FURBY COMIN BACK IN AUTUMN

•05/07/2012 • Leave a Comment

Furby is coming back in autumn 2012!

Furby, 2012 Edition dances like a keepon. Its LED eyes are intense and the voice is on the lamer side of lame but at least it seems to understand voice and dances to actual music (rather than loud Granny bothering claps). To me it’s a lot like those horrid fijit friends but better obviously ’cause it’s furry with big(ish) ears and voice that doesn’t sound like Stephen Hawking’s valley girl clone.

Furdy and Boris the Furbish

•11/03/2012 • 2 Comments

Following a successful operation I decided to introduce Boris the Furbish to Furdy the… Furdy! Boris didn’t seem to mind having all of his circuitry on display and Furdy didn’t either!

It was at my mum’s house I first discovered the fake furby’s creepy talent when Boris busts out a prefect little granddad cough. Furdy demonstrates it in the video so watch out for it!

  • Furdy and Furbish are fake furbys, a bootleg product from China. They go by many other names and a lot of them sound the same and some with subtle variances.

Chilla Chilla Roo: My Bouncy Friend

•02/02/2012 • Leave a Comment

When shopping, my eyes tend to lock onto anything green or orange, so when I saw this green chilla chilla, I thought ‘great, a nice compliment to my orange one!’ On closer inspection, I realised he was some kind of green kangaroo. Perfect. I had a character once who was a green kangaroo! Bought him for 99p! Bargain.

Kangaroo chilla chilla furby wannabe fake Chillazoo trendmasters

He was sold as not working but when I sussed out his perplexing battery arrangement, he spoke! He said things like ‘I’m ya bouncy friend!’ ‘G’day mate’ ‘Kanga kanga rooo!’ Only problem was his lack of bouncing.

Once I’d started work on my bouncy friend I began to wish I hadn’t. He sat in my workshop, my living room and almost my bin for weeks before he was finally restored to his cheap n nasty glory.

First I had to fix the abomination I’d previously assumed was a former repair (on inspection, it most likely wasn’t). It should have been easy but it turned out to be a bit of a mission trying to solder wire to an infernal springy bit that was possibly created to amuse the gods as they watched me fumble. Tongue out and feeling accomplished I noticed that all the twisting and messing about had pulled out one of the furry frankenroo’s speaker wires. Arrg. Ok, fine, I’ll just solder it back on later…

inside chilla chilla roo furbot toy

The main problem with this bouncy guy was that the motor was running but the thin belt was slipping and the toy’s bouncy runner appeared to be stuck. I tried all sorts of things assuming it was getting stuck to the sides but nothing helped. The horologist in me smiled as I gladly opened his modest gear box. FLUFF! Seriously, the little bastard had me farting about for days to find that his bouncing had been put to an end by this menace to furbotz worldwide!

fluff gearbox toy

Fluff out and bouncing violently, my bouncy friend delivered a blow that almost sent him to furbot heaven. The copper wires of his tiny speaker severed as they broke free from the solder connections after one wild bounce into something magnetic. Damn it! After a few more weeks lying dangerously close to the bin, a friendly telephone gladly donated its external speaker (among other nice bits and bobs). A perfect fit!


Bouncing mechanism

Here’s my bouncy friend in action!


Chillazoo
Trendmasters 1999

If you have any more information about this toy’s official name, please let me know. Pictures of one of these guys in the original packaging would be great too! =)

Electrolarynx Furby

•07/01/2012 • Leave a Comment

My new furby.

Happy New Year guys!

Introducing Furbotz!

•11/11/2011 • Leave a Comment

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a fascination with animatronics and robotics. Inspired by films such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and the Terminator, I was delighted when my dad brought me home a Petster from Axlon toys. He was a brown robot cat that looked like a fat gremlin. He purred, he rolled about and came when I called (clapped), he was awesome!

Several toys and creepy robot dreams later, I heard of this furry robot who could learn English and respond to human interaction. I finally managed to scrape together some shekels and buy myself a black and brown Furby. He was so METAL!

skinned furbot

Some time after buying my Furbot I found something that resembled him in a dodgy market in the English town of Stretford. The sounds that came out of it were the stuff of nightmares! Badly synthesized speech and grinding sounds from its innards were accompanied by an awful burning electronics smell. It scared the shit out of me yet fascinated me. Years later, I remembered my creepy acquaintance and wanted to find this terrifying Furby imposter and his brethren.

Here are my collection of Furby freaks, animatronic animals and robotic curiosities.

 
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