The jumbo stuffed animal is a soft toy that reveals more about its owner and who they are than any toy manufacturer or adult could ever hope to do. Since it's true that most people in the world are always taught to strive as big as they can (and many of them do), we're lucky there are at least a handful of individualists who visualize, design, and build in a scale that has brought us the jumbo stuffed animal. These dreamers have dared to achieve greatness by thinking even bigger than big. We should be thankful for these renegades, these pioneers if you will, who march to the beat of their own drum very frequently the drum that is a jumbo stuffed animal!
A jumbo stuffed animal is simply a celebration of all soft toys great and small. It's the real animal come to life, an evolution of stuffed animals from when the first teddy bear was designed in 1902.
Some might argue that the teddy bear might never have come to fruition had it not been for the creator Margarete Steiff's nephew Richard, who was the one that perfected the design of the bear and whose work was imitated by other manufacturers around the world.
Richard's Steiff primary role in the Steiff company was to design and develop new toy lines. A recent art school graduate in Stuttgart, Germany, he was fascinated by the possibilities of a soft toy bear from his beginnings at the company. He spent many hours trying to design one that would be attractive to children. To this end, he made numerous sketches of bears in Stuttgart Zoo, circuses and animal shows. His early models, in fact, were far too realistic, frightening rather than reassuring the young people for whom they were intended. After some trial runs bears on all fours that could be ridden or pulled and bears that stood upright on their hind legs in 1902, Richard designed a series of string-jointed movable animals which included the bear. It was the first such toy in the world.
That first Steiff teddy bear, known as Bar 55 PB (bear 22in (55cm), Plusch (plush) and Beweglich (movable)), forever changed the world of soft toys and so the jumbo stuffed animal was born albeit many years later.