This article is about the 1998 Furby Line .
For the 1999 Furby Babies click here.
For the 2005 Furby's, click here.
For the 2012 Furby's, click here.
For the 2016 Furby Connects,click here.
|Released:||1998 (19 years ago)|
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24 Special Edition
Furby is a electronic friend released in 1998 by Tiger Electronics Inc. which had over 46 colors for the Adult Line, 24 for the Baby Line, 24 Special Editions, and many unreleased models. It's sucess in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 holiday seasons was due to it's ability to "learn English" and the fact that each Furby can have a different name, eye color and voice pitch.
Released in November 1998, the Furby was a major success both critically and commercially. Units flew off the shelves which resulted in high demand and heavy shortages. In 1998 and 1999, the brand sold over 40 Million Units. From 2000 to 2001, the brand sold 5 million of the virtual pets, and in 2002 the popularity diminished, and the Furby franchise was fully discontinued.
Originally, Furby was aimed more at girls and young children aged 5-13 years old, however, burping and raspberry sounds were added in for balance. Even adults still love the furby, and some have started fan clubs and forums all about them.
Furby 1998 mainly has only 1 personality which is a calm and friendly Furby. It can be slightly changed by treating Furby different depending on what it does.
The line produced 24 Special Editions, which range from all different genres of events, with 4 being hard to find, and 1 being impossible to find (the Bejewelled Furby).
Gen. 9 and 10 Furbies never made it to the market, but prototypes were made. Besides the Lion Furby (Gen. 10), all other Furbies from Gen. 9-10 only had 1 prototype ever made.
- The Speech Synthesizer is very similar with most electronic devices produced in the 1980s like the Speak and Spell.
- The same exact speech synthesizer was used in Mr. Potato Head and Monopoly handhelds in 1997, the year before Furbies were first sold in stores.
- The speech codec is similar to LPC-10, and CELP (At 2 kbps)