One Of A Kind Russ Fully Jointed Teddy Bear 13 Rare Russ Berrie Original Sample. Tag reads "Russ Berrie & Company inc, Oakland New Jersey" & "Original Sample Made In Korea".
Tag is sewn in half, as are all tags on original samples. This is not a manufacturing defect, it is intended. Bear is fully jointed in the legs, arms and the neck and measures about 13 with the legs straight from the top of the head to the foot. Comes with the fabric ribbon bow around the neck. "Original Sample" on a Russ Berrie tag essentially means that the item in question, that has that label or tag, is the actual item that was"sampled" before it was approved for production.
The product managers and their design teams come up with ideas and design the new item, they then send the specifications over to their vendor(s), and a first sample is produced for approval. Usually 1-3 samples would initially be provided, depending on the item. The sampling process will continue until the item meets this approval, not only on design, but on costs and sales projections etc.
ALL items that are conceptualized and sampled do not necessarily follow the same path. There are a number of possibilities. First sample(s) might be approved - NO more samples produced - Item moves to production. First sample(s) might be approved - MORE samples produced for gift shows.
First sample(s) might be REJECTED and item CANCELLED - never moved into production. Item may be sampled any number of times, shown at gift show and CANCELLED due to demand or projections. That is really the short and sweet of it. The sample tag is to confirm that it was for "sampling purposes only".This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Bears, Clothing & Accessories\Bears". The seller is "albany_sellers" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.