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Furby is Back and He Doesn't Have an Off Switch

By - Source: Engadget | B 33 comments

Oh good.

If you don't remember the Furby it's likely because you've blocked all memory of those annoying little critters from your mind. Launched in 1998, the little toy took the world by storm and was in high demand when it arrived on the toy scene in time for the holiday season. Discontinued in 2000, Furbies made a come back later in the naughties and are now set to invade stores once again. So, what can you expect from the new breed of Furby?

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Hasbro describes Furby as emotional and unpredictable. If you treat your Furby nicely, he or she will develop a personality to match. If you're more rough with Furby, the toy could develop a personality that isn't so appealing. Furby now has LED eyes capable of expressing a range of emotions and, similar to older models, will start out speaking 'Furbish' and "learn" English over time. Of course, this being the age of smartphones, there's also an app for that now. The Furby iOS app will give you meals for your Furby as well as offer a Furbish to English dictionary and a translation tool that will unscramble that Furby gibberish and spit out English translations.

In preparation for the launch later this year, the folks at Engadget got a few units from Hasbro to try out. Perhaps the most interesting discovery (in our opinion, at least) was the fact that Furby has no 'Off' switch. Sure, leaving him alone for a while will put him to sleep, but Engadget says the toy will come back with 'a little bit of interaction.' We'd be curious to know how much interaction it takes. We've not yet forgotten the memories of Furby 'waking up' in the closest because a loud noise or vibration managed to disturb him.

Furby will be available in six different colors when it launches in the fall, and that number will expand to ten by year's end. The price tag for this little guy will be $60. For more on the new Furby, including video, hit up Engadget's hands on.

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    JOSHSKORN , July 10, 2012 10:05 AM
    Our only hope is that the Furby will replace Justin Bieber.
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    back_by_demand , July 10, 2012 11:02 AM
    JOSHSKORNOur only hope is that the Furby will replace Justin Bieber.

    Although I would get much less satisfaction from smashing Furbys head open against a wall
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    fuzzietech , July 10, 2012 11:31 AM
    back_by_demandAlthough I would get much less satisfaction from smashing Furbys head open against a wall


    But you would get more brain substance...
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    s3anister , July 10, 2012 9:22 AM
    Oh god.

    FTFY.
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    Killingmaster , July 10, 2012 9:39 AM
    Oh no! The terminators prototypes are already on the market ;O
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    Pyree , July 10, 2012 9:53 AM
    KillingmasterOh no! The terminators prototypes are already on the market ;O

    LED eye. I bet they are red.
  • 22 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , July 10, 2012 10:05 AM
    Our only hope is that the Furby will replace Justin Bieber.
  • 17 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 10, 2012 11:02 AM
    JOSHSKORNOur only hope is that the Furby will replace Justin Bieber.

    Although I would get much less satisfaction from smashing Furbys head open against a wall
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    fuzzietech , July 10, 2012 11:31 AM
    back_by_demandAlthough I would get much less satisfaction from smashing Furbys head open against a wall


    But you would get more brain substance...
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    jn77 , July 10, 2012 11:32 AM
    This will be annoying....... Remember they were banned by the US Government, Pentagon and NSA? Just type "furby banned" into google....... These are top secret listening and recording devices used by threats to america.....


    :-)
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    Parrdacc , July 10, 2012 11:46 AM
    All of a sudden you hear the gasps from the intelligence community. CIA quickly activates the "Health Alteration Committee" to deal with the Furby's. NASA goes into lock down, Armed Forces put on general alert....and....all....for a furry little children's toy.

    As jn77 said if you do not remember or perhaps maybe were too young too the intelligence community did ban them from ever entering any of their facilities.
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    bb33 , July 10, 2012 12:02 PM
    I would rather have my head bashed in with a baseball bat than let one of those things in or near my house....
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    warmon6 , July 10, 2012 12:02 PM
    Well when in doubt....

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    warmon6 , July 10, 2012 12:03 PM
    http://notakublog.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/yes-yes-yes.jpg
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    skaz , July 10, 2012 1:00 PM
    I don't think the original furby had an off switch either.
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    SinisterMessiah , July 10, 2012 1:37 PM
    Can't wait to get one of these.
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    classzero , July 10, 2012 1:44 PM
    Oh the horror!
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    sacre , July 10, 2012 1:51 PM
    jn77This will be annoying....... Remember they were banned by the US Government, Pentagon and NSA? Just type "furby banned" into google....... These are top secret listening and recording devices used by threats to america.....:-)


    "Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency of the United States due to concerns that they may be used to record and repeat classified information"

    Don't be an idiot, they had -0- transmitting properties whatsoever. Don't spread lies like that unless you research them yourself.
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    SinisterMessiah , July 10, 2012 1:56 PM
    sacre"Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency of the United States due to concerns that they may be used to record and repeat classified information"Don't be an idiot, they had -0- transmitting properties whatsoever. Don't spread lies like that unless you research them yourself.


    Your inability to detect sarcasm is more adorable than that Furby.
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    warmon6 , July 10, 2012 2:01 PM
    skazI don't think the original furby had an off switch either.


    I'll need to find my moms original furby but last i checked it had an off switch.
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    warmon6 , July 10, 2012 2:08 PM
    SinisterMessiahYour inability to detect sarcasm is more adorable than that Furby.


    For most people, Without them being able to hear how another person is saying it, it many times more difficult for them to distinguish sarcasm and strait talk. :p 
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    zak_mckraken , July 10, 2012 2:17 PM
    With some tweaking, it could be an "emotional" educational tool for kids. Treat it right, and it will treat you right. Throw it in the corner and it will tear you a new A.
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    Camikazi , July 10, 2012 2:17 PM
    warmon6For most people, Without them being able to hear how another person is saying it, it many times more difficult for them to distinguish sarcasm and strait talk.

    That is why I use :p  when I am being sarcastic although sometimes that doesn't even work.
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