I remember when Furbys first came out in the 90's, everyone went crazy for them! I was a bit too old to own a one myself as I was a teenager at the time, although I secretly wanted a one. Fast forward almost twenty years and the Furby is still around, there have been a few different versions of this iconic toy over the years. The latest edition is the Furby Connect which has recently launched and is set to be one of this years must have toys for Christmas.
Hasbro very kindly sent us our very own Furby to come and live with us, my children love it and it has become their very own pet. We were sent the pink one, which Sophia adores - they also come in blue, teal and purple too. Furby Connects are recommended for children aged 6+ and I did not think that my children would be interested in the Furby as they are not in this age range as I have a 14-year-old, a two-year-old and a three-year-old. However I need not have worried as my three-year-old is totally besotted with her new Furby, she has claimed it as her own - much to her little brother's disappointment.
When we opened the Furby I was impressed with just how soft its fur was, it was also rather cute too. My three-year-old, Sophia fell in love with it on sight! Setting everything up was really easy, all you need to do is put in some batteries (4 AA) and download the app which is free and super quick and easy to do and that is it. You don't need the app to first start playing but it does make things more fun. The Furby is bluetooth enabled which helps keep your Furby updated and enables you to interact with it via the app.
We found our Furby so much fun to play with as it babbles away in Furbish but they also speak quite a lot of normal words too, it sings and dances, moves its ears, asks you to tickle it, opens and closes its mouth and even breaks wind - much to my little girl's amusement. The thing that really captured her imagination though was the LED eyes, when you're playing with the Furby via the app or if you are just playing with it on its own its eyes are constantly showing different colours, shapes and pictures.
As my children are so young they have mainly just been playing with the Furby without the app as they don't use apps or anything yet as they are far too little. They do really enjoy just playing with the Furby on its own as they love the way it babbles away to them and the funny little moves and noises that it makes. I am really glad that it does come with the mask though to make it go to sleep as Sophia takes her Furby everywhere with her and I would have hated for it to go off during the night and wake her up.
I will be honest when I heard that we were getting sent a Furby to review I did have some reservations, I thought that I would hate and end up taking the batteries out. I also thought that my children would not like it and I also wondered if it was worth the £99 price tag. After seeing first hand what the Furby connect is like and how much my children love it I can safely say that my children do love it, very much in fact. I actually think it is rather cute and fascinating myself if I am honest (yes I have had a play with it too). After seeing how interactive and how much fun the Furby Connect is I also now do think that it is worth the price tag too.
I know that Furby Connect will be on lots of little one's Christmas lists this year and if your child has asked for a one for their main Christmas gift and they love interactive type toys, then I think that they will love receiving a Furby connect from Santa this Christmas.