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Furby toys ‘turn nasty,
seedy and inappropriate’

Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Jane Bradley

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/8/2014 10:47:11 AM

It was one of the most coveted gifts of the festive period and turned up under thousands of Christmas trees last year. But now parents have hit out at popular must-have toy the Furby Boom after it emerged that some of the creatures have developed “inappropriate” second personalities which have upset their children. The Furby, an electronic robotic toy which requires children to talk to and stroke it, as well as feed and put it to sleep, was a major hit when makers Hasbro relaunched the 1990s classic last year. The cute creation made it into the toy hit lists

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Toy (designed by Steven King?) transforms into a leering Bill Clinton if it doesn´t get its way.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/8/2014 10:52:10 AM     (No. 9724505)

"Dave....I´m really feeling much better now."

HAL- 2001 A Space Odyssey

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/8/2014 10:52:30 AM     (No. 9724506)

“Our daughter had already been doting on the thing. What more could it want?” asked one parent online.

What kind of parent worries about what a toy "wants"? If it´s seedy and inappropriate and disturbs the child ... throw it away! Easy as that. Don´t whine about it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 2/8/2014 11:08:07 AM     (No. 9724524)

Just pull out the dang batteries!!!!! Stupid yuppie parents!!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/8/2014 11:17:44 AM     (No. 9724540)

FTA: A spokeswoman for Hasbro said that the toy was designed to have more than one personality, switching to a less friendly version if the child does not show it enough attention.

It´s bizarre that Hasbro designed the toy to have multiple personalities depending on how it´s played with. Has Hasbro forgotten that its target consumers are chlldren? That is just creepy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 2/8/2014 11:24:21 AM     (No. 9724552)

Reading this story my first reaction is to laugh. My second reaction is to run out and buy one for myself.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Corndoggies, 2/8/2014 11:26:21 AM     (No. 9724554)

Less friendly equals "Oh baby"? Agreed, creepy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lucky4, 2/8/2014 11:32:06 AM     (No. 9724562)

That is just creepy. A mans voice saying, oh baby, or I don´t like you?
Who the heck thought that was a good idea?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/8/2014 11:34:45 AM     (No. 9724568)

Are buyers warned of this? Doesn´t sound like this. A bad Chinese joke on the West?

Creepy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: volksford, 2/8/2014 11:35:46 AM     (No. 9724570)

Grow up and take some adult resposibility...kill it ! Remember Old Yeller ? The young man loved Yeller but had to do him in. Now you have the oppourtunity to teach a tough love lesson to your youngster.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kono, 2/8/2014 11:42:19 AM     (No. 9724574)

The first thought that crossed my mind is that maybe lavishing attention on it has something to do with it turning foul? That seems to be the way humans are wired, as evidenced by the recent "affluenza" flap. Over-indulging people turns them into beasts of entitlement.

´But furbys are programmed to be sweeter if you dote on them,´ one might object. Aren´t humans expected to be as nice as you treat them, too? Things don´t always react the way you expect them to react.

I´m not declaring this, nor even suggesting... just wondering.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 2/8/2014 12:09:37 PM     (No. 9724597)

Now I TOLD people this toy was actually Stephen Spielberg wanting to clear his warehouse of all those Mogwai dolls...now we know their true nature don´t we????

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/8/2014 12:32:22 PM     (No. 9724638)

This toy could be ´Chucky´
or that crazed clown in the tv ads that marches closer to the front door. In fact, it is much too life like. We already have politicians and toys that p on our leg...now there is a toy that will take up their sport of taking us for fools. Where is Chatty Cathy and GI Joe?



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Reply 13 - Posted by: mamafrog, 2/8/2014 12:35:04 PM     (No. 9724642)

First world problem. If you want to teach your child to be caring and responsible, get them a cat, a dog, or a frog.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 2/8/2014 12:50:27 PM     (No. 9724659)

I agree with #3, pull out the batteries. If it continues to be nasty, call an exorcist.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/8/2014 12:58:17 PM     (No. 9724668)

Send it back to shame the company, er ... as if that is possible in today´s far left dominated American culture.

Well then, send it back with a strongly worded note about how sick this critter is, and demand your money be returned.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rosefenn, 2/8/2014 1:25:06 PM     (No. 9724695)

Oh my goodness Ldotters, how you make me laugh! Thank you!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: luandir, 2/8/2014 2:46:28 PM     (No. 9724790)

Did somebody feed it after midnight?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/8/2014 2:48:15 PM     (No. 9724792)

Furbies are Democrats!!!!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tipover, 2/8/2014 3:12:01 PM     (No. 9724817)

Batteries out, apply hammer vigorously.

You can reuse the batteries.....

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Reply 20 - Posted by: FL Homeschool Mom, 2/8/2014 3:24:24 PM     (No. 9724824)

My daughter received a Furby from Grandma for Christmas. Last night when she tried playing with it, it had turned evil. We had to rub its head for almost 10 minutes to turn it sweet again. I have a feeling it will disappear soon.

I would have never put that on her list to Grandma if I´d known - much more research needed by Mom for next year.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mossley, 2/8/2014 5:09:47 PM     (No. 9724895)

Am I the only one who´s thinking of Funzo, the evil Christmas toy from an old episode of The Simpsons?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/8/2014 5:15:31 PM     (No. 9724901)

Ahhh the Gullibles have been taken again. Ever notice how just before Christmas there is always a doll or toy that is the "Doll/Toy of the Year that a child must have". Suddenly parents are running to the store to buy one thus making a shortage, thus causing panic in parents because their child will be deprived.

Marketers know how to sell to the gullible suckers.

Same thing on videos "going viral". They didn´t until someone puts it in the news saying it´s "viral" so then the Gullibles runs to Youtube to see what the fuss is about, thus making the video "viral".

Marketers know how to sell to the gullible suckers.

WAIT...Politicians do the same thing to the Gullibles get elected.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: mackrand, 2/8/2014 5:48:11 PM     (No. 9724921)

Take it out in the back yard, remove the batteries, tie it to a little stake, pour gasoline all over it, light it and stand back.... Problem solved. Laugh uproariously while doing it. Dance around the fire with a crazy look on your face. Bury the remains in the nearest swamp.... Don´t even try to explain to the neighbors and the police and firemen what you were doing at three in the morning...

Or alternately, surreptitiously clip the battery wires and declare the thing broken and bury it in the nearest swamp....


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Reply 24 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 2/8/2014 5:54:12 PM     (No. 9724923)

Teaching moment, give the kid a hammer and let nature take its course

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Reply 25 - Posted by: FL Homeschool Mom, 2/8/2014 6:30:31 PM     (No. 9724943)

Update: daughter had enough of evil Furby and destroyed it. Off to the landfill now....

I have a feeling the person that designed the Furby watched The Goonies one too many times.

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