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My daughter recently received this Tickle Me Elmo as a present. Elmo is a character from the popular kids TV show Sesame Street and although it's a show that we've never watched together, she was immediately interested him due to the noises he makes and his bright red fur and funny, happy face. Today, he's currently available in Argos for £19.99 reduced from his usual price of £29.99.
He is quite a simple toy, being a red cuddly toy measuring around 35cm tall and 12cm wide when his arms are down. He has a very cute face with two plastic ping pong style balls at the top of his face to represent his eyes, a squashy orange nose and a large wide mouth so he looks just like the character. He has an operating pack inside him that makes various giggle and laughter noises when either his foot or his belly is pressed. He also shakes a little as though his body is moving because of being tickled and his arms also move slightly - they are not operated by the pack inside but move because of the laughter shakes from the main part of his body.
He is very adorable and makes the whole family laugh, the giggles he makes are almost infectious. He also comes out with small phrases as he's laughing - only little ones like 'that tickles' but they add to his appeal. Our daughter finds him very amusing when he makes his giggle noises and especially when he moves! Although for some reason, he's not really a toy she spends too long with - she'll walk around with him for a few minutes and bring him to us sometimes but that's about it - opting instead for her other cuddly toys. I think it might be because it's a little difficult for her to operate - she has attempted a few times to press his belly, but it does need a strong press and she's not quite strong enough to do it herself so we have to operate him for her.
He makes noises for a few seconds per press and obviously if you keep pressing either his belly or foot he will continue - we're not talking noise for minutes though unless he is actively pressed which is good. There is the added bonus of an on/off switch hidden under his fluffy body (accessed via a velcro opening) where the batteries are placed. Handy if his giggles are repeated too often to give our ears a rest!
He's small enough to be picked up by my 18 month old and carried around but the pack inside that makes the sounds and noises is very hard and so it's not the best toy for her to cuddle - for example, it is not one I would let her take to bed because the pack is hard but has quite a bit of weight to it too. I'm not sure whether this is the reason that she doesn't carry it around for too long as the toy does weigh far more than her other cuddly toys, even those that are much larger in size. The pack inside isn't small either - it consumes his whole entire tummy section. It also might be why she chooses other soft toys above this one as they are far more cuddly.
His fur is quite fluffy which I like, although I have found a couple of fluffy bits from him on the rug which isn't good really considering he is a toy recommended for children aged 18 months and upwards.
Elmo comes with batteries included, as he needs those to operate all those giggles and wriggles. He is the only toy we have that eats them - taking 2 AA batteries which don't seem to last very long at all. Although we've only owned him for around six weeks, I have had to replace them already so it's not the best toy in terms of costs to run!
Elmo is a good toy - he gets good marks for being entertaining but I have knocked a couple off for him not being very cuddly, losing some fur and being quite expensive for what he is. He's certainly not worth the full price of £29.99 and even at £19.99 he still seems quite dear. He is a fun toy and a nice addition to our toy box but comes with a few faults.
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I brought tickle me elmo for my daughters first birthday as she was an avid elmo fan. We had an elmo toy from a previous daughter which she played with all the time so expected she would get the same enjoyment out of tickle me elmo.
In myy opinion Tickle me Elmo is more of a novelty item than a toy that can entertain young children for any length of time.
My daughter did enjoy elmo for the first 20 minutes but I think that he then became a bit too repetitive and her interest in the toy faded quite rapidly. She still has Elmo on her shelves in her bedroom and now at the age of two I thought she may become more interested in him ad want to play with him but I am wrong. I think the reason Elmo is still in her room is purely because I can't bear to see him thrown out after I spent £20 on him!!!
All a bit expensive for 20 minutes of fun.
I bought this for my 11 month old and he loves it, it basicaly does what it says on the tin. You can tickle its tummy and under the chin and Elmo will then start laughing and rolling around slapping the floor, he will then stand back up and asks to be tickled again by saying "Again, Again".
It takes 6 AA Batteries and these have lasted quite a long time and we do play with it alot.
Its a very good toy but for the price im not sure that it is worth £50 or over i got mine from ebay so i grabbed a bargain and i am pleased i only spent under £20. its a very good interactive toy and its holds my boys attention for alittle while but as with all toys boredom sets in very quickly. i think i was more impressed with it than him.
Overall i think its a nice toy but not worth the expensive price tag.
I invested in tickle me elmo last year for my daughters first birthday. I must admit the only reason that I bought it was because I loved elmo so much when I was younger and I saw it advertised laughing. My partner knew the only reason that I wanted to buy it her was for my own benifit too.
I bought this from my local wearhouse and it only cost me £20 and it was a limited edition model. Inside the box was a code for the internet to be able to win prizes. At the time I did not have the internet so I put the code in a draw and have lost it since which is typical of me.
The Elmo stands approximatly 11 inches tall and is a perfect replica of the elmo from sesamee street. It has hard bottomd feet so that it can stand and this is where the batteries go too, the on and off switch can also be found here.
Just below the medal on his chest there is a button that cant be seen under the fur on his body that you press. When you press the button he starts to laugh and talk to you. He falls over and rolls around on the floor and even stands back up.
It is a simple toy that doesn't do anything but laugh say a few phrases and rolls around but it still never fails to amuse me or my children. You still expect it to do something new everytime you press it.
At first my child was scared of Elmo because it was so loud but as she has got older she loves it and when it laughs she also laughs uncontrolably with it (and so do I).
I have never had to change the batteries yet which I think is great and it is played with at least 3 times a week. I am hoping my new baby will get as much enjoyment out of this toy as the rest of us.
It has also been dropped on numerous occasions but still it hasn't broken so I have found this a very practical hardwearing and enjoyable toy for all of us.
i bought the TMX extra special edition of elmo last year for my little girl for xmas after i was pestered and pestered by granddad to buy it because it would be sooo much fun and jessica would love it :o)
And how true was that.
i bought rechargeable batteries for hiim cos he eats battries like i dont know what :o(
But elmo is so cool! once you learn how to move him about to get him to dance and sing he is excellent and defiantly the best xmas present ive bought as the whole family just love it. even the dog sits and watchers with her head on one side in amazement at how a toy can make the whole room laugh so much.
Im defiantly going to buy tmx cookie monster this year so i can line them both up and get them to dance together
go elmo go!
Tickle Me Elmo is designed to react to being tickled and when his tickle buttons are pressed he will laugh, double over, smack his arm and even roll on the floor. He is able to detect when he is lying down and will stand himself back up. The tickle buttons are on his chin, tummy or foot and you have to press them 3 times in a row to get a bigger reaction each time. He is red and very fluffy, sturdy and long lasting if treated well. On the bottom of his foot there is an on/off switch.
It can take some time for your child to get used to him as he does throw himself about when laughing and it is quite loud. He is a nice colour and a cute looking toy, the material is soft and doesn't fall apart easily. Entertaining for the first week maybe but eventually he will ended up stuffed at the bottom of our childs toy box then moved on up to the loft.
Rather disappointing reaction to him from the children, especially considering the price paid.
Elmo is soooo cute but im glad i only payed £11.99 for it!! This retails at £39.99...way too overpriced unless ur a crazy mad Elmo fan.
This is the limited edition Tickle me Elmo, which differs as it has tickle me spots on his feet, belly and under his chin. The box also contains clues on how to position Elmo to get him to do different actions, although we could only figure out one! Most actions are rolling around on his belly or slapping his hands on the floor with laughter.
Elmo is quite heavy and not very cuddly, he is loud and doesnt always get back onto his feet like he is supposed to. He is very funny the first few times but after pressing it 10 times or more its not that amusing.
I am very dissapointed with this product as me and my boys are big fans of Elmo and couldnt wait for him to arrive but for the retail price of £39.99 we dont think its anything special. If your wanting a good Elmo wait a bit , put another tenner to it and buy the new Elmo live who will sit and tell you a story, blow you a kiss and move with a lot more ease and thats just a little bit of what he does!!.
I wanted to buy this last Christmas when it was rated one of the top ten toys to buy for Christmas 2007, but there was so much demand for it I couldnt get my hands on it in any of the high street stores, or online. So when I found it at an NCT sale for £4 (The r.r.p for this is £39.99!) I actually bartered and got it for £3!!.
Im glad I didnt spend £40 for it as its not interactive enough for my child, I would say its a toy that you watch perform rather then engage and play with.
Its quite a heavy toy and it works my tickling Elmos tummy and he lstarts by laughing, he then says "again, again" and when you tickle him again he roles onto the floor and starts slapping it and slapping his legs with uncontrolable laughter.
As an adult, its funny to watch but some of my daughters friends have been a bit scared of it, and its not a toy that gets played with very often, as my daughter dosnt like picking i up when its moving as it frightens her.
The toy is aimed for children aged 3 years and up and you can buy it from Argos and Woolworths.
Elmo is a red lovable Muppet from the educational show Sesame Street, which is aimed towards toddlers and preschoolers. He is a bright red puppet who always refers to himself in third person. Elmo has always been a favourite in our house. My daughter had a small red plush Elmo that she used to sleep with in her cot when she was a baby.
Tickle me Elmo was bought as a Christmas gift, he was a huge hit with all the family. He is just as you imagine. He is approximately 15 inches tall so just a nice size for a toddler to cuddle, he has thick soft red fur which is lovely to rub your hand over, he has a bright orange nose and his distinct and funny large white eyes.
He has a lovely soft squeezable body, making him huggable when you squeeze his tummy his giggles and talks, he says "Ha ha ha, that tickles" and when you press him again he giggles again for longer, and on the third press he giggles so much that his body shakes. He is sure to make any child happy and laugh with him, and he is great fun and adored by both adults and children.
Elmo has a contagious laugh that is guaranteed to have you laughing with him!
This toy is recommended for a child of 3+.
The first I knew of Tickle Me Elmo EX was when my husband forwarded me a video clip he'd come across on YouTube. It was nothing clever just a clip of Elmo laughing and falling over but we were both in hysterics. My husband declared that he was going to have to get one for our daughter for Christmas. She was only 4 months old at the time! Unfortunately the world and his wife were also trying to get hold of Elmo but I finally found him in Woolworths. When we showed him to our daughter, who was 6 months old by then, she really wasn't very impressed but we were!
This is a really entertaining toy that has a number of different tickle spots on his body. Each one will make him do soemthing slightly different. Amazingly he can stand back up again after falling over. I'm not sure that he is worth the £35 I paid for him though. I think he's a bit cheaper to buy now.
I fell in love with Elmo when I went to America in 2003, when I heard about Tickle Me Elmo TMX coming out I just had to have it, I persuaded my partner to buy our 18 month old son it for Christmas, who unlike me hated it and screamed whenever it went near him, I however found it hilarious and still do.
So Elmo begun his career on Sesame Street many many years ago, in 1970 to be precise and over time the character hasn't changed, although I didn't know Elmo was a female until last year, noone told me that!!
Tickle Me Elmo first came out in the height of a new reign for Sesame Street back in 1996, it was one of the biggest selling toys of its year, simply pushing buttons to hear Elmo giggle, couldn't get much better until.....
10 years later in 2006 Fisher Price decided to bring out a new edition Elmo and decided to call it Tickle Me Elmo TMX. It became one of the hardest toys to get for Christmas, companies had orders gallore for the £35 (approx) toy. What's so special about it you may ask, well Elmo now says more, she does more, the giggles that come from this little toy are infectous and could cheer the most horrible of people up.
Tickle Me Elmo comes in a suitcase, made of cardboard with a pop up flap that you lift to hear Elmo giggling inside, the box is lovely and a treasure to keep. Elmo stands at around 14 inches high and isn't cuddly, she's solid, you press her belly or her foot to 'tickle' her and then she prescides to bend over laughing, roll on the floor giggling away.
Even though this toy had now been out 2 years, it is still one of my favourite childrens toys, even my son has grown to love her and copies her moves now.
It comes complete with batteries which to be honest I was expecting to have to replace pretty much as soon as we bought it but they are still going strong.
Elmo is the perfect companion for old and new people.
I got Elmo for Valentines Day last year. A bit of a change to chocolates and flowers, but it was a sweet present! I opened up the box, and luckily there was 6 batteries included, he is a real battery guzzler! Elmo takes all 6 AA batteries. 4 in his left foot and 2 in his right foot.
As I opened the box and gave him a hug, Elmo is not quite as cuddly as I would like him to be! I understand that this is because he has all of his mechanical things inside him, but he looks so cute you do kind of want to pick him up and give him a cuddle! Elmo is about 40cm tall and is covered in red fur. He has a big smiley mouth and two large plastic eyes on top of his head.
There are three different places where you can 'tickle' Elmo; his chin, his tummy or his foot. 'Tickling' basically means pushing a button. For Elmo to work properly, you have to place him standing on the floor. When you tickle him for the first time, he starts vibrating and laughing and saying 'You've tickled Elmo!", he slaps his arms against his side and falls of his back and stands up again. He will then shout "Again, again" at you. Once you tickle him for a second time, his routine changes slightly. He still vibrates and laughs but this time he rolls onto his back and then his side and says "Give Elmo a break please!" The third time he goes all out rolling around the floor and kicking his legs and laughing uncontrollably. He also says some other things but I can't quite make them out since he is laughing so much. These are the three 'routines' that he can do. Once he has done all three and you tickle him again, he will start with the first one again.
If you don't tickle him again right after, he will stand there shouting 'Again, again' for a while until you tickle him.. or turn him off. His voice gets very annoying. Elmo has a little 'on/off' switch on his right foot so that you can turn him off to save batteries and to stop him talking.
If you are planning to use Elmo a lot I would recommend getting rechargeable batteries since I think it could get quite expensive. I don't remember how long the batteries we had in Elmo lasted, but I don't think it was very long. My advice would be remembering to turn him off in between plays!
I do think it is a really clever toy. I find it amazing that they have made this toy which can fall over, roll around and stand up again all by itself.. it is just a very clever toy that has limited amounts of fun attached to it.
When Elmo falls over laughing on to the floor, he does tend to pick up quite a lot of dust! The unfortunate thing about that is that you can't actual remove his outer layer of fluff to wash, so you simply have to brush it down, which doesn't always do the job.
Elmo seems quite fun.. but it wears off pretty quickly. There's only so many times you can watch him fall over laughing, and his voice gets really irritating really quickly. He mostly just sits in the corner of the room now, til a new guest notices him, plays with him for a little bit and the novelty wears off again. Oh well!
Elmo is suitable for ages 18 months and up. He is made by Fisher Price and is surface washable only.
I'm not entirely sure how much my boyfriend paid for Elmo, but I took a sneaky peak on Amazon and he's on there for £38.49, which seems a lot for what it is!
I bought one of these recently for my son's first birthday. I have to be honest and say it's not everything I thought it would be, but it's a very fun toy, and has got lots of laughs, from all generations of the family!
From what I understand, Tickle Me Elmo has been around for about ten years, and the TMX toy is the new version of it. After much pondering, my husband concluded it must stand for tickle me ten, and that sounds about right!
We bought our one from Toys R Us, where it cost £34.99, quite expensive for a character toy, but we wanted to treat our little boy. If I had not seen an advert for it earlier that day, I'm not entirely sure we would have bought it, as the packaging is quite unhelpful. It came in a square box with no window or opening to see what's inside, and no picture of the toy on the outside! All there is is the name of the toy and no description of what it does. The only real clue as to what is inside is a lift up flap which activates a sound of elmo giggling and saying how ticklish he is in here! Quite amusing, but still not helpful.
When we opened the toy on his birthday, it was really simple to start up (all 6 batteries included), just an 'on' switch on his foot, and let the tickling begin! Having expected (maybe naively) this toy to actually be 'ticklish', I was quite disappointed to find out that there are only three large buttons under his fur that are tickly spots. There is one under his chin, one on his tummy and one on the top of his left foot. This limits the places you can tickle, understandable for an adult, but a little complicated for an infant, even for our 24 month old (there is an 18 month age rating). That said though, the laughing noises Elmo makes are very funny, and the more tickling you do at once, the funnier the laughing gets! He also moves about as you tickle him; to start off with he throws himself on the floor and waves his arm about, then he curls his legs to his tummy and wiggles his feet, then he straightens out and bangs his heel on the floor! When this all happens with the giggling mixed in, you can't help but laugh, and the kids really love it! He also has a few phrases like 'Give Elmo a break!', and 'Again, again!' After about a week of having the toy, both boys have got the hang of tickling his tummy. Sometimes, and I can't work out exactly why, the laughing just stops, it seems when you tickle it too much, and I'm sure this is a glitch. Also, the toy stands itself up, which is really amusing to the kids, but sometimes, and again, not consistently, he doesn't fully straighten up.
As for kid friendliness it is perfectly suited to my boys at 12 months and 24 months and I'm sure it would suit children a lot older, even grown up kids as me and my husband have found out!
I'd be interested to know the differences between this version and the older one, as from a friends description of their old one, it doesn't sound that different.
I would recommend buying this, but I would recommend considering others as there are many better quality toys of the same type about (Winnie the Pooh, for example). Also, I'm not sure if I would pay the price of £34.99 knowing what I know, but I am glad that we have this toy.
Well I haveto agree with comments already raised about this toy, it`s definetly more for the adults, I actually bought this as a present for my girlfriend the first time we met real-time (We first met and fell in love, that`s another story that I`ll probably write one day) But anyways, on showing her the joy`s of birkenhead, I took her into the Woolworths where she spots this Elmo Toy and instantly falls in love with it`s cute sounding giggle and jiggling body... So she wasn`t going to leave the store without one.. Anyways (We`ve since got married and I`ve now bought her the Elmo Let's Pretend Toy too, Anyone who has this Elmo too, will know the following..) Elmo is a big red hairy monster.. He`s part of the sesame street gang, and is a very well made toy indeed.. Infact he`s been in a few wrestling matches with my 9month old daughter and has come out fur intact, which is a task few other toys have managed. For those needing to know some more about elmo, here`s a quick factfile. Name: Elmo Monster Age: 2 and a 1/2 Colour: Red Birthday: Feb 3rd Catchphrase: "Elmo Loves You" Hobbies: Playing the Violin, Tap Dancing Favourite Song: Elmo Song Best Friend: Zoe Pet: Giggles the Goldfish Favourite Food: Pizza.. So, the fact I know all that, does that make me a loving partner or a new elmo addict? Well I think the verdict is out on that one, but I do enjoy watching the odd episode of Sesame Street (although I must say I`m not a fan of Elmo`s Friend Zoe..) So Anyways back to the toy in question as after-all that`s what this opinion is all about.. It`s a great toy, fun for all the family.. but.. (and sadly there is a but,) It`s a battery guzzler.. if it was a car it`d be american and about 10 miles long.. So I advise picking up a charger and rechargable batteries as once that Elmo starts giggling it`s hard to want him to stop, also a point to note is the jiggle seems to be a little
irratic, now I`m not sure if that`s just the model we have, maybe it`s a little faulty? But sometimes it jiggles harder than others, just something I think you should be aware of if leaving it with kids, but apart from those minor niggles it`s a wonderful toy, and the giggle is such a cute heartwarming sound, so full of fun. and sadly ending on a bad note, I haven`t seen them in the shops in a while, I don`t know if they`ve been pulled from the shelves to be replaced by the Tickle Me ELmo "Suprise" Toy.. I haven`t actually bought a suprise, but I`m told there isn`t much difference between it and the original tickle me.. (major one being that elmo seem`s to be touch sensitive (only ticklish in one spot, which changes each time you tickle him) Whereas "Original Tickle Me" Was ticklish all over, all the time) I`d say on the sound of thing I prefer the sound of the original... but I guess that`s a personal preference thing, and having a random tickle feature could give the Toy a longer "Playability" level for some children..
OK so I broke down and bought this new Elmo doll for my uh hmmmm "kids" anywho the thing is red with big white plastic eyes and very wide mouth with this silly grin on its face. I thought I was buying just a doll, you know to be carried around by the arm, lose one of it's eyes and get very dirty as it becomes a super hero's sidekick or co-pilot in space exploration or whatever it is that is being imagined at the time. Well there I was with all my goodies from the store loaded in the back seat of car and driving home at 4 in the morning. Yeh, I like to shop at the local 24 hour wal-mart between 3-4 in the morning, it is so entertaining watching stock boys deal with all of the drunks and prostitutes coming in for just one condom or the family of migrant workers shopping for groceries with no idea how much anything costs. So like I said I was driving home and I hit a pot hole in the road. No big deal right? Wrong, I damn near ran off of the road when I heard this crying and kicking going on in the back seat. I could hear something flailing about in one of the plastic sacks from Wal-Mart and there was this wah wah wah wah sound. Oh my God!, I thought, one of those migrant workers slipped a baby into my bag when I wasnt looking. Knowing that there was no ID on this kid or even the parents, they would never figure out who this damn thing belonged to. I promptly turned my car around and drove back to Wal-Mart in a rage hitting more pot holes on the way still hearing this kid cry out every now and again. I guessed that Wa;-Mart would have some kind of security cameras and maybe we could at least get a visual ID on the bastard that dumped this kid on me. On the way I phoned the police with my cell phone. I wanted to get this baby out of my custody as soon as possible. Back at Wal-Mart I didnt bother getting the kid out of the car. I just marched inside and began raising hell. I didnt want my finger prints anywhere on this kid an
d have some broken english mexican try to claim that I was stealing the baby. No sir, this was all coming down on Wal-Mart. I figured if I played my cards right I might even get a $25 gift certificate from them. An Hour later the police showed up. I wasnt letting anyone near my car until the police got there. This was going to be done right. We all went to my vehicle, the two cops, the manager from Wal-Mart, a few clerks and various other drunks and off work strippers who by now had heard the story as I was being very loud about it at the front of the store. Hey I really wanted that gift certificate. I unlocked the car for the police and one of the officers began pulling out my bags and setting it on the hood of my car. As he grabbed one bag the crying started again and the bag started moving. He quickly placed it on the hood of my car and pulled out that damn Elmo doll crying it's little red head off. "Is this the crying noise you heard" the officer said with a smirk on his face. I was very embarrassed to say the least. My face was redder than Elmo's. I even had drunks laughing at me. I think some of the strippers were still trying to figure out how the baby got away as they were staring with that "oh, how cute" face. So I quickly loaded my stuff back into the car as the officer called dispatch to tell the whole force what had happened. I left as soon as as I could fearing that I was going to be followed by every on duty officer who wanted to see this idiot for themselves. Now I cant shop at that Wal-Mart anymore. I will have to drive clear across town to the other 24 hour Wal-Mart. Lets just Elmo never made it into my kids hands that day. So what is with these new toys anyway. Are our kids imaginations so lazy that they the toys have to play with themselves now? When I was a kid you know what I got for christmas? I really wanted a G.I. Joe doll. This is a milatary doll with machine gun and boots, etc. But my
parents were too poor to justify spending the $7 on a doll when we were eating Mac & cheese with tuna from a can every night. So for christmas I got something even better...I got stick joe! My Dad took some sticks from the fire wood and carved out stick joe for me. With a little string and some good magic marker work on it you could at least tell what it was supposed to be. I loved that doll. Me and stick joe would battle the evil soviet empire one day and destroy the nazis the next. We even made time to visit my sister's stick barbie behind the tree that soubled as the tallest barbie dream house ever when it wasnt Dr. Evil's dark tower of death. With todays toys they could just all play with each other and the kids could sleep. Besides video games is the only thing that keeps kid's attention anyway. Elmo is cute in a toy being possesed by Satan kind of way, but I dont really think it will keep a child's attention for very long. Get them some good sticks and card board boxes that always works better anyway. And as for Elmo he is still out in the yard tied to my archery target. It seems I still never get tired of firing off arrows at this thing.
Elmo tickles America's funny bone with three interactive tickle spots on his chin, tummy or toe