Furby Connect Review (Hasbro)

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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

If you're a fan of Furby, get ready to connect with the toy in a new way. Furby Connect is the latest iteration of Furby that uses today's technology to interact with kids in more ways. When you connect Furby Connect to the Furby Connect World app via Bluetooth, the toy will respond to what kids are doing in the app and automatically update itself with new surprises. In the app, Furby owners can also interact with and care for Furby by hatching and nurturing Furblings, feeding Furby with the food cannon, and other digital-physical interactions.

But you don't have to use the app to play with Furby Connect. Outside of the app, Furby will respond to motion and sound thanks to multiple sensors throughout its body. So you can pet, tickle, hold, shake, or tilt your Furby to hear appropriate responses. Feed your Furby with your finger, play music to your Furby, and even talk to your Furby using some of the words you've learned in the Furbish dictionary. It can also remember other Furby Connect friends it meets and even greet them by name.

And perhaps the most important feature of Furby Connect, at least to parents, is that you can turn Furby Connect off. Just press and hold the toy's antenna for five seconds or put the included Sleep Mask on your Furby.

But when the Furby is awake, it will go through more than 1,000 phrases, expressing its moods through responses, sounds, motion, body language, and colorful LCD-screen eyes that display more than 150 animations. 

Furby Connect is available now in pink and teal, with blue, coral, and purple versions available later. Each is sold separately.

Is It Fun?
That's right. Furby is back again! It's still got wonderful interaction with kids both within and outside of the app, but this version's enhancements really make it stand out from the originals. Kids will like that this Furby's movements are a little more natural than previous versions and that the app automatically updates with more content to discover, including seasonal content, to really keep the play fresh and exciting. Plus, you can turn Furby off so that kids and Furby can get much-needed beauty sleep.
Who It’s For
Furby Connect is for ages 6 and up. It will appeal to kids who like the interactive play and the cute character. The new technology makes it easier to play with than ever before, so even the younger kids, who might not be as adept with apps, will find the play better than ever. Plus, the advances in the technology enhance the repeat play value, something we think is very important.
What To Be Aware Of

Furby requires four AA batteries, which are not included.

The Furby Connect World app is a free download on iOS and Android devices.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    4 AA batteries required