2008Nov 06

 
 
 
Build-a-Bearville was updated at about 8:30 this morning and Maxine’s appearance on The Chloe Show was added! Maxine, the Founder and Chief Executive Bear of Build-a-Bear, gave a great interview, describing her job and the history of her founding of Build-a-Bear Workshop!
 
Maxine also talked about the new Chilly Cheeks Penguin and Hal & Holly Moose.  A preview of the Hal & Holly Moose movie was supposed to pop up, but a video of Corbin Bleu showed up instead.  I’m sure it’s something they’ll fix shortly!

 
 
 
 
 
Here are some pictures of Maxine and Chloe together during the interview, along with a picture of the dialog that awards you the new move!
 
 
 
 
I was thinking that the bell-ringing move might make a sound but, thank goodness for my sanity, it does not – Could you imagine the sound of 50+ Bearvillians ringing their bells all at once?

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2008Nov 05

Earlier today, Freya wrote an article with an exclusive preview of the Bulld-a-Bear Workshop gift cards and holiday items. One of the members of our Bearville forum, KimmySuperbear1, posted 4 universal codes for Holiday items in Build-a-Bearville! We knew about three of them from Freya’s article: the sleigh, the snowglobe, and the silver & gold-wrapped present.  What we didn’t know about was the Dreidel!
 
Here’s a picture of all 4 items!
 
BABV Build a Bearville Holiday Codes
 
The codes are:
  • Sleigh9TWV-9J24-XTDK
  • Snow GlobeWS53-7VJ6-7Y33
  • Silve & Gold Wrapped Present - 5J48-25N7-96N6
  • Dreidel65YC-JB8S-3C42
Remember where you heard the news first – BearvilleInsider.Com — Your #1 source for everything BABV!

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2008Nov 05

The upcoming holidays are a season of gift giving!  As we make our lists and check them twice,  the decisions about what to give that special someone will be foremost on our minds.  Buildabear Workshop has made it easy for us – why not stuff those stockings with a Bear Bucks gift card?!  You can share the experience of picking out a Furry Friend, making it and stuffing it with love together! 

 

As seen in the new Buildabear Workshop Holiday catalog each holiday gift card holder includes a FREE virtual gift to use at Buildabearville.com!  There are three different universal codes for the three different designed gift card holders.

Thanks to KarenBearHug, I’ve gotten a preview of the virtual gifts that come with the three different cards;  a snowglobe, gold present and a sleigh! 

Show below are close up screen shots of the virtual gifts by the tree, along with a full room view to give you an idea of the size of the gifts in a room.  Although the sleigh looks a bit small in the room it looks like the perfect scale for an outdoor cub condo decoration. 

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2008Nov 05

Bearvillians have spoken, and they have spoken clearly — Pawlette Coufur has been elected Ambassador of Build-a-Bearville by winning the popular vote that was counted late last night.  It appears that poll workers all over Bearville worked to get all the votes counted and there was a celebration for Pawlette, judging by the streamers on the ground in the Town Square.  Here is a picture of the banner congratulating Pawlette.
 

 
No matter who you voted for, you should have a Bear Mail from ChloeRocks announcing Pawlette’s big win, containing the outfit promised by Pawlette’s platform.
 
 
Don’t forget to visit Pawlette to congratulate her on her win.  If you click on her in the Furbulous Fashion District, she will give you a Build-a-Bearville flag!
 
 
Finally, for those that didn’t vote, it appears that your voting ticket was automatically forfeited when the polls closed yesterday! Sorry to disappoint everyone but it doesn’t look like anyone got to keep them!
 
NOTE (11/6) — The above statement has turned out to be incorrect! Most got to keep the voting card if they didn’t vote! It’s now quite a rare item!!
 
Also, while I was in the Fashion District, I noticed that the leaderboard on the Theater has changed.  It now says that The Adventures of Hal & Holly Moose will be playing in the Theater with new episodes every Thursday through December 11th, so the first episode should air tomorrow.  
 
According to the Build-a-Bear Workshop quarterly conference call in October, each episode will be approximately 2 minutes long and there will be a total of 6 episodes to complete the story!
 
Last, but definitely not least, the Bearville Times has changed to reflect Pawlette’s win, and includes a preview picture of the train to the North Pole and the North Pole area that is being added to Bearville!
 

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2008Nov 05

We have concluded our Lil Honey Cub virtual code giveaways this week, and here is a recap of all of our winners:
 
Day 1 = dallasdancebear7
Day 2 = KCFlyersMom
Day 3 = huggybuggy
Day 4 = FaithAlly
Day 5 = CamilleEcoFriendly
Day 6 = LittleC
 
On Friday evening at 9:00 pm EST we will be announcing the names of 17 more randomly drawn winners of party invitations to a virtual party at my Cub Condo.  The party will also feature appearances by Freya and Justin!  To enter, you only need to be a registered and active member of our forum area.  Stay tuned on Friday evening to find out who won.  The results will be posted here on the front page.
 
Congrats and Good Luck!

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2008Nov 04

For those that aren’t aware, Build-a-Bear released a new video game for the Nintendo Wii on October 21st, A Friend Fur All Seasons.  A few of our forums users have purchased the game, but most are saving it for Christmas. One of our Build-a-Bearville forum members, cindyfullofhugs4, alerted us this morning that the game contains a universal code for an emoticon in Build-a-Bearville!
 
Build a Bearville Wii Emoticon
 
The new emoticon code has been verified as a universal code and is: 87J3 – 48YH – SPPZ

The new game is full of mini-games and looks to be quite fun and easy enough fur our younger members to enjoy! Here’s a couple of screenshots from the game.

 
Friends Fur All Seasons Screenshot
 
 Here’s what happens when you enter the code and the button for the emoticon is shown below.
 
Have fun flashing your new emoticon around Bearville!

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2008Nov 04

The polls are open in Bearville today so be sure to cast your vote.  The voting booths are located outside of the library in Bear University.  Bearemy, Pawlette and Brown Sugar Bear have wrapped up their Ambassador campaigns and are anxiously awaiting the results of today’s crucial election to determine the future of Build-a-Bearville!
 
Read about their campaigns in our first article about the Ambassador election if you’re still not sure who to vote for.
 
 
Just click on the voting booth highlighted in blue above, in the Bear University area of Build-a-Bearville.

 
Your ballot will come up on the screen just like the picture below. 
 
 
Once you have cast your ballot, you will receive a "UR Vote Counts" tee for participating!
 
 
For those of you located in the United States that are of legal voting age, we encourage you to get out and vote today as well.  Every vote counts!
 
Also, a final note to this, users have noticed that if you vote, the voting card disappears from your inventory.  We’re not sure if those who didn’t vote get to keep the card after the election, just thought we’d keep you all informed if you wanted to try and keep the voting card!
 

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2008Nov 04

Our fifth lucky winner of a bear during our Grand Opening Extravaganza is CamilleEcoFriendly.  Congratulations!
 
Details on today’s contest can be found in this thread.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER.  Keep in mind this is the last day of the bear giveaway so be sure to get your entry in!
 
Also, stay tuned tomorrow for details on how to win one of 17 invites to an exclusive party in BABville at my Cub Condo, which will feature appearances by Freya and Justin.

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2008Nov 03

Yesterday’s cancer walk was unbearlievable, and we had a surprise guest — Maxine Clark herself!
 
The walk was organized by Tristan2Hip9, but there were so many people that walked, we had to break them into groups that some of our staff led around. People arrived over an hour early and Freya and Tristan2Hip9 started walking with groups early to keep people moving so new ones could start the walk! I’ll start with a picture of our gracious host, Tristan2Hip9, in his brand-new tuxedo and Turkey Hat!
 
Tristan2hip9 cancer walk

 
There were hundreds upon hundreds of Bearville Insider members all over the Sunny Den, criss-crossing with other groups during the walk. Here’s the beginning and end point of the walk, with me (JustinOuterspace) circled in blue, Freya circled in red, JessBearHug circled in pink and Auntbear circled in teal!
 
Bearville Insider Staff
 
When the groups would cross, there were over 100 people in the area and you could barely find your own avatar!
 
 
All of a sudden, during one of the routes, a special guest appeared in the neighborhood — MaxineClarkCEB! (Thanks to CutestKitten for this image!)
 
 
People crowded around her right away and she asked a few questions about the walk, you can see her asking "Are we ready?" in the picture below.
 
Maxine Clark CEB Bear
 
Most of the time, she was completely covered by all of the users! Here’s a picture of my friends list, showing 138 people in one area!!
 
 
Most of us expected to spend about an hour in Bearville, but ended up spending 3-4 hours walking around and meeting up with people! We hope everyone had a great time and want to thank Maxine for coming and giving the Heart Shaped Tote to the users who attended!
 
The entire staff at BearvilleInsider.Com also wants to thank all of you for attending and making it our biggest and most successful virtual walk yet!
 
For our next virtual walk, we’ll make early plans to anticipate the extreme number of users that we’re likely to have!

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2008Nov 03

Many of the users in our Build-a-Bearville forum have been wondering about the Turkey Hat that they’ve seen others wearing around Bearville.  The mystery has been solved! The Turkey Hat is the November Gift from ChloeRocks!
 
ChloeRocks Turkey Hat
 
Keep an eye on our "Looking For Special Guests" forum for other users to post sightings of ChloeRocks. In order to get the gift you just have to be in the same location as she is, and the gift will be awarded to you automatically! Good luck everyone, keep your eyes peeled!!

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