Oh my goodness...
Furby - the presence that haunts my nightmares.
I bought one the day they were available in my state. I mean, how could I not? I was so excited for the next wave in virtual pets, I'd been counting down for weeks!
There was a launch event with local news reporters and everything at one of the larger malls in the area. Fourth-grade me is on record saying that it looked kind of scary...this got me to the front of the line to pick any color I wanted
I picked black and white with blue eyes...and honestly I should have stopped there. Perhaps I shouldn't have brought it home.
For months Toh-Dye and I were inseparable. Then one day, after attending a quilt show with my mother...he slipped out of my hands and crashed into the pavement. The shock left him comatose: eyes and mouth half-open, completely unresponsive, only emitting a constant high-pitched "skreeeeeeee" that not even the car radio could drown out.
At the time I had an irrational fear of robots. The burning plastic smell and mechanical clicks and whirrs of Furby's motors combined with the soulless eyes never truly stopped bothering me, but this? This was too much.
Even though a battery change restored him to his creepo-Furby self, I no longer trusted Toh-Dye. He was banished to the closet in a shoebox...a blue Reebok shoebox that mysteriously vanished when the house was remodeled three years later.
(My family jokes that he's still out there...haunting the house like a little robo-ninja...)
Despite the Toh-Dye betrayal I somehow thought getting a sky blue Baby would be a good idea. We got along all right, all things considered...but he too ended up banished to the top shelf of my closet, facing the wall so he would never wake up...
Imagine my surprise when I come home from camp before my senior year of high school to see Furby Jr. staring at me from newly-installed shelves in my bedroom! My mom opened his eyes and everything, so it was somewhat unsettling.
...Nearly 8 years later and I don't believe I haven't had the guts to move him since.
Furby 2 was ... eh, whatever. I thought the emotive facial features were an interesting gimmick, but I think they sacrificed too many other basic Furby functions to really make it worthwhile.
I think the current incarnation is truer in spirit to the original, but oh my goodness are they chatterboxes! Those LED eyes are also kind of eery in the dark.
In Japan, where they're released through Takara/Tomy's super-happy partnership with Hasbro, they decided to get teen idol group Momo-iro Clover Z to do a music video in Furby costumes. They printed them on the promo pamphlet and had them at press conferences and everything...it's pretty funny. Here's a link to their video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9kUiGhsWWk
(It's actually got Furbish littered throughout.)
If they're releasing accessories and whatnot, I have to assume Furby sales are going pretty well, then? This post has been edited by cheersong on Apr 3 2013, 05:43 PM