OK so now I have the real furby i can show that and move onto the more interesting bit and talk about it a bit and some of the quirks and safety stuff.
So after picking up my package from Argos and going home something I do a fair bit with Ebay stuff now if I have the option its just easier for me especially if I am busy and not sure if i am going to be at home to wait for things I unboxed The Furby and it was in really good condition and had absolutely everything including unused sticker sheet‚ poster which also doubles up as the instruction manual and I like how Hasbro went as far as to putting “Furby” on the box holder which everything is placed into ( which you can see in the slideshow below and how hasbro even put a Furby Fur sample on the box in a Furby logo shaped cutout.
I must admit of all the reasonably priced Furby Boom’s I have seen on ebay and the like alot don’t come with a full sticker sheet like this or are missing other things like the instructions sheet etc so having it all is nice and the seller put care into packaging it to me to with 2 big packing airbags to fill the space between the Furby box and the posting box and there was even some packing inside the Furby box itself too.
The back to the future scene fits well here‚ the Furby is pretty loud and nothing wrong with that but at night its a little irrating so my Furby sleeps in my drawer next to my bed and even if it wakes up in there by noise it usually goes back to sleep pretty quickly as its dark.
Adorable and down right crazy!
My Furby or Kee-Tah (Party Animal – translated Furbish) is a right chatter box and everytime its connected to the Furby boom app it becomes very cheeky! saying things like “you can’t have egg” and shows 2 eggs as its eye’s (thanks for that Kee-Tah).
Anyway cheekiness and being loud aside its honestly adorable really and I must admit I think the fur texture and pattern is pretty cool just adds something to this little early AI pet and I thought that it was rather cool that the app receives its colour and pattern aswell after scanning it into the app as they could have just used a generic Furby boom image instead.
one more thing that made me laugh in this section of my review is that it mumbles and snores as it goes into sleep mode with things like “Must not sleep” or completely random Furbish nonsense.
Furby No likey
I had been told about one issue the Furby Boom has and that is that it will freeze up if its using mixed battery cell’s and that is not a bad thing you should not be mixing batteries anyway as it can cause serious issues like rupturing‚ leaks and these both can cause all sorts of damage and battery acid itself is highly caustic so it burns and corrodes anything it touches including solder joints etc‚ it’s likely the AI pets inbuilt protection circuit is able to detect differences in the installed cells and then throw a warning up in the case of the eyes freezing up.
I decided to do a test and see this for myself with Kee-Tah (Furby Boom) I was obviously able to react if anything happened and sure enough it locked up pretty quickly with the above happening I found the only way I could get my Furby to behave normally again was to take the batteries out and then put a set of cells from the same brand in my case a set of 4 AA energisers in and then hit the restoration button in the battery compartment and after it woke up from sleep it was fine again.
This is a odd one really because you would not think of life with a Furby but batteries dont last forever and my Furby did really well with random times where it would sleep this I think of a bit like stop start in a car because its still actively monitoring and when you put your foot on the accelerator it wakes up which is slimliar to what the Furby does only difference is that uses sound to sense things.
On the other side of the coin I could only get 48 hours out of it using it alot and this is not that surprising as the drain from the batteries with the LCD eyes and all the motors moving the likes of the ears and the mouth must be substantial. but I found however that the longer the furby was inactive the harder it became to wake it up and this tallies with what I had been told by others.
Back to the app & Status
Now I touched on the app in part 1 on but did not go major into detail and that was not because I did not want to but because I did not have the Furby so I ton of things were impossible to use properly but now I have been using the furby I can cover some more of this and playing around in the app a bit with Kee-Tah connected I found out there is so much you can do and the Furby can even develop a set number of illnesses like the below picture and then explains how to cure it and you have combine different items together and then pass them to your Furby with a flick on the screen and then after its has eaten it the scanner starts again and tells you if it worked or not‚ I experienced the below illness with Kee-Tah and I got was “So Dizzy” from my Furby that is kind of cool.
and other things like when you give it a virtual shower and it says ” I so needed that” and then of course there is the rather graphic toilet sequences in the cleaning part of the app which I wonder how Hasbro got away with as its aimed at kids but then again we are in age where we have things like poo emoji’s & Animoji’s for heaven’s sake!.
is it worth grabbing a Furby Boom? simple is why not if you can live with the noise its a nice little AI pet and certainly cheaper than some of the new AI pets like vector the robot which is nearly £200 which seems to be more aimed at teenagers and adults rather than kids and i could see a kid getting bored of it and I think young kids would rather want to stroke fur or pet lifelike fur rather than a bunch of plastic and a sensor bar and its adorable not to say the likes of vector are not but Furby is just one step ahead and will be for years to come long.
Until Next Time