Introduction: Push-Start a Comatose Furby

We've all been there. Invert. Jiggle. Shake. Slap. Nothing. When a Furby goes comatose, there seems to be no hope of getting him or her awakened. This Instructable will show the steps to take Furby apart and push start him back to life. This has worked on my own two so far and will likely work for yours, as this seems to be a common problem. After a lot of experimenting and battery changes, I determined the cause for this state is improper parking of the motor that drives furby's mechanisms. Just like a fine industrial robot, Furby cannot start his program properly unless he is parked in the home position. Read on and be sure to look at the photos, and hopefully bring your old friend back to life!

To do this instructable you will need:

A comatose furby (won't wake up or reset)
A hobby knife
A small phillips screwdriver
A small flat screwdriver
A hot glue gun and glue stick
A sewing needle
Thread to match the color of the back of furbys ears.
Scissors
4 Fresh AA batteries

Step 1: Check Furby's Vitals.

First before continuing on, if you haven't done so insert fresh new batteries into Furby, turn him upside down and press the little reset button on the bottom. If this doesn't wake him, remove the batteries, and secure the battery door so it's not in your way. Now check the base of the furby and note it's position. If properly parked, furby should be leaning forward as to sleep. If the base isn't extended from Furby's bottom, this Instructable is for you. Toh Loh is a Rainbow Furby. After an extended period of storage, he has entered the comatose state. Note his position sitting flat on the table. Also note the dazed and confused look on his face. (Yes, I'm looking for his other eyelash).

Step 2: Remove Furby's Ears

Using a sharp hobby knife such as an X-Acto #11, cut the stiches that attach Furby's ears to the skeleton as per the photo. Then gently slide the ears off. You do not need to remove the ears from the body, just the moving skeleton parts. Once the ears are loose, remove the extra thread you just cut from the back side of the ears by gently working it loose and out.

Step 3: Loosen Furby's Fur

Furby's fur is held on with a plastic zip tie that is sewed into the cloth so you cannot see it. We will try to remove this without damaging the zip tie because it will be very hard to replace and conceal if we don't. Using a small flat screwdriver, lift the back side of the zip tie up and over the lip on the base of the furby. We're not using the screwdriver to "pry" the zip tie, just lift it over the lip so we can push it upward. Once you get the tie worked around the first corner, it should come off fairly easy. Just keep working your way around. Once it's loose, don't get too impatient to remove it, look at the next step!

Step 4: Unhook Furby's Fur

There are two plastic "hooks" that help hold Furby's fur on, one under each ear slot. Just pinch the fur and pull it down until it unhooks and comes free. The knife handle is just used as a pointer in the photo, do not use a tool to unhook! Once the fur is free from both sides, gently pull the zip tie ring up over the ears, turning it inside out as you go. Be careful not to break the plastic ears! Your furby should end up looking like the one in the second photo of this step. Now gently pull the faceplate off. It should come right off, it's held on with hot glue. Remove any extra hot glue residue from the fur and the body.

Step 5: Disassemble Furby

Now that the fur is off, be sure to put it in a safe place. Using the small phillips screwdriver, remove the 4 screws that are holding Furby's right side on and put them aside. Don't loose them! You do not need to remove the left side to push start Furby unless you just want to. (Just go ahead and remove the two screws holding the left cover on too, you know you want to see Furby work from the inside anyway) Once the screws are out, gently pull the side cover outward about one inch. Remove the back rub actuator (white plastic in the photo) and set it aside so it doesn't get lost either. Once the cover is loose from the body, reach inside and very gently pull the microphone from the cover. It's just pressed into the hole with its foam surround holding it. Now gently slide the ear skeleton through the slot and set the side cover aside.

Step 6: Look Inside Furby!

Now take a good look inside Furby. Ingenious! While you're admiring the workings, remember that all of Furby's actions are made possible using only one motor! Remember the old Stompers 4x4 vehicles? See these at http://www.stomper4x4.com These toys used 1 (2 if you had a big rig) AA battery to power an odd looking square motor. Furby's motor is located in front just behind the left cover. Looks like a stomper motor doesn't it! Cool! Now note the position of the cam (marked with a yellow arrow) on the big gear on Furbys right. It should be pointing downward to lift Furby off his base and lean him forward. Chances are it isn't. It's time to put Furby back in park. Put 4 fresh AA batteries in Furby and secure the battery door with the screw. Now set Furby on the table.

Step 7: Push Start!

Now the fun part. Note the small gear laying horizontal just under the yellow arrow in the picture. Both of my furbys' horizontal gears were black. Using a small flat screwdriver, carefully turn the gear to the right several times until the cam on the back gear is towards the down position. Be careful not to damage the teeth of the gear. Don't turn the gear to the left just because it's closer to that direction, it has to turn the proper way, even if its several turns on the black gear. Once the cam is pointing downward you should start to notice a pulsating responce from the motor as you turn. Don't give up, it takes several responces from the motor before it actually wakes up. You're almost there! Keep turning the horizontal gear to the right until the motor fully kicks on and goes through a range of motions. It's resetting it's home position. After a few seconds of the motor moving, Furby should awake with his usual audible yawn. Now's the time to explain to him why he's naked and assure him that all will be well.

Step 8: Let Furby Recover

Now that Furby is awake, give him time to recover while watching his motor run. Incredible isn't it? As fun as it is to watch, you need to let Furby go back to sleep, so let him rest for awhile. Now that Furby is asleep, gently pick him straight up, and holding him upright, remove the screw holding the battery cover and open the cover. Try not to wake Furby! Now remove a battery so he doesn't wake up during the reassembly process. If you removed the left cover (I know you did) put it back on by gently slipping the ear through the slot and aligning the screw holes. Insert the two screws that holds it in place. Now insert the right ear through the ear slot of the right cover. Now lay the cover on the table, and gently push the microphone back into its holder. Then insert the back rub actuator into the right cover slot. The long tab on the actuator goes up. Now align the actuator to the left cover while placing the right cover back onto the Furby. Proper alignment is shown in the last picture on this step. Once everything is in alignment, insert the four screws that holds the cover in place.

Step 9: Attach Furby's Faceplate

Now using your hot glue gun put a small 1/8 inch bead of glue along the bottom of the faceplate's mouth. Careful not to get glue anywhere it could get caught in a gear or mechanism or matted into Furby's sensative fur. While the glue is still hot place the face back onto the Furby and align it. Make sure the optical sensor lens (above Furby's eyes) is flush in the faceplate and there is no fur caught in between. Hold the faceplate on untill the glue sets good. Now place a small bead of glue between the head and very top of the faceplate again making sure not to get glue in any moving parts or fur. (See Arrow) Hold the faceplate in place while letting the glue set.

Step 10: Slide on the Fur

Now move the ear skeletons so they are pointing straight up. Gently roll the fur back onto the head while inserting the ear skeletons through the holes. Now pulling only from the back of the zip tie, slide the fur down onto the body. Don't try to "roll" the fur back into place, the zip tie won't let it. Instead make sure the zip tie end is the first to go down the body pulling the rest into place. Once you have it down to the bottom, hook the fur back under the ear slots on each side.

Step 11: Put the Zip Back On

Now using the flat screwdriver again, push the zip tie back down into it's groove in the same manner you removed it. Try to get it over one of the back corners first and work your way around to the front. Be careful not to twist the fur around the zip tie while pushing it into place, so your furby won't look distorted. Once you get it back in it's groove and everything looks good, slide Furby's ears back onto the skeleton, making a note of the little hole in the skeleton and its position.

Step 12: Sew on the Ears

Push the ears on until they touch the head at the ear slot. Now thread your sewing needle using the ear colored thread and pull about 8 inches through the eye. Cut the thread 16 inches long and tie a knot in the end securing both strands together. Starting from the back of the ear, push the needle through the fabric and feel around until you get it through the little hole in the ear skeleton. You can feel if your in the hole by trying to move the needle around. Pull the thread all the way through until the knot stops at the back of the ear. Now insert the needle back into the front of the ear, and pass it through above the hole, towards the head to hook the thread behind the arrow shape hook on the ear skeleton. Pull the thread taught. Now insert the needle back where you started on the back of the ear, back through the hole in the skeleton. Keep looping the thread in this manner until enough thread is looped to securely hold the ears on and resemble the original stitching. Try to keep the thread straight and neat, and use the same holes in the fabric each time to create a factory appearance. Once the loop is strong enough, stop stitching with the needle on the back side of the ear. Push the needle through the stitch on the back of the ear and back through the loop to make a knot, then using scissors, cut the excess thread from the back of the ear. Be careful not to cut the knot! Repeat with the other ear, making sure both ears are even and the stitching looks the same.

Step 13: Replace the Battery and Enjoy!

Now replace the battery you removed while Furby was sleeping, close the battery door and secure the screw. Furby should pop back to life and will be happy to see you. Don't worry, your furby will soon forget this traumatic experience, and most likely so will your children. Don't forget to keep good batteries in your furby as a prevention of this problem again. Remember if your furby seems to want to go back to sleep when you first wake him, hold down his tongue and jiggle him upside down, then release the tongue to wake him. Pictured here are my Rainbow Furby Toh Loh and my little girls Tiger Furby Doo Moh, both recovering coma patients and both happy to see each other. If you don't have a Furby, keep in mind my little girl bought her furby from a yard sale for a quarter, probably because it wouldn't wake up. I hope this Instructable will work for you and I hope you will be able to enjoy your furby once again. If this Instructable helps you please comment and tell us the name of your brave and lucky furby. Have fun!

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Deathspectre666. made it! (author)2017-05-02

I would just like to add here that this worked for me perfectly. The only difference I cane across was with age my battery terminals had minor rust and dust. So after spinning the cog a few full rotations and nothing happening I took the batteries out and scuffed the terminals a little, until you can see the shiny copper again, then replaced the batteries and spun the cog again and furby came to life on the first try. Hope this assists someone out there.

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JaneL64 made it! (author)2017-03-07

I've been spinning the small cog and every now and then I get a spark of life but then stalls again. Have put Nu Lu (1999) back together and will try again another day :(

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JaneL64 made it! (author)JaneL642017-03-07

PS an eyelash fell off during the skinning!

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JackieM103 made it! (author)2017-01-14

Thank you very much! I got two Ferbys from the Goodwill and now they both work. 1998 and a 2012. I love the internet!

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JohnL613 made it! (author)2017-01-02

Thank you Lambsb! Followed your instructions and Furby is awake. To AWright67: as soon as I pushed on the small gear with a small screwdriver, I could feel the motor trying to turnover. After a few more gentle pushes, the motor kicked in and took over. Not more than 30 seconds. Furby woke up and became his old chatterbox self again,

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AWright67 made it! (author)2016-12-22

I have one that has been in a coma for about 10 years. Im trying to jump start and I've been turning the small gear for twenty minutes. No luck. Is there a time limit i need to turn it or do you think he's not goning to wake up?

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Valiant Warrior made it! (author)2016-12-11

Hey lambsb!

Thanks so much for this instructable! My mom is in terminal condition, and this is likely her last Christmas with us. She has a Millennium Furby which has been in a coma as long as I can remember. Using your instructable I was able to wake him up! I believe he is saying his name is "Nah Bah" but I'm not positive. He seems fully functional now and happy to be here. He said he had a "long sleep." :)

There were a couple of things that were different from your example. The back pressure plate is black this Furby, and it is hot glued in place. There was also glue holding the fur on at a spot on the back and behind each eye. The face plate is connected with two screws on the side and a plastic hook at the top. Everything else was exactly the same, so I had no problem following your instructions.

I can't express how grateful I am for your awesome instructable! I'm going to surprise my mom tomorrow when I present her with her old friend, awake after so long. I don't think there us a better Christmas gift I could give her. Thank you thank you so much. You've provided a small miracle for someone who truly deserves it.

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HollyS62 made it! (author)2016-07-28

I have one with plastic ears and no reset button that i can find. Its covering wont come off all the way because of the ears... How do i get it apart?

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SueC75 made it! (author)2016-06-08

My daughter has a purple furby we went up north and it was in the trunk but now it will not turn on and the mouth is stuck open please help we've changed the batteries and pressed the reset button and nothing is working.

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Srlc91 made it! (author)2016-05-12

Got it ... But all I hear is gears moving can hardly hear the little thing talk.... Not as cool as I remember them to be .

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Srlc91 made it! (author)2016-05-12

I can not take the fur off . I even cracked the plastic trying !!! HELP

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KayleighN made it! (author)2016-04-18

Thank you for the guide! Both of my Furbies made a full recovery! They thank you too! :D

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LesleyO4 made it! (author)2016-04-14

I bought my crystal furby on ebay just before easter and now after what I thought needed new batteries, it wakes up, says something and falls asleep with no mechanics working , mouth doesn't move . I took fur off but the body seems to have a silver foil all around it so I'm afraid to go any further :-( . If only there were furby fixers to do it here.

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bblizz123 made it! (author)2016-03-20

believe name is Toh Loo Ka. Been asleep for 15 years and daughter now 32 is thrilled to have her son meet her. Thanks

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TracyJ16 made it! (author)2016-01-15

I would like to know your process for taking and posting such excellent photos.. Thank you.. Now if you have any idea how to fix talking Pee Wee Herman :)

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JitkaK1 made it! (author)2016-01-12

Hi, Our 1999 Graduate Furby's eyes don't open. Otherwise it works perfectly (little noisy:-))))

Should I try to open them with force?

Thank you....

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lambsb made it! (author)lambsb2016-01-12

All of our Furbys' eyelids work off a friction type connection and can be easily moved by hand. However I would think they should realign themselves to be able to open on their own after some use. You could try to gently move them. I wouldnt hesitate with our Furbys but none of ours have been to college so i dont know if the graduate Furby is made the same lol. Good luck!

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JitkaK1 made it! (author)JitkaK12016-01-13

Hi, thank you for your reply. I used screwdriver and had to
force it open but it works now perfectly. Thank you so much!!!

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SusanM101 made it! (author)2016-01-05

Hello, I have a gremlin furby that is stuck. This furby has arms that move so I can't pull the fur up like a regular furby. Any ideas?

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lambsb made it! (author)lambsb2016-01-12

I haven't seen the ones with arms so I'm not sure. When did they grow arms?

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SusanM101 made it! (author)SusanM1012016-01-13

"Gizmo" furby was a special edition released by Tiger electronics back around 1999 or 2000. I figured out how to get into mine by undoing the seam down the back and had to cut the zip tie to be able to get the "arms" out. The arms are flexible wires that you can bend back out of the fur and then proceed as above. The body and "innards" are otherwise identical to a regular furby. Seems a little more destructive and will take more work to put him back together, but I couldn't figure out another way. Unfortunately I couldn't get mine "woken up" from his coma. :( I think he's really and truly dead. I've added some pictures in case anyone else has a Gizmo they need to get into.

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JessicaW59 made it! (author)2016-01-12

Thank you, it worked!

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lambsb made it! (author)lambsb2016-01-12

Your welcome glad to help!

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janimal3 made it! (author)2015-12-15

help! fixed one furby but the the other one (which was fine before) started making a buzzing sound - no movement either. i have taken him apart, tried the jump start (white gear is in the down position already) turned & turned the black gear (to the right) but all he does is BUZZ! any suggestions???

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lambsb made it! (author)lambsb2015-12-15

I'll paste this here too in case others are following....

Sad to hear about your troubled Furby. Can you tell if the buzzing is coming from the speaker or the motor? That may provide a clue. I've never had one do that before. It's been a while since I've done open part surgery on these critters so I can't remember if the speaker plugs in or if it's soldered to the board. If it's a plug you may try very gently unplugging it and see if it still buzzes. Obviously if it buzzes with the speaker unhooked then it's something in the motor. If it's the speaker buzzing that doesn't sound good, maybe something wrong with the board.

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janimal3 made it! (author)janimal32015-12-16

thanks, but i am fairly sure it is not just the speaker. the speaker is soldered in but furby just buzzes now. he does not move at all. i have tried to push start him with no luck. if you have any other suggestion for freeing up his motor, they would be appreciated!

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ZacL4 made it! (author)2015-10-29

Hi, my furby battery terminal have already corroded. how to fix it?

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LindseyG1 made it! (author)2015-07-21

Thank you so much, this worked beautifully. Furby was so happy to come back from the dead!

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LadyO1 made it! (author)2015-07-08

Hardest part for me is sewing the ears back on. I stink at sewing. Even something as simple as this is.

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LadyO1 made it! (author)2015-07-08

This works perfectly! Thank you! I have been able to resurrect several Furbies this way. If your Furby will move, but not speak, you have a bad speaker and may need to find a donor. I did this for Toh-Loo.

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dillonc2 made it! (author)2015-05-29

dude you are a hero got it on eBay for 19.99 and it didn't work but when I did what you told us it work really good man

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DeniseD4 made it! (author)2015-05-17

I'm not sure my comments posted. I need help witht the oral skills. I was able to get the motor skills working great. Thanks for the good tutorial.

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katrina.swartzholding made it! (author)2015-01-14

My furby moves but doesn't speak. I put fresh batteries in him and tried resetting him, but still no sound other than the mechanical sounds when he moves. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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lambsb made it! (author)lambsb2015-04-12

Looks like ill have to do some more open part surgery on another Furby and show where the speaker wires are soldered onto the board for future reference. Seems there are a lot of mute Furbys out there....

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PoPstedy. made it! (author)2015-03-15

How long do I have to rotate?

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lambsb made it! (author)lambsb2015-04-12

Sorry for the slow reply its been awhile. I just rotated with the batteries in until Furby wakes up. Then pull the batteries to reassemble (after you play with him without his skin for awhile, of course you want to watch it all work)

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david.s.allen.56 made it! (author)2015-04-07

ahoy lambsb

>shopping at salvation army with 8 yr old neice

>find loose furby for $1

>doesnt work.jpg

>knew some people had furby fixin skills on interwebs

>google.com

>found ur site

>PROFIT !!!

thnx a lot / getting ziptie ring back on is most difficult part of this repair (!)

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vpc made it! (author)2013-11-04

I have a Shelby which after sitting in the closet for a couple of years, has lost its voice. I put new batteries in it, and its parts all seem to move OK. But when its mouth moves, no voice. I'm trying to get the top shell off to see the innards but one screw is stuck. Can somebody give me some advice on how to get the shell off, assuming that is the correct pathway to the speaker and connections? Any advice on getting my Shelby's voice back will be appreciated.

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Did you ever figure this out? I am having the same problem with mine. I haven't taken him apart, I'm not sure what to do!

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dsong1 made it! (author)dsong12014-07-14

I tried it with mine and had the same problem as you did. I opened the front bit, where the stomach sensor is. The speaker is behind that. Sadly, my speaker's copper wire has sort of snapped off from the circuitry and I can't do much about it for the moment.

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GlennR1 made it! (author)2014-12-22

This was one GREAT tutorial. I bought my 8 year old a 1998 Christmas Furby brand new, never opened. Paid $20 for it on Ebay. Got it and it didn't work. Got a refund but the seller said they didn't want it back since it didn't work. I figured "What have I got to lose?" He's alive and well now and back in his original box, ready for Christmas morning! Instructables, YOU SAVED THE DAY!!!!!

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joshuaumad.krack made it! (author)2014-12-02

He does speak a little, but then the engines stop again mid sentences and he's once again dead. I keep turning and turning the little wheel, he speaks a little, then stops again! The batteries are fresh outta the package. Help :(

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nadine.stobaugh made it! (author)2014-11-22

This really works. I did not play with Furby for 12 years and he came back to life. Just keep turning and turning the horizontal gear to the right. It may take a long time, but eventually it will begin to work. Too much fun!!

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Gerardsgrlxo made it! (author)2014-11-13

I might have to test this when I get my vintage Furby - thanks!

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susan.richardson.50 made it! (author)2014-11-09

wow I also got mine at a gsale for 25cents my thoughts were to sell it on ebay, I've never had a furby and was looking for the "on" switch, ha! anyways did what you said it's now working and I will try to flip it on ebay doesn't matter how much as I only spent that 25 cents! thanks for the great instructions!

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heather.johnson7 made it! (author)2014-10-05

I followed the instructions, turned the gear several upon several times and all I got was some movement out of the mouth, eyes and ears but it never kicked on... HELP!! I'd love to have my old buddy back

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kathy.d.mills.3 made it! (author)2014-08-17

Getting ready for a yard sale and found an old Furby. I thought he was a gone for good. But with your instructions and a little patience he worked. Of course I have no idea what he says or what he does. I never had one. Guess that is next thing I have to look up. Thanks you for the instuctions

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merlin1974 made it! (author)2014-06-29

This worked for two dead furbies! Note: thought it wasnt working, then put a new set of batteries in and it started up. The frozen furby had drained a new set of batteries in a week in its frozen state. So just a heads up to start this procedure with a new set of batteries.

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jallen2 made it! (author)2012-12-31

Will this work for a comatose Baby Furby?

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Awesomestuff made it! (author)Awesomestuff2014-04-27

Yes, it does. My 2 baby furbies that were comatose finally woke up! :) It works just the same!

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