Chat with Dave Hampton
On May 26th 2001, at The New Public Furby
Community, Dave Hampton participated in a chat. I was at the chat
and managed to make a transcript of the chat that can be seen here.
There were interesting topics being brought up and it was unfortunate
that we were on a time constraint, but Dave Hampton is a busy man.
Luckily he agreed to participate in a special Message Board at Uncle A-Loh's
Playboard. This Message Board will be used to ask
Dave questions and he will reply with answers. You can ask
questions to him at the Community
or if you don't want to join it, you can fill in this form
and I will do it for you.
Chat with Tiger!
There is possibly going to be a chat with Tiger
President, Roger Shiffman and MAYBE Shelby's and Furby's inventor, Dave
Hampton. Both chats will be seperate and will be held at a MSN
New Public Furby Community, the times and dates for these chats are
yet to confirmed, and there is a possibility that the chats may not
happen, but there is a high chance they will. The more people
attending the better! Please check back here for updates on the
chats and when they will be held.
Shelby in the UK
Although people in the UK had been told by Tiger
Electronics UK that Shelby will be released in July (same with Hasbro
NZ), Shelby has been spotted in the UK. Shelby has only been seen
in a store chain called John Lewis. There are only 30 Shelbys
total through out the John Lewis store chain. If you are in the
UK, be quick! They won't last long!
someone from Tiger Electronics, Shelby is going to be released to 4 test
markets. These test markets are certain states around the USA, and
Shelby depends on good sales at these test markets for his future.
If Shelby does not sell well at these test markets, then I don't think
that we will see Shelby in any other states and maybe not any other
countries either (*sniff* not even my country New Zealand :-( ).
These test markets are:
For the test markets that Shelby has not been
released to yet, Shelby will be released there in mid-May. If you
are in these areas and are interested in getting a Shelby, don't hesitate!
Get one, get two! The future of Shelby and Furby depend on
it. If Shelby does not do well, we probably will not see future
Interactive Toys like Shelby or Furby (Who wants plastic robotic pets
like Poo-Chi and Tekno after all??) that may be planned will not be
created if Shelby does not sell well :-( Lets keep them alive!
Shelby was released at FAO Schwarz on Thursday
12th of April in New York City. Famous singer Frankie Avalon was
there, along with Dave Hampton (the creator of Shelby and Furby) for
Shelby's beach party in the FAO Schwarz store (see my Shelby
Review for pics from the event). Shelby's were limited to 1
per person but some managed to get around this rule. Shelby is
VERY different to Furby, although he does look similar to Furby, looks
can be deceiving. Shelby has 70% more words then Furby, 3 times as many
phrases as Furby, 50% more memory then Furby, has more sensory input
then Furby and has double the amount of easter eggs of Furby.
Shelby can also change personalities, eg. if you hold him upside down,
he will become grumpy and acting like a 12 year old and he will stay
like this until you are nice to him and feed him and play with him then
he will become a happy clam again :-) Shelby also interacts with
Furby, Furby Babies, Gizmo, ET and other Shelby's, he will often ask
"Where's Furby?". Overall, Shelby is a great toy!
He is much more advance then Furby and does lots more then Furby does
and if your thinking "Oh, Shelby, its looks like a Furby in a
clam" that's wrong, Shelby is VERY different from Furby.