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(Mashable)   Hey America, 1998 called, they want their must-have holiday toy back   (mashable.com ) divider line
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21138 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Nov 2012 at 1:19 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-26 12:29:54 PM  
My daughter (5) got one for her birthday. She seems to like it.
 
2012-11-26 01:03:52 PM  
Tickle-me-Elmo?
 
2012-11-26 01:13:47 PM  
What an atrocious color.
 
2012-11-26 01:21:48 PM  
Is it this?

www.saltypeaks.com
 
2012-11-26 01:21:53 PM  
Sweet! I wonder if it'll be friends with my giga pet!
 
2012-11-26 01:22:03 PM  
Those things give me the heebie-jeebies now with the electronic eyes.
 
2012-11-26 01:23:33 PM  
Oh fer fark's sake! Not this creepy thing again! Glad i don't have kids and have to deal with toy trends.
 
2012-11-26 01:25:18 PM  
If you don't have Funzo... you're nothing!
 
2012-11-26 01:25:23 PM  
They're a real hoot once the voice box starts to die, and you get that slowed-down deep voice ranting and raving in Furbish.
 
2012-11-26 01:26:24 PM  

James!: Tickle-me-Elmo?


That was the last really big obsessive toy I remember, back in 1997. That and the Super Nintendo, same year. The Nintendo I understand but Elmo was basically an orange Grover.
 
2012-11-26 01:28:45 PM  
How similar is it to the original Furby, especially as concerns hacking?
 
2012-11-26 01:29:15 PM  
Furby was shiat first time around. It's shiat now. Seriously, people. Get a life.
 
2012-11-26 01:31:31 PM  
Wait... you can't turn it off? Fark me, where's that receipt....
 
2012-11-26 01:32:07 PM  
Furby Autopsy and the Barney recipie sites are classic Internet humor.
 
2012-11-26 01:32:38 PM  

scarmig: Wait... you can't turn it off? Fark me, where's that receipt....


Silly parent, Furbies are for other people's kids!
 
2012-11-26 01:32:50 PM  
I saw an ad for Furby on Layaway at Kmart

WHAT YEAR IS IT
 
2012-11-26 01:33:59 PM  
i478.photobucket.com

Anyone else sees this?

/obscure for the non-nerd/geek.
 
2012-11-26 01:34:18 PM  

blatz514: Is it this?

[www.saltypeaks.com image 340x200]


Johnny Switchblade.
 
2012-11-26 01:34:29 PM  
Ah yes, the demonic mutant parrot-rabbit offspring. I like how they said it works on 4 AA batteries. It works without batteries. In the middle of the night.
 
2012-11-26 01:35:39 PM  
Subby, 1998 called again and it wants its "[year] called" joke back.
 
2012-11-26 01:36:27 PM  

Super Chronic: Subby, 1998 called again and it wants its "[year] called" joke back.


Came here for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-11-26 01:38:16 PM  
I still don't understand what the hell those things were.
 
2012-11-26 01:39:04 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
//did you warn 1998 about september 11th?
 
2012-11-26 01:39:23 PM  
These work great on furbies.

thatswhatshesaidboston.com
 
2012-11-26 01:39:40 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-26 01:40:47 PM  
My brother and his wife just had a child 5 months ago, and I told him I am going to buy that kid the loudest most annoying toys I can find. This might have to be the first one of many.
/i know she's a bit young, but she'll grow into it.
 
2012-11-26 01:41:32 PM  
I have the original Gremilins furby. I wonder if hes worth anything?
 
2012-11-26 01:43:32 PM  
Fark, you have let me down. No one has posted XKCD's "2009 called" yet.

http://xkcd.com/875/
 
2012-11-26 01:43:56 PM  
I can see desperate mothers fighting over this for their precious snowflakes.
 
2012-11-26 01:44:44 PM  
I thought for sure that we would have moved up to Tickle-Me Anselmo by now.
 
2012-11-26 01:45:38 PM  
i.imgur.com

Gremlins did it.
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-26 01:47:11 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

Do I have to do everything myself? I'm disappointed in you slackers.
 
2012-11-26 01:47:13 PM  

Tax Boy: [imgs.xkcd.com image 502x324]

/oblig
//did you warn 1998 about september 11th?


Came in just to make sure this was covered.
 
2012-11-26 01:49:41 PM  

James!: Tickle-me-Elmo?


*shakes tiny fist in rage*
 
2012-11-26 01:52:58 PM  

LeroyBourne: My brother and his wife just had a child 5 months ago, and I told him I am going to buy that kid the loudest most annoying toys I can find. This might have to be the first one of many.
/i know she's a bit young, but she'll grow into it.


When my brother had his first kid, I bought her a toy that hung on the side of the crib and when you bumped it, it sang "It's a small world after all".
 
2012-11-26 01:53:15 PM  
I once found a furby with a very low battery, and it actually seemed like it was dying. I knew that it was just a toy, but it still freaked me out to see it there and hear it trying to talk to me. I put it on my front porch and fortunately someone came along and took it, saving me the trouble of putting it out of its misery.
 
2012-11-26 01:54:44 PM  
3g-pr.com
 
2012-11-26 01:55:12 PM  
Wow... am I really the first ...

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-26 02:04:29 PM  
Started it all.
stingaling.files.wordpress.com

That's the true meaning of xmas.
 
2012-11-26 02:05:15 PM  
You guys are really falling down on the job

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-26 02:07:28 PM  
*Sight* I really have to do this alone, do I?.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-26 02:09:56 PM  
Furbies are and have always been too creepy.
 
2012-11-26 02:13:08 PM  

LeroyBourne: My brother and his wife just had a child 5 months ago, and I told him I am going to buy that kid the loudest most annoying toys I can find. This might have to be the first one of many.
/i know she's a bit young, but she'll grow into it.


Two words: Drum Set

Just make sure you both deliver it to their house, and set it up for her. This way the parents can't 'loose' the gift on the way home. This gift works best when the little one is about three years old. Make sure to include a can of Coke, and at least 1/2 pound of her favorite sugary candy.
 
2012-11-26 02:13:40 PM  
Does this mean the old ones will be "collector items" again? Please?

Because my husband has about 20 of these things in the closet (NIB people! That means VALUE!!) along with his hockey cards, a half-hearted coin collection, and some 50 year old hot wheels that my son isn't allowed to play with.

/Yes, I live in fear when he turns "Storage Wars" or something on the TV
 
2012-11-26 02:14:40 PM  
I bought one of these back in '98. It got very annoying very fast and I just put it to sleep (you could make it sleep by putting it in the dark or holding your hands over its eyes) and didn't wake it back up, just put it on a shelf to sit, which it did, quietly, for months. Then one night, as I was sleeping in a completely dark room it woke up by itself and started talking in its weird litttle language. So I got up angrily, put my hands over its eyes, and put it back to sleep, then went back to bed myself. A few minutes later it woke up again, except this time I couldn't make it go back to sleep. I was extremely pissed by that point, so I decided to just yank the batteries. I went and got a screwdriver and flipped the thing over to access the battery compartment and the goddamn thing started saying "I'm scared. I'm scared" over and over. And those were the only words I'd ever heard it speak in English. Needless to say I yanked open the battery cover and jerked those batteries out and threw the little farker across the room. Come to think of it, I think it's still sitting under my old bed at my parents' house.
 
2012-11-26 02:15:13 PM  
death to beanie babies
 
2012-11-26 02:15:53 PM  
I want to get one for my little cousin. My aunt got me and my brother Furbies when they came out. I was talking to my mom, and she thinks it's appropriate revenge.
 
2012-11-26 02:17:13 PM  
Not Furby, but related...

The eldest child was about two or three years old when he was given an animatronic Barney doll. It wasn't the full-on computerized model, but a somewhat lesser creation. Depending on which "hand" you squeezed, he would say various things, sing songs, and so forth. The kid loved this horrible battery-powered toy so much, carried it everywhere, we had to run home more than once when it got left behind.

Eventually something started to go... wrong... inside Barney. He would respond slowly, sometimes his songs would get mixed up, little things like that. Yes, I checked for the Evil switch, dammit. We even replaced the batteries several times (our usual practice was to say that a noise-making toy had broken once the factory batteries ran out).

Finally, one afternoon, Mrs Bander and I were alarmed by screaming and crying coming from the boy's room. We ran in to find him on one side of the room crying, in the opposite corner was Barney. I walked over to the magenta and green doll and prodded it. It shuddered a few times and then the most disturbing-sounding gibberish started coming out of the thing. It was deep, scratchy, and sounded like the stuff scribbled by HP Lovecraft -- a language not meant for human vocal chords.

"Barney BAD", declared the child, "Barney go!"

We took out the batteries and threw it out.

/I wrapped it in several plastic bags.
//Just to be safe.
 
2012-11-26 02:17:32 PM  

Mugato: James!: Tickle-me-Elmo?

That was the last really big obsessive toy I remember, back in 1997. That and the Super Nintendo, same year. The Nintendo I understand but Elmo was basically an orange Grover.


Super Nintendo came out in 1991
 
2012-11-26 02:20:52 PM  

Kumana Wanalaia: death to beanie babies


But they will only go up in value.
 
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