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Furby

The new Furby line features LCD eyes and can interact with an optional iPhone app that translates Furbish into English.

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Yes, those small, fuzzy Furbish-speaking toys that were once considered a threat to national security are back for 2012, but these aren't the same Furbys you remember from the late 1990s.

One of the first things you'll notice about this line of Furbys is their LCD eyes, all the better to show you their animated emotions. As with the previous version, every Furby has its own unique personality, influenced by how you play with it. Sensors placed throughout the plastic body recognize a few basic interactions, positive and negative, including feeding, hugging, petting and tickling as well as shaking, tail pulling and holding the Furby upside-down.

This generation of Furbys has also been made with this generation of kids in mind: You can download the Furby iPhone app to translate Furby's language into English.

Oh, and parents, beware: There is no off switch.

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