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Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear Collection Stuffed Animals Coming Soon

The Build-a-Bear company has announced a partnership with Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing franchise--but just which members of the massive cast remains to be seen.


Nintendo and the Build-a-Bear company have teamed on a line of Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters. For the time being the announcement is pretty bear-bones, but the company promises more details are on the way. It remains to be seen if you'll be able to ask for a zero-interest loan in order to take your favorite character home.

The announcement doesn't give any indication of which animals will be represented, simply promising it's "Coming Soon" and forwarding interested customers to a Build-a-Bear page where you can sign up for email alerts. Given that there are almost 400 villagers in New Horizons, it's a pretty safe bet that the collection will focus on particularly popular or key characters like Tom Nook or Isabelle.

Build-a-Bear stores let you add stuffing to a stuffed animal and accessorize it with optional clothing items. The online store version lets you replicate the process online and have the stuffy delivered by the mail. The company has been partnering with pop culture brands recently, like when it announced a Baby Yoda doll modeled after The Mandalorian. Orders for that doll opened a few months after the January 2020 announcement, but they went fast.

Meanwhile, Animal Crossing is linking up with another iconic and cute brand, as its Sanrio update is coming this month. And it recently crossed over with another Nintendo franchise with Mario items, just in time to celebrate Mario Day with an island makeover. Animal Crossing is also getting some more seasonal items with an upcoming Shamrock Day celebration.

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