For those of you who remember, the Furby was one of the largest toy crazes of the 1990s and it’s now set to be one of the top Christmas toys for 2012. The New Generation Furby has been updated from the original bilingual creature, with loads more features to keep kids entertained.
It now boasts two large LCD eyes which make up nearly a third of the body so they really are big – this means they further enhance the range of emotions that the Furby can express. Some of these emotions include a sullen look of discontent or pure joy, as well as being able to display graphics such as love hearts and rainbows.
When you first get your hands on the Furby you’ll notice quite quickly it’ll mostly speak Furbish, before speaking more English as it’s played with. As well as responding to your touch if you tickle it’s tummy or pet it’s head, it will also respond if you play music to it or speak to it – yes this is quite an intelligent little toy.
If your Furbish language skills aren’t quite up to speed you can download a free app to help you translate it to English – the app itself works with iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch.
Don’t be worried that the Furby has no ‘off’ switch as if you leave it alone for enough time it’ll soon get tired and start snoring, before falling asleep. You can then perk it back into action by interacting with it – another clever feature. As it has a mind of it’s own that develops over time, you can really have an impact on how it behaves and your kids are set to love it – if nothing else it saves on buying a real pet!
The Furby is available in a selection of colours from £59.95 at John Lewis and Toys R Us.