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Elderly Furby Neglect

Updated on November 25, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

A Furby from the past.
A Furby from the past. | Source

Fun with Old Furbies

They are cute. They can talk. They are furry. They are a blast from the past. They are elderly Furbies.

Now that the new Furbies are hitting the market, one must ask, "What happened to the old Furbies?" Why are we so eager to start new with these expensive, brightly colored Furbies when there are elderly Furbies that still have life in them? It is pretty unfair. Someone has to speak up for the senior citizen Furbies. That is why I am writing this important hub.

Let us not forget the Fultis and Maydahs and Meemees and Nooloos from the past. They were lovely creatures with pleasant dispositions. Sure, many a Furby suffered an untimely death when a dog or cat got to them. However, many Furbies still exist.

Elderly Furbies still live in the back of closets, hide in the shadows in attics, and lurk in garages. They want to be loved. It is totally unfair for a new batch of Furbies to arrive without giving the elderly Furbies the proper attention and love they deserve. We can all make a difference. Let's put an end to Elderly Furby Neglect!

Elderly Furbies Have Tales to Tell

You may not realize it, but elderly Furbies still have a lot to contribute. They are still adorable. Their stories in the old Furbish language are fascinating. The younger Furbies can learn so much from senior citizen Furbies. Maybe they can't dance or talk to your iPhone like new Furbies, but they still have a lot going for them.

For instance, old Furbies can share their tales from long ago. They remember a time of being sold at stores like Montgomery Wards. There was that one Christmas when customers scurried all the way from end of the mall to the other end just to find a Furby. If there was a snow on the ground, I'll bet they even had to walk through plenty of feet of snow for miles (or just through the parking lot) to get a Furby. Those fluffy little critters were flying out the store and everyone wanted one!

Furbies can even educate the younger Furbies about a time when President Clinton was still in office and alternative music was actually still cool. The Furbies were also afraid of Y2K. After all, if you were filled with that many computer chips, you might be scared of the year 2000, too!

Some old school Furbies.
Some old school Furbies. | Source

Bring the Old Furbies Out!

I believe the time has come! It is no longer right to keep the elderly Furbies hidden anymore. It is time for a Furby revolution! Those cute old guys don't deserve to be neglected. The senior citizen Furbies should be part of society again.

Just because these new Furbies are so brightly colored you could spot one a mile away, doesn't mean the old Furbies should be ignored. Their pastel colors or gray or white fur was appreciated not that long ago by many Furby fans. You can even do your part to make your older Furby feel more comfortable around the new Furbies. Knitting a nice, bright sweater for your elderly Furby will certainly make him feel more at home with the new crew.

Don't forget, there were even special edition Furbies, such as Baby Furbies, Santa Furbies, and Gremlin Furbies. Those little balls of fluff are ready to come out of retirement as well. It is time to appreciate your older Furbies. It is also a good time to remember when you could get one for 30 bucks at the store. For $60, these new Furbies better be able to cook dinner! I am getting off topic though....

Bring out your old Furbies! Take a walk down memory lane. Your elderly Furby will say, "Dah-kah-oo-nye!" In case you don't know what that means, it is, "thank you" in Furbish.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... they can be annoying. I recently moved my 3 old Furbies from my parents' house to my apartment, but they are in a closet again. Their blank stares were kind of creeping me out. I just could not stand the thought of putting batteries in them though. I remembered how needy they could be! Thanks for the votes and thank for your comment.

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I bought myself and our daughter a Furby years ago. I thought they were so cute. They did become really irritating and got put up in the closet after a few months. Now our granddaughter is 16 months old and I found the Furbies. We brought them out for her to play with, that may have been a mistake. They may be old, but they are still irritating. I recently found one sitting outside, our daughter said she had enough of the old Furby and it wasn't coming back into the house with batteries in it! LOL Cute hub! Up and funny! :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I loved my Furbies, too. My mother actually enjoyed them as much as I did. She used to "babysit" when I was out of the house. Sorry your Furby got "lost" somehow. Funny how that happened. I hope you and your children enjoy the new Furbies. Thanks for the comment!

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    Chewy Mommy 5 years ago

    Oh how I loved my Furby when I was little! The little bugger drove my mom crazy though and one day I came home from school and it was suddenly lost. I am pretty sure the talkative fluff ball was a victim of garbage can burial, poor thing.

    My 4 and 5 year old are each getting a new Furby for Christmas and I hope they enjoy them as much as I did. I have to admit, I kind of want to play with them too, lol!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    shiningirisheyes - Yes, hooray for the elderly Furbies and their second chance at life! :-)

    DeborahNeyens - I can imagine Furbies would not make good dog toys. Nor would it make sense economically to buy one for a dog. I hope the Furby was regifted. :-)

    Thank you both for the comments!

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    Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

    Funny I should see this today. Just this morning when getting out my Christmas decorations, I found a Furby that someone had given my dog for Christmas last year. Note that Furbies do not make good dog toys. This one has seen better days.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

    How adorable and funny my friend! Here's to the elderly furbies everywhere.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hmmm.... now the Beanie Babies want to get in on this? Sigh. I suppose we can help them, too. They simply aren't as exciting!

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    Cindy D Whipany 5 years ago

    I've just been told (won't say by whom) that the correct term is "Elder Furby." These statesmen among toys believe it's their duty to assist other toys who wind up in the back of the closet. I think there's a rivalry between the Elder Furbies and the Beanie Babies, or maybe it's just a weekly scrimmage ...

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I used to love the old Furbies... and I was 22 when they came out! Even my mother loved the Furby at first. After a while, the Furby antics start to wear thin though... be warned! I heard the new Furbies do even more than the old Furbies, so look out if you get it for your daughter. Thanks for the comment!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    I had never heard of these until my 10 year old put it at the top of her Christmas list. I have to ask my much younger brother if he remembers these old school furbies. Fun hub!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    PaisleeGal - Thanks for your comment and your elderly Furby support! These cute old critters deserve a second chance at life. I mean, I am not putting batteries in mine anytime soon, but hey, at least I took them out the closet. :-)

    Ruchira - Thank you! I am happy you liked the hub. Furbies are great for little kids, but they are kind of expensive. I wonder if the child you are shopping for wants a Furby or just a stuffed animal? Stuffed animals can't talk back to you and give you an attitude like a Furby. Hehe.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    What a coincidence. Just today I got a wishing tree list from a kid asking for a furry toy.

    Great hub...interesting to read about this elderly furby.

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    Pat Materna 5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

    Jeannie and other Furby advocates out there ... I've been following the comments and I must say they have brightened my Monday here at work. It warms my heart and tickles my giggle bone to know that there are folks that not afraid to be an advocate for such an unappreciated little creature from the past. lol ... Geriatric Furbies everywhere will soon be able to come out of their hiding places, those dark corners where they've been pushed into with the batteries removed to shut them up and take a stand to a more complete life and I'm sure all them that can be revived will without hesitation be willing to be needed mentors to the new generation of Furbies.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am happy you enjoyed the hub. Also, the elderly Furbies of the world appreciate your interest in this hub. They pretty much only know how to read Furbish, but I am sure they trust me to spread the word for them. Thanks for the comment and the vote up!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    jeannie......Only you could do a hub like this, the justice it deserves. Actually, only you would even think of a hub like this. Really cute, Jeannie....I love this. Being an elder myself, I appreciate your concern and compassion.

    I admit I never owned a Furby...nor even bought one for someone else, but I am positive that you're absolutely correct to feel as you do and fight this fight for the elderly Furbies. Thank Heaven for Champions like you, Jeannie!! Bless you. UP+++

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    carol7777 - Furbies were popular in the late 90s, seem to vanish for about 10 years, and now they are back. They are cute, but a little annoying.

    drbj - I am not sure if I'd like to lead the campaign to have Furbies run for office. I think they need to learn English better before doing so. Once they get that down, I am into it.

    That Grrl - That is true. I think many Furbies found their way to the dump. :-(

    PaisleeGal - Furbies were around in 1998. I remember get one at Montgomery Wards on Christmas Eve. They had a small last minute shipment and people fought to get them. Thanks for the vote up!

    Thanks for the comments!

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    Pat Materna 5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

    Funny!! Seems my kids had these. What years were they first introduced??

    Cute story! voted up

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    Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    Poor elder Furby. Too bad none of them can really be recycled.

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    I believe, Jeannie, we should all get behind and support the Furby 'fur' President campaign. They cannot do any worse than the ones we have had so far. Would you care to to lead the charge?

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    Probably the only on who has not a clue who furbies are. they look cute enough. Always fun to learn about something new.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Alecia Murphy - Hahaha... apparently Furbies freaked out a lot of people. I loved them! I can understand being afraid of them though... I am still afraid of that My Buddy doll. I sure hope he doesn't make a comeback! Thanks for the comment!

    justateacher - That is pretty funny. Furbies were quite chatty. Since I dug mine out, I have to admit I like looking at them better than hearing them. I am not putting batteries in them anytime soon! I am also not paying $50 or $60 for a new one, that is for sure. That is a week's worth of groceries for me. Thanks for your comment!

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    LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

    Furbies! Oh how they irritated me when my daughters just had to have them! I don't know how many times I wandered around my home with a baseball bat trying to find who was talking in my house in the middle of the night - and found a Furby at the end of search. Those critters never shut up!! Those Furbies have long ago went to the toy dump...I had hoped I would never see another Furby in my life...but here they are again!

    I am glad you are trying to save the elderly Furbies - they all have their places - just as long as its not as at my house!

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    Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    To me Furbies were to kids of the 1990s what the Goonies were to kids of the 80s. As a 90s kids, I saw Furbies but were so freaked out about them that I couldn't even look at one. Thankfully no one ever gave me one. I don't know they're making a comeback but I guess what's old is new again. I do like the 90s references- and I'm sorry about Alternative music! Great stuff :).