The new, yet old Toy craze at the moment are these creative creatures called Furby. These interesting toys have been around since 1998 invented by David Hampton.
Back in the late 90’s these toys went for hundreds of dollars. If you were to look at them they have a STRONG striking resemblance to Gizmo from the Gremlins and Yoda from Star Wars. Novel Furbies were also released, including an interactive Furby-like “Gizmo”, from the film Gremlins, a Furby-like “Interactive Yoda” based on the Star Wars character.
What I find neat about these Furby’s are the realistic “intelligence” of these toys. A newly purchased Furby starts out speaking entirely Furbish, the unique language that all Furbies use, but is programmed to start using English words and phrases in place of Furbish over time. This process is intended to resemble the process of learning English. Pretty DAMN awesome.
They come in various colors and moods and a new Furby was released in the fall of 2012. It has more expressive LCD eyes, a wider range of motions, its own iOS app, and the ability to adapt its personality in reaction to user behavior. The on-off switch is replaced with a reset button; the 2012 Furby turns itself off after one minute of inactivity. The new model exhibits features of the classic Furbies as well as the Emoto-Tronic Furbies. Oh and did I mention through your furby app you can feed, make him dance, and so many other things.
My advice is if you planning on getting one for your child or children or even one for yourself, get it now. The closer it gets to Christmas, I believe, the harder it will be for you to find one.
Have a Dah/a-loh/u-ty – means have a good morning in Furbish.