New Red Panda Mei from ‘Turning Red’ Now Available at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Love Turning Red (2022)? The latest animated hit from Disney and Pixar has led to some truly adorable merchandise, but few items have made their way to stores outside of Disney parks and shopDisney. This just changed, however, as Build-A-Bear workshop just released a version of Mei as her panda that kids and adults alike can create during a visit to your local mall.

Build-A-Bear Turning Red

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The new plush features Mei as she is seen in the film when she “poofs” into a giant red panda. The bear’s face is spot-on to what the character looks like in the Disney+ film, and with a soft fur and a thoughtfully designed bushy tail, the item is sure to live up to Build-A-Bear’s high-quality standards.

Turning Red Build-A-Bear

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The Turning Red Mei Panda can be ordered online either pre-stuffed or as-is for fans of the film to fill with stuffing on their own during their next trip to their closest Build-A-Bear Workshop. The bear is priced at $32, with the price staying consistent for both online orders and those who choose to stuff their bear in-store.

As for accessories, Build-A-Bear Workshop has also created a pajama set featuring additional artwork of Mei both as her red panda and has her human self, along with many of the items you may recognize from her bedroom in the film. The pajama set runs at $13.50, and of course, fans can also choose from Build-A-Bear’s full set of outfits to make their bear truly their own.

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Build-A-Bear also includes a selection of other Disney characters and Disney-inspired bears, including Stitch and a bear inspired by Elsa from Frozen (2013) just to name a few, along with outfit and costume options celebrating Disney animated films, Star Wars, and Marvel movies.

Order your Turning Red panda through Build-A-Bear online, or find a location to make your own bear in-store at

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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