The Furby was created by Dave Hampton, a former programmer at Mattel, for Tiger Electronics. Making their grand debut at the 1998 International Toy Fair, they soon made waves and became the most popular doll of the holiday season. Naturally, much price gouging and bodily injuries ensued in the quest to obtain one of these coveted items.

The Furby came in a variety of colors and designs guaranteed to satisfy any preference. For a child's toy, it was also incredibly advanced. Through a special computer chip, it could listen, communicate with other Furbies, differentiate between light and dark, go to sleep, wake up, and be fed.

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Furbies were the first successful attempt to produce and sell a domestically-aimed robot. Designed to be interactive, childlike and a surrogate playtime buddy, the Furby has become one of the most infamous and controversial toys in recent history.

How do Furbies work

Furbies can communicate with one another via an infrared port located between their eyes. Furbies start out speaking entirely "Furbish", a language with short words, simple syllables, and various other sounds. They are programmed, however, to speak less and less Furbish and more and more English as they "grow".

There was a common misconception that they repeated words that were said around them. This belief most likely stemmed from the fact that it is possible to have the Furby say certain pre-programmed words or phrases more often by petting it whenever it said these words. As a result of this myth, several intelligence agencies banned them from their offices.

A simple electric motor and a system of cams and gears close the Furby's eyes and mouth, raise its ears, and lift it off the ground in a faux display of mobility. [source: Wikipedia]

Updated: 2 May 2019

Furby value and price guide

What's your 'Furby' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Kids Cuisine Contest Limited To 500 05/2019 $455.00
1998 Original Tiger Electronics Rainbow 06/2019 $365.00
2005 Emototronic Orange W Brown Eyes 05/2019 $330.00
Long Chumba 2 Ft Long Handmade 04/2019 $315.00
Of 9 1999 New Electronic Babies Hasbro 07/2019 $324.99
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Mike - April 21, 2018

there is a dude flooding the market with Kid Cuisine Furbys! Is there any proof that only 500 were made?!
►reply: Not sure, there are a lots of sites writing this! If we could only find some contact details from the JT Factory where they were made...

Mike - April 19, 2018

looking for Kid Cuisine Furby
►reply: Try this link: Kid Cuisine Furby.