Update 9:04 a.m. AEST, 13/4 — Tom Nook and Isabelle are now live on the Australian Build-A-Bear website here. They cost $65 each and will sell out fast, so if you want to grab either plush get in quick.
Update 10:49 a.m. AEST 13/4 — It looks like Isabelle is now sold out online! Tom Nook is still available.
Update 1:37 p.m. AEST 13/4 — Both Isabelle and Tom Nook are now sold out online. You may still be able to grab either plush at your local store, but make sure to call ahead before you visit.
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This week, Build-A-Bear launched its Animal Crossing: New Horizons collection in the United States. After hours in on-site queues and a dramatic reveal for Tom Nook and Isabelle, fans were eventually able to nab the two adorable plushes for their collections. The good news is Australians are about to get their chance to grab the plushes, too.
Kotaku Australia reached out to Build-A-Bear to confirm the launch of the Animal Crossing collection in Australia, and we’re chuffed to share you’ll be able to purchase these adorable critters next week.
Australians will be able to grab Tom Nook and Isabelle from Tuesday, April 13 via the Build-A-Bear website and its bricks-and-mortar retail stores. Stock will reportedly be delivered on Thursday, April 15 for customers in South Australia and Western Australia due to interstate delivery times — but you’ll still be able to purchase them online.
An exact release time was unconfirmed, but it’s likely the plushes will be live at some point early in the morning.
You’ll want to keep an eye on the local Build-A-Bear website for more news on the drop.
So far, demand for the Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear plushes has been massive. Kotaku’s own Mike Fahey spent four hours in the queue to purchase a set without much luck. So if you’ve been eyeing the launch with jealousy, it’s a good idea to prepare for a similarly enthusiastic launch in Australia.
When you take a look at the plushes themselves, you’ll understand why they’ve been so popular. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a game that got many of us through 2020, and both Tom Nook and Isabelle were at the forefront of our minds for much of the year. Build-A-Bear has recreated the pair beautifully, complete with adorable tiny t-shirts and paw-some little hands. They even make noises when you squeeze them.
Basically, they’re drop-dead adorable.
Luckily you won’t have to wait long to get your hot little hands on Isabelle and Tom Nook in Australia. Stay patient and avoid the scalpers — you’ll get your chance to grab both plushes soon.
This article has been updated since its original publication.