The Furby was created by Dave Hampton, a former Mattel programmer, for Tiger Electronics. Making their grand debut at the 1998 International Toy Fair, they soon made waves and became the most popular toy of the holiday season. Naturally, much price gouging and bodily injuries ensued in the quest to obtain one of these coveted items.
Furbys came in a variety of colors and designs guaranteed to satisfy any preference. For a child's toy, it was also incredibly advanced. Through a special computer chip, it could listen, communicate with other Furbys, differentiate between light and dark, go to sleep, wake up, and be fed.
Furbies were the first successful attempt to produce and sell a domestically-aimed robot. Designed to be interactive, childlike and a surrogate playtime buddy, the Furby has become one of the most infamous and controversial toys in recent history.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Furby price guide: sold listings for a value indication.