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Furby

Electronic Toy
1999 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Five sided box of colour printed card with a cellophane window making up more than two sides. The box opens top and bottom but is sealed with sellotape. The back has a photograph of a Furby and a poem, "The Story of Furby". Other photographs on the sides show children playing with Furbies. Inside, the box is lined with pink card on which the Furby sits. It is a squat creature covered with blue nylon plush material with a white front. There are two blue feet, the large ears are lined with pink material and there is a long pink tuft on the top of its head. The plastic eyes and mouth are set in a surround of blue plastic incorporating a light sensor in the forehead. The eyes are large and brown with long black lashes. The mouth is yellow with an orange tongue. Both eyes and mouth are designed to open and close. There is a printed label attached to the Furby's left side.


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Materials and Techniques
Colour printed card box containing nylon plush electronic toy
Brief Description
Electronic toy 'Furby' manufactured by Tiger Electronics, 1999
Physical Description
Five sided box of colour printed card with a cellophane window making up more than two sides. The box opens top and bottom but is sealed with sellotape. The back has a photograph of a Furby and a poem, "The Story of Furby". Other photographs on the sides show children playing with Furbies. Inside, the box is lined with pink card on which the Furby sits. It is a squat creature covered with blue nylon plush material with a white front. There are two blue feet, the large ears are lined with pink material and there is a long pink tuft on the top of its head. The plastic eyes and mouth are set in a surround of blue plastic incorporating a light sensor in the forehead. The eyes are large and brown with long black lashes. The mouth is yellow with an orange tongue. Both eyes and mouth are designed to open and close. There is a printed label attached to the Furby's left side.
Dimensions
  • Toy dimensions height: 160mm
  • Toy dimensions width: 156mm
  • Toy dimensions depth: 130mm
  • Box dimensions height: 210mm
  • Box dimensions width: 165mm
  • Box dimensions depth: 165mm
Production typeMass produced
Copy Number
70-800
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Tiger® / Electronics, Ltd (Trade mark; Bottom; printing)
  • Hasbro™ (Trade mark; Bottom; printing)
  • Furby® (Trade mark; Top, bottom and sides; printing)
Credit line
Given by Catherine Howell
Object history
Historical significance: The Furby won Toy of the Year 1998, awarded by the British Association of Toy Retailers. The next generation of this toy, Furby Babies, won the same award in 1999.
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Collection
Accession Number
B.176-2000

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record createdJuly 4, 2000
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