The Furby craze was born in 1998. 40 million Furby toys were sold within the first three years of release alone and the Furby invasion had begun!
Furby had a big revival in 2012, when Hasbro released a whole new line of Furbies – including 16 different colours to choose from. One significant feature of Furbies, that make them so intriguing, is their apparent ability to interact and respond to their environment.
Talk to a Furby and they talk back. Put on music for Furby, Furby will dance. Furby likes to be tickled and stroked and he falls asleep when he’s bored! … Furby can also get fed up and grumpy when you treat them badly!
In addition, as Furbies spend more and more time with you, they speak less furbish and more english – which appears to imitate a learning ability. (In reality, they are not learning, they do not copy words or learn English, as was once suspected by the special forces!).
At the core, Furbies have a major cute factor and are an engaging and amusing toy for kids, (and grown ups *cough cough*).
The variety of of Furbies available also make them highly collectable, (Hmm..ever spent a small fortune on batteries?). There are vintage and special edition Furbies and many Furby collectors will spend good money on obtaining them and expanding their Furby collections, see here. I imagine in the future, as the special edition Furbies get harder to get hold of, the price people are willing to pay for them will increase too.
Additional furbies released included: Furby Boom, Furby party rockers, Furby boom crystal, Furby babies and Furby Friends! Two personal favourites of mine are special Furby Friends editions of ET and Gizmo was always a massive Gremlins fan and I’m sorry I missed out on this Gizmo Furby, (another one I will have to add to our collection!).
With the seemingly never ending ability to expand and develop Furby products, I see no reason why new Furby editions and Furby revivals will not continue long into the future.
And my guess is that, one generation of Furbies in the future will gain additional intelligence and learning capabilities…(Does that sound at all worrying? 🙂 ).
Maybe one day Furby will wake us up in the middle of the night screaming, not just because they’re running out of batteries, but because they actually do want to freak us out. *shudder*….
However, in 2015 an awesome Furby was released…Star Wars Furbacca
Furby Furbacca is a Furby version of Chewbacca, he even speaks wookiee and hums along to the star was theme tune.
Am I dreaming? I’m already imagining further Star Wars furby editions…. Come on now, Furby Darth Vader?! Furby YODA!!?! How brilliant would they be…And these ideas may become a reality at least within the new Furbacca IOS app, where you can hatch baby furblings in the style of well-loved Star Wars characters.
Check out Furby Furbacca For Yourself: HERE.