Of course Wednesday Addams played with the oldest stuffed toys in the world

Steiff toys like Eric the Bat have been valued as high as $20,000.

In the opening scene of The Addams Family episode "Thing Is Missing," Wednesday Addams plays with a toy that comes from a toymaker who collectors today consider the creator of the most popular antique stuffed animals of all time.

The toy Wednesday holds is called Eric the Bat, a stuffed animal created by a toy company called Steiff, which is credited with inventing stuffed animals.

Considered the oldest stuffed animals in the world, Steiff toys were first created in 1880 when a seamstress used felt to make a pin cushion and her nephew took a liking to the stuffed blob as a toy.

Soon, the seamstress was creating toys that she sold at craft fairs throughout Germany, and those toys became so popular, she started the Steiff company officially in 1893.

Today, Steiff toys are considered the most valuable and desirable of all the vintage stuffed animals you can find in antique stores all over the country.

Although Steiff toys started as pin cushions, they soon grew into a zoo of stuffed animals, including elephants, tigers and giraffes, but most popular of which was the teddy bear.

Steiff’s teddy bear was quite possibly the first teddy bear conceived, although that fact is hotly disputed.

Kids would cuddle Steiff toys as small as an inch high or enormously life-sized.

In 1989, the News-Journal reported that Steiff toys sold at auction for as much as $20,000.

If you go looking for Eric the Bat on auction sites today, you’re likely to shuck out a couple hundred bucks.

Eric the Bat toys were sold in the 1950s and 1960s, so it makes sense how one ended up in Wednesday Addams’ arms onscreen.

Although the episode is filmed in black and white, auction photos show that the stuffed bat toy is brown, with perky ears, a black round nose and wings draped off his arms in a perpetual Dracula pose.

It may have been the perfect choice of toy for Wednesday Addams, but according to the head of Steiff in 1966, Eric the Bat was not a popular toy with most other kids, and that’s why Steiff stopped making the toy bat.

"Eric the Bat was funny but nobody bought," Hans-Otto Steiff told The Alternative Press in 1968.

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LoveMETV22 26 months ago
I don't see the sense of multiple user names, or changing usernames, but to each their own.
Has either of those users made comments to the screenname your using currently?
cantorpennerandpeeweefan 26 months ago
The Addams Family Meet The Munsters would have made a great
Movie if it had been filmed in the
1960s .
CarolWeaver 26 months ago
Interesting. As a Steiff collector, I appreciate seeing this so much! I have an Eric the Bat. Thanks for sharing!

CouchPotato19 26 months ago
So the Steiff took a completely different direction than the Beanie Babies, I see.
CouchPotato19 26 months ago
Hmmmm. I gave away a bunch of those to charity years ago. My godparents were German and brought them for us when I was a kid. When I was a little older my pet poodle, Charlie, chewed them all up! Ears, missing, tails hanging off, eyes missing. I figured they could get them repaired because I'd heard of that being done with Steiff toys and I sure didn't have the money to get them all repaired. Probably gave away a fortune! Oh well. 😅
WGH CouchPotato19 25 months ago
I doubt that the damaged animals had any real value. Collectors want them in original condition.
vinman63 26 months ago
I had a stuffed bear he even had a name tag. His name was Barney gave him to my daughter, he’s been AWOL ever since.
Runeshaper 26 months ago
Now I want an Eric the Bat!
CouchPotato19 Runeshaper 26 months ago
It's very cute..........for a bat!
Pacificsun 26 months ago
Interesting story! Thanks MeTV Staff!
harlow1313 26 months ago
Frankly, I am partial to Edward Wolfgang Munster's Wolf-Wolf.
madvincent harlow1313 26 months ago
I knew a girl that looked like wolf wolf
Yes that was her nick name
daDoctah 26 months ago
It was only later that Monty Python offered Eric the Half a Bat.
BrittReid 26 months ago
Nothing beats her 'Marie Antoinette' doll.
vinman63 BrittReid 26 months ago
Wednsday also had Red Riding Hood decapitated.
CouchPotato19 BrittReid 26 months ago
Except the guillotine!
LoveMETV22 26 months ago
Happy two two Tuesday. 2/22/22. If you Google 2/22/22 you should get:
A confetti "HAPPY TwosDay 2 YOU!" greeting.
madvincent LoveMETV22 26 months ago
Two for Tuesday at the bar.........
LoveMETV22 26 months ago
Some of the rarest and highly collectible Steiff Stuffed Animals fetch a hefty price.
According to The Guinness Book of World Records a
"Steiff and Louis Vuitton Bear" sold in 2000 for $182,550.
On the Steiff USA page they sell a collectible
2021 "Gretle" Teddy Bear for $2,250.00, but they do have a number of stuffed animals for under $50.00.
MrsPhilHarris LoveMETV22 26 months ago
I have a small bear. I loved him to death. He only has one eye and is almost completely bald. 🐻
kkvegas MrsPhilHarris 26 months ago
I'm almost 60, and I still have the Steiff mohair teddy bear that I got for my first birthday. He still looks great, but his growler doesn't work very well anymore.
MrsPhilHarris kkvegas 26 months ago
Ooooo lucky. Mine was silent.
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