Furbys are electronic toys made by the ever-popular toy company, Tiger Electronics, Ltd. Furbys were originally
created by an inventor named Dave Hampton in the early 1990s, and then sold to Tiger Electronics. Furbys can dance, wiggle
their ears, blink their eyes, communicate with other Furbys and Furby Babies, eat, talk, and more. Furbys can
play three unique games with you. Furbys have a large vocabulary and can say many phrases. They require four AA
batteries. When you first get a Furby, it will speak Furbish, its
"native" language, but it will gradually start to speak
English as it is interacted with more and more. However, a Furby will
continue to intermix Furbish words in with English from that time on.
Most of my Furbys were speaking English after a bit more than one hour of play.
retail at $29.99, but can be found at various prices. I
myself bought one for $14.99 at a huge sale of Graduation
Furbys at the former Brainplay.com (recently merged with Kay-Bee Toys to form
www.kbkids.com)! Target averages around $27.99,
Toys "R" Us at $29.99, and KB Toys marked down from a whopping $39.99 to
$29.99 in 1999.
Aside from English and Furbish, there are Furbys that can speak Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, and German! Of
course, these languages aren't all incorporated into one Furby. Each Furby will only speak it's one language and
Furbish. You can find "International" Furbys at Tiger Electronics' online store at
on at www.ebay.com.
Furbys come in many fur patterns -- too many to list in fact! Furbys can have four eye
colors: green, blue, brown, and gray. Together, these bring
many possible combinations! PLEASE NOTE: In newer Furbys from the six series and up, there are
five new colors that are intermixed with the old eye colors. The new colors are:
purple, silver, a brighter brown, a brighter green, and a new blue.
a potential spy!?
Lots of people ask why his or her Furby hasn't said their name. When Furbys first
came out, people thought they could record words and phrases after the
government banned Furbys from places where
"important" information could be taken. In actuality,
a Furby will
never ever repeat any word it has not been programmed to say. If it sounds like it
is repeating a word you have tried to get it to repeat, it's simply saying a phrase in Furbish!
For the sake of argument, there are two "rare" Furbys. These are
the Hi-C Furby, which was only given out during a promotion to people
who got the winning game piece inside their Hi-C fruit drink packages,
(5,000 available) and the KC Furby, which was recently awarded to
folks who bought several microwavable TV-dinners. While certain regular
Furbys have been said to be
"rare", this is not so. All regular series Furbys have been
made in massive numbers. Eventually, even hard-to-find Furbys, such as
the newest series, will wind up in stores everywhere.
Nope. Furbys are unable to record your voice. As I said above in
"Furby, a potential spy!?", the government banned
Furbys from governmental places in fear that they could record. Even if
you sat for hours each day repeating a word over and over again, your
Furby will not repeat the word. A Furby's vocabulary is limited to
what is is programmed to say and cannot be taught new vocabulary. The
actual Furby has no recording device in it.
Do you have additional Furby questions?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org