Build-A-Bear's Holiday Line This Year Is Full Of Nostalgic Favorites

by Julie Scagell
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This Cousin Eddie Build-A-Bear is the stuff dreams are made of

“Merry Christmas. Shitter’s full!” is one of the all-time most recognizable lines from a movie — ever. If anyone was going to be able to pull it off, it’s Cousin Eddie. Now, he’s being commemorated for all to enjoy with a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Build-A-Bear. And he’s not the only classic Christmas character the store is featuring this year.

The iconic film, Christmas Vacation, is a must-watch in our household (at least four times) during the holidays. We’ve actually been known to watch it occasionally in the summer, too, because you can’t ever have too much of the Griswold family. Now, kids (and big kids at heart) can take home their very own version of the beloved Cousin Eddie, played by the hilarious Randy Quaid.


This is going to be the hap-hap-happiest Christmas ever thanks to Build-A-Bear. The store that’s known for giving us All Of Our Favorite Disney characters in bear form like Frozen 2, an adorable Lion King collection, and even a Jack and Sally duo from Nightmare Before Christmas has now officially outdone itself.

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This limited edition Christmas Vacation bear is a 16″ brown teddy bear with green paws and a Christmas Vacation logo on its chest. You can purchase the naked bear for $29, but for him to be a spit of Cousin Eddie, you’ll need to purchase a Christmas Vacation robe and hat for a total of $51. If you already have a bear laying around, you can also get away with just buying the outfit for $22.

Both the bear and the outfit are online exclusives so, unfortunately you can’t add a sound. That’s probably a good thing since you may not want the littles walking around with a bear that says, “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” (Or maybe you do.)

For anyone thinking Cousin Eddie is a pretty crass character to have for a kid’s toy, you’re definitely missing the best part of the gentle giant. The “cousin-in-law whose heart is bigger than his brain” wants nothing more than to give and be loved (especially by Ellen). Plus, there aren’t many people who would kidnap someone’s boss or buy you a pair of “real nice” white patent leather shoes (even if he wasn’t the one actually buying them).

“Build-A-Bear Workshop once again brings the fun and magic to the Christmas season with their new holiday assortment of furry friends including the reimagined popular Merry Mission line, nostalgic classic movie characters (oh sweet Ralphie), holiday-inspired furry friends and other gifting collections,” the company said in a press release.



There are also plenty of other adorable holiday-inspired (can you say peppermint-striped sloth), so hop onto their site to see all the other animals in their collection.


They also have a Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and, of course, The Grinch, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t put all of our votes towards Cousin Eddie though.

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