The Furby is back — and even more annoying

  • By Andrea Brown Herald Writer
  • Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:21pm
  • Life

Take the class clown. Shrink him to a 6-inch robot. Cover him in day-glo fur.

What do you get?

Furby.

It’s back, and more annoyingly fun than ever.

Just in time for Christmas is the rebooted version of the frenetic furball that holiday shoppers trampled each other for in 1998.

The new Furby talks, burps, snores, snorts, laughs, sings, dances, speaks Furbish and interacts with iPads.

For $60, you’d want it to do more than just sit there and look pretty, right?

After a few shriekin’ minutes of nonstop “OMG! Seriously? I’m hungry. OhyeahOhyeah. Yada-yada-yada. Sha-la-la-bop, sha-la-la-bop …” you might want to duct tape its cute little orange beak.

But that won’t shut it up: There is no off switch or volume button. Double OMG!

As one blogger put it: “Not the type of toy you want to be near on a long-distance flight.”

The toys are programmed to feed off each other. So perhaps you should get two. Or not.

Hasbro’s claim that the Furby has “a mind of its own” was put to the test by taking two toys to Zumba at the Mukilteo YMCA.

The purple Furby slept through class, but the blue Furby busted a move with every hip-hop song, flashing its LCD eyes and running its mouth.

“It was talking smack to me,” Zumba instructor Melissa Policy said. “During the cool-down, it yelled, ‘Let’s party!’ “

Blue Furby’s four AA batteries showed no sign of draining.

Purple Furby awoke when scooped up by Policy’s 6-year-old daughter, Bella.

“It’s my baby,” Bella said, cradling the toy in her arms and stroking the soft purple fur. “I like that you can tickle it.”

Purple Furby cooed and chuckled, then went on a rant in Furbish.

The toys got the nod from Ethan Ollis, 11.

“These are cool,” he said. “I thought it was a girl’s toy from the commercials, but it’s not. It’s like a pet you can play with but don’t have to feed.”

The price caused some sticker shock: $60? Seriously?

“I’d rather have a video game,” Ethan said.

“At that price it would have to fold laundry,” Policy said.

Her daughter wasn’t deterred.

“I want two,” Bella said.

Learn Furbish

Happy: noo-loo

Party time: dah noh-lah

Me like you: kah toh-loo- oo-nye

Tickle: nee-tye

Big joke: dah loo-loo

More information: furby.com

More in Life

‘Last Jedi’ is the best ‘Star Wars’ movie since the first one

This instant-classic popcorn movie makes clever references to the past while embracing the new.

‘The Shape of Water’: 1950s creature feature meets 2017 allegory

Director Guillermo del Toro’s allegory bears his fetishes for monsters and surrealistic environments.

‘Ferdinand’ a modern take on the beloved children’s story

The lovable bull is back in an enjoyable but spotty animated film from the makers of “Ice Age.”

Art mimicks reality in engrosing ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

The Korean film tells the story of an actress recovering from an affair with a married director.

Everett’s Michael ‘Scooby’ Silva is the leader of the (dog) pack

Since 2012, he’s built a thriving business walking dogs while their owners are at work.

Student winners to perform concertos with Mukilteo orchestra

This annual show is a partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association.

Seattle Men’s Chorus brings sassy brassy good time to Everett

The annual show, this year at the Historic Everett Theatre, has warmth of brass and pinch of sass.

This harp concert is worth the journey to Everett

Annual holiday show by Bronn and Katherine Journey is Wednesday at Everett Performing Arts Center.

Still looking for that one special recipe for the holidays?

Columnist Jan Roberts-Dominguez shares her traditional recipes for cheese soup and chocolate sauce.

Most Read