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26 Nov 2012 01:19 PM   |   21112 clicks   |   Mashable
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Krymson Tyde     
My daughter (5) got one for her birthday. She seems to like it.

26 Nov 2012 12:29 PM
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James!    [TotalFark]  
Tickle-me-Elmo?

26 Nov 2012 01:03 PM
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Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
What an atrocious color.

26 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
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blatz514    [TotalFark]  
Is it this?

www.saltypeaks.com

26 Nov 2012 01:21 PM
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Tiberius Gracchus     
Sweet! I wonder if it'll be friends with my giga pet!

26 Nov 2012 01:21 PM
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Grapple     
Those things give me the heebie-jeebies now with the electronic eyes.

26 Nov 2012 01:22 PM
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HKWolf     
Oh fer fark's sake! Not this creepy thing again! Glad i don't have kids and have to deal with toy trends.

26 Nov 2012 01:23 PM
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Rapmaster2000    [TotalFark]  
If you don't have Funzo... you're nothing!

26 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
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Heamer     
They're a real hoot once the voice box starts to die, and you get that slowed-down deep voice ranting and raving in Furbish.

26 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
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Mugato    [TotalFark]  

James!: Tickle-me-Elmo?


That was the last really big obsessive toy I remember, back in 1997. That and the Super Nintendo, same year. The Nintendo I understand but Elmo was basically an orange Grover.

26 Nov 2012 01:26 PM
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Millennium     
How similar is it to the original Furby, especially as concerns hacking?

26 Nov 2012 01:28 PM
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gweilo8888     
Furby was shiat first time around. It's shiat now. Seriously, people. Get a life.

26 Nov 2012 01:29 PM
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scarmig     
Wait... you can't turn it off? Fark me, where's that receipt....

26 Nov 2012 01:31 PM
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wambu     
Furby Autopsy and the Barney recipie sites are classic Internet humor.

26 Nov 2012 01:32 PM
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Millennium     

scarmig: Wait... you can't turn it off? Fark me, where's that receipt....


Silly parent, Furbies are for other people's kids!

26 Nov 2012 01:32 PM
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D3_WR     
I saw an ad for Furby on Layaway at Kmart

WHAT YEAR IS IT

26 Nov 2012 01:32 PM
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imfallen_angel     
i478.photobucket.com

Anyone else sees this?

/obscure for the non-nerd/geek.

26 Nov 2012 01:33 PM
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mcwehrle     

blatz514: Is it this?

[www.saltypeaks.com image 340x200]


Johnny Switchblade.

26 Nov 2012 01:34 PM
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Fark Reddit or bust     
Ah yes, the demonic mutant parrot-rabbit offspring. I like how they said it works on 4 AA batteries. It works without batteries. In the middle of the night.

26 Nov 2012 01:34 PM
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Super Chronic     
Subby, 1998 called again and it wants its "[year] called" joke back.

26 Nov 2012 01:35 PM
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PrivateCaboose    [TotalFark]  

Super Chronic: Subby, 1998 called again and it wants its "[year] called" joke back.


Came here for this, leaving satisfied.

26 Nov 2012 01:36 PM
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doczoidberg     
I still don't understand what the hell those things were.

26 Nov 2012 01:38 PM
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Tax Boy     
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
//did you warn 1998 about september 11th?

26 Nov 2012 01:39 PM
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numbone     
These work great on furbies.

thatswhatshesaidboston.com

26 Nov 2012 01:39 PM
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Millennium     
imgs.xkcd.com

26 Nov 2012 01:39 PM
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LeroyBourne     
My brother and his wife just had a child 5 months ago, and I told him I am going to buy that kid the loudest most annoying toys I can find. This might have to be the first one of many.
/i know she's a bit young, but she'll grow into it.

26 Nov 2012 01:40 PM
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ToastTheRabbit     
I have the original Gremilins furby. I wonder if hes worth anything?

26 Nov 2012 01:41 PM
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cgraves67     
Fark, you have let me down. No one has posted XKCD's "2009 called" yet.

http://xkcd.com/875/

26 Nov 2012 01:43 PM
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Deep Contact     
I can see desperate mothers fighting over this for their precious snowflakes.

26 Nov 2012 01:43 PM
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Marine1     
I thought for sure that we would have moved up to Tickle-Me Anselmo by now.

26 Nov 2012 01:44 PM
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zvoidx     
i.imgur.com

Gremlins did it.
i.imgur.com

26 Nov 2012 01:45 PM
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Hagbardr     
imgs.xkcd.com

Do I have to do everything myself? I'm disappointed in you slackers.

26 Nov 2012 01:47 PM
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TheManofPA     

Tax Boy: [imgs.xkcd.com image 502x324]

/oblig
//did you warn 1998 about september 11th?


Came in just to make sure this was covered.

26 Nov 2012 01:47 PM
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gingerjet     

James!: Tickle-me-Elmo?


*shakes tiny fist in rage*

26 Nov 2012 01:49 PM
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brandent     

LeroyBourne: My brother and his wife just had a child 5 months ago, and I told him I am going to buy that kid the loudest most annoying toys I can find. This might have to be the first one of many.
/i know she's a bit young, but she'll grow into it.


When my brother had his first kid, I bought her a toy that hung on the side of the crib and when you bumped it, it sang "It's a small world after all".

26 Nov 2012 01:52 PM
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Mock26     
I once found a furby with a very low battery, and it actually seemed like it was dying. I knew that it was just a toy, but it still freaked me out to see it there and hear it trying to talk to me. I put it on my front porch and fortunately someone came along and took it, saving me the trouble of putting it out of its misery.

26 Nov 2012 01:53 PM
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dryknife     
3g-pr.com

26 Nov 2012 01:54 PM
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Shadow Blasko     
Wow... am I really the first ...

imgs.xkcd.com

26 Nov 2012 01:55 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     
Started it all.
stingaling.files.wordpress.com

That's the true meaning of xmas.

26 Nov 2012 02:04 PM
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Titanius Anglesmith    [TotalFark]  
You guys are really falling down on the job

imgs.xkcd.com

26 Nov 2012 02:05 PM
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CygnusDarius     
*Sight* I really have to do this alone, do I?.

imgs.xkcd.com

26 Nov 2012 02:07 PM
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jaybeezey     
Furbies are and have always been too creepy.

26 Nov 2012 02:09 PM
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Uncivil Engineer     

LeroyBourne: My brother and his wife just had a child 5 months ago, and I told him I am going to buy that kid the loudest most annoying toys I can find. This might have to be the first one of many.
/i know she's a bit young, but she'll grow into it.


Two words: Drum Set

Just make sure you both deliver it to their house, and set it up for her. This way the parents can't 'loose' the gift on the way home. This gift works best when the little one is about three years old. Make sure to include a can of Coke, and at least 1/2 pound of her favorite sugary candy.

26 Nov 2012 02:13 PM
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Civchic     
Does this mean the old ones will be "collector items" again? Please?

Because my husband has about 20 of these things in the closet (NIB people! That means VALUE!!) along with his hockey cards, a half-hearted coin collection, and some 50 year old hot wheels that my son isn't allowed to play with.

/Yes, I live in fear when he turns "Storage Wars" or something on the TV

26 Nov 2012 02:13 PM
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nharrisphoto     
I bought one of these back in '98. It got very annoying very fast and I just put it to sleep (you could make it sleep by putting it in the dark or holding your hands over its eyes) and didn't wake it back up, just put it on a shelf to sit, which it did, quietly, for months. Then one night, as I was sleeping in a completely dark room it woke up by itself and started talking in its weird litttle language. So I got up angrily, put my hands over its eyes, and put it back to sleep, then went back to bed myself. A few minutes later it woke up again, except this time I couldn't make it go back to sleep. I was extremely pissed by that point, so I decided to just yank the batteries. I went and got a screwdriver and flipped the thing over to access the battery compartment and the goddamn thing started saying "I'm scared. I'm scared" over and over. And those were the only words I'd ever heard it speak in English. Needless to say I yanked open the battery cover and jerked those batteries out and threw the little farker across the room. Come to think of it, I think it's still sitting under my old bed at my parents' house.

26 Nov 2012 02:14 PM
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Kumana Wanalaia     
death to beanie babies

26 Nov 2012 02:15 PM
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thursdaypostal     
I want to get one for my little cousin. My aunt got me and my brother Furbies when they came out. I was talking to my mom, and she thinks it's appropriate revenge.

26 Nov 2012 02:15 PM
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Akabander     
Not Furby, but related...

The eldest child was about two or three years old when he was given an animatronic Barney doll. It wasn't the full-on computerized model, but a somewhat lesser creation. Depending on which "hand" you squeezed, he would say various things, sing songs, and so forth. The kid loved this horrible battery-powered toy so much, carried it everywhere, we had to run home more than once when it got left behind.

Eventually something started to go... wrong... inside Barney. He would respond slowly, sometimes his songs would get mixed up, little things like that. Yes, I checked for the Evil switch, dammit. We even replaced the batteries several times (our usual practice was to say that a noise-making toy had broken once the factory batteries ran out).

Finally, one afternoon, Mrs Bander and I were alarmed by screaming and crying coming from the boy's room. We ran in to find him on one side of the room crying, in the opposite corner was Barney. I walked over to the magenta and green doll and prodded it. It shuddered a few times and then the most disturbing-sounding gibberish started coming out of the thing. It was deep, scratchy, and sounded like the stuff scribbled by HP Lovecraft -- a language not meant for human vocal chords.

"Barney BAD", declared the child, "Barney go!"

We took out the batteries and threw it out.

/I wrapped it in several plastic bags.
//Just to be safe.

26 Nov 2012 02:17 PM
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libranoelrose    [TotalFark]  

Mugato: James!: Tickle-me-Elmo?

That was the last really big obsessive toy I remember, back in 1997. That and the Super Nintendo, same year. The Nintendo I understand but Elmo was basically an orange Grover.


Super Nintendo came out in 1991

26 Nov 2012 02:17 PM
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StoPPeRmobile     

Kumana Wanalaia: death to beanie babies


But they will only go up in value.

26 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
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