2008Oct 27

Even though it isn’t Wednesday, there were a few updates to the stores around Bearville! We’ll start with Pawlette Coufur’s Boutique, which has the new Wizard costume.
 
 
At this time, the Wizard costume gives you a Princess Hat and White Strap Shoes, but we’re sure that this will be corrected shortly.

 
Most of the new stuff is in the Bear Boutique, with furniture and clothing:
 
 
I’m pretty sure the "Witch Head" for your Furry Friend is a glitch in the naming and will be re-named to "Witch Hat" the next time the store is updated, but I think it’s kinda funny for now!  
 
Finally, the Bear Stuff store has a new Halloween Banner and a Cornstalk for you to decorate your condo.
 
 
This isn’t a HUGE update, but it’s nice to log in on Monday morning and be surprised with unexpected new items!

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2008Oct 24

We had another spotting of someone on a scooter! This time, it was MaxineBearyLucky! One of our users, MRussell, spotted her late last night riding around in Bearville.  For those that don’t know, this is the real Maxine, Founder and Chief Executive Bear of Build-a-Bear!
 

 
In other news, one of the members of our Build-a-Bearville forum, JulieNoodles, had a chance to take a peek into the Theater in Bearville! It’s not supposed to open until November 1st, but she was able to enter due to a glitch! Here’s a picture of what she saw!
 
 

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2008Oct 23

For those of you who have passed the Jr. Cyberguide exam, head into the CybearGuide headquarters and check out the new store! Click on the computers in front of the fish tank, highlighted in green below!
 

 
There’s a few new items in the store, and it looks like many more different items are coming, judging by all of the tabs!
 
So far, we have a Tee Shirt, Tank Top, Shorts, Flip Flops and Shoes for clothing.
 
 
In addition, we have a Rug and Flag for decorating your house.
 
 
After I bought my stuff at the Jr. CyberGuide store, I headed to the Town Square and saw our moderator, Auntbear, all decked out in her new Jr. CybearGuide gear! I put mine on, along with a stylish afro and we danced for a bit! It was so much fun!!
 
 
One of our Bearville Insider forum users, MakalaSmiley11, spotted someone on a scooter in the Neighborhood this morning and grabbed a quick screenshot! It looks PAWSitively PAWsome!! I can’t wait until November 1st!
 

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2008Oct 23

A big change was made in Build-a-Bearville this morning, but I’ll get to that in a second.  Just as promised, the Attic is now available for purchase in the Lumbearyard.  It’s a very innovative feature in Bearville and you’re going to love it! One of the best parts is that it only costs 1,000 Bear Bills!
 

 
Here’s a picture of my Attic.  At first, I couldn’t figure out how to put my items in the attic, as the furniture button was missing.  That’s where the innovative part comes in.
 
 
Each "stack of stuff" is a storage container for certain types of inventory: clothing, furniture, special items, bear items, etc! Just click on the pile you want and drag your items to the designated area! Great, right?
 
 
Next, another update to Bearville that was discovered by Freya, we now have Bear Meters for our Furry Friends.  When your furry friend is out of your backpack, just click on them and you’ll see the Bear Meters for Hunger, Cleanliness and Sleepiness.  These meters are pretty common in most online worlds and those familiar with Webkinz will be right at home with the new feature, though I’ll be honest, I liked not having to take care of my pets all the time!
 
 
Finally, the big change that I’m sure you all noticed and are talking about: the new map in Bearville!! They’ve expanded the map, so there are no longer any pop-up areas and it looks like there’s a train, a waterfall and lots of trees for the expansion of Bearville.  Some of the graphics have changed, too, like the neighborhood! You can also now click directly on a building from the map to go there! How exciting!! Here’s a resized picture of the full map!
 
 
We also have a copy of the Bearville map in full size (LINK)!

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2008Oct 22

Like clockwork, the Bearville hasn’t disappointed and there are some new items available in the shops around Bearville this week!
 
We start in the Bear Boutique store, with the Spider Back Chair, and Red & Black Pirate costumes for both you and your Furry Friends.
 
Spider Back Chair

 
Then, off to the Bear Stuff store, which has an Apple Bobbing Tub for your Halloween parties!
 
 
Then, we round it up with Paulette Coufur’s Boutique and the Bumble Bee Costume! Unfortunately, the antennae in the costume make you look bald (not a great look for me!).
 

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2008Oct 22

As promised by the Bearville Times, the Ambassador of Bearville campaigns have begun today.  
 
The 3 candidates are: Bearemy, Brown Sugar Puppy and Pawlette Coufur! You’ll notice a few changes in Bearville referencing the election, which is on November 4th — coinciding with the U.S. presidential election! Here’s a picture of Bear University, all decorated for the election, even with a voting booth!
 
Bearville Voting Booth

 
 
All you need to do is visit each candidate, click on them, and click "Yes" to tell them you would like to promote their campaign.
 
 
Each one earns you an election promotion kit, with a sign for your yard, a flag for your house, and a t-shirt promoting your candidate! Here are pictures of each!
 
Bearemy is running for the Friendship Party.  His platform promises a new move to all Bearville citizens if he is elected Ambassador.
 
Brown Sugar Puppy is running for the Pawsome Party.  His platform promises to give an emoticon to every citizen of Bearville if he is elected Ambassador!
Brown Sugar Puppy Election Kit
 
Pawlette Coufur is running for the Furbulous Party.  Her platform promises every citizen of Bearville a new outfit if she is elected Ambassador.
Pawlette Election Kit
 
You can register to vote and pick up your voter registration card by clicking in the room next to the computer, shown below.
 
          
 
We also came across a surprise book!
 
Hal and Holly Preview Book
 
Clicking on it brought up a webpage that didn’t currently exist, but based on the URL, it is a preview of a book about Hal and Holly! Hal and Holly Moose are the holiday selections for Build-a-Bear.  
 
Here’s what Maxine had to say about Hal & Holly Moose during the Build-a-Bear earnings conference call on October 16th:
 

Another revolution in our holiday season plan is the launch of our first completely company-developed holiday storybook, plush characters and animated webisodes. The story chronicles the adventures of a brother and sister duo, Hal and Holly Moose, and their uplifting Christmas adventure. We’ve added a new entertainment component in the holiday tradition. Our first character development book and series of six animated webisodes, brief two-minute vignettes, that will begin airing on Build-A-Bearville on November 6th.
 
A webisode will launch each week and as a series, will reveal the story of Hal and Holly’s Christmas adventures. Both our book and webisodes build on our brand’s entertainment offerings and leverage a unique point of difference for our company – the fact that we have both real-world and virtual world experience platforms.
 
In addition, Hal and Holly will have their own micro sites, which will have viral components to develop the characters fully. Hal and Holly Moose are priced at $18 each, and when you purchase both for $36 the 52-page book is free. We last offered a non-licensed holiday animal at $18 in 2002. This is a tremendous value for our guests.

 
Things must not have been ready for the Attic’s debut this morning, so you all should have a Bear Mail announcing that the Attic won’t be available until tomorrow!

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2008Oct 22

Congratulations to LindaFriendly, the first member of our BearvilleInsider Forums to activate the Turkey! The Turkey is show below, with its PSI the Giant Turkey Balloon and special Turkey wallpaper!
 
Build a Bearville TurkeyBearville Turkey Wallpaper
 
While the official release of the Turkey is slated for November 1st, Stuff Fur Stuff members can get their hands on them from October 21st-October 31st by showing you Stuff Fur Stuff membership card at any Build-a-Bear Workshop!
 
Congratulations again to LindaFriendly and Mayflower, her new Turkey!

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2008Oct 21

Thanks to the wonderful members here at BearvilleInsider.com, the forum has now surpassed the 100,000 post mark!  We would like to extend a special word of thanks to all of you who contribute and make this such a wonderful site!
 
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2008Oct 18

One of our users, Flappy9807/MilenaFlower, found a brand-new universal code for Build-a-Bearville in her most recent National Geographic Kids magazine! The code gives you a free pair of Snow Boots, which are really great looking, show below.  Just enter the free code NGK4-BABV-2008 in your account to get a pair for yourself! Thanks again to Flappy9807/MilenaFlower for the code!
 
Free Snow Boots Bearville
 

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2008Oct 17

Build-A-Bear Workshop has officially released the Gem Of A Friend Bearilliant Blue Teddy today!  Bearilliant Blue Teddy is a Beary Limited edition Collectibear friend, 4th in a 2008 series of 4.  This exquisite bear comes individually numbered and includes a collectible pin with rhinestone gem.
 
Thanks to BearvilleInsider member AlexandriaLotsOfLuv8 for sharing news of "Bai" with us!  Also received with Bai is a cub condo room with exclusive wallpaper and virtual gift, a blue tiara. 
 
Please welcome "Bai" into Buildabearville!
 

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