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What toy was banned at military bases in 1999?

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Answer: Furby

Furbys were popular in the late 1990s and were the must-have Christmas gift in 1999. But not everyone liked the charming and cuddly pet toy. Not long after the holidays, the creature was labeled as a national security issue in headlines across the country. The National Security Agency, FAA, and the Pentagon soon outlawed the Furby. They advised anyone who can see the furbie to “contact their Security Officer on Staff to seek advice.” These organizations were afraid that the fluffy, bug-eyed toy would be used to record and repeat sensitive information. Soon after, a toy business official published a statement saying, “Furby is not a spy.”


Tiger Electronics first offered an electronic robotic toy called Furby in the United States in 1998. It looked like a hamster or an owl and was a “must-have” toy after its Christmas season debut, with continuous sales until 2000. During the three years of its original manufacture, over 40 million Furbies were sold, with 1.8 million sold in 1998 and 14 million sold in 1999. Its skills for speech have been translated into 24 languages.

For nine months, Dave Hampton and Caleb Chung worked on Ferbi/Furby (in addition to nine months of designing toys). He invited a colleague to the toy and the game of Richard S. Levy to join the efforts to sell Ferbi after two unsuccessful licenses. Levy introduced Fresh Tiger Electronics, and the chief of Roger from Tiger received his rights. Ferbi began his international toy fair of 1998.

There are the four generation of Furby 

  1. The initial generation
  2. Generation 2nd
  3. Third generation
  4. Fourth generation

The initial generation (1998-2002)

The main reason for their popularity was their obvious “intelligence,” which was shown in their capacity to develop linguistic skills.

Furby babies

The Furby Babies collection was released in 1999. Furby Babies are smaller than the original, have louder voices, and cannot dance, but they learn English faster. They also have a large vocabulary as well as several “Easter eggs” and “games” incorporated into them. Furby Babies are available in 24 distinct hues. Everyone has white lashes and one of six possible eye colours.

Furby Friends

Novel Furbies were also released, such as an interactive Furby-style “Gizmo” from the film Gremlins, an interactive Furby-style “Interactive Yoda” based on the Star Wars character, and an interactive Furby-style “Interactive E.T.” from the film of the same name.

Generation 2nd (2005-2007)

Emoto-Tronic Furby Babies

A new version of Furby Baby was released in 2006, with the most prominent changes being a fresh look and a more “babyish” appearance in comparison to the Emoto-Tronic Furby adult.

Third generation (2012-2015)

  1. Furby Party Rockers
  1. Furby Boom
  1. Furblings (toy version)
  1. Furby Boom Crystal
  1. Furby Boom Crystal Furblings
  1. Furbacca

Fourth generation (2016-2017)

In 2016, a new Free Connect was launched with more expression of eyes and movements, as well as an application that included the whole world of the van to communicate. The head of the Fresh Connect has a Parbassy Plastic Joyce Stick that illuminates different colors when it is alternative and used to control the games played in the application with anger. Farbie connect, unlike the rise of Ferbie and Ferbi in 2012, does not change personalities. However, you can sing “learn” from the request. I knew only two languages: English and Russian.

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