Chewbacca Themed Furby Coming From Hasbro
Like so many Star Wars cosplay fans before it, Furby is dressing up like everyone’s favorite wookiee.
Hasbro brought its next-generation Furby to Mashable for a visit, and he’s an adorable, furry creature that speaks wookiee just like Chewbacca and even hums the Star Wars theme song.
The toy — which will be available this fall for $79.99 — interacts with users and craves your affection. We can confirm it’s even greater in person than we imagined. It’s impossible to not smile when in the presence of Furby’s take on Han Solo’s most loyal friend.
Like other Furbies in the lineup, owners can virtually feed, bathe and play games with him through the accompanying iOS or Android app. For example, if you give tell the app to give Furbacca a shower, he’ll make cute little noises as though he’s getting clean.
He’s responsive, too. There are sensors on his head, under his stomach, mouth and tail, so if you give him a little scratch between the ears, he’ll love you even more. If you pull his tail, he gets cranky — you can see the anger building in his LCD eyes. Depending on his mood, Furbacca’s eyes can populate with pictures of X-Wing Fighters and Imperial Star Destroyers.
Furbacca — who wears Chewbacca’s signature bandolier (instead of a rectangular pattern, there are little eggs on the surface) — is the only Furby to resemble a Star Wars character, but owners will be able to hatch Furbling friends (like little babies) that resemble other characters in the franchise, like Han Solo, within the app.
Furby first launched in 1998 as one of the hottest toys on the market, but after a several-year hiatus starting in 2007, he was reintroduced in 2012. He came back with high-tech abilities, including — of course — an app. A year later, the Furby Boom introduced the concept of allowing kids to collect virtual eggs within the app and hatch virtual Furbling friends
There were several themed and licensed “Friends of Furby” that came out alongside the classic Furby in the 90s and early 2000s, including an interactive Yoda that used Furby technology, and a Gizmo from the movie Gremlins. However, this is the first licensed Furby since the relaunch and the first time Furby has ever dressed up as a Star Wars character.
Furbacca needs four AA batteries, which reminds us that he’s just a toy. But we’ll take it; he’s the closest we’ll get to having a small-sized, furry wookiee as a pet.