"Furby is an American electronic robotic toy that was originally released in 1998 by Tiger Electronics. It resembles a hamster or owllike creature and went through a period of being a "must-have" toy following its holiday season launch, with continual sales until 2000. Over 40 million Furbies were sold during the three years of its original production, with 1.8 million sold in 1998, and 14 million in 1999. Its speaking capabilities were translated into 24 languages. 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 is programmed to start using English words and phrases in place of Furbish over time."-Wikipedia
I like furbies alot, and they're one of my main current hyperfixes at the time! I think they're really cute, and i like the 1998-2007 ones more than the 2012/2016 ones because the LED eyes look super weird to me. I've never had the 1998/2007 ones before, but i used to have 2 of the 2012-2016 furbies. I almost got one of the 1998 special editions, but he got lost in the mail, which sucks. :(
Furbies speak their own language, Furbish! Each furby comes with a Furbish dictionary that tells you what everything they say means. "Dah-Ay-Loh-Oo-Tye!" means "Good Morning!" and "Dah-Boo!!" means "Big no!!". I like how their voices sound alot, and i think they sound really cute! Not everyone thinks that, and some people find their voices creepy or annoying, but i think they sound just fine!!! A list of all furbish words can be found HERE!!
Lots of people have been making custom furbies recently which i think is really cool!! People do things like paint on their faceplates, give them piercings,change or dye the fur, or even make things like long furbies and other oddbodies!!! There's SOOO many cool looking custom furbies out there, and one day i'll hopefully get to make my very own too!!
There's not just Furbies either!! There's also Shelby, a close friend of Furby's, who lives in a cute little shell!! Shelbies were first released in 2001, and Tiger Electronics stopped manufacturing of them in 2002. Shelbies speak Furbish, English, AND their own language, Shelbish!! Shelbies and Furbies can talk to each other, just like they can to other Shelbies/Furbies. Two generations of Shelbies were made, both with 6 color variants of them. There's also one unproduced yellow Shelby! There's also some lore between Shelby and Furby in the Shelby Care and Training Guide, that says that they met on the island A-loh May-lah.