This E.T. Build-A-Bear Will Make Your Heart Glow

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One of the most memorable scenes from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial shows E.T. hiding among a pile of stuffed animals. What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic movie than with your own E.T. stuffed animal? Build-A-Bear has you covered with their newest addition. Add-ons include Elliott’s iconic red hoodie and a sound chip with six phrases. Just squeeze his “paw” to hear famous quotes like “E.T. phone home” and “Be good.” Or you can get the toy to say “I’ll be right here” complete with glowing finger to recreate the final scene of the movie.

Two pictures of the E.T. stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear, one showing the red hoodie and the other with glow in the dark finger
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With all the accessories, the 13-inch-tall stuffed animal costs $57.50 and is available now in stores or online. Other ways to celebrate E.T.’s 40th anniversary through consumerism include a Fisher-Price set of Elliott, Gertie, and their alien friend. There’s also a vinyl release of J ohn Williams’s iconic score. Or you could just re-watch the movie and remember where a lot of your childhood fears began. That’s always fun.

This isn’t the first nostalgic toy line from Build-A-Bear. Other characters include both Marvel and DC superheroes, Lord of the Rings bears, Super Mario characters, Pokémon favorites, and even Doctor Who sets that come in a gift box shaped like the TARDIS. There’s also a line of bears and bunnies toasting alcoholic beverages in the Build-A-Bear After Dark line. Truly something for every fandom, even the “rosé all day” crowd.

A child in a red hoodie rides a bike with an E.T. Build-A-Bear Toy in the front basket
Build-A-Bear Workshop

In other E.T. news, Neil deGrasse Tyson recently visited the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and revealed that the famous alien is actually a sentient plant. So maybe this toy isn’t a stuffed animal after all.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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Sep 27 2022