It was the must-have toy of 1998,  Furbies were electronic robotic toys resembling a cross between a hamster and an owl.

Furbies were the first successful attempt to produce and sell a domestically aimed robot.

A newly purchased Furby starts out speaking entirely Furbish, the unique language that all Furbies use but are programmed to speak less Furbish as they gradually start using English.

English is learned automatically and no matter what culture they are nurtured in they learn English.

When first released, Furbies retailed for about US$35 and flew off the shelves. The demand was high which drove the holiday season sale price to over US$100.

Was Furby worth his buck? His vocab had a total of nearly 200 Furbish/English words and with some parents so desperate to please their kids they forked out as high as $300 (that’s a $1.50 a word)

When I was a kid, all I wanted for Christmas was a Hulk action figurine instead I got a Barbie doll painted green. I spit on that $300.

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