A photo of Mint Tulip, Ladybug and Melon Ball Shelby Variations.

Type Electronic toy
Inventor David Hampton
Released 2001
Discontinued 2002
Availability 2001-2002
Slogan None
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Shelby is a line of Furby "friends" released in 2001. It was more aimed at an older audience with its spunky additude and personality. At the time, Furby sales were dwindling due the the sheer amount of supplies and colours available. Tiger decided to release one more Furby friend to squeeze as much life as they could out of the franchise. Though Shelby was very popular when it was first released, most people passed it off as "just another Furby". After only one year of manufacturing and two generations of Shelbys, production was halted for Shelby and Furby. In early 2002, The Furby franchise was officialy dropped from the market, leaving many store owners marking down Furby products to as little as 5 dollars. Shelby speaks Shelbish (their native language), Furbish and English.


Shelby somewhat resembles a Furby inside a clam shell, which it can open and close. Unlike some Furbys, Shelbys have no tail, instead having a fuzzy mane running down their back and flicking out the sides of their shell. It also has plastic antennae, or "tennies" on top of its shell, which are used for communication with other Furbys and Shelbys. They enjoy wiggling their "tennies" around.


The Shelby has a somewhat cocky personality with a more vulgar attitude and up front comments, unlike Furby and Furby Babies. If Shelby is held upside down for about 1 minute, he can become angry and insulting which would make him be in a bad mood, often retreating back inside his shell. If he is disturbed, he will open his shell up again and say, "How rude!". If Shelby is fed during his bad mood, he will either say the food is yucky, or he has "horrible indigestion" (followed by a long burp) .

Many of Shelby's phrases, such as "Shiver me timbers!", "Arrgh!" and "Walk The Plank!" are pirate-like.

Shelby also says "Bah Humbug!", "Shelby, that's me!" and sings "Fiiii-gaaaa-rooooo!"


Two generations of Shelby were produced, each with six colors.

GENERATION 1: (Color Theme, Six Colours)


The generation 1 Shelbys were the first launch Shelbys, available in a variety of different colors.

GENERATION 2: (Nature Theme)


The generation 2 Shelbys were the second and last generation of Shelbys produced. They are all nature-themed, and much more rare than the generation 1 Shelbys.