Furby Knows Best: The Real Story of Why I Became a Furby Fan

SURPRISE! On December 25th we welcomed the newest member to our household – a purple furry creature best known as Furby.


Technically, I was forewarned of Furby’s arrival…

(One of many early November phone conversations between my mother and I)

Mom: Have you ever heard of Furby?
Me: Umm… it sounds familiar, not sure. What is it?

Mom: It is this cute little fuzzy creature with big ears that talks furbish.
Me: {Silence…}

Mom: AND there is an app that you can get to feed it!
Me: {increasingly awkward silence…  a.k.a. No response}

Mom: So anyway, I am getting it for your sister’s kids and I think your kids will love it too.
Me: {knowing it is discussion-less} Ohh-kay… interesting?

Admittedly, I don’t think I really got what this Furby-thing-of-a-bob was.
(I mean, would you from that conversation?)

Our New Needy Friend

After the holidays, it took us a little while to get around to Furby.

However eventually, after the latest Wii Games were played, legos were built and puzzles were pieced together – from the wee corners of my daughter’s cluttered bedroom dresser (where admittedly I tried to hide it) my kids spied the purple furry thing.

The discovery was bound to happened.

On the snowy and cold afternoon of the unavoidable Furby unearthing, I sat writing in my home office when my daughter first approached me. “Mom,” she questioned. “Can you help me open Furby?”

“Sure.” I flatly responded (not particularly sold on his value).

Minutes later my writing was interrupted again by a request for batteries.
Followed by the need for a screw driver to put in the batteries.
Followed by a plea to download the Furby app.

Until finally I gave up on work and gave in to Furby’s overly excessive needs.

Things I discovered about Furby over the past week:
(which others may already know, but which I failed to research prior to our inescapable Furby acquisition)

  • He has no “Off” switch.
  • He has a mean streak.
  • You TOO can learn furbish! (Yes! There’s an app for that!)
  • My 3-year old is consumed with a need to feed Furby (via the iPad app)

The other night, in a successful attempt to divert my 3-year-old from another over-obsessive Furby feeding binge, we decided upon having a “family dance party.”

If you haven’t see Furby bust a beat – he’s got moves.
No joke. (In our case, think Michael Jackson as a purple ball of hair).

It really is hysterical.
I actually found myself softening to the little fuzzball.

After about 45 minutes of giggles, all us “non-Furby-folk” were starting to get a bit tired. It was late evening and my children’s bedtime was looming. So instead of dancing with him we decided to watched him dance.

I’m not certain if he somehow “sensed” our exhaustion (because – at this point – I am willing to believe anything about Furby-the-Great), or if instead he just decided he did not like Maroon 5. Because this is what happened:

Direct video link here.

Apparently my kids hold Furby’s judgement in high regard, because if Furby was ready for bed…


Anyone Anything who can get my kids to bed this quickly, is moved up a notch in my book.
I think I’m officially a Furby Fan.

P.S. Thanks Mom – for the “gentle” Furby push 🙂

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6 Responses to Furby Knows Best: The Real Story of Why I Became a Furby Fan

  1. Missy says:

    I’m not really a fan and my kids find him creepy, so I doubt he’ll join our house. I do love your story about him though! Thanks, Kate!
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    • Kate F. says:

      Agreed. Furby is a bit creepy… kind of like the Elf on the Shelf 🙂 LOL. Glad you enjoyed the story. Every time I watch the video of him drowsing off I can’t help but smile.

  2. Adrienne
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    Oh, I love this story. The requests for batteries, screwdriver, and then the app. I laughed out loud.
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  3. Missy says:

    You almost make me want to get a Furby. Almost. 😉
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    • Kate F. says:

      Pretty convincing reasoning, isn’t it? My sleep, the kids sleep, sleep in general… will always win my heart over. Every time!

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