Need a hug? Hire a Care Bear. The empathetic little bears of the 1980s, Care Bears are the chicken soup of kids' toys, a dose of nostalgia to beat even the bluest blues. The bears made their debut in a line of greeting cards and soon graduated into a rainbow of 12-in. plush toys. Each was embellished with a unique symbol on its tummy, an emotional identifier to potential playmates. Bear feelings ranged from "Funshine" to "Grumpy," and just in case an impostor would sneak into the group, each bear had a hard plastic heart stuck on its tiny tush.