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Build-A-Bear Pikachu Now Available for Pre-Order

Last October, we saw the announcement that Pikachu would be getting its own Build-A-Bear doll, as part of a joint production between the Build-A-Bear Workshop and The Pokémon Company International.  Today, the Build-A-Bear Workshop announced that they are now taking pre-orders for their Build-A-Bear Pikachu doll online.

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What’s interesting is that the release date for the doll seems to have been bumped-up since its original announcement; the Build-A-Bear Pikachu was originally slated for an early 2016 release but is now on track for a late December 2015 release instead.

There’s two ways you can pre-order this particular doll: you can order a web-exclusive set directly from the Build-A-Bear Workshop website, or you can buy an “e-gift card” to redeem for a “Make-Your-Own” Pikachu at retailers when it becomes available for sale in late December.

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The key difference between the two presale items is that buying the online-exclusive set nets you a “6-in-one” sound chip with Pikachu’s voice and an exclusive Charizard hoodie in addition to the Poké Ball hoodie that will be regularly available when the doll releases.

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Finally, by purchasing either the online-exclusive or retail Build-A-Bear Pikachu, you will receive an exclusive Pokémon TCG card of Pikachu.  The card is actually a reprint of the XY: Roaring Skies Pikachu card with the Build-A-Bear Workshop logo emblazoned on its portrait.

You can pre-order the Build-A-Bear Pikachu doll at either the US official site or the UK official site.  Sadly, the web-exclusive set is already sold-out in the UK online store at the time of this writing.


The doll doesn’t look too shabby! However, I’ve got more of a soft-spot for the Pokémon Center plushes than I do for this particular Pikachu.

Sources: Build-A-Bear, IGN
Images: Build-A-Bear