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Complete Guide to Bearbrick: The Origins, How to Buy & Much More!

Updated on April 2023 – enjoy!

What is Bearbrick?

Bearbrick (stylized as BE@RBRICK) is a series of bear-shaped designer toys by Medicom Toy Inc and are most often sold in “blind box” assortments. The design is a variant of another popular line by Medicom, the Kubrick. Each figure appears as an anthropomorphized bear with a pot belly. Bearbricks are articulated, with the head, waist, arms, wrists, and legs all able to swivel.

The first ever Bearbrick was released in 2001, as a gift to visitors of the World Character Convention 12 in Tokyo. Not long after their initial debut, Bearbricks became a must-have collectible not just in design toy circles, but also in the world of hip-hop. Celebrity collectors of Bearbrick include the likes of Pharrell Williams, DJ Khaled, and BAPE founder Nigo.

Due to the sheer amount of variety when it comes to these designer toys, the world of Bearbrick can seem quite daunting to the would-be collector. But fear not, as this blog post has you covered – read on to get the lowdown on the world’s favorite designer toy!

In 2021, Medicom celebrated 20 years of Bearbrick by releasing tons of super-special Bearbrick figures! Some of the 20th anniversary Bearbrick models include Breaking Bad’s Walter White in 1000% size, Hokusai’s Great Wave Off Kanagawa in 100%, 400%, and 1000% sizes, BAPE 28th Anniversary CAMO design, and more!

Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity

Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity

Medicom releases of 18 new Bearbrick per series – at the time of writing the latest is Series 42. Each Bearbrick drop is categorized under three different Bearbrick Types:

Bearbrick Types

  • Standard The most common of all Bearbrick formats. All Bearbricks in this series are released under several different recurring “themes”.
  • Basic: Solid-color Bearbricks with a letter in a contrasting color on its chest. There are nine varieties of this Basic Bearbricks in this set, which spelling out the word Bearbrick when lined up. Their rarity is categorized as 14.58% by MediCom.
  • Artist: Bearbricks made in collaborations with visual artists. Usually, two artist figures are released per Bearbrick series. MediCom rates Artist Bearbrick rarity as 4.26% or 1.04%.
  • Secret: Unannounced designs that usually of higher value and rarer than the above Bearbrick types. As such, MediCom ranks them as 0.52% in terms of their rarity, the highest of all the Bearbrick types.

Bearbrick Themes

While there are some outliers from this model, most Bearbricks fall under the following themes, with the blind box stating the rarity of each theme.

  • Jellybean: Solid-color clear Bearbricks molded from translucent plastic. Their rarity is 11.44%.
  • Pattern: These Bearbricks feature all-over patterns and designs ranging from polka-dots to more unique offerings from collaborating artists. MediCom rates their rarity as 11.45%
  • Flag: Bearbricks painted with a nation’s flag, with a 9.37% chance of occurring.
  • Animal: Bearbricks based on animals which have a rarity of 8.33%.
  • Cute: Adorable Bearbricks that encapsulate the Japanese concept of “kawaii”. These Bearbricks have a rarity of 13.54%.
  • Horror: These Bearbrick designs are based on well-loved horror film franchises or other sources from the horror genre. They occur at a rate of 9.37%.
  • SF (Science Fiction): Bearbricks based on characters and themes from popular Sci-Fi franchises. Their rarity is 9.37%.
  • Hero: The newest addition of the Bearbrick family, Hero Theme Bearbricks depict superheroes from DC Comics, with their chance of occurring being 7.29%.

Bearbrick Sizing

100% Bearbricks are considered the standard size of the figures, standing at 7 centimeters tall. The other Bearbrick sizes are named relative to this size: 1000% being 70 centimeters, the 400% at 28 centimeters, 200% at 14.5 centimeters, 70% at 5 centimeters and the 50% coming in at a tiny 3.5 centimeters! The bigger sizes of Bearbricks tend to be sold as-is and not in the blind box format.

Bearbrick Sizing

There are some Bearbricks that fall outside of the typical shapes and sizes of the toy, falling under the “other” size category. While each size of Bearbrick has its own unique charm, the 400% and 1000% sizes are the favorites amongst serious collectors.

Bearbrick Sizes
Size CM Inches
1000% 70 cm 27.5 in
400% 28 cm 11 in
200% 14.5 cm 5.7 in
100% 7cm 2.8 in
70% 5 cm 2 in
50% 3.5cm 1.4 in

Bearbrick Collaborations

There is always huge hype around each new Bearbrick drop, especially as Medicom is known for collaborating with some of the most famous faces in the art, music and fashion world. Some of the highest-profile collaborations have included Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, H. R. Giger, Casio, BTS, BAPE, and the Sex Pistols. Check out some of our favorite Bearbrick Collaborations below:

Bearbrick BAPE 25th Anniversary Multi-Colored Foil 1000%

Bearbrick BAPE 25th Anniversary Multi-Colored Foil 1000%
MediCom created this Bearbrick with long-time collaborater BAPE to celebrate the legendary streetwear brand’s 25th birthday.

Bearbrick Chanel (Coco Chanel) 1000%

Bearbrick Chanel (Coco Chanel) 1000%
Luxury fashion brand Chanel teamed up with Medicom to create this suitably chic version of Chanel founder, Coco Chanel. Sold at a charity auction for $28,000, making her one of the most expensive Bearbricks ever.

KAWS Chompers Bearbrick 1000%

KAWS “Chompers” Bearbrick 1000%
This Bearbrick named “Chompers” was designed by one of America’s most well-known graphic artists Brian Donnely, also known as KAWS. The Bearbrick was made in conjunction with the Japanese musical festival “a-nation”, selling at auction for $2,800.

Bearbrick Star Wars Stormtrooper Chrome 100% and 400%

Bearbrick Star Wars Stormtrooper Chrome 100% and 400%
This rendition of Star Wars’ iconic Stormtrooper was released at the 2015 Medicom Toy Exhibition alongside other Bearbrick versions of Star Wars heavyweights including Darth Vader and Boba Fett.

Medicom Toy Exhibition ’22 Limited Edition Bearbrick

This year saw a brand new Medicom Toy Exhibition where fans of the brand got the chance to see and access never-before-seen and limited edition goods from Medicom Toy. The event was held in Shibuya and Tokyo, and saw exclusive releases for several types of Bearbrick.

We’ve listed what they are below, plus, if you click on the “Find Medicom Toy Exhibition ’22 Bearbrick” button, you’ll get taken to a search results page where you can bid on or get these exclusive Bearbrick types without having to find them all the way in Japan!

Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity

Bearbrick Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji (100%, 400%, 1000% Versions)
Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity
BE@RBRICK x NASA Jupiter (100%, 400%, 1000% Versions)
Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity

Bearbrick Karimoku Yosegi (Parquet) 2022 version 1000%


Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity

Bearbrick x Marvel Iron Man Mark 50 (100%, 400%, 1000% Versions)


Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity
BE@RBRICK x The Mandalorian Boba Fett (Recovered Armor) (100%, 400%, 1000% Versions)
Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity

BE@RBRICK Jellyfish (100%, 400%, 1000% Versions)

Bearbrick Types, Themes, and Rarity


Bearbrick x Midland Creation Takumi (Seika Sarasamon) 400%

Find Medicom Toy Exhibition ’22 Limited Edition Bearbrick

How to buy Bearbrick

Step 1: Find Bearbrick on our site.

If you click this link here, you will be automatically taken to the search results for Bearbrick on our website. We have already inputted the Japanese name for Bearbrick for you, so you can simply browse the items that pop up.

Our site combines search results from a variety of Japanese online stores, so you will find a great deal of variety in the search results.

Step 2: Check the details of your item.

Create an account with One Map by FROM JAPAN if you haven’t already, then you can proceed with your Bearbrick order once you do.

Step 3: Add the Items to Your Cart and Pay for Charge 1.

Once you add the item to your cart and proceed, you will be prompted to pay for Charge 1.

If you need any help understanding what Charge 1 is, please consult our Guide for First Time Users for more information.

Step 4: Items Arrive at Our Distribution Center for Shipment Instructions

After that, your items are sent to our Distrubution Center. Upon arrival, we will ask you about how you want to have your items shipped.

You can also choose to use our free consolidation service, which means even if you purchase multiple items from our site, they can be stored in our warehouse for up to 45 days for free then shipped together for you — saving you on shipping fees.

Step 5: Pay for Charge 2.

Next, you’ll be sent a Charge 2 invoice which contains the details for domestic and international shipping charges, as well as the fee for our Product Protection Plan. Each item you buy will be insured against seller non-delivery and loss/damage.

Step 6: Shipping.

After the Charge 2 payment, your items are prepared for dispatch. We dispatch all items within two working days.

Step 7: Arrival.

You’ve successfully scored yourself some Bearbrick items to add to your collection!

We hope you enjoy your shopping experience!