Nosy Bears

"Squeeze their tummies! Watch their funny noses!"

Nosy Bears were produced by Playskool/Those Characters from Cleveland/Hasbro from 1987 to the early 1990's. They were plush teddies (plus a few bunnies) with plastic globes on their noses. When their bellies were squeezed various items in their noses would move about from the air pumped in. The smaller Shaker Nosy Bears and Nosy Bunnies had snowglobe type noses which were filled with a liquid. There were also a few accessories made to go along side the series.

They were sold in the US, UK and various parts of Europe, with slightly varying names:

  • US/UK - Nosy Bears
  • Canada - Popinours
  • France - Nosynours

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"Here come those colourful little creatures called Nosy Bears! Each Nosy Bear has a special way of putting a smile on everyone’s face! All they need is you to share in their fun! Just squeeze their tummies and watch their noses go crazy with excitement! Nosy Bears are so adorable that once you've squeezed one, you'll want to squeeze them all! Make friends with a Nosy Bear today and share the fun! "

"Colourful, loveable bears share laughter and fun with everyone!"

There were twelve Nosy Bears produced, which were 11 inches high.

  • Chexter - Checkered background with inflating pink balloon
  • Dizzy - Spinning pink & white spiral
  • Flybye - Loose butterfly
Chexter Dizzy FlyBye

  • Funsy - Balloons background with inflating red balloon
  • Gumlet - Loose gumballs with raised bowl to put them in
  • Guppy - Ocean foreground with spinning dolphin behind
Funsy Gumlet Guppy

  • Hotrod - Spinning racing car and bridge in foreground
  • Popper - Loose popcorn with raised carton to put them in
  • Rumpus - Basketball and net to get it in
Hotrod Popper Rumpus

  • Snowplay - Loose snow and raised snowman
  • Surprise - Opening "Jack-in-the-Box"
  • Twinkle - Loose glittery stars and raised Saturn planet
Snowplay Surprise Twinkle


This style packaging is marked "Playskool" on the front. It is the same as used for Popinours. It was used in the US and Canada (I believe).

This style packaging is marked "Hasbro" on the front. It is the same as used for Nosynours. It has the UK English spelling of "colourful", so believe this style packaging was used in the UK (and France).

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