Here you find information about some brands / manufacturers. Of course there are many more brands, however this is just a little selection worth mentioning in my personal opinion.
Dakin / Applause “Everybody loves to get applause“
Applause was a company that produced stuffed toys, like licensed toys from Warner Bros, Disney and Jim Henson’s Muppets. Its principal subsidiaries included Dakin and International Tropic-Cal. The Applause brand survives as part of Russ Berrie.
In the late 1995 Dakin, a well-known brand name for stuffed animals, merged with Applause, uniting two top gift industry leaders. This acquisition strengthened Applause’s generic stuffed animal business to balance out its already strong entertainment license portfolio.
The brands offer high quality materials, a lot of attention to details and superior safety standards. Dakin continues to give every one of its plush animals a personality all of its own.
Aurora There are two versions – Aurora and Classic Aurora.
Aurora is a leading supplier of affordable, high quality gift products. The company is selling its products via a wide variety of retailers including major zoos, department stores, gift chains, etc.
Aurora Classics are hand-painted with the finest German non-toxic paint, and use lock-washer eyes and noses. They are made from the newest fabrics available and individually hand groomed and inspected. This lovely collection of “European styled” toys is warmly described as a labor of love by its makers.
Aux Nations / La Pelucherie
“Its distinctive design and craftsmanship evidence the quality of an Italian product fully conforming with EU standards. Eyes and nose are secured from within. Flammeresistant fabrics are used. Siliconized, dust-free filling. Products suitable for children of all ages.”
Disney (Stores and Park)
Those plush toys are exclusively produced for the parks and stores, they are not available somewhere else. Sometimes they have really nice and unique plushies (especially the older Lion King series), however a lot of the newer products are pretty average.
Dowman Soft Touch “A truly unique range of soft toys”
All Dowman Soft Touch toys are handmade with the highest quality materials, their range is one of the most extensive collections of wildlife soft toys in the world. You will mainly find this brand in England. These plush animals look very similar to Leosco.
Douglas Cuddle Toys
Folkmanis “Handle with fun!” – World’s most famous puppets
Folkmanis® Puppets offer excellent workmanship, materials and an extraordinarily big range. The creation of the puppets follows principles such as:
The brand is quite expensive, but it’s very worth it in my opinion. The designs are very realistic, pretty details like airbrushing, etc. For example the large snow leopard I have even has paw pads made of leather. Hansa products seem to be more expensive in Germany than for example in the USA.
K&M International / Wild Republic
K&M International specializes in nature/wildlife related plush and non-plush toys and provides a wide range of interactive and innovative toys. Wild Republic products are found pretty much everywhere (for example zoo shops).
Kösen – Die Plüschtier Welt
CIOM Toys / S.O.S. / Uni-Toys / Irgel Zimmermann
NICI does not only offer plushies of all sizes, but all kind of cute merchandise for each collection, such as mugs, towels, blankets, pillows, key chains, office items, plates, etc. They are very popular as gifts.
I am not sure if that’s still correct, but I heard that Plüti also offers custom made plush animal commissions.
Attracting customers of all ages, Steiff is one of the oldest and most-known brands. Steiff does not only offer regular, nice plush animals, but is also very popular for its collectors editions (including life size studio animals and the famous old teddy bears). The brand is rather one of the more expensive ones.
WWF / Anna Club Plush
WWF offers a large collection, often featuring endangered species: Realistic looking plushies of all kinds, beanies, stuffed toys with voice or just super soft, huge over-sized animals. Every plush toy sold contributes to the well being of our planet, by helping WWF in its vital work to protect the environment and all living things. The prices of the plush animals are relatively high.
Of course there are many more brands: