Orinoco by Steiff - 34cm


Catalogue number: 691157

Please note that Orinoco is due to begin delivery in September 2021. This is an advance order and he will be dispatched to you as soon as he arrives in stock after this time. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with us!

Creator Elizabeth Beresford took her young children for a Boxing Day walk on Wimbledon Common. While there, her young daughter Kate mispronounced Wimbledon Common as Wombledon Common and the name was born. The first story book, appropriately titled The Wombles, was published in 1968. This was followed in 1973 by a stop motion animation television series directed by Ivor Wood with narration by Bernard Cribbins. 

The Wombles formed a pop band and had a best selling album with music composed by Mike Batt. The band made a triumphant return at the famous Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

The Wombles came out of hibernation at the beginning of 2020 to spread their positive message of local environmentalism and to inspire a new generation to do more for the environment. New animated versions of these loveable scavengers can be seen on their official website and in various campaigns championing sustainability, a love of nature and the importance of community.

Orinoco is very lazy and he loves sleep and food! He is inspired by Beresford's teenage son and is named after the river in South America. Though slothful by nature, Orinoco is capable of some surprising acts of moral and physical courage.

Steiff’s interpretation of this iconic character is made from beautifully soft linen plush fabric, violan felt which is constructed from 100% biodegradable plant and wood fibres and he is filled with stuffing created from recycled PET plastic bottles. These alternative materials not only emphasise Steiff's commitment to exploring new sustainable materials and processes but also cements the very essence of the message shared by The Wombles; to recycle and reuse.

He features a gold plated 'Button in Ear' and is limited to only 973 pieces. He comes with his numbered certificate in a Steiff gift box with its original protective cardboard outer sleeve.

  • Size: 34cm / 13.75 inches
  • 3-Way Jointed (head and arms)
  • Age: 14+
  • Surface washable

Margarete Steiff GmbH is the oldest and most famous teddy bear and soft toy manufacturer in the world. Founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, the company motto is “Only the best is good enough for our children”. Credited with inventing the first teddy bear in 1902, the company is best known for its “Button in Ear” trademark.

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