Each of the provided poems describes an animal. Specifically, they describe a Beanie Baby, as suggested both by the title of the puzzle and the flavor text (suggesting both fads and collecting). Each of these animals was only produced once as a Beanie Baby.
The poems are stylistically similar to the poems on the tags for Beanie Babies, and in fact contain the same number of words in each line as the original poem. In each poem, one word is in the same position as it occurred in the original poem, highlighted here:
|Beanie Baby||Puzzle poem||Original poem|
|Patti the Platypus||
Spotted a creature with duck’s bill
Waddling her way through the lake
Wanting to hide to avoid a snake!
Believe me she wouldn’t stop talking
Listened and listened to her speak
That would explain her extra large beak!
|Twitterbug the Cicada||
You hear us as nighttime falls
You think we’re crickets with their chirpy calls
Some years we all make
Then we die, it’s our routine!
Once every dozen years or more
It’s time for me to hit the door
I make a lot of
That is what a cicada does!
|Buzzy the Buzzard||
Moving through a
Scouting where I’ll go for a bite
Where dead meat lays upon the ground
That’s the place where I will be found!
Up in the
I love to soar way up high
When I swoop down, don’t run away
’cause all I want to do is play!
|Sledge the Hammerhead Shark||
Sometimes you see me swimming in a school
Thinking I’m quite a tool
If you look and see my fin glide
You’ll want to disappear
Of all the sharks to swim the sea
The most unusual is me
My head is flat, my eyes are wide
But I am beautiful
|Glow the Lightning Bug||
I’m easily spotted though I don’t make sound
Because I flicker to help
I’m always flashing so you can see
To chase around and try to catch me!
To find me when you want to play
Look for my light to
I’ll be the brightest in the park
I’m the Beanie that glows in the dark!
|Hornsly the Triceratops||
The frill completed an awesome bod
To keep my health I didn’t eat meat
My species still went down in defeat!
Some people run away in fright
But I don’t want to scare you away
All I want to do is play!
|Tracker the Basset Hound||
Not too tall from head to toes
With sagging skin and drooping ears
I get excited as the rabbit nears!
Tracker the basset always wags his tail
It doesn’t matter what you do
He’s always happy when he’s with you!
Reading the first letter of each word in order yields the answer,