Dave Hampton, the inventor of furby, also created the game Q*bert.
Furby's official first release was on October 2nd, 1998.
In 1998, Tiger Electronics partnered with Nabisco to put furby’s image on 45 million packages of oreos, chips ahoy, and nutter butters.
At one point, a rumor circulated that male furbies had manes and female furbies had tails, but this was denied by the project manager of Tiger Electronics, who said, "No, there are not boys and girls. We thought it would be better to leave that to the person's imagination.”
Furbies can have one of three different voice pitches.
Dave Hampton has said that furby belches because his (at the time) teenage son Mark wanted it to.
Caleb Chung, co-creator of furby, also created the pleo.
Furbies could come from one of four different factories: RL, GE, WT, or JT. The JT factory was infamous for its poor worker training, and many JT furbies were broken even in while new in the box.
After the World Trade Center was hit in 2001, Millennium (World Trade Center) furbies could be seen among the rubble.
According to the official furby children's book Furby: Dah Doo-ay Earth Adventure, furbies can travel through time and space by jumping from their clouds.
At Walmart, furbies cost exactly $29.97 plus tax.
The Chicago Cubs furby buddy was given out on Saturday, June 3, 2000 to the first 500 children to arrive to a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field.
The name "Furby" came about because Dave Hampton used to call the creature a "furball."
Furbies were banned from government agencies in 1999 because it was feared that they would record and spill government secrets.
The official spelling of the plural of furby is "furbys," though most fans use the spelling "furbies."
In November of 2000, the official furby website (furby.com) celebrated the coming United States presidential election with a flash intro featuring a president furby walking up to a podium in front of politicians and American flags.
On the first release day of furby, FAO Schwarz had five unofficial limited edition bejeweled furbies available, which were snowball furbies with intricate diamond settings. Only two were sold. Furbies from the JT factory have narrower feet than furbies from other factories, and furbies from the RL factory have longer feet than furbies from other factories. Furbies from the JT factory tend to be thinner than other furbies.
According to the original official furby poem, furbies live in the clouds. Before that idea came, though, the general thinking at Tiger Electronics was that they could be explained as being aliens from another planet.
The plastic purple branding tag was added to furbies sometime during the production of series 3, as some series 3 furbies have the tag, and some do not. This was in response to the rise of furby knockoffs being produced.
Starting in May of 1999, furby buddies' suggested retail price was $9.99.