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'Furby fever' could resurge this holiday season

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The new Furby will include several interactive features, including LCD eyes that react to sound. (Source: Children's Technology Review/YouTube) The new Furby will include several interactive features, including LCD eyes that react to sound. (Source: Children's Technology Review/YouTube)

(RNN) - More than a decade after it hit store shelves, one of the most popular toys ever plans to return for a second act.

Furby, the robotic fuzz ball who captured the hearts of millions in 1998, is scheduled to make his homecoming to toy stores nationwide this fall - in time for the holiday season.

Although an official website for the furry friend has yet to be activated, toymaker Hasbro has released limited information about features in its latest model.

The Furby's most noticeable feature is its fur coat. A soft texture and vibrant color provides an inviting appearance for kids to pick Furby up and play. Within the fur are hidden touch sensors designed to help Furby interact with its playmates.

Furby's new lease on life is also enhanced by upgraded eyes and ears. Furby can gaze into the eyes of its admirer with a pair of backlit LCD eyes that react to sounds detected through a built-in microphone.

But Furby's senses are only two of its interactive features.

Hasbro developed a Furby app, allowing playmates to interact with the toy using their iPad. The app includes a "Furbish" translator that helps users decode what Furby is saying.

Furbies can communicate with each other through their native tongue as well, carrying on conversations as any human would. The app and conversation features use high frequency audio codes to transmit information.

However, consumers beware: Furby doesn't include a power or mute feature. Short of sitting in silence or removing its batteries, Furby will be wide awake and ready to play.

And should Furby fall asleep, a simple nudge could wake it up. If you're fortunate enough to find the 2012 Furby in stores this holiday season, it will cost you a hefty $60 to take him home.

Ibuprofen not included.

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