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BE@RBRICK Profile
BE@RBRICK History
FOUNDED

2001 by Medicom Toy

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HEADQUARTERS

Tokyo, Japan

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FOUNDER

Tatsuhiko Akashi

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CEO

Tatsuhiko Akashi

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WHAT IS BEARBRICK?

BE@RBRICKs are collectible figures comprised of nine parts — a head, torso, hips, arms, hands, and legs with joints that can move, which come in a range of materials, although most frequently plastic.

The adorable figurine has become an icon in both fashion and art. Since it has stepped onto the scene in 2001, the Japanese-produced and designed toy has been a fervently desired collectible — consistently on the top of collectors’ wishlist. Why? BE@RBRICK has attracted a wide array of collaborators, including Hiroshi Fujiwara, FDMTL, BAPE, Chanel, DisneyDaniel ArshamSean Wotherspoon, READYMADE, and Evisu — just to name a few. 

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WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE BEARBRICK?

The most expensive BE@RBRICK is the ‘Qiu Tu’ 1000% Bearbrick (2008), a one-off design created by Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun, which sold for a staggering $157,000 at auction.

 

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WHAT ARE THE BEARBRICK SIZES?

Now, when you are on the hunt for your next MediCom collectible, you should be aware that BE@RBRICK toys come in various heights, which are listed from 100% to 1000%. 100% is the smallest, coming in at 2-inches (5cm), while the biggest size, the 1000%, is as tall as 27-inches (70cm). In general, the most popular sizes tend to be 100%, 200%, and 400%. Keep that in mind as you shop for your BE@RBRICK.

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WHERE CAN I BUY BEARBRICK?

You can cop your own BE@RBRICK at the Highsnobiety Shop.

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2001

The first BE@RBRICK is released as a gift to visitors of the World Character Convention 12 in Tokyo.

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2003

Acclaimed graphic artist Brian Donnely, AKA KAWS, is behind the KAWS “Chompers” 1000% BE@RBRICK , complete with the “X”-ed out eyes, in conjunction with the Japanese music festival a-nation. It is the first of many collabs to come.

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2006

MediCom teams up with Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market for the Comme des Garçons “Happy Ribbon” 1000% BE@RBRICK .

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2007

The Coco Chanel 1000% BE@RBRICK is released. It is designed by Karl Lagerfeld and dressed in Chanel’s signature tweed suit and pearls. Only around 1,000 pieces are made.

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2008

The one of a kind Yue Minjun ‘Qiu Tu’ 1000% BE@RBRICK sees the light of day, the most expensive Bearbrick to date. This year CLOT and Levi’s teams up with Medicom on two BE@RBRICKs – one strawberry and one watermelon.

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2009

As a part of colette’s ‘White Crystal Christmas’ the Swarovski x colette BE@RBRICK is a fact, and the bear is covered in Swarovski drip.

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2015

Having collaborated with Stussy on several occasions throughout the years, they join forces again to mark Stussy’s 35th anniversary.

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2018

Billionaire Boys Club, KITH and Dickies collaborations appear, but the most notable one is perhaps the collab in memory of late Jean-Michel Basquiat reproducing his artwork.

MediCom Toy, and guitar manufacturing company Dyna Musical Instruments, have created a fully functional electric guitar made in the shape of the iconic BE@RBRICK.

 

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2019

Daniel Arsham blesses us with a super hyped $1,000 BE@RBRICK.

Drake’s OVO creates its own series of new BE@RBRICKs.

BAPE & MediCom debut the 1st  Camo Shark & Baby Milo collaboration.

BE@RBRICK links up with GEO for a limited edition drop.

BAPE & READYMADE debut a new BE@RBRICK.

The Evisu x BE@RBRICK collaboration drops, along with an honorary Muhammed Ali BE@RBRICK.

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2020

MediCom Toy Drops New Andy Warhol “Flowers” BE@RBRICKs.

Amid the hype around the Breaking Bad Movie, El Camino, MediCom drops a new BE@RBRICK.

fragment design collabs on the first-ever BE@RBRICK in Baccarat Crystal.

Saturday’s NYC celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its own BE@RBRICK.

MediCom Toy Drops a “Brave Blossoms” BE@RBRICK for the Rugby World Cup.

In hommage of the late great Basquiat, MediCom releases a new BE@RBRICK.

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2021

 Anti Social Social Club releases an updated collaboration with  BE@RBRICKs, coming in both 400% and 1,000% sizes.

BE@RBRICK drops its highly anticipated Nike Dunk Low.

 

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2022

The biggest Medicom Drop at Highsnobiety makes its way to the Highsnobiety Shop, featuring BE@RBRICK’s such as Tom & Jerry, Peanuts, Minions, Banksy, Shaun the Sheep, Andy Warhol, Pink Panther, Tweety, Joe Cool, Space Shuttle, Pac-Man, and Basquiat

CASTify adds BE@RBRICK’s to its roster of collaborators.

BE@RBRICK drops a collaboration with the Korean artist Grafflex.

 

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