Homer on the Plate is one of my favorite Boyds Bears figurines.
I spotted this little guy in Kathy John’s, a local diner/gift shop, just sitting on a shelf… calling to me…
The little boy bear in his tattered cream and red #5 baseball outfit… all worn out, sitting back with his hands behind him, his shirt sticking out of his pants with his bat resting on his leg and ball by his foot. How could anyone not just want to pick him up and bring him home?
This cutie was released in 1995 by Boyds Bears and retired in 1999. Mine is the 39th edition, piece # 989... Not really high up on the list of collectors value, but I picked him up because I just loved the little guy, not for his monetary value.
On the bottom of his base is a quote by Samuel Johnson:
“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”
To me the quote is very fitting, suggesting that the little boy bear swung that bat until he finally hit one out of the park, tiring himself out… If only we all could work so hard to reach our goals!
I love the Boyds Bear resin figurines because of the great attention to detail. Each bearstone has a lifelike look and texture that is hard to match. The fur looks real… with actual individual hairs. There are wrinkles in the bears clothing… and always something worn with a hand sewn patch or two or more! Also, hidden somewhere on each bearstone is a paw print.
Handmade in China