Where can I buy Furby? Where can I buy a Spanish, Japanese, Special Edition (etc.) Furby?

I have a small list of sites that sell Furby online in my Furby Links section. Below is the published list that Tiger put on their page in November..

Tiger Electronics list: Ames, Army/Airforce PX, Action Ace, Benny's, Big E, Big Entertainment, BJ's, Bradlees, Caldor, Checkmate, Costco, Duckwall - ALCO, eToys, eGifts, Electronics Boutique, FAO Schwartz, FingerHut, Gibsons, Grandpask, HTF Toys, Hills, KB Toys, KB Kids, Kmart, Super K (KMart), Kohls, K's Merchandise, Family Toy Warehouse, JC Penny, Johnny's Toys, Meijers, Fred Meyer, Media Play, Natural Wonders, Noodle Kidoodle, Boscov's, PM Place, Puzzle Zoo, Roses, Sams Club, Sears, Shopko, Spags, Target, The Store.com, Toys R Us, Walgreens, Walmart, Wards, West Coast Sports & Zany Brainy.

Want some other places to buy Furby and other Special Edition Furbys online? Well here's a list of sites.

Still can't find the one you want? A good place to check is Ebay.com Auctions. Also check out my Furby Links page towards the bottom are a bunch of links to other sellers online.

How do I wake Furby up?

Furby is woken up by motion. He can be woken up most anyway and even accidentally if moved. Pick Furby up and give him a hug, he will most likely wake up. Tilt Furbys body from side to side or turn him upside down. This all will wake him up.

It has been my experience that some Furbys are harder to wake up then others. One of my Furbys (solid black/green eyes) is really difficult to wake up.. I call him a deep sleeper. My other Furby (Black/White tux) is really easy to wake up and takes very little to get that light sleeper alert!

Please note that the only thing that can wake up Furby is movement. Sound and the pressing of his sensors do not wake him up. Besides opening and closing the battery compartment, only movement can wake him up.

All generations after the original six Furbys have Deep Sleep Mode, and when in Deep Sleep Mode, can only be woken up when you turn them completely upside down.

How do I make Furby go to sleep?

To make Furby sleep do one of the following:
-Leave him alone for 5 minutes, he will go to sleep.
-Leave him alone in a dark room, this will put him to sleep.
-Cover his eyes for 20 seconds, thus will make him think it's night and he will sleep.
-Pet his back between 10 and 20 times continually, he will eventually fall asleep.

Deep Sleep Mode: If you have a Generation two Furbys, Furby generation three, Furby Generation Four or a Special Edition Furby there is a mode called 'deep sleep'. This is to make your Furby stay asleep unless turned directly upside down. To do this you make 3 loud sounds (by clapping or yelling), make sure he notices it 3 times, then pet him once. He will start sing twinkle twinkle 3 times in a row (this being an easter egg) *while he is singing* hold both his tummy and back switch at the same time. Keep holding and before he finishes the 3 twinkle twinkles, he will yawn and go to sleep. This enables Furby to be carried around without waking him up easily. This ONLY works on generation two and up of Furby NOT on the original six colors! It's a wonderful feature, it is too bad they did not make it on the first six colors.

Is there such thing as Easter Eggs? What are they?

Yes, Easter Eggs do exist in Furby. An Easter Egg is programming put in Furby, but purposely left out of the instructions. They are hidden reactions and phrases of an unusual nature. When one of these is revealed Furby will act in a manner that he does not normally act. Tiger Electronics Bill, the lead project manager of The Furby Project, said there are about a dozen Easter Eggs in Furby that can make him sing, dance, burp, get the hic ups and more! Unfortunately he would not give hints on how each was done (interview with MSN).

I do know a few of the Easter Eggs he is referring to.

-To get Furby to Burp 8 times in a row, feed him 3 times then pet his back once.

-To get him to sing twinkle twinkle 3 times in a row you need to make a loud sound three times (by clapping or yelling, make sure he acknowledges it 3 times) then pet his back. I just figured this one out. You hear it here first, I've never seen it anywhere else!

-I just figured out another Easter Egg in Furby. If you missed his name and you want to have him say it tickle him 3 times, then pet his back once. He will say "Me ___" The blank being his name. I'll post new ones as I find them out.. you heard it here at Mystic Fortress first :)

-Furby gets the hic cups (and it's *really* cute) after being tossed around or whatever.. anything that makes him use his motion sensors.. after several minutes he will get the hic cups after being played with in this manner for so long. That's the only way I know of.

-To make Furby say "Cookle-Doodle-Doo (3 times) Me love you!" Is simple. Just cover his eyes 3 times, then pet his back once.

-It is rumored that Furby will speak Spanish if reset and say "Bueno" - This is completely rumor and I've never heard this. Just as well someone could have misunderstood something he said in Furbish. Either way that's rumor until someone proves it's true or Tiger speaks up about it. In fact I think that this is a total misunderstanding all together. I think the word they are hearing is one that Furby often says when he wakes up or is first started up. The word is Way-loh, meaning sleep. It sounds really really close to 'Bueno'. I think this is a total rumor.

Who is the creator of Furby?

Furby was the invention of Dave Hampton, who runs the toy and game design company Sounds Amazing! design in northern California. Hampton is a freelance electronics engineer and former Mattel designer who once helped code Atari video games (including Q*Bert for the Atari 2600 system) in the 1980's. Hampton, who began building robots as a teenager, was inspired to invent Furby when he found the key chain virtual pets (i.e., Bandai's Tamagotchi and Tiger Electronics' Giga Pet) very limiting with its small screens, crude graphics, and high-pitched beeping sounds. He wanted to improve on the virtual pet idea by creating a real-world cuddly pet with a more advanced vocabulary. Hampton sold his invention to Tiger Electronics and the rest is history. He seems like a really cool guy and very friendly. I get that impression from the CNN interview.

Boise resident Caleb Chung is the co-inventor of the Furby. As of 11/13/98 he couldn't even buy one for himself even though he wants one - because they were no where to be found in the stores!

What is the difference between re-set and re-start? Why is it so important not to re-start?

People get these terms mixed up and confused often, but the difference between the two is rather big. The difference between the two procedures is this:

Re-set is to help Furby fix himself. If Furby is jammed or something seems to be wrong and nothing else seems to fix him, then taking a small pointed object and pressing the small re-set button located on the bottom of Furby next to the battery compartment will help fix any problems he is having. Re-set will not erase his memory, it is simply interrupting the flow of power (kinda like taking out the batteries and putting them back in). He will go through the 'dance' he does when he wakes up and hopefully fixing any problems that existed before. All memory will remain in tact though! This is the big difference here. Do not reset unless necessary.

Re-starting, on the other hand, has a much longer lasting effect on Furby and is purely a last resort to everything! Only use this when everything else fails! If something really goes wrong with Furby, you may have to re-start. If you re-start me, Furby will go back to the beginning and will not remember his name. It's like starting all over again. It is important NOT to re-start Furby unless necessary because it will be like you and Furby never met before. You should only do this if all other ways to get Furby to work FAIL. Please make sure you try and fix Furby with all the other options BEFORE RE-START!

To Re-Start Furby:
-Hold Furby upside down.
-Put your finger in Furbys mouth and hold down his tongue.
-Push the reset button on the bottom of Furby with a small pointed object.

Be sure to read the trouble shooting guide in Furbys instructions before you make this decision and make sure that you have done everything possible to recover Furby before you re-start.

Why is it so important not to re-start? Well MSN had an interview with Bill the Project Manager of Furby at Tiger Electronics and this is what he had to say:

Bill: "As with any circuit or software you do not want to interrupt the program artificially too often. Also re-starting clears the memory and basically starts Furby at the beginin. It is not specifically damaging to Furby but he does need to shut down normally for this memory to be stable over time. No, ultimately, [re-setting if done carefully] will not hurt Furby."

It is okay to restart... it won't hurt your Furby, just be good to Furby.. I'd imagine resetting several times in a row might mess him up a bit, but I can't be sure.

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