|Furby has a new friend, Interactive Shelby!
Although Shelby looks like a clam, appearances can be deceiving.
Shelby is much more advanced then Furby and can speak 70% more words than
Furby, 3 times as many phrases as Furby and has 50% more memory then
Furby. Shelby also has more sensors and has allot more hidden
surprises (Easter Eggs) than Furby too. Shelby also reacts to its environment.
When Shelby is scared or surprised, he will close his Shell until he
thinks its safe to come out. Also, if you ignore him or upset him,
he will become grumpy, feed him well and play with him lots and he will
be happy and content. Shelby is VERY different to Furby and this
message needs to get across to people. Shelby is not another
Furby, he is his own kind and not like Furby.
Shelby sounds like a neat toy, and I got the chance to hear one
for my self while talking on the phone to my friend Blu. They are
very funny in the way they act, and my favourite phrase so far is when
he starts going "Bloop Bloop Bloop". They are even
funnier when put with a Furby Baby (They are more serious with the Adult
Furbys). They like to play and sing with the babies. They
also seem to be attached to Furby as they often ask "Where's
Furby?". Like the Furby Babies, they seem to have lots of
wind, well the ones I heard did anyway (maybe Blu was over feeding them?
:-D). Overall, I am really looking forward to getting my own
Shelby's and will publish a more in-depth review.
Shelby is about 5" tall and comes in various colour designs.
His shell is plastic and can open and close. His eyes can move up
and down and side to side. Shelby can also speak 3 languages,
Shelbish (its native language), Furbish and English. Shelby speaks
to Furby, Furby Babies, Interactive Gizmo, ET and other Shelby's, as I
Shelby was released at FAO Schwatz in New York City on Thursday 15
April. Special guests at the released included Dave Hampton
(creator of Shelby and Furby), Frankie Avalon and a bunch of USA
volleyballers from the Olympic team. A good friend of mine (Blu)
was able to attend the release and managed to get 2 Shelby's for me and
her, which she got one signed by Dave Hampton and Frankie Avalon (see
pic below). Also at FAO Schwarz was a giant Shelby sculptured by
hand with sand (see pic below). While Blu was there, she managed
to have a talk with Dave Hampton and found this out, "There might be
more products like Shelby and Furby, but these will not appear unless
Shelby does well", so Folks go buy a Shelby or 2! My friend
highly recommends them and they are worth the money. Here's her
I love the weird language of it and the kooky babbling and
chirping they do, the blooping..
They are very funny to observe with furbys, esp. Furby
When I placed one of my Shelby's in a group with 5
furbys, greetings were exchanged and then, for no reason I could discern,
my Shelby started babbling at the furbys, then slammed its shell shut
and stayed closed up. As if somehow it had been offended? The furbys ALL
stopped talking at once when this happened and remained silent (perhaps
In general they seem very happy little
clams..heh..full of jokes, silly sings and new noises and more variety
in their reactions and vocabulary, better than Gizmo for sure and yes, I
agree with my kid, more interesting than Furby (sniff am I betraying our
pals there by saying that?).
this to add: The feature where they become grumpy is
simply hilarious! The trick I have found is to turn
him upside down until he says "me bad mood" twice, this
seems to make his bad mood permanent and
he will be grumpy until he's played with a very long
time or falls asleep. This is when he utters most of
his Pirate phrases, and is really very different from Furby, go
try it, you will laugh!
I adore this toy, it has real personality, makes you
laugh and is very different from furby.
Now that I have had my Shelbys for a few weeks I have
Shelby Web Site