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.
<p>Hi, my furby battery terminal have already corroded. how to fix it? </p>
<p>this is the greatest Instructible ever! I was able to awaken my gen 1, 1999 Limited Edition Autumn Furby. Toh-Loo (aka Lazarus now) had never even been opened. Still factory sealed his box. Last night I finally decided to awaken my 16 year old sleeping Furby, when the batteries went in, nothing. I was devastated. My beautiful fall Furby that I have loved for 16 years was comatose. I tried everything prior to finding this Instructible. I was extremely intimidated of trying this, because quite frankly, I don't put shit together. I am NOT electronically inclined in the slightest. I'd rather buy a new remote, than out batteries in one. Seriously.... I am proud to say, the only thing I couldn't accomplish was getting his damn skin back over the lip to the correct position. Needless to say, I won't be doing any &quot;Furbydermy&quot; in the future. My little Toh-Loo is alive and well now, so thank you so much for helping me!!!!!!!!! If I could find you, and kiss you, I probably would. May even include tongue. This Furby is pretty special to me... </p>
Thank you so much, this worked beautifully. Furby was so happy to come back from the dead!
<p>Hardest part for me is sewing the ears back on. I stink at sewing. Even something as simple as this is.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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
<p>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.</p>
<p>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?</p>
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....
<p>How long do I have to rotate?</p>
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)<br>
<p>ahoy lambsb</p><p>&gt;shopping at salvation army with 8 yr old neice</p><p>&gt;find loose furby for $1</p><p>&gt;doesnt work.jpg</p><p>&gt;knew some people had furby fixin skills on interwebs</p><p>&gt;google.com</p><p>&gt;found ur site</p><p>&gt;PROFIT !!!</p><p>thnx a lot / getting ziptie ring back on is most difficult part of this repair (!)</p>
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.
<p>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!</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 &quot;What have I got to lose?&quot; He's alive and well now and back in his original box, ready for Christmas morning! Instructables, YOU SAVED THE DAY!!!!!</p>
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 :(
<p>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!!</p>
<p>I might have to test this when I get my vintage Furby - thanks!</p>
<p>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 &quot;on&quot; 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!</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>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 </p>
<p>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. </p>
Will this work for a comatose Baby Furby?
<p>Yes, it does. My 2 baby furbies that were comatose finally woke up! :) It works just the same!</p>
Not sure about the baby furby, I think they don't have a moving base. I believe my little girl has one I'll take a look at it and get back. <br>
<p>Thank you SOOO much! My baby furbies work again after 15 years! I had to re-seam everything but the work great!</p>
I followed it to the tea. And it worked perfectly.
<p>Hi I tried turning the horizontal small black gear in the front on the right.Furby's eye's opened&amp;closed,mouth open&amp;closed,ears moved while I was turning the gear,but Furby didn't come back to life,Help!!!Please E-mail me,and suggest what I should do <a href="mailto:batmancrowned@yahoo.com,Thank" rel="nofollow">batmancrowned@yahoo.com,Thank</a> You.</p>
Fantastic instructions. We bought a 1998 furby in the box for $2 from a thrift store. Instructions included. Your repair brought that little sucker back to life. My 2 year old daughter is going to love this when she sees it in the morning. The hardest part was getting the zip tie back over the base. I almost wish I just snipped it, reattached a new one, and sewed it back closed. Thanks for the great info.
Thank you so much! Furby is back in working order now.
Fantastic!! My sisters 1st gen Furby revived after following your instructions! <br>I had to cut the plastic cable wrapper to skin it, but just replaced it, so our Furby - and 6-year old - is happy now :-) Thank you for an excellent instruction. <br> T
Thank you so much :) I was able to wake up a sweet white comatose furby bought on ebay listed &quot;Broken-for parts!!&quot; He's awake, feeling fine and grateful that he wasn't scrapped for parts ;)
My furby woke up before I could operate (oops - didn't remove the battery). His skin was almost off and when he started singing I almost dropped him! I'm having trouble getting his skin anchored around the rim, but he's working just fine! Thank you!
I know this is about a year old, but I just recently aquired a furby this guy had, and found this. I was taking off it's skin when it decided to wake up before me not doing anything else, but he'd only go back to sleep. I let him sleep for awhile(a couple hours) and then tried to wake him back up again. I tried the tongue and jiggling thing but he still went to bed.<br><br>I guess it's possible I need better batteries?
Fresh batteries are a must. I would think if he woke up there probably is no problem. Furbies are a lot like me, they don't like to be woke up in the morning. Sometimes it takes a few tries, or try holding the tongue down and turn Furby upside down. (If I remember correctly that is the official way to wake a furby as published by Tiger Electronics). Good luck with your furby adoption!
Hmm... I actually have the same &quot;narcoleptic furby&quot; problem seen above yur comment..... He DOES waske up, but only if i like push his base a bunch, then that wont work, then i gotta RESTART HIM just for him to say me sleep again and go to sleep :( so i skinned it and im gonna FIND IT IN MAH STORAGE D: its been there for at least a month, hot, stinky, ewww......... don't really wanna know if it's gonna go comatose by then, but it might ACTALLY wake up if i do somethin...or I'll curcuit bend it... yeah.... i'll curcuit bend it..... oooooooh... :D
Just be careful. Circuit bent Furbys can develop nasty habits and an unhealthy appetite for mad science or destruction lol!
Hmmm... I myself have decided to NOT actually curcuet BEND it, rather I'll just stick tinfoil somehwere on the circuit board. It's not rocket science. Honestly I've never experienced ANY problems with my Dah Noh-lah, but she does get that buzzing eye thing at random times... I'll have to look at that. But Doo-moh I would be good for a fur switch. Doo-moh II is... loud. Crazy loud. And don't even get me started on U-tye. he SHRIEKS. sHRIEKS I TELL YOU, SHRIEKS!!! He's like a furby Baby with a furby adult's gears in the same adorable carapace. I wanted the name flops. I'm not putting his batteries back in, since he'll enslave us all with his mind-numbing shrieks of death! MUAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! MAN i gotta get Kee-tah (furby boom) ready for Chris' party on saturday MUAHAHAAAA! I don't wanna tell you guys about all my furbys' defects, I'll make a showcase thingy for that *wink* i dont want to make the worlds longest comment!!! :D i have 10 furbys now. hm. one for every year I've had a bad life... till i got portal... I'll hthink about that, bye!
Thanks for this great instructable! You helped make a 7-year-old girl very happy! I had a spot of trouble getting the 6 volts to the connections on the side of the battery compartment when it was closed. I slightly bent out the connectors inside the battery box that are supposed to touch the ones in the battery door, followed your wonderful instructions, and Furby woke right up! Thanks again!
Just call me Dr. Furby! Thanks so much!! What great find!!
I bought a Furbie at a local Boot Fair for $5. Unused from a display unit. Disappointed when it didn't work when brand new batteries were inserted but then I found this website. I read through the instructions, took loads of verbal micky taking from husband and friends and as I didn't relish the idea of dismantling poor Furbie I thought I would try the shaking, resetting, holding tongue, racking the rocker etc. In fact was fairly 'rough' with him and to my absolute amazement, he yawned and has had us in fits of laughter ever since. Hilarious - but how do I switch him off ? Is it a case of removing batteries? Thank you so much, I feel I have achieved something that my builder husband was unable to whether it be by patience or the fact I will google for help and he won't!! Think it's a man thing. lol
It took me about an hour to do the repair. The only difference from your directions was our face plate. Our face plate had a small plastic hook above the sensor and was held on with 2 screws, one on either side of the face, no glue. There was a little glue by the ears, but I opted not to put new glue.
Thank you so much! I emailed Hasbro recently and they offered no help or suggestions to start our new in the box vintage Furby. We have a limited edition Autumn Furby from 1999. My brother in law bought him at a toy store he used to work at when they were going out of business. A couple of turns of the wheel and he came to life! Our 7 yr. old will be so pleased.
Thought I bought 2 dead furbys at a flee market. But thanks to your instructions they are alive and well !!!
Thanks so much for this tutorial!!! I bought 2 orig. Furbies around the same time and several years ago finally took the batteries out of both to prevent leakage and damage. Yesterday neither worked until I used your instructable. I also like someone else just cut the zip tie and replaced it with a 14&quot; one and cut off the excess - much easier to do it that way. Also, I did not re-glue his fur back on (He had tons of glue that made it difficult to get the body apart to work on it) in case I have to do this &quot;surgery&quot; again and he looks fine. I only put a stitch or two in the ears and tied the ends in the back for the same reason. Thanks again! I was so sucessful I have another waiting in line for his surgery. :o)
After seeing how this worked, I was able to start two &quot;dead&quot; Furby's using a small screwdriver inserted in above the beak to work on the corkscrew motor. It took a few seconds of pushing it around with the screwdriver and then I was able to get both working again. Seeing this helped me know what the goal was. <br> <br>So, you can do this without taking them apart.
Your instructions were wonderful! I have a working Furby and a very happy little boy now. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this!
Thank you! I not only enjoyed bringing our Furbys back to life I'm inspired to help others! dah may-lah (big hug)
Hi, I just bought a brand new unopened Bear Furby off of E-Bay and had the same problem. I was lucky to find your website with instructions and now my Furby is alive and very active. Thanks so much for posting this!! xx

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