Monday, 21 January 2019

News About May May, The Mysterious Pink Rainbow Furby!

Today I have some fantastic News regarding the mystery of the Pink Rainbow Furby!
After my post about May May, I decided to do some detective work. I thought to myself there 'has' to be more information somewhere online about this unusual Furby, After a lot of dead links and perseverance, I have found exactly what I was looking for!

Wayback Machine
is a website that archives old websites for preservation and internet history. If you type in in your browser today, it will forward you to the current Hasbro website, but back in 1999 and 2000, it was a very different website with a mountain of information about our loveable Furbys!

As you can see from the picture above, this is what the original Furby website looked like. From that page I clicked 'News Update' which took me to another page with the important information I was looking for.

Design-Your-Own-Furby Sweepstakes was a competition sponsored by 'Post'.
Post or Post Consumer Brands (previously also known as Post Cereals and Postum Cereals) is an American consumer cereal brand who along with Tiger ran the competition from November the 9th 1999 until August the 1st 2000. Advertising the competition on the back of cereal boxes (Cocoa Pebbles, Oreo 'Os, Fruity Pebbles, Honey-Comb, as well as others). Children were asked to colour in a Furby picture and submit their entry via post by the 1st of August 2000, after which the top 12 submissions would be placed on the Furby website and the public were asked to vote for a winner, who would then receive the grand prize of a 'Trip to Tiger’s Furby studio', and the chance to design their very own Furby!

November 9, 1999 - Post-branded products (including cereals Cocoa Pebbles, Honey Comb and Oreo-O’s as well as Jell-O yoghurt) carry entry forms for Post’s “DESIGN YOUR OWN FURBY” contest. See Post products for complete details. Note that the lucky winner of Post’s contest will get to design a REAL Furby. Visit the “Games” section of the Furby web site to play new online games inspired by Hi-C and Post.

August 1, 2000 - Post Finalists Posted! The 12 finalists in Post’s Design-Your-Own-Furby sweepstakes have been selected. Kids from across the country have submitted drawings of their ideal Furby to Post for the past several months. The sweepstakes has been featured on a variety of Post’s top-selling cereals, including Honey Comb and Oreo-O’s. Post has now randomly chosen 12 submissions to compete for the grand prize: a trip to Tiger’s Furby studio, where the lucky winner will design a real Furby. To vote for your favourite Furby design, click here.

If you click the link above, it takes you to this page which shows all the Furby pictures that have been coloured in by the lucky children who made it into the randomly chosen 12 submissions.
Let's take a good look at all of these, aren't they lovely? But let's pay attention to one particular picture in the bottom right corner. Look familiar? Yes that's right, it's May May! the pink Rainbow Furby! :-)

So it turns out that this is in fact an official Furby-Tiger Release! (some doubted this on AdoptaFurby Forum). I wonder if 'Brittany from Missouri' still has her Rainbow Furby? Also were any of the other 12 entries created?

As far as I know, there are only two Rainbow Furby's in existence. The one that I own, and the other one the original seller (maybe) still has? After some more detective work, I found out the other rainbow Furby had a highest bid of $525.00 before the seller chose to end the auction early! I can only guess they had a change of heart and wanted to keep it.

I really hope my good friend who bought me May May, didn't pay so much money for her, thankfully it was a present, so I will never know.

So there you have it, the Rainbow Furby Mystery has been solved and another official Furby has been added to the database. Stay tuned for more interesting News from Hey Furby website! ;-)

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