The Animal Crossing Build-A-Bears — featuring Tom Nook and Isabelle — are coming back in stock soon, and fans will be able to reserve their favorite character on Tuesday. The Build-A-Bear Workshop will host an online queue for the Animal Cross: New Horizons collection.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday on Build-A-Bear’s website, Animal Crossing fans can join the pre-waiting room. This will give stuffed animal hopefuls a chance to purchase either Tom Nook or Isabelle, complete with a summer outfit (including Nook’s rockin’ leafed cabana shirt) and either a musical sound effect or phrase of dialogue. Each animal costs $51.
Once fans join the pre-waiting room, they’ll get assigned a random spot in line at 11 a.m. EDT. Any hopefuls who join after the pre-waiting room will go to the end of the virtual line. Once in the queue, fans will need to wait their turn — the website will notify shoppers with a chime when it’s their turn to shop. Once the ding goes off, folks will have a limited time to make their Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear purchase.
With such high demand, not all fans who make it into the virtual waiting room will get a chance to buy their new Animal Crossing friend. But the Build-A-Bear Workshop has already revealed that the collection will return again later this summer.
Nintendo and Build-A-Bear originally announced this collaboration in March, with the first wave going on sale in early April. This second wave is set to give more folks access to the stuffed animals from New Horizons, with a third (unannounced) stuffed animal coming this summer.
Fans looking to ensure success can sign up for email updates on the Build-A-Bear website.