The History of Furbies

Who invented the Furby?

Dave Hampton and Caleb Chung spent nine months inventing the Furby before it made its first appearance in public in 1998 at the American International Toy Fair.

Furbies were the first major successful attempt to create a robotic toy that can be trained, learn and respond to human interaction. Furbies start out speaking their native language of Furbish, but will begin using English words and phrases (or those of the country it was purchased in) over the course of its ownership. The speed and process at which it does this is meant to resemble the process of learning a new language.

Following their launch Furbies metaphorically became a huge hit and demand exceeded supply at Christmas time in 1998 resale prices grew to over $100 and more. During a 12-month period following their initial launch, a total of 27 million Furbies were sold.


New and Improved Furby, and the eventual death

Mark 2 Furbies were released in 2005 with greater facial movements as well as voice recognition technology in the ofrm of the Emoto-Tronic Furby. This Furby was reasonably short lived however and by late 2007 the sight of a Furby on the shelves was extremely rare.

2012: The Furby Revival

In April, 2012, it was announced that a new line of Furbies was released by manufacturer Hasbro.  The Furby was back and packed full of new technological advances and an accompanying iPhone and Android app.

Furby 2012 Colors

The 2012 revamped Furbies are available in a huge range of colors and color ways including striped and limited edition furbies such as the Chewbacca Starwars edition. Originally released in orange, yellow, black, white, teal and purple the range has been added to and now includes Peacock, Zigzag, Stripes, Hearts, Polka Dots, Waves and Triangles as well as the special edition Furby ranges.
Purple Furby in Box
tangerine furby in box
yellow furby in box

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2012 Furbies personalities

Depending on how you interact with Furbies their personality will develop in a certain way. They all begin life with a default personality which can be reset at any point but as you build a relationship with your Furby you will see it develop on of a few different personalities.

If you talk a lot to a 2012 Furby it will develop the Valley Girl personality. Their eyes will develop eyelashes (as this is a female personality) and they will use a lot of phrases like ‘blah’, ‘whatever’, and ‘mm-kay’.

Get physical with your Furby and here is a chance they will develop the Crazy Personality. This happens if their tail is pulled or they are tickled a lot. One eye will become bigger than the other and your Furby will begin to Fart, Burp a lot and laugh at themslevs as well! As you can guess, this is a male personality.

The Pop Start personality occurs if play a lot of music to your Furby. They will sing a lot and dance and get VERY grumpy if they are not fed. You will hear your Furby say ‘music’ a lot and also ‘life is dance’ and their eyes will take on more of a slim female look.

Overfeed your Furby and they will take on a far more Evil personality! You don’t want this to happen so beware.

The default personality can be achieved at any point by holding down the tongue switch, pulling the tail and turning upside down for two seconds.
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