In 1981 the Care Bears were created as an illustration for greeting cards before being produced as plush toys in 1983. Their first foray into the toy world coincided with the launch of The Care Bears television series.
The Care Bears originally consisted of ten bears of various colours, each with different symbols on their bellies. It was through the TV show, the comics, and the movies that the characteristics and personalities of each bear were on display.
Every 5 to 10 years has seen the Care Bears relaunched, introducing them to a new generation of children. Even some 35+ years later it seems that nothing will stop popularity of these cute, colourful and cuddly Care Bears – they’re now even a fixture in the pastel kawaii niche of the online tattoo community.
Updated: March 17, 2020