Furby (Glad to see these make a comeback!) ~ In 1998, the newest electronic plaything to hit the market was Furby. They were a furry, animatronic creature that spoke "Furbish" but could eventually learn English, only to shower you w terms of endearment. Furby sold 1.8 million units in 1998 & a staggering 14 million in 1999. Combined, Furby had a vocabulary of nearly 200 Furbish and English words.