Merrythought Introduces Paddington Classic Edition

New hand-made teddy bear is inspired by the original Paddington.

License Global

May 30, 2024

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Paddington Classic Edition, Merrythought
Paddington Classic EditionMerrythought

Britain’s oldest remaining teddy bear manufacturer has announced the newest addition to its portfolio, one that arrives with a resurgence of nostalgia.

Inspired by the original Paddington illustrations by Peggy Fortnum, Merrythought has created a teddy bear collectible depicting Britain’s beloved bear, complete with his signature red hat and blue duffle coat.

Hand-made in Merrythought’s historic factory, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ironbridge, Paddington Classic Edition combines fine natural materials with four generations of British teddy bear-making expertise.

Made from rich golden woven mohair plush, with soft cotton velvet pads, Paddington stands 12 inches tall, with expressive, hand-stitched details giving him the warm personality that the character is best known for.

Dressed in a pure woolen felted red hat and blue duffle coat with wooden toggle detailing, the Paddington bear is fully jointed to be positioned in a sitting or standing position.

“Paddington is probably the most famous British bear, so it is fitting that we bring to fans a teddy bear produced here in England by Merrythought – a true British heritage brand,” says Sarah Holmes, managing director, Merrythought. “Personally, it means a huge amount to be bringing these two British icons together and I know that my late father would be very proud to know that Paddington is joining our portfolio here at Merrythought. No doubt my great-grandfather, and founder of the company, would be delighted to see this world-famous character become part of our range of collectible teddy bears, almost 95 years after he established our unique company.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Merrythought to bring these beautiful hand-made Paddington collectible bears to all,” says Rachel Clarke, senior vice president, licensing and retail U.K., The Copyrights Group,  a Studiocanal company. “This partnership is a real celebration of Paddington’s popularity and British heritage. A perfect gift for fans of all ages.”

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