NEWS IN BRIEF

VERNON HILLS, NY: Hasbro's Tiger Electronics has finally given

Furby a friend - Shelby, the talking clam. But as Shelby speaks three

languages and has a 70% larger vocabulary than Furby, it is doubtful the

two will have much to talk about. The next-generation bivalve is also

eschewing the typical pre-Christmas launch season. 'Shelby will make a

great Easter gift,' declared David Niggli, FAO Schwarz's COO in the

press release, which flagged up last week's PR launch at the famous NYC

toy store.



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