[Lorelai and Rory walk up to the house with boxes of Beanie Babies]
RORY: I just need to go on record that a grown man should not throw himself a Beanie Baby retirement party.
Beanie Babies are a line of stuffed toys created by American businessman H. Ty Warner in 1993. The toys are stuffed with plastic pellets (“beans”) rather than conventional soft stuffing. They come in many different forms, mostly animals.
Beanie Babies emerged as a major fad and collectible during the second half of the 1990s. They have been cited as being the world’s first Internet sensation in 1995. They were collected not only as toys, but also as a financial investment, owing to the high resale value of particular ones.