The Furby Is Back

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Furby is back! The must-have toy of 1998 will return this holiday season, but this isn’t your father’s Furby. Hasbro is re-launching the furry character for the digital age, with apps, new sensors and more.

You may remember Furby from his first incarnation, the chatty five-inch-tall robot that found its way under countless Christmas trees in the late ’90s. Furby was equipped with robotic eyes and ears, simple sensors and the ability to speak. A lot.

The new Furby takes the idea of a talking electronic sidekick to a new level: Covered in blue-green fur, its body is more active, with the ability to wiggle its ears and dance. In an interesting design choice, Hasbro opted to replace Furby’s classic white eyes with LCDs.

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