The long running children’s show Sesame Street has many memorable characters like Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert, and Ernie, but one of the most popular with kids and toys is the furry red Elmo. After the huge success of Tickle Me Elmo more and more Elmo toys have reached the shelves of toy stores. Here is a look at some of the best Elmo products you can buy this Christmas and holiday season.
T.M.X Elmo: Tickle Me Elmo got an upgrade last Christmas, and this holiday it continues to be one of the hottest selling items on everyone’s wish list. The T.M.X Elmo is a huge advancement on the original. One tickle makes Elmo laugh so much that he actually falls down, rolls over, and picks himself up all in one natural looking motion. It is a pretty impressive trick, but a pricey one, ranging from forty to a hundred dollars.
Pizza Party Elmo: Elmo loves singing almost as much as getting tickled and this can be seen with the new Pizza Party Elmo. Dressed in a cooking apron and chef’s hat, Elmo busts out his favorite pizza song to an Italian tune, and with a little help from a pizza that comes alive and starts singing with him. The pizza face may scare children, but some may get a huge kick out of it. The eyes and the mouth of the pizza are also impressive, with various movements to replicate the singing.
Hokey Pokey Elmo: Elmo takes a classic children’s song and makes it his own and interactive with the Hokey Pokey Elmo. Elmo actually sticks his arms in, his legs in, and kids will love shaking it all about with this Elmo toy.
Stretch and Fun Elmo: This next Elmo toy features elongated arms and legs that kids can stretch on Elmo. Elmo reacts to every pull and tug, and kids will have fun playing a tug of war type game with this toy. After a while this toy may lose its fun factor, but will still be enjoyable for the children.
Sesame Street Giggle and Go Garage: Featuring other Sesame Street characters as well, the Sesame Street Giggle and Go Garage has a lot of interactive features. Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Elmo all each have their own doors and phrases can be heard when a car goes by each one of the sections or a button is pressed. The set also comes with an Elmo car, and a Cookie monster car for children to play with. This toy is great for children who are not ready for hot wheels but want car toys for Christmas.
The best part about most of these Elmo toys is that they include batteries so it is just simply about taking the toy out of the package, but I would recommend grabbing one from the back of the shelf so it has not been sampled as much as the rest.