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New Furby 2012 Review: How is it Different from the Original and Where Can I Get One?

Updated on August 23, 2017

New Furby 2012 Review

The new Furby 2012 is back on the scene and just like the earlier versions, Furby is proving to be a very popular toy for children (and nostalgic adults) of all ages.

It's been at least ten years since we were first introduced to these googly eyed little creatures.

Kids everywhere instantly fell in love with them and we, as parents and caregivers, somehow managed to tolerate them.

The new Furbies are just as adorable as the old ones, but come with a few extra features as well as their own Furby accessories, such as these highly fashionable and cute Furby sling bags, super cozy Furby chairs and these ultra cool Furby glasses.

But, is it worth buying one of these new Furbies? How are they different from the original Furby versions? Have they really changed THAT much? And where can you buy a Furby for cheap?

Read on to find out more.

Where to Buy a Furby

Buy Furby online

If you're wondering where to buy a Furby, you really should check out two great places: Amazon and eBay.

Amazon is good because you don't need to worry about competing with other bidders as you would on eBay. You simple click on the Furby of choice and buy him or her.

eBay has it's advantages too, and if you're lucky you can find cheap Furbies for sale. Take a quick look at these eBay Furby listings ending today.

So if you're wondering where to find cheap Furbies for sale, right now it seems to be Amazon or eBay. The advantage of Amazon being that you may be eligible for free shipping.

OLD FURBY SPECS

Weight: about 1lb

Height: roughly 6"

Batteries: 4 AA (bought separately)

Age: 3 to 10 years old

Online Price (2012): between $44 and $100 (for special editions)

Release Date: First generation Furbies came on to the scene in 1998

Millennium Furby
Millennium Furby

The Original Look

Old vs new Furby

We'll never forget the original Furbies. They capture the hearts of so many people both young and old and very quickly became an icon of the late 90s.

The original Furbies came in a wide assortment of colors; solid colors like white (good old Hasbro - always thinking of practicality... hmm), black and brown. There were of course, variations of these. Some had different colored spots, other were a combination of colors.

Furby babies came in pretty pastel colors such as baby blue, pink and green. All of them had short hair that felt plush to the touch.

Then there were the special editions, but in all honesty the only thing 'special' about them were that they came in totally unique colors, looked like a Furby playing dress up and the packaging was a little different. Think back to the Graduation Furby and the Millennium Furby, which kinda looked like a spaceman, well to me anyway.

Old Furby also had a fluffy tail, big cloth ears which flapped about, as well as those plastic moving googly eyes and beak-like mouth.

Each Furby was made just that more unique and desirable by their eye colors, which varied from toy to toy. There was a sound and motion sensor that was located between the Furbies eyes, allowing it to interact with its owner.

Original Furbies - Play Features

Original Furby features

Furbies start off speaking their own language. It's called Furbish and it sure does sound mighty cute, although totally incomprehensible. But after a period of acclimatization they start to pick up on the English language.

It's pretty cool how each Furby would come with its own dictionary, to help kids work out what the heck they were saying. Not that kids really minded having a language barrier. It seemed that that was part of the fun of playing with Furbies.

Another thing you could do with Furbies was teach them tricks. Nothing too heavy, just things like getting them to respond to their name and a few other basic actions. For the most part though, Furbies were just these cute (if not vocally annoying) fluff balls, that made funny noises and randomly responded to certain commands.

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NEW FURBY SPECS:

Weight: still about 1lb

Height: around 8"

Batteries: 4 AA (buy separately)

Age: 6 years and up

Online Price (2012): pre-ordering starts at around $60

Release Date: September 2012

New Furby 2012 in Action - Furby features

Pink Furby 2012
Pink Furby 2012

The New Furby 2012 Review

Furby review 2012

Furby 2012 generally has the same body shape and features as the original Furby, but they are only available in solid colors (at least for the time being) with shorter hair and a wave-like pattern cut into the fur.

Their yellow beak-like mouths are still made out of plastic, but their ears are now fashioned out of a latex type material, as opposed to cloth. This gives the new Furby a much more realistic look, as the movement of the ears is more fluid like.

New Furby 2012 Play Features

Furby 2012 commands

As I mentioned above, the new Furbies now have more expressive eyes; they actually move in accordance to your Furby's mood. So if Furby is feeling sad, Furby will look real sad.

The learn from play aspect of the Furby is still very much present, so the more time your child spends playing with their Furby friend, the more English their Furby will speak. And get this; Furby now dances, shaking and generally grooving to the beat of music through a wide range of movements. How cool is that?

What's even cooler, and the biggest change of the 2012 model, is that Furby has been 'app' pimped! You can now download apps onto your smartphone that make Furby even more interactive.

The translator app, for example, will interpret whatever Furby says into English. You just get Furby to talk into your phone. There is also an online dictionary that you can tap into.

With another app, you can prepare your Furby's meals and 'feed' him or her electronically.

The New Furbies! - New Furby vs old Furby colors

furby 2012
furby 2012

Is the Furby Worth Buying?

Furby review 2012

Physically, the old and new versions of Furby pretty much look the same, as do many of the core play features. The biggest difference is in the introduction of the smartphone apps and the online dictionary.

If you don't own a smartphone, you're not really going to benefit much from buying a new Furby model. If that's the case, you are probably better off sticking with the older Furbies. There are still plenty of them on sale and you'll save a few bucks too..

The differences really aren't that great, however, Furby 2012 is designed for a new generation of children, and as a result, it will be one of the most sought after toys right through to 2013.

Regardless of the minimal differences, these will still sell like smoking hotcakes and no doubt your child will be putting the pressure on you to deliver.

Ultimately, the final decision rests with you as to whether you feel the new Furby 2012 will make a good gift for the person you're intending to buy for.

Which is Your Fave?

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Aww thank you Selina for leaving the cutest comment! I'm pleased you're happy with your little Furby.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have the the pink teal and she is completely adorable! i had no idea she was rare at all! the cutest stage is when there sleeping they look really cute ! but i pefer to play with mine

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i'm 13 and i want this ^-^

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      Any of the new Furbies are 100 times better than the earlier models. :)

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Great lens.Furbies are cool!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love furbies I two a red one and a pink one with turquoise ears loll called them cuckoo and sherbet my sister got a twilight one named star

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      @NibsyNell: Good for you. :)

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      I prefer the look of the old ones but my parents wouldn't let me have one of those when I was younger. :( Gonna get one of the new ones now though to make up for what I missed out on! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved the older furby. Im now 21 years old, I am personally buying the new pink one for my self :) they were a loving memory iv had for years, gotta get the new one! And when my mom got me my first one they were pretty much sold out so I got the red and black one the only color I didn't like,but still Absolutely Cherished it :)

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      Food101 4 years ago

      hw can we forget the Furby's Gush you just reminded me of those childhood days.

      Really nice lens. Very informative and helpful

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      I still have my old Furby, and while it was cute, it never did much more than sit on my book shelf. I never could teach it to speak English! Cute, but doubt I will purchase a new one.

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 4 years ago from Florida

      OMgoodness I remember when Furby's first came out the madness and now 15 some odd years later they are coming back better than ever......toys don't change they just evolve. Interesting. Thanks for the flashback.

      ~Becky

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Ciara! It's really to access the new apps that add to the integration of the new Furby. I guess Hasbro wanted to follow in the footsteps of other top toy manufacturers who seem to be incorporating more technology into their toys.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why do you need a smartphone?

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      mjoonline 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: Yes they are appealing. I think it's the eyes. )

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Still both cute and creepy, though - I do quite like them, though! Thanks for sharing!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      These look amazing! Great lense.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are cute. I didn't know there were old and new Furby.

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      J_Amani 4 years ago

      I don't remember Furby's.

      They look like the "it" toy parents fight over on Black Friday at Toys R Us.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just got to know Furby. It looks like Furby is very popular.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My favorite toy when I was little, I actually didn't know those toys still exist. Really love then and this new Furby looks even better :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Gosh, they're cute! Great gift for grandchildren...

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah the new features aren't really all singing and dancing, but the fact that it's a new version is what's going to sell these. People always want the latest things don't they? If you're not buying one for someone else as a gift, then waiting until after the holidays may well be a good call.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Im wondering if Furby 2012 will be Apple itouch compatible (as I have a very sad smart phone). I REALLY want one for myself!! The commercials made it seem like Furby would sync with your music, like it would doot-doot to the beat or whatever. I expected this newer Furby to have a more Tamagatchi-like timer for feeding and growing times as well as a higher language-learning capibility. I'm not sold on it yet. I read somewhere that they can become very nasty and mean if neglected. $60-$80 is an awful lot to spend on myself around the holidays, but I wouldn't be upset if someone bought it for me as a gift...I wont hold my breath there, but I may buy it after the holidays.

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      TheGoGlobalBabe 5 years ago

      Hey, I think your right the new Furby is going to sell out for sure!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the amazing new Furby with new features.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Gotta love the Furby - we have quite the collection in our home

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @dellgirl: I'm glad you found the info of use. I really enjoyed writing this lens - Squidoo is so much fun lol. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information on The New Furby 2012, itâs very helpful!

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @anonymous: *Clears throat* I'm only a few years older than you and I want one lol. Go for it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is it wrong to want one of these as a 24 year old!!! I might have to add two to the shopping list one each for me and the g/f lol

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Oh wow my very first Squid blessing! Doing the monster mash right now lol.

      Thank you. Also, it must have been you who tipped me up into the Squidoo Spirit Top 40 just, so double thanks!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, blessed!

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: They really are... A bit too cute, it's too hard to choose between them. :) Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. Appreciate it.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      These guys are so cute!

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I knooow! Just had to make my very first lens about them hehe. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hehehe, Furbys I almost forgat on them. They are so cute:). Fantastic lens.

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hmm I see a lot of people hanging onto the old Furbies, maybe that's the reason why? I asked my 10 year old cousin if she wanted an updated Furby. Silly question really because of course she does LOL. Now I have like 3 of them to buy. Eeek!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought one recently and was totally bummed that Hasbro ditched the dialogue recognition feature. The last Furby would respond accordingly (if in the mood) when you told it to "Play a game," or "Sing me a song," or "Tell me a joke," etc. I would gladly trade the new iPad "feeding" gimmick for the old vocal recognition feature. Lazy on Hasbro's part.

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @flinnie lm: I know, I love them all. My niece has already decided that I'm going to buy all of them for her lol.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi these are cute.

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      @jolou: Mmm, I'm sort of thinking about getting one for myself lol. They are actually great toys, so I'm pleased to see the new model.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      These sound like fun items for kids.