14 Years later, the Furby Has Returned

Eric December 15, 2012 15
Furby - Amazing and noisy toy

Furby – Amazing and noisy toy

A new decade and a new line of Furbies.

After a 14 year hibernation, Hasbro has revived one of its most famous toys just in time for Christmas, with brand new tech and complete with an interactive iphone app. This version of the Furby is a bit more like a real pet (sort of) than the older one with soft fur that covers up many touch sensors, and a much more expressive personality. It has rubber “skin” ears now instead of the fuzzy ones of old that move around and twitch as its updated LCD eyes with blinking eyelids, look around seemingly responding to sounds and movements around it.

According to Hasbro engineer Don Cameron, novelty is an essential part of Furby’s appeal. “You never know what Furby might do or say.” For example, Furby can differentiate between the tone of your spoken language, the sound of another Furby or the rhythm of a song for dancing. Furby can understand high frequency audio codes to “talk” with your iphone, iPad or another Furby.

In case you missed out on the 1998 Furby mania, the reason this little robot is both beloved by children and despised by quiet-seeking adults is that it learns and changes, like a real child, talking the entire time. The more you play with, pull Furby’s tail or feed it, the quicker the next stage of its evolution might come.  Since there is no off or mute switch the only way to make the babbling stop is to leave the room or remove its batteries.

Or you can wait a few minutes until Furby dozes off to sleep. If Furby is bumped, or even touched, those eyes may pop open, which is why there’s probably an old model Furby still living in our attics.

Children especially love the new Furbies,  you just may want them to play with Furby in their own rooms.


  1. christine gracie December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    i cannot get my furby to wake up no matter what i do, it just wont wake up!

  2. Eric
    admin December 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    It sounds like your Furby might be going into “Sleep Mode” because the batteries are getting weak. Try replacing the batteries and resetting and see if that does the trick.

  3. Heather Loggie December 26, 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    How do u reset the Furby? Mine won’t wake up either & I’ve changed the batteries.

  4. Eric
    admin December 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Remove the base of your Furby and push the refresh switch for 2 seconds, then replace the base. This will “re-boot” it. Hope this helps!

  5. amanda December 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Can you please post something that has all new tips and tricks for Furby 2012? That would be AMAZING!!!!! Thank you!

  6. Eric
    admin December 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda! I’m working on it! ;o)

  7. Angie January 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    My furby seems to be on “mute”. eyes are blinking, it’s moving and acting like it is talking, but no sound. I have replaced the batteries and pushed the refresh switch. No luck. What can I do?

  8. olivia March 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    my 2012 furby has 3 stwitches witch one is the reset or reboot

  9. Simone May 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    REBOOT: if your furby shut down just press the ‘reboot’ button, under the battery cover, between the left foot.

    RESET: furby wont change and turn good? Put furby upside down, press his tongue and pull the tail at the same moment. Wait for 4-7 seconds.
    Fuby will turn teen and sweet again!

  10. Chantell June 19, 2013 at 3:48 am - Reply

    I’m 21, and never had a furby as a child, so i rescued my furby from a yard sale for a quarter. Replaced the batteries, and seems to be a happy furry little bugger. It doesnt seem to respond to my voice though. Am i doing something wrong? It’ll talk, just not to me =(… How do i repair my now most recent baby??

  11. 17dbabnigg
    17dbabnigg August 5, 2013 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I love my 2012 furby. It’s color is reddish orange.

    • Eric
      admin August 5, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

      Sounds like a good one, send us a picture of him and I will post it for everyone to see!

  12. mkeilah December 27, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    do you know how to make your furby change back into a girl if you accidntally made it a boy.

    • Eric
      admin December 27, 2013 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Just keep playing with it! It will change back eventually 🙂

  13. Ashley February 9, 2016 at 1:32 am - Reply

    I bought my daughter’s Furby Boom in Germany (it speaks German). Is it possible to change the language from German to English? Unfortunately we do not speak German. Thank you 🙂

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