I think these Happy Turtles might have been part of a summer theme at Starbucks one year. I can’t really remember for sure. Anyway, one tag says 2006, and one tag says 2007, so I’m not sure which year they are from. They are really cute at any rate. They are probably four inches tall, and the red one has flowers, eyelashes, and antennae while the green one has more traditional turtle decorations. I think the red one might be some kind of turtle dressed as a lady bug. There may have been other accessories with these turtles, but I’m not certain.
In 2007 Starbucks came out with another Conservation International (conservation.org) collaboration. This time there were no bearistas (that I know of), but they had a Costa Rican Tree Frog, a Tropical Butterfly, and Capuchin Monkeys. There was also a small tumbler cup with monkeys on it. Ten percent of the sale of each item went to Conservation International.
These bearistas from 2005 were produced in conjunction with Conservation International (conservation.org). The frog is the 39th edition of the bearistas, and the cheetah is the 40th edition. One dollar from every bearista purchase was donated to Conservation International, and the production aimed at bringing awareness to ideas of conservation such as “conserv(ing) the Earth’s living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature” (from the bearista tag). These bearistas are also incredibly cute, and unique characters in the bearista family.
I got this supercute Houston Bearista from a friend who lives in Houston. He’s a little bit dusty, but he’s got a smart Starbucks baseball cap, a green and white Houston t-shirt, a grey messenger bag, navy blue pants, and cute striped shoes! He is from 2008 and is a Special Edition in the Bearista series.