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Build-A-Bear drops cryptic hint about possible Animal Crossing collab

Published: 24/May/2020 21:44

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Popular toy maker Build-A-Bear has dropped what some are taking as a cryptic hint to a potential crossover with Nintendo to make Animal Crossing: New Horizons plushies.

We all remember being an 8-year-old and getting overly excited over being taken to Build-A-Bear to build our own plush doll. Getting to pick a softness, a scent, and a name for our new fluffy friend felt like the best feeling in the world.

While many of us have grown up and out of that phase, it’s not wrong to assume that an Animal Crossing crossover would get a load of adults queuing up outside the store in the hopes of owning their favorite villager as a plush. That very thing could be happening in the future – if a cryptic tweet by the brand’s official account is to be believed. Our very own Blathers doll? Sign us up!

Nintendo (via MyPotatoGames)
Animal Crossing plushies do exist, but there’s never been a Build-A-Bear collaboration.

A Build-A-Bear x Animal Crossing collab?

On May 21, a Twitter post by ‘@kkmapIe’ went viral, who stated that an AC crossover with the toy company would be amazing. “A build a bear x animal crossing collab would be a cultural reset,” they tweeted.

The tweet caught the attention of the official Build-A-Bear account on May 22, who replied with a massive tease. “Wow! We’re taking notes…” they said, alongside a bear emoji.

This sent the internet into meltdown, and the post has received over 10.5k likes at the time of writing. People responded to the cryptic message by tagging friends in excitement, and mentioning villagers they’d love to see in plushie form (we’d personally love a Beau one to cuddle at night).

It wouldn’t be the first time the company has collaborated with Nintendo, so another crossover wouldn’t be something to rule out. They’ve worked together since 2015 on Pokemon toys, and even have had a Super Mario range, starring Yoshi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and more.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.