It's time to unlock the bomb shelters and safehouses.
Furbys are making a comeback. And when they finally arrive, I'm expecting them to come in one big pack, marching down the highway and telling us, "we're back," in their twisted Furby language.
Seriously. The first round of Furbys were odd enough. So I'm scared to see what the reincarnations can do.
I had a Furby when they first came out. I think everyone my age at that time did. It entertained me for about a week, and then it just became annoying. Sure, at the time, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. That was, until it started waking you up at two in the morning because it was bored and wanted to play with you.
You could put that Furby anywhere — in a dresser drawer, in the closet, or even in the refrigerator, but that thing would not stop talking. You could even take the batteries out of that thing and it would still try and get you to interact with it.
I can't imagine the new Furbys will be much different. The new ones still don't have an "off" switch, which means they've got a good chance of driving parents crazy.
But they're also said to have a wider range of emotions, so I reckon it could have more entertainment value than the old ones. And they've got new computer chips, so kids are able to interact with them more.
The Furby is intended, in a sense, to teach kids responsibility, which is actually something I never thought about until I heard this. And it makes sense — if it weren't so darned annoying, it would be a good substitute for a pet.
My question is this: Why? Why are we bringing back a parent's worst nightmare? It's not like the Furby was extremely popular the first go-around. Sure, it was popular at Christmastime when it first came out. But when people started realizing how annoying those things were, the fad died off quickly. By then, Game Boy Colors were becoming popular again, if I recall, and the hype moved from the Furby to trying to catch all of the Pokemon (which I still think is impossible without some sort of cheat).
Couldn't we have thought of a toy to create that did the same thing as a Furby, but was a little less creepy and a little more bearable? I mean, they look like a creature off of another planet. Or, maybe they ARE from another planet, and the government is just hiding the truth from us, which is that Furbys are actually aliens from Mars that have been hiding in Area 51 for years.
In any event, I have a feeling that these things might drive me to the point of getting a baseball bat and putting them out of their misery — again.
Page 2 of 2 - Alix Kunkle is the News Editor of the Leesville Daily Leader in Leesville, La. You may contact him at email@example.com.