A skilled Animal Crossing fan has transformed fan-favorite bear Stitches into a real-life plush toy just in time for New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch.
Stitches has been a long-time character in the life simulation series, his first appearance being in Wild World for the DS in 2005. He is a lazy-type bear made to look like a patchwork child's teddy, and it's his cute image that has made him such a hit with fans.
Because the franchise is so popular, Nintendo has made countless merchandise from stationery, apparel, console accessories, and more. Several characters have even gotten officially licensed plush toys – something you'd think would be only natural for the bear. It has never happened though, at least not in a permanent form, so a fan took matters into her own hands.
Adorable Animal Crossing plush
On February 10, user 'Courtnipie' shared her cute creation to the Animal Crossing subreddit. If Stitches could jump out of the screen, he would truly look like this in real life – it's so realistic!
Every single detail is nailed to perfection, including all of his multicolored patchwork stitching which must have taken hours to sew together and stuff. Even the villager's cross eyes are accurate, and breathe life into the toy.
In the games, the lazy-type wears a Star Tee shirt – something that the talented fan also made for her plush, making him look even cuter... If that's possible.
In a surprise twist, Stitches' head, arms, and legs are jointed, meaning they can all be moved and positioned into different poses, making the creation even more true to the game.
Animal Crossing isn't the only series Courtnipie has taken on – she's also made plush toys of characters from popular games and movies such as Pokemon, Digimon, and How to Train Your Dragon.
According to her website, the talented maker has over 17 years of experience with drawing and illustrating and over 10 years with sewing, making it no surprise that she's so skilled at her craft. She also has an Etsy store where she sells various plushes, and even has the option for custom orders in the future.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes out on Nintendo Switch on March 20, after an agonizing seven year wait for the next mainline entry in the series.
There's also a limited edition console releasing too, alongside a plethora of different accessories, meaning fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks.