Pooh's Blue Balloon

As many collectors know, we began producing editions based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books in 1985 with the introduction of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Over the years, many of the other characters from the Hundred Acre Wood were also made in limited editions. The Pooh editions bridged the gap between doll and bear collectors and became one of our most popular series. In 1999, we ceased making Disney-licensed products - including Pooh - to devote more time to the emerging Beatrix Potter collection, as well as Paddington Bear, The Little Prince, and other beloved characters from children's literature.

Four years later, in 2003, we announced that we would once again be producing Pooh - this time as an exclusive edition for our fans in Japan. Titled "Pooh's Blue Balloon", this rendition was fully jointed and measured 9" tall standing. This is the only RJW Pooh made in this particular size and material. Constructed of the finest custom mohair/wool plush, Pooh had a molded head, hand-embroidered features, glass eyes, and the trademark shirt made of felt and cotton. In one paw, Pooh held an all-felt molded balloon which he hoped the bees would be fooled into thinking he's invisible as he floats up to their honey tree.

Pooh's Blue Balloon was produced in a small edition of just 500 pieces. He is difficlt to find now as all were shipped to Japan for sale and distribution and many collectors are unaware of this edition. Each bear came enclosed in a custom gift box along with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.

©Disney. Based on the "Winnie-the-Pooh" works. ©A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.

DIRECT PURCHASE: The Pooh's Blue Balloon offered here is a rare un-numbered sample and comes directly from R. John Wright Archives in pristine as-new condition in the original presentation box with the E. H. Shepard illustration in gold foil on the lid. The purchase price of $950.00 includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, please contact the RJW office.]

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