They ranked right up there with Cabbage Patch dolls! In fact I stood in several lines and was finally able to buy a Cabbage Patch doll one Christmas, but Care Bears were no where to be found.
Solution? I made two of them as Christmas presents. This tattered well-loved bear was made for my son Jim during that crazy time. Grumpy was well-loved, even with his missing ear -- the dog won that fight.