Furby: Back from the Dead

The evil little creature being released fall 2012. Photo courtesy of Business Wire.

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The evil little creature being released fall 2012. Photo courtesy of Business Wire.

Daira Gentrup, Graphic Artist

There are many games, toys and shows we remember from our childhood. We loved them, we hated them and one day we’ll be telling our kids about how hard it was to grow up without all the new gadgets and gizmos that will be invented in the next 20 years. There’s one toy though, that will haunt my memories forever: the Furby.

When the Furby was first introduced, in 1998, it was one of the hottest selling toys on the market. Kids went crazy for this hamster/owl-like robot that responded to your voice and would even talk back in their native language, Furbish, until they learned English.

Those of us who owned Furbies soon learned that these cute little creatures weren’t as amazing as they seemed.

I remember my Furby waking up in the middle of the night and talking, no matter what you did to make them stop.  The cute harmless toy turned evil in many kids’ minds. Now whenever Furbies are mentioned everyone seems to have a horror story to share about them.

Why am I bringing up this horrible past for everyone?

Well, Furby is back. Hasbro has reintroduced Furby to the public and it has a mind of its own now, or at least that’s what the new slogan for the toy is claiming.

According the website, furby.com, the new Furby has LED eyes to show more expression and even has an App to feed your Furby and figure out what it’s saying.  Furby also has many new ways to play with it, like dancing to music, responding to being tickled or petted, and even interacting with other Fubries.

Will the new Furby haunt the newest generation of children to be graced with their presence or will they give new light to the once hated toy? Only time will tell.

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