A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets

01/15/2014 at 02:00 PM EST

A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

A Mickey Mouse Chia planter

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The makers of the Chia Pet recently announced the introduction of Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh-licensed Chia Pets. (Also Chia Willie and Chia Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty.) So we're looking back at Chias that have come before.

The first Chia planter, "Chia Guy," was created on Sept. 8, 1977.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

The original Chia "pet," "Chia Guy"

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The first real Chia "pet," designated as a "ram," came out in 1982, and launched the product into the national consciousness.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

The Original Chia Pet

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The product's second wave included a kitten version.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

A kitten Chia pet

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Shockingly, it took until 2000 for licensed "character" Chias to be introduced: Elmer Fudd, the Tasmanian Devil, and Tweety Bird were the first wave.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

A Tasmanian Devil Chia Pet

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Naturally, Chia Mr. T wasn't far behind.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

The Mr. T Chia Pet

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Chia Homer Simpson followed in 2002.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

A Chia Homer Simpson

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Chia Obama was introduced in 2008; in 2009, the company introduced a smiling "happy" Chia Obama. (The initial model was deemed "determined" Chia Obama.)
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

Chia-bama

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Chia SpongeBob debuted in 2009, a full-figure model (as opposed to just a head).
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

A Spongebob SquarePants Chia Pet

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Chia Gnome came out in 2012.
A Brief Photographic History of Chia Pets| The Simpsons, Barack Obama

Chia Gnome

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