Build-A-Bear Has a Limited Edition ‘Lion King’ Set and It’s Adorable

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The highly-anticipated live-action rendition of The Lion King is set to hit the box office next week and everyone is pretty excited about it, and we don’t blame them. After all, Beyoncé is starring as the voice of Nala, so that’s one reason to be rushing to the movie theatre.

But the latest lion-related announcement has our inner child screaming with excitement, as not only are we getting to see the lion pride on the big screen again, but we can also buy our very own plush version of the characters, courtesy of Build-A-Bear.

A limited edition Lion King collection is hitting Build-A-Bear stores and it’s everything we could ever want.

Just wait until you see how cute it is.

After an agonizing wait, The Lion King is finally heading to theatres this week.

It’s been a long time coming, but the 1994 classic is finally getting the live action treatment. That’s right. It’s finally happening, with the reboot of our favorite childhood classic hitting the box office on Friday 19 July.

Avid fans were pleased to hear that the reboot will blend the perfect mix of old and new, with the movie’s original, legendary composer, Elton John, reworking his compositions for favorites such as “Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” and “Hakuna Matata,” which will be featured in the movie.

Just when it seemed that we couldn’t possibly be more excited, it was announced that the one and only Beyoncé will be voicing Nala, joined by Donald Glover as Simba and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, to name a few.

It’s been one hell of a build up, with Disney releasing a brand new trailer for the reboot yesterday.

And we don’t blame them; we’re counting down the days too!

The toy store has released a limited edition Lion King collection full of furry friends and accessories from the movie.  

We don’t care if you’re 6 or thirty-six, the plush versions of The Lion King gang are impossible to resist.

Unlike some other Build-A-Bear collections, like the new Toy Story 4 range, the furry friends from the The Lion King collection won’t be bears dressed up in costumes — it’s full of actual characters from the film, including all our favorites – Nala, Simba, Pumbaa and more! Stay tuned, because we’ve got all the pictures from the collection coming up.

You can add a “Nants’ Ingonyama” (Circle of Life Chant) or an “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” sound chip to your new furry friend.

While the collection is available online, those who choose to shop in-store will have a whole host of treats awaiting them. First up, there’s a special heart ceremony and photo opportunities, and, on select weekends this summer (7/19-7/21; 7/26-7/28; 8/2-8/4), you’ll also be able to participate in movie-themed activities and receive an exclusive movie poster.

It’s the cutest thing you’ll see this week.  

We anticipate that this cuddly character will be the most popular. The most well known The Lion King character, Simba, comes in a young furry friend for $29 or an adult furry friend for $35, with the adult version of Simba sporting a giant lion’s mane, standing tall at fourteen inches.

You can also get a young or older Nala for $29 or $32. Nala, who befriends Simba at a young age in the movie, has bright green eyes, a tufted tail, and slightly lighter fur than Simba and she is honestly adorable.

For $32 you can own a plush version of the lovable warthog.

We couldn’t have a cuddly Pumbaa without a Timon, could we? At just $15, the Timon furry friend is the cheapest in the collection, so there’s no excuse to not have your very own plush of the mischievous meerkat.


There’s also a whole host of Lion King themed accessories.

If you want to give your other Build-A-Bear pals the Lion King treatment, the new collection is also host to a range of Lion King-themed accessories, including this “Hakuna Matata” tank top for $7.50.
There’s also a Circle of Life t-shirt for the same price or a Simba sleeper for $13.50, so your furry friends won’t be short of Lion King merch to wear.
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So, with the collection only in stores for a limited time, we suggest running to your local Build-A-Bear immediately to get your hands on the furry friends!