All of us owned a Beanie Baby (or ten) when we were kids. It was one of the greatest things to play with, and the number of Beanie Babies that existed seemed endless. It all started in 1993, with the Beanie Babies called Legs the Frog and Splash the Dolphin. Their bodies could be posed because of the plastic pebbles inside. The marketing strategy is what made the inventor, H. Ty Warner, rich. He decided to make the beanie babies “retire,” and make each one rare. If you managed to score a certain Beanie Baby and keep the tag on it, you could sell it for a hefty price because it was in mint condition (Withotis).