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Build-A-Bear is bringing Baby Yoda to stuffed animal life. Since the release of “The Mandalorian” on Disney Plus in November, toy characters from the show have been in high demand. High-profile partnerships with Disney and Lucasfilm are crucial to keeping Build-A-Bear’s business successful. The Baby Yoda Build-A-Bear will be available at workshops in the next few months.
Recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were stepping back from Buckingham Palace and trying to pay their own bills. And since that announcement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received very interesting job offers, including one from Burger King. The fast-food chain asked the couple to wear a new crown, one of the paper variety. Check out the formal letter they sent.
Elon Musk has a new futurized feature coming to Tesla, the ability for the car to speak to passing pedestrians. In a tweet, Musk posted a short video clip showing a Tesla Model 3 “speaking” to a pedestrian as the car drove by. New safety regulations are coming into effect that mandate electric vehicles make artificial noises when they travel at certain speeds.
Walmart is growing its robot army. The world’s largest retailer plans to add shelf-scanning robots to 650 more U.S. stores by the end of summer, increasing its force to 1,000. The Bossa Nova devices are each equipped with 15 cameras roaming aisles and sending alerts to store employees’ handheld devices when items are out of stock. Ultimately the robots are used to help solve a vexing problem that costs retailers nearly a trillion dollars annually.