for two good reasons. First of all they are all made from either mohair or from alpaca. These natural materials are dearer to purchase than man-made plush, and more difficult to work with so the bears take longer to make.

Secondly all of the Isabelle Collection teddy bears and animals are strictly limited editions so they are rare as soon as they are released to the public. There are some Isabelle Collection teddies limited to as few as 150 worldwide. This makes them highly sought after and very collectable bears indeed. Sometimes it doesn't even take a photograph for collectors to start scrambling for a particular bear - just a description!

Charlie Bears and special Isabelle Collection teddies make great gifts for people of all ages. Whether it's a present for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, graduation or Mother's Day and for a youngster or a grown-up a Charlie Bear makes a lovely surprise that will be treasured. Anyone who likes a cuddle will love a Charlie Bear!

Charlie Bears & Isabelle Collections 2009

Charlie Bears Spring 2009

Alice

Big Dav

Charlie 2009

Courtney

Daisy

Debbie

Dexter

Ellis

Reece

Felix

Paige

Gabriel

Alfie

Hannah

Ade

Alanna

Harley

Ashton

Bo Bo

Bradley

Joe

Morgan

Diesel

Noah

Digby

Corey

Elliot

Harvey

Matilda

Imogen

Tiff Toff

Isaac

James

Jasmine

Niamh

Jay

Reggie

Johnny

Joy

Frankie

Kit

Kojak

Emma

Evie

Honey

Liane

Martha

Sid

Talitha

Mason

Nelson

Odin

Gracie

Wellington

Peter

Ruby

Samara

Theo

Wallace

Isabelle Collection Spring 2009

Morag

Cheesecake

Bluebell

Fern

Poppie

Pansy

Bonbon

Crispin

Doodle

Little Rascal

Little Tinker

Spangles

Lola

McKenzie

Milo

Ginger Nut

Digger

Binks

Mr Pickles

Mr Tubbs

Caramel

Pippa

Prescious

Sally

Wibble

Shadow

Toggle

Horrace

Jackson

Mortimer

Jet

Kendal

Shadow

Pippa

Wookey

Chocolate Pudding

Casper

Doughnut

Gizmo

Damson

Humbug

Show Specials 2009

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Bluberry MuffinDukeMikeyRipleySymphonyBrie and CamembertFlashMr Humphries and PumpkinSnowballWilliam II
Bluberry Muffin
Bluberry Muffin
Duke
Duke
Mikey
Mikey
Ripley
Ripley
Symphony
Symphony
Brie and Camembert
Brie and Camembert
Flash
Flash
Mr Humphries and Pumpkin
Mr Humphries and Pumpkin
Snowball
Snowball
William II
William II

Top Ten Isabelle Collection - Vote for your favourite Isabelle Collection Bears and animals from my top ten

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Collector's Items or Commodities?

Charlie Bears are the fastest growing teddy bear collection worldwide right now. Orders this year are three times what they were at the same time last year.

A couple of times a year Charlie and William appear on QVC, the shopping television channel with a selection of the current teddy bear ranges. Rarely are there any bears that don't sell out during the day that they are featured and often they are sold out within minutes!

Every time the bears have a day out at QVC more people find out about them - after the last appearance the members of the 'I Love Charlie Bears' group on Facebook increased 6 fold!

If you look at how often Charlie Bears are searched for online you might not be surprised to find out that the volume of searches is increasing even faster than searches for Steiff Bears! The graph below shows the trend for searches for 'charlie bears' and for 'steiff bears' and you can see that while Steiff Bears shows a gradual reduction in searches, Charlie Bears is steadily increasing!

And you only need to take a quick look on ebay to see that 'retired' Charlie Bears (that are no longer being made and are sold out at all retailers) are selling for amazing prices. In August 2009 Cheesecake teddy bear from the Spring 2009 Isabelle Collection sold on ebay for £300 after an original recommended retail price of £110!. Blueberry Muffin is the latest highly-sought-after mohair bear, currently for sale on ebay from around £255 - more than double the stockist's price. It's rather sad but it seems that these teddy bears are fast becoming a commodity for profiteering out of collector's passions.

Charlie Bears and Steiff Bears Web Searches - Comparing the change in search volumes for Charlie Bears and Steiff Bears

Autumn 2009 Collections Coming Soon...

On the 1st of September 2009 the brand new Autumn 2009 Charlie Bears and Isabelle Collection will be revealed to the eager public. Charlie Bears stockists have already had an opportunity to meet the new bears and place their orders, but they are sworn to secrecy!

My guess is that Charlie Bears collectors and fans can expect another great mixture of traditional, colourful and character-filled teddy bears and animals. There will be a full range of Isabelle Collection mohair bears and lots of gorgeous plush Charlie Bears. I think there will be some surprises as well - previous collections have included an elephant, cats, dogs and some rabbits - what animals will there be this time?!

As you now know, demand will be sky high so it will be important for fans to make fast decisions and get their desired bears ordered, bought or laid-away as soon as possible.

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      Adam 16 months ago

      KATE BEAR NEEDED PLEASE!!!

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      LucyBear 4 years ago

      @anonymous: James is a tricky one to track down. Try asking on the Facebook group 'I Love Charlie Bears'. Maybe someone would like to sell you their James for the right price!

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      LucyBear 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Dexter sometimes comes up for sale on ebay - keep your eyes peeled!

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      LucyBear 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kerry,

      I'd suggest the same as for the commentor above - join the Facebook group 'I Love Charlie Bears' and see if the bear detectives there can help you!

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      LucyBear 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not sure I'm afraid - there haven't been any sold on eBay. You could try asking on the I Love Charlie Bears facebook group - that's where all of the Charlie Bears experts hang out!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi could anyone tell me the going rate for Harrison?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, I would love to purchase a Charlie Bear Humphrey, but have really been struggling to find one, can anyone help?

      Many thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi

      i would really like to purchase a charlie bear James (plush) i have £100 pound

      ca any one help?

      Regards

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      does anyone know where I can get Dexter my grandson is named Dexter so Iwould love to purchase one

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can anybody help me find the adorable bear Jimmy.. The name means so much to me!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, please can anyone help me track down and buy Zara bear from this collection? It would make a special little girl very happy :-)

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      LucyBear 5 years ago

      Yes that's a good point. Charlie and Will met when Charlie was working in a bear shop in Leeds and they started the company there. I will update the lens. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think you shoukd watch Charlie on QVC she tells you they started in Leeds not the South

      I have first collection bears with a West Yorkshire tush tag. she started in the White Rose Centre

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of the unique types of collectible teddy bear for adults is called the soy dipped bear. Enterprising crafters dip teddy bears found at thrift stores and consignment shops into scented candle wax to create a decorative display object. The scent of a soy dipped wax teddy bear will last for several months, making a beautiful yet highly functional air freshener. teddy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well im a huge fan of charlie bear, i love bears in general so these bears are great, my fav charlie bear is Charlie 2005/06 he`s a proper bear, my fave Isabelle bear is Smithy i love him to bits. on my wish lish is Nico & Taco two which i missed and don't think i will get now. but ive many which sit in a glass case, every now and then i get them out and give them a hug.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      MATTHEW BEAR , EMILY BEAR NEEDED .

      I USED TO COLLECT DEANS BEARS , THEN I WAS GIVEN A CHARLIE BEAR AND WAS HOOKED, AND THEY ARE LOVELY PEOPLE CHARLIE AND WILL .

      My favourite bear , that's too hard love them all ......

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      Kathy Eickenberg 7 years ago

      This is a really great lens on these bears. Very easy to see why you like them so much.:) They have adorable faces. :) You've really put a lot of time and effort into making this lens and it shows. Very, very well done. :) Gave it a 5 and favorited it. :):)