Do you remember the huge Furby rage back in 1998?  I know I was one of the crazed buyers who owned one in 1999. They could not keep Furby on the shelf.  As supplies dwindled the amount of parental battles, arguments, and fights only escalated.  Parents were so hot for these items that they were willing to pay three times their value over the Internet. This Furby craze continued for two years solid.  Since that time the Furby has been re-introduced twice, in 2005 and now again in 2012 with a few updates. Of course, I wanted to be a part of the new release and it wasn’t long before the black Furby I reviewed had a new pal. Yep, Mom is a sucker and went out and bought another one from Toys R Us. It was totally a great idea, however, because the two Furby’s keep each other company. I can see why Furby is America’s number one electronic robotic toy.

Playing with furby

Electronic Robotic Toy

The Furby was the first electronic robotic toy that was successfully produced and sold.  When the original Furby was first purchased, it spoke entirely in Furbish, its own unique language, it was programmed then to start using English words and phrases in place of Furbish over time. In 2005 the Furby was re-introduced with voice-recognition and more complex facial movements, and many other changes and improvements. Now in 2012, the Furby has once again undergone more updates.

This newest Furby now has more expressive LCD eyes, a wider range of motions, and its own iOS app. Having its own iOS app allows your child to have interactive play with it on a compatible iPad, ipod touch and iPhone IOS 4.2 or higher. This app allows your child to play with the Furby in fun ways.  It can be fed with food that is made in the pantry. The app also allows your child to translate Furbish to English and even gives him or her a Furbish dictionary, jam-packed with definitions.

Your child also now has the ability to adapt the Furby’s personality in reaction to his or her behavior. In other words, the more your child interacts and talks to the Furby, the more he or she will help to shape its personality. Your child will have to feed it, nurture it and speak to it. It responds to music and touch, tickle it, shake it or pull its tail to see what happens. This cute little hamster-owl like creature now comes in sixteen colors as well. They are teal, white, black, purple, tangerine-tango, yellow, aqua, navy blue, plum, pink, pink/teal, orange/blue, Black/pink, blue/yellow, teal/purple, gray/teal. Mason’s Furby says “Blah, Blah, Blah a lot, which means he talks often to his Furby. My other son, Jakobi, says, “I’m tough” which means Jakobi likes to pull his tail a lot. It doesn’t take too long to change his personality back to chatty or too a princess by rubbing him behind his ears.

These interactive toys are such fun for children, and for adults as well!  The Furby is a Hasbro toy and can be found in all major retailers, such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Toys R’ Us.  It currently sells for $54.00 – $59.99.


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