Costco shoppers love this 8-foot stuffed bear so much it's become a viral sensation with its own Wikipedia page

CostcoThe Costco bear is nearly eight feet tall.

  • Costco customers obsessed over its giant bear when it first hit stores in 2014.
  • The bear has its own Wikipedia entry and a meme-filled Facebook page set up by fans.
  • Costco confirmed that the bear will be available online and in some of its stores again this fall.

Costco’s giant bear is world-famous.

The nearly eight-foot bear, which launched in stores in 2014, is so popular that it has its own meme-filled Facebook and Instagram fan pages, as well as its own Wikipedia entry. It’s also appeared on TV several times, including on episodes of “Jimmy Kimmel Live and “The Big Bang Theory.”

There are more than 15,000 posts on Instagram under the hashtag #CostcoBear.

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Some Costco shoppers have even gutted the bears and turned them into costumes.

WATCH In case you need a good laugh. #yourewelcome . @ethankellybrown #costcobear

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But it’s not just US shoppers who are fascinated by the bear. Among the #CostcoBear posts, you’ll find hundreds of Japanese shoppers posing in stores with the bear.

Costco Japan is a wholly owned subsidiaryof Costco US, which means that it stocks many of the same products, including the famous bear.

#ぬいぐるみ #2m13cm #23980円 #カイデー

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A Costco spokeswoman told Business Insider that the giant toy will be coming back online and into some stores this fall. She would not confirm how much the bear would be sold for.

However, smaller versions have been sold since. In October, a 4.4-foot bear toy was offered for $US24.99 to Costco members. Similar versions are now being sold for as much as $US300 on eBay. It seems like it’s becoming a collector’s item.

The store has branched out to other stuffed animals. At Costco Japan, the dog toy looks to be the next big hit:

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