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I bought 2 of the new furbys for my 2 boys aged 2 and 4 for Christmas 2012. We got one in blue and one is black but there are other colours too (pink, purple, white, red and yellow). I found the pink and purple ones were much more difficult to get old of too (not that i wanted one, don't think my boys would have been too happy. They were both over the moon on Christmas morning when they opened them but the novelty soon wore off.
I put batteries in them both and the boys set about playing with them. We also downloaded the Ipad app for the furbys which you can use to feed them different foods and get a different reaction to the tastes. There is also a translator on there which tells you what furby is saying but i found this not very good as the furbys vocabulary really dumbed down when the translator came on and only said a few select words. At first they were played with a lot but by the time i had replaced the batteries (I used Duracell AA and even they didn't last for a few hours before running out) for the 100th time that month they slowly made their way to the bottom of the toy box.
The different personalities are great and they are lots of fun, also the added Ipad app is great extra and makes them more up to date than the old furbys (which i loved as a child). They do get played with still now but only when the batteries get replaced and that's not all that often.
I wouldn't say they were worth the £50+ price tag, but are a good toy and have so far lasted 6 months with a few drops and bangs and are still both working but you will find yourself replacing the batteries . . . ALOT!
This Christmas my young daughter had the choice of either a Furby or her first bike as her main present and she chose the bike so when her birthday came around in January just fifteen days after Christmas I already knew what she would want.
Since there release in 1998 the Furby toy has taken the world by storm this toy is bringing joy to the children of the world whilst getting on the nerves of adults world wide.
This toy is for children from the ages of six and upwards and requires four AA batteries in order for it to work which are not included when buying,you feed it,speak to it,play music for it,shake it,tilt it and turn it upside down and for everything you do with your Furby it will respond and how you treat your Furby will determine the kind of personality it will develops.
The great thing about the Furby toy is that everyone made has its own personality and if you put two together they will react to each other,so if you are the kind of person who likes nice cuddly toys then be sure to be nice to your Furby or you may end up with a evil little friend rather than a nice one.
My daughter loves her new Furby and is taking it everywhere with her,the high technology that has been put into this toy is fantastic and have even found myself staring at it captivated by its personality.
My main problem with this toy is the price at sixty pounds it is a little expensive but the fact that the four AA batteries needed to make it work do not last much more than two days this toy cost a lot of money to run.
I'm not usually one for buying into the whole must-have toy for Christmas thing, but this year was an exception, after the six year old saw the heavily-plugged new Furby and fell desperately in love, it was the one thing that she really, really wanted, so after a great deal of thought I decided to track one down and purchase it with the money that Nanny had sent for her present.
At the time of writing the new Furby, which has been updated from the photo above, and comes in at least ten different colours plus special "mohawk" editions, is still pretty hard to get hold of. Prices can range from £48 up to about £100, such is supply and demand. We bought our 20cm high little friend from amazon for £48 just before Furby fever struck (now post Christmas 2012 it's fairly widely available for £55) and have the pink/purple model. It was the first thing to be opened on Christmas morning and was much anticipated - so what you probably need to know if your child is craving one is, is it actually any good? Well yes, but there are a few things that could be a little better.
Out of the box the Furby which now has plastic ears and eyes with a liquid crystal display is pretty easy to set up. You have to insert 4 AA batteries into the base of the unit - the Furby comes with a double-sided concise instruction sheet which is about all it needs as its a simple toy. Putting in the batteries is not easy but not impossible for an adult to do with the right sized Phillips screwdriver (not supplied), but care has to be taken as the screw heads aren't, in all honesty the best quality. If your child plays with the toy a lot you are likely to be replacing the batteries fairly often - the first set lasted a little over a day and a half with intensive play. There's no on/off switch, the furby will go to sleep if ignored or placed in the dark, closing its eyelids and making snoring noises. Batteries do last several times longer as play time diminishes, but it's still a bit of a shame the Furby doesn't come with a recharger. Using batteries for a toy requiring movement and sound production just seems a little poor, given the price of the toy.
Quality and design wise the rest of the toy, as in the bits that will be played with is a lot better, the plastic parts are robust and the fur fairly soft to the touch. Because the Furby contains motors to make it move, it's not the most cuddly item, but this doesn't seem to bother my child at all who will frequently cuddle her toy. She's dropped it a fair few times with no ill effect and it seems to have stood up to play well.
The Furby can be interacted with in a number of different ways. This being the modern age there's an app. We have used this on both iPhone and iPad. There is a clear interface which allows you to select food to virtually feed the Furby (he will open and close his mouth and make eating noises when you "throw" a burger or deli item in his direction, and you can also use the app to translate what he says in Furbish. The app, which is free, works well and adds to the fun to be had with the Furby and has been updated today (2/1/12) to include the ability to video your furby who will react to "prompts" that you touch on your device's screen, you can then share the video should you wish via any social network or on YouTube . Touch the cat button on your smartphone's screen and Furby will purr, pepper and he sneezes convincingly. Should you not have the necessary technology you can still feed the Furby by putting your finger in his mouth and though the app enhances the use of the Furby it's not essential.
In play the Furby does make quite a lot of chattering noise, which can be a little annoying for parents but does seem to please my child and is not too loud - lucky as there is no volume control. The more you play with the Furby the more English it uses, and the more the child plays with the Furby the more that they are likely to understand what it is saying - "coco" means "again", and "yada yada yada" is easy to understand, the dictionary in the app can fill in any blanks. Some of the phrases are repeated a fair bit, but there's a good deal of variety. The other interest to the Furby is that it will change character depending on how you play with it. Play it music and small paddles on its base allow it to dance in time to the music, turn it upside down and it will giggle. There also appear to be sensors on its head, side and in its tail allowing it to react to being cuddled, petted or having its tail pulled.
Of all the different characters available it seems to be most easy to get what my child calls an "evil" Furby or a silly one. The timbre of the Furby's voice changes - each time it changes its eyelids flutter and it says "me change", and so does the display on its eyelids. In evil mode the Furby burps and farts, whereas as a popstar it says "oh baby" and its eyes flash music notes. My child's favourite character is when her Furby is a high pitched princess who sings, it's quite cute to hear my daughter singing along with her Furby and interacting with it, she really does buy in to it hearing and replying to her. She did get upset the first time that the Furby went into a less desirable character mode, due we think for some rather overenthusiastic feeding, but has now found out that a few cuddles quickly changes Furby to another character, there's no actual way to reset the Furby and taking out the batteries has no effect at all.
The Furby is, as designed quite characterful and moves quite a bit, nodding its head, moving its ears back and forth and opening its mouth to speak and eat, as well as fluttering its eyelashes. You can slightly hear the motors draining those batteries but not to the extent that it is off-putting for a child. The display on the eyes (something that the first Furby didn't have), adds to the interest a lot and again seems to be quite varied and well designed; it really does look like the Furby is moving its eyeballs around or winking, and it quite cute when the eyes display hearts or, in Princess mode, little singing birds. The Furby will interact with other Furbies - this is one feature we haven't had the opportunity to explore as one Furby in the house is quite enough!
We bought this toy thinking that it might not be played with for that long but knowing that it was much wanted. Actually, over the time that we have had it, though play has dropped off, she still plays with him all the time. I think if you have the type of child who loves playing with cuddly toys and has imagination then this is a winner. My eldest child prefers other kinds of play and so is not interested at all - she never really liked dolls that much, so it really does depend on your child's character I think how long the novelty will last. Certainly even my children's older male cousins who are practically teenagers were quite taken by the Furby. For us the Furby hasn't been a five minute wonder and my daughter who owns it loves it.
This toy is good, but not as good as it could be. I think Hasbro really should have made the Furby rechargeable and also they've missed a huge trick by there not being an accessories you can buy for it - no hats, clothes or interactive objects - my daughter has plugged the void by making her own, so maybe actually this is no bad thing. At the upper range this is on sale for if I'm honest it's really not worth it, there's no way I would spend near on £100 on this and feel it good value, at the price we paid, similar to that for a computer game it's OK, just. I still feel a bit annoyed by the lack of charger and the fact that the screws aren't the best quality and I think the rrp should probably be a lot less than it is. For my child though the Furby is magical and despite being much awaited - she made it a house and welcome present before it even arrived - it hasn't disappointed her at all and she has enjoyed playing with it. Her Furby has accompanied her on many a real and virtual adventure and promoted imaginative play, and she loves it, so ultimately I suppose that's the most important thing. Recommended - for the right child and at the right price.
NB - I did check with Dooyoo that they wanted the new Furby placed here, I am aware that it's not the right photo - the link at the top of the review takes you to the correct details. For availability you can also check http://www.stockinformer.co.uk/checker-furby
I think I've got the biggest headache ever. If only I had a volume control on these things. If I could describe a furby, I would describe it as a mixture between a hamster and an owl because it's mouth resembles a beak, it's got big ears and small feet. I think that they are cute, especially my green one. I used to call my furby Trisha. Since they were out in 1998, they've sold millions. They're very rare nowadays, but I've heard that they are making some news ones and they're hoping it's becoming to be trendy again.
I remember nearly everybody having a furby: My aunt had a grey one. They were like hot cakes in their prime. I used to think they were amazing because they can speak and had their own language. They could even interact with other furbies. I also have a Gizmo furby and that interacts with Trisha really well. They sing together as well. I've put new batteries in them and for the first time in years, I've heard them both talking. At first it is really amazing, but after a while you do get a big headache. Also Trisha keeps on farting every five minutes.
As I still have my furbies, which I mainly use for nostalgia decoration, I would say that they had their money's worth. I've had a look on Amazon and I am really shocked at how much they are. Last time I checked they were £84, which I think it a lot. I have no idea how much furbies cost originally though. Though be careful if you're buying a furby, they seem to be a huge scam bait at the moment.
My attitude towards the furbies has changed since I've owned it. When I was child it was a toy I would play with a lot and I loved it because it was cute and fluffy. Nowadays, I still think it's cute but not as adorable as I did years ago. I think it's really well made. I don't play with it as much as I used to, but if I ever did have children I would consider passing it on to them.
I think the main charm of the furbies is their artificial intelligence when it comes to language development skills. I think it's clever that they are very interactive and I think the way they added the infrared in them is really good. I think kids would really enjoy the furbies, I think they would really like feeding it and they would laugh when they fart.
Furbies do have their week points though, which I've already mentioned. The biggest one for me is that sometimes they can be annoying and you wish they could stop. Another way I think the furbies could be improved is if they had a volume control button, I think this would be really useful because it means that people can still have fun with the furbies whilst other people who aren't that keen into them don't have to be annoyed.
You can also tell it is dated because it requires 4 AA batteries to work, whilst many shops still sell batteries, I think a lot of people prefer rechargeable batteries and charger plugs because it's more convenient for them, but it's a matter of taste. Still, it does take up a lot of batteries, but it works. Overall, I liked my furby and gizmo, and I hope you've found my review useful.
From its release in 1998 Furbys swept across the nation bringing joy to children and misery to adults everywhere!
A Furby is basically a battery powered toy that responds with its surrounding environment. Stroke its back, tickle its tummy or feed it by pressing its tongue and watch how the Furby reacts in different ways. The Furby even has a balance sensor meaning that when you turn it upside down it becomes unhappy, and a light sensor which means the Furby will go to sleep when it's dark. Place your Furby in front of another Furby and watch them interact.
A Furby even has its own language! (Wikipedia)
wee-tah-kah-loo-loo: Tell me a joke.
wee-tah-kah-wee-loo: Tell me a story.
wee-tee-kah-wah-tee: Sing me a song.
u-nye-loo-lay-doo?: Do you want to play?
u-nye-ay-tay-doo?: Are you hungry?
u-nye-boh-doo?: How are you?
u-nye-way-loh-nee-way: Go to sleep now.
u-nye-noh-lah: Show me a dance.
I feel that Furbys were a trend which have now lost all popularity. With the advancement of new technology and a drop in price in production costs, new products on the market mean the Furby is no more.
All in all I feel that the Furby was fun while it lasted but now whenever I hear one, the word irritating springs to mind. I suppose like Marmite, you either love a Furby or you hate a Furby!
I remember these. They used to be all the rage back in the day. I'm surprised people still buy and/ or sell these, to be honest.
For those of you not affected by God's eleventh plague, the Furby was a bit like a Tamagotchi in a lot of ways. It was a little electronic animal that you befriended and played with while all your real friends were playing outside and building healthy relationships. The Furby would use a series of sound and light sensors to recognise you and learn words (apparently, although I never could get mine to talk). They can even interact with other Furbies, and play games and all sorts.
They stand, what, 10 inches tall and are covered in fur. With a series of movable robotic parts, such as their ears, eyes, beak and so on they move around, talking to you in their strange Furby language. The more you play with them, the more English they learn. It's a cute concept, and it certainly worked on a lot of people, myself included at some point.
The thing about the Furbys aren't that they aren't (or weren't) a great piece of technology, well made and, ultimately actual fun from time to time, it's just that they get so darn annoying. Their light sensors mean that, when you turn a light off to go to sleep, they do as well, eventually turning off altogether, which is quite useful. But sometimes they just don't, and start squawking and saying things all night.
All in all, to say the Furby is a bad toy is a lie. As I said, it was a great piece of technology and are quite fun for kids. But like the Tamagotchi they seem to always require attention. They sort of remind me of those annoying CGI "Scrappy-Doo" type characters that are all too frequent in children's films these days.
Furby's became all the rage in the early 2000's, and could cost up to around thirty pounds when new! Looking back that was a scandalous price for such a product.
Due to the design, it immediately appeals to the child a it looks like a cute pet. Perhaps to the advantage of a parent, this could replace a child's want of one! The design and form of the product is extremely solid and it is a well made product, they can be dropped and will not break, despite containing a fair amount of technology within them.
However, this technology is unreliable at best. You can do gestures and commands to get your furby to perform something, or play games with them. They sing and they dance. You can even "feed" them. However, these mechanisms require quite a lot of instruction which can be frustrating to learn and remember. This is especially the case when the Furby sometimes will not react to the commands. One command involves a hand clap and this is often not heard, or misheard, where something else makes a similar noise. On the other hand, when this product works as it should, it is entertaining.
Overall, a Furby could well be worth buying, but I think the decision needs to lay on a child by child basis, as some will get bored of what you can do, and it can be quite frustrating.
I bought this toy for my eldest who is now 14, and to be honest, I would not even remotely consider making a purchase for it now. Even though my 3 year old would most probable love this toy for the first week or so, I consider it to be one of those impulse buys that you think will get used often, but doesn't. When the Furby first came out, it was huge, every child wanted one. It was a Christmas wonder, and very expensive, available everywhere, however now, I'm sure you could pick it up at a bargain price, finding where to buy it could be an obstacle. There are hundreds for sale on EBay, and before making a bid for one, ask yourself why they are being sold in the first place.
So what are they? A Furby is a little kids gadget toy, which is covered in fur and kind of resembles a small animal, hence the name. The idea behind it not just being a stand alone toy was, that kids would be able to teach it things to say and then it would them. This is when this toy failed. In my opinion, for the price I paid, the thing should have been able to repeat only a couple of words. Even when we did eventually "train" it to speak, it just wouldn't shut up, and quickly became extremely annoying, you could hear it all over the house. I remember one time hiding it at the bottom of washing basket just to muffle out the noise.
As with every other toy, this ended up in the loft and has never been touched since. Fun for a couple of days but not worth the money charged when it came out. My advice would not to purchase it, it may well be one of the worst mistakes ever.
The Furby phenomena began when this odd little half hamster/ half owl, possibly part chinchilla type creature hit the childrens toy market taking it by storm. It was cute, it was kitsch, it was fluffy and nothing like it had been seen by the toy buying public before. When it was launched in 1998 it became the christmas must have toy for that season, which is why we were in a blooming massive queue waiting for one!
With over 40 million Furbys sold to happy owners during just one year, Furby was the next big thing, the must have toy, in fact if Furby had been a catwalk trend, he would have been the seasons new black!
The secret behind Furby's success lay in the fact they they were the first domestic toy that had robotic like qualities, combined with the ability to talk, learn and communicate with one another. When you bought your Furby, he or she would only be able to talk in a special language called 'Furbish'. It was a rather silly language, using very short words. No one cared though, as Furby was the new must have friend and everyone knew that would be able to learn new stuff to say in no time.
Furby was actually programmed to speak less Furbish over time and learn to speak more and more English over time. Furby could also move! When we finally got our hands on our own cute Furby, once we had admired him in his box, we unpacked him, switched him on and set him on the table to do his stuff.
I must say that he was delightful in a very odd kind of way. Unconventional in terms of the type of toy that had been available till then and also fascinating to watch and interact with. The fact the he was controlled by a series of cams and gears under all that fur, didn't come into it at all. Furby moved his ears, his eyes and mouth and seemed to really be paying attention to you.
For those of you who wished they had learnt a little 'Furbish' ,but never had chance, or for those who still have a Furby lurking somewhere in a dark cupboard, unloved and unwanted, but now feel slightly guilty that you have forsaken him, here is a summary of simple Furbish for you!
Furbies say Doo?: Or What? when called.
Furbies say Doo-dah: or Yes in response to your request/ command
Furbies say Boo: or No, when not wanting to carry out your command.
When you haven't played with Furbies for some time they say,
Yoo?: or why aren't you playing with me today?
Other Furbish phrases are
U-nye-loo-lay-doo?: Do you want to play?
U-nye-ay-tay-doo?: Are you hungry?
U-nye-boh-doo?: How are you?
Wee-tah-kah-loo-loo: Or Tell me a joke
Wee-tah-kah-wee-loo: Or Tell me a story
Wee-tee-kah-wah-tee: Or Sing me a song
U-nye-way-loh-nee-way: Go to sleep now
U-nye-noh-lah: Show me a dance
No wonder we all wanted them to progress and learn to speak a little more english!
During the Furby boom, they were being sold at sky high prices and people were panic buying them as it seemed their value would go up and up. In more recent times I can compare this to Beanie Babies and Pokemon Cards, where yet again everyone thought that these were going to be valuable limited editions, with massive potential values.
Well once the hype was over and Furby hysteria had run its course, these poor, odd little fluff balls, were packed away unloved in the back of toy cupboards all over the country. We still have our Furby packed away, as most Furbies are. But I will never forget the look on the face of his happy new owner, or the joy he brought us all on many occasions.
You can still buy second hand Furbies on places like Ebay and there is even an Adopt A Furby site where you can pick out your very own 'vintage' Furby. Prices seem to vary depending on how rare the Furby is or what condition he is in, but I have seen them on Ebay for £30 plus.
Giving Furby a 5 star rating as he gave so much happiness to so many children. Ok he wasn't real, he ran on batteries, but I do wonder if at some point, Furby will be revamped and re designed for todays children to play with. I guess we shall have to wait and see!
If you've ever seen Gremlins then Furbies always remind me of the creatures before they turned into the Gremlins. Unfortunately I don't think they sell them any more but when these furry little friends were released in 1998 they were extremely popular with kids and became a very sought after toy. I was lucky enough to be given one by someone a few years back and am now waiting for my son to appreciate it as he's just over 2 years old but it won't be long before he loves this toy I would imagine.
So Furbies are like toy robots, except they are furry creatures. These cuddly, popular characters begin their lives speaking their own language which is furbish. This is a language almost like baby speak so alot of toddlers can relate to it. The more the owner starts to talk to the toy and the older they get the more they start to develop and learn language skills, again in much the same way as child does from baby to adult. Eventually over time a Furbie will be talking English almost entirely as it picks up new words.
In addition to teaching them how to speak they can also sing songs, burp and get upset and laugh. They can also be tickled and fed and put to sleep just like your very own pet.
I think they are a great toy for children and I hope my son gets some enjoyment out of it as at the moment he just cuddles it and doesn't realise what it does. I'm sure I'd have queued up and bought one all those years ago in the craze, but it's great now and very innovative and fun for kids to learn with and look after.
A couple of days ago I visited a friend with my grandson as she had not seen him for awhile and I thought I would give her a nice surprise, when she saw him she commented on how much he had grown and how cute he was and she then said to him come with me I have something you can take home with you to grandmas.
She took him upstairs and came down with this children's toy, his little face was beaming and he was giggling when she took it out of it's box, she had bought it many years ago and thought he may like it and he did.
It has huge big eyes and eyelashes, it has a cute little nose and big ears, and it has fir material all over the body.
It can talk and can be happy, sleepy, surprised, scared, sad and lots more, it is so cute.
It can understand dozens of phrases and commands and can speak hundreds of words, it says I love you and when a child hears these words they think it is just amazing.
It tells jokes, and it sings twinkle twinkle little star, which is my grandsons favourite song at the moment as he has just learned it at a play group he attends.
Its eyes open and close as you talk to it or he answers you and it understands what you are saying, my friend knows the words to say to it more than I do at the moment but you can just say anything you want.
It stands about 9 or 10 inches tall and it has a flat bottom to stand up, it also takes 4 x AA batteries.
I think there are different Furby colours etc as on the box it says it can talk to it's Furby friends also.
The ears move at the same time as the eyes sometimes and it can do a little dance, and it can frown and smile too.
It even speaks its own little language, Furby language as it is known, it is very funny to hear it and see the actions, it is very entertaining for a young child and it is designed for children 6 years and over but my grandson is only 15 months and he absolutely adores it, although you have to be careful with these kind of toys with younger ages than stated but with adult supervision it can be fine and fun.
It shows its mood through its facial expressions and the tone of it's voice when the child is playing with it and it can change from happy to sad, upset, sleepy, shy and much more.
I remember when it first came on the market in the late 1990s and it was probably priced at around £30 to £35, which is good value for the entertainment it gives.
I do not know if they are still available or how much they are as it was a gift.
My husband has been playing with it since my grandson left it at our home and he kept talking to it and he was entertained too, I think he needs to get out more.
A super little toy for any child and those big soft kiddies such as husbands and wives.
A nice gift for a child for christmas, birthday or just a surprised one.
I give this a 5 star.
Thank you for reading my review.
I remembered when these first came out as expensive gadgets. My friends had them but I wasn't overly impressed and found them very limited. When they were remarketed as Furby Babies, my daughter was old enough to put on her list for Santa. Duly Santa delivered one. The first few days she played with it constantly. Singing to it and supposedly teaching it to talk.
After a while, she had succeeded with teaching it a few words and could now get it to repeat back to her or answer. After another day or so she had managed to get it to sing. And this is where the fun stopped. It soon became clear that although it had been marketed as much more with the remakes, it was still as limiting.
By this point it was being left longer and longer and each time it made any noise at all it was told to sleep - it was that irritating. It got put on the shelf and stayed there for the majority of a couple of months until it was relegated to the cupboard - and that is where it still is 2 years on.
The shelf life of this toy was disappointingly short and I would not recommend to anybody.
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This item kind of looks like me, as well as having all the fluff you could need, when I say fluff I mean ear hair, bum hair and hair that gets into all the places you don't want. This little fellow is very cute.
I originally bought my furby a few years back and still talks to me when I am feeling down, although he does sound like he requires a Duracell bunny battery to bring him back to life.
These products are ideal for children aged 3+ and would recommend any parent buy these to entertain their children for hours on end. If you are like me and tend to cannibalise your toys then you could faint at what exactly a furby's exoskeleton looks like (Google furby to see the picture of a naked furby).
My furby tends to communicate with my cat more than other furby's. Yes it is meant to communicate with other furby's and that is one of the selling points of these toys is that furby's can actually talk amongst each other. It is programmed to pick up English spoken by you or other furby's and will in time speak less furby language (quite funny at first).
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You can buy all various types from the internet, especially stores such as E-Bay. The average price of a furby varies depending on how rare the toy is.
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If you imagine holding a hairy object, or stroking an object which is hairy (a pet cat or dog) then you are not far away. My furby is very hairy and has pink ears, which isn't very manly but still quite cuddly.
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For the price which tends to vary from £5 to £40 it is a good buy and even adults find it entertaining. The moving eyes and mouth make it quite realistic although when it repeats words, it can get hilarious.
They aren't really designed to move around that much although you can lob them at your nearest enemy in the room, and still survive to talk and tell the tale.
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First released in 1998, this item sold a whopping 27 million products, which is a lot of talking and blinking. If you buy one of these you have to give it a nickname so I named mine Alexander. If you have a spare few bob then I recommend this as an ideal present and true classic toy.
~*~ Furby ~*~
I'm sure pretty much everyone will remember the hype that surrounded Furbies when they were launched in the run up to Christmas 1998. 1.8 million of the little creatures were sold in 1998. The furbies were marketed extremely well - everyone knew about them, kids across the country were desperate for one, and poor parents were frantic in their searches to get them in time to go in their children's Christmas stockings, some even going as far to queue outside Toys R Us and the like from midnight just to ensure they would get one in time!
Furbies in the US originally retailed in stores for $35, but due to the extremely high demand some clever thinkers bought in bulk and resold for twice, thrice or even more than this, especially in the run up to Christmas. The same happened on their release in the UK.
~*~ So what are they? ~*~
Furbies are basically toy robots. At the time they were released, they were an innovative product due to their apparent intelligence and their ability to 'develop language skills'.
Furbies begin their lives speaking their own language (Furbish!), which is basically like a babies babble. The more the owner interacts with the Furby and the older it gets, the more it's language skills develop and the easier it can be understood, it begins to speak English with Furbish words mixed in, and, eventually, almost totally English.
Furbies can be taught to play games by completing a series of petting motions, for example hide and seek. They also sing songs, burp and display 'emotion', for example 'I'm scared!' when they are held upside down - although sometimes they like this! They can be tickled, fed and petted, and also put to sleep.
Also released following the success of Furbies were Furby babies - smaller and cuter versions of the originals which could also interact with normal Furbies. Gizmo's - inspired by the Gremlins movie series - soon followed.
~*~ Some Furby facts ~*~
It was believed by many people that Furbies could repeat words that were said around them, however this is not true.
Furbies have been very popular with computer programmers who have been able to change their audio capabilities, enabling them to change their audio, perhaps one of the factors spurring the above myth.
~*~ The price and availability ~*~
Original furbies are no longer sold in stores, however there are new updated varieties, such as 'Electronic Friend Furby' which can be bought from Amazon and the like from new for around £45. Original, used Furbies can be purchased from ebay for as little as £5, with original 'new' boxed versions fetching anything up to £50 - possibly collectors items in the future?
~*~ The verdict ~*~
Furbies were fun while they lasted, but probably not worth the amount of queuing time that was put in by so many freezing cold, shivering parents across the country. They were innovative and exciting at the time they were released, but there are so many similar products on the market now that they really aren't anything special.
Kids will probably still have fun with them (for 10 minutes or so) and if you fancy trying one out, just to say you have a Furby, grab one for a bargain price off of ebay.
Furby For Kids!
I was at a friends house and i noticed my friend had a Furby. I never knew what it did until they showed me. I was impressed! They speak and look cute. They come in a variety of colours and additions and the packaging is very user friendly and bright. They vary from 30-35 pounds. Getting the furby to work was very easy, you attach the batterys by opening the back panel and you put in the batterys and screw the back on. The furbys give you ultimate entertainment but they can become very annoying if you lead them on all day. One of the bad pointers are that they can get pretty boring after a few hours, its not a toy that you can play continousely everyday and when you have had a furby for a while, they can evolve glitches and it ruins the furby. I think this is just a one trick pony, that as you experienced it, you wouldnt buy it again.