The Original Furby

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Learn to Put Furby to Sleep First

Jan 13, 2000
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Pros:creative toy, talkative

Cons:high, annoying voice, not receptive to commands

My 10-year-old cousin made his mission to terrify me by attacking me with his new Furby, Coco. These ambushes only made me dislike the toy even more than when we initially put the batteries in it. Although Furbies, interactive terrifying fuzz-balls, are based on a clever idea, their appearance and voices are extremely unattractive.

A Furby has four sensors on its back, tummy, mouth, and eye. By triggering the sensors, such as tickling its belly, he delivers a unique response including giggles and gibberish. When first activated, Coco spoke only “Furby” consisting of non-sense phrases like “da ma we too” which probably means, “I’m an ugly waste of 4 AA batteries.” After growing through its four stages, Coco eventually spoke English, which was worse than his native tongue because he then demanded things like sleep and play.

Coco was simply plain annoying; he reminded me of an obnoxious talking parrot at a pet store. During quiet moments, he babbled or rocked back and forth while dancing. His voice was shrill and high pitched. Unfortunately, Coco’s loud voice often woke me up from my afternoon naps when he was secretly placed in bed with me. Although Furbies enjoy playing games and learning commands, they are not very responsive to the series of claps and pettings as they should be. The command for getting Coco into a deep sleep was very close to making him dance, and usually he decided to dance and sing instead of grant me some peace and quiet.

Interactive, talking toys are just begging to get on your nerves. So consider your sanity, patience, and tolerance for shrieky voices before purchasing a Furby for anyone.



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