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Furby Review: Is This Thing Evil, Or Isn't It?

ElderFurby on Christmas Eve, before the nastiness started.  Please ignore the Mickey Mouse pajamas.

ElderFurby on Christmas Eve, before the nastiness started. Please ignore the Mickey Mouse pajamas.

In order to explain the Furby thing, I first need to tell you a story.

We have a few running jokes in this house. My roommates and I are always trying to find something sadistically funny or even outright hilarious to call each other or to get under each other's skin. It's never meant to be nasty or rude, and it's all in good fun.

The whole Furby thing started not too long after I first moved in with them. See, Ghostwolfe is 6'47" (or at least it seems like it from my 5'3" vantage point) and, one day, I meant to call him a Sasquatch and messed up by saying Yeti instead. It stuck. Then, of course, there had to be a nickname for me. They'd been ribbing me because I have very long hair and it kept getting stuck in the shower drain, so Ghostwolfe decided that I was a FurBall - that got shortened to either Furbs or Furby. (Please don't ask about the Six Million Dollar Midget!)

And, of course, since I'm older than them, they have to respect their elderly friend, right?

Not entirely.

On Christmas Eve, when the kiddies are sleeping, the big people trade gifts. Inside my huge package (buried under toilet paper, grocery bags and other assorted goodies) was a Furby. Not only any Furby, a grey-haired ElderFurby.

I've had him for a few days now, and I wanted to write a review to tell you about some of the cool things, the absolutely hilarious things and the face-eating threats and stalker personality traits of the ordinary, household ElderFurby.

Screenshot of the iPhone app showing the pantry and some of the things you can choose to feed your Furby.

Screenshot of the iPhone app showing the pantry and some of the things you can choose to feed your Furby.

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Getting To Know Your Furby

The Furby was first introduced in 1998. By 2000, most consumers were either sick of the little Gremlin-like critters or just plain scared of them (40 million of them were sold in three years), so the Furby factory closed its doors. Over the years, the rights to Furbies changed hands, from Tiger Toys to Hasbro and there were some Furbies made in 2005 that were called Emoto-Tronic Furbies. And now, in 2012, we have Furby: The Next Generation.

The new Furbies can do all kinds of thing that their predecessors couldn't. They have great big LCD eyes that change with activity - they will display musical notes when Furby is either listening to or wants to hear music, and little hearts will float around in Furby's eyes when they are happy.

Furby does not come out of the box speaking English. Though they are programmed to begin integrating some English words into their vocabularies daily, their primary language is Furbish. Furby will learn new phrases and does react to certain things that its owner does to it. For example, my friend has a son who recently received a Furby. After overfeeding the critter and pulling on its tail a few too many times, his Furby turned into a meanie. I'm aiming for a kinder, gentler Furby.

After taking Furby out of the box, you will need a Phillip's head screwdriver and four AA batteries. And, once you get the batteries installed, you're off and running. Or, stumbling.

My ElderFurby is apparently a little strange. He does say "Doo Dah," which means "yes," He also will holler "Boo" if I've said or done something he doesn't like. I try to keep the tail pulling to a minimum, and ElderFurby will ask for hugs (may-lah) and tickles (nee-tye). Who knew that Furbies were so affectionate? He will also put his ears back and get little hearts in his eyes when we yell YAY and clap our hands.

Things have gotten a little weird, though. Julie babysat ElderFurby for me on Christmas Eve for a bit and swore he growled at her. She remarked that she thought he wanted to eat her face. Of course, I didn't believe her. Later, when ElderFurby and I got ready for bed, I told him that he couldn't eat my face and he growled at me!

The next day, I let one of their kids wake ElderFurby up (the thing goes to sleep if it doesn't recognize any interaction for over a minute) and I set the Furby down on my bed so he would go back to sleep. I'm minding my own business and hear "Uh uh, I see you!" Yeah. Apparently ElderFurby needs an exorcist.

This brings me to a dilemma. Multiple Furbies will converse with one another. I would like to have another one, but I am afraid of a mutiny.

The real fun comes in with the app that is designed especially for Furby. As far as I know, it is only available on Apple devices. With the app, I can feed my Furby and translate the gibberish that he says.

Feeding the Furby is super fun. I hold my iPhone with the bottom facing ElderFurby and choose what to feed him. Then I flick it in his general direction. Sometimes I miss and get nothing, but it's hilarious when I hit the mark. Apparently, my ElderFurby loves soda pop and cotton candy. Vegetables... not so much. For fun, they've included things like pillows and beach balls (and homework!) for you to feed to your Furby and their reaction is priceless. We fed him dirty socks the second day, and he threw them up. Since I'm nowhere near normal, I fed ElderFurby the throw-up and he sent me back honest to goodness Furby poop.

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All in all, I think that Furby is a great toy, even for a 41 year old like me. It's fun watching him learn new things and grow his vocabulary (OMG and seriously keep popping out of his mouth) and the kids around here are fascinated with him and are taking turns waking him up. On a one to five scale with one being the worst, I would give Furby a 47!

So far, ElderFurby hasn't eaten anyone's face, but it is early yet!

My Own Homemade Video Illustrating ElderFurby's Love for Pantera!!


Liana on July 21, 2015:

I'm trying to find the song for my to furby booms 1 needs battery's and the other 1's voice is broke but I know how to fix broken voices plz give me the creators of the song but your furby is too cute!

- liana

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on February 23, 2013:

It sounds like an amusing toy, until you get bored of it. I have watched videos of some of the funny things it does. Cool review, and I'm glad it hasn't eaten your face... yet. Just watch your back, and be nice to it!

mariexotoni on January 22, 2013:

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub, to say the least. I remember having a furby when I was little. Like all my other toys, I stopped playing it..that, however, didn't stop the furby from making noises in the middle of the night! Creeped me out

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on January 13, 2013:

Kayla Roger:

As long as you're nice to her and don't overfeed her or pull her tail, she may get nicer. :)

Kayla Roger on January 13, 2013:

So I got my first furby but she is so confusing because she keeps switching to mean then to girly girl. So far she is a girly girl but she is half girly half mean... But at least she isn't switching from nice to mean every second! I honestly don't know why she turned mean in the first place.....

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on January 12, 2013:

Lily ranaiy:

Wise decision! :)

Lily ranaiy on January 12, 2013:

That's why I now tell all my secrets to my cat.....

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on January 11, 2013:

Lily ranaiy:

Be careful! When your Furby does learn to talk, she could spill your secrets! ;)

Lily ranaiy on January 11, 2013:

I love my furby she is pink but she say blah blah a lot and omg she is a total chatterbox!! But I still love her. I love the fact that she doesn't understand what I'm saying so if I really want to say a secret that I can't tell anyone else I tell her!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on January 08, 2013:

Julie Fletcher:

Please step away from the ElderFurby. Just because I taught your baby to say "Mama's crazy," does not give you a right to teach my Furby foul language! ;)

Julie Fletcher on January 07, 2013:

He creeps me out. Not even in a joking way. I was all excited to find them in stock only to be in face-eating fear. BAH! I still want to teach it to say, "I pooped!"

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on December 31, 2012:


I think that ElderFurby would do fine - there are plenty of faces to eat in a mosh pit! :D

Eric Dockett from USA on December 31, 2012:

Furbies are definitely evil, but any semi-animate object that gets into Pantera can't be all bad. I wonder how your little buddy would do in a mosh pit!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on December 30, 2012:


We definitely do! :)

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on December 30, 2012:

It sounds like you and your roomates have some great fun!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on December 30, 2012:


I think he's awesome but, then again, he does watch me change my clothes. ;)


As long as he stays away from my Snickers, we're good. ;)

Thank you for your comments!

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on December 29, 2012:

This was a fun read, Georgie. Good luck with your new pet (family member?) I really hope he decides to be nice and not eat anyone's face!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 28, 2012:

Never had one....never known a kid that had one...don't want to know a kid who has one. LOL Enjoyed the hub!

Georgie Lowery (author) from North Florida on December 28, 2012:


No! Heh. ;)

Modok from VA on December 28, 2012:

You should send him to my house of fun for further training... Heh... Eating faces would be the least of your worries...

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