Tickle Me Elmo
I was going to post something else today but I was watching The View this morning and I heard Rosie O’Donnell mention that today is Tickle Me Elmo’s 10th year anniversary. It brings back fond memories.
Ten years ago, I only had two children. Reggie was six, about to turn seven that November. It was October and I was at Wal-Mart, or I think it was still called WoolCo then, it’s sister company. It was later on replaced by Wal-Mart. Well, anyway, I was looking for a toy present for Reggie and I found him this one-foot tall silver Buzz Lightyear action figure. The one with movable arms and legs and helmet that you can flip. We watched Toy Story and Buzz was his favourite character. So there I was at the Toy Section and I heard this tiny hysterical laugh from an Elmo doll. I couldn’t help but check it out. I pressed the tummy, as it said on the box and it shook and giggled “Hee hee hee hee, that tickles.” Oh, it was so cute and adorable and I just had to buy it for my then two year old son, Ryan. He watched Sesame Street and I just knew that he would love Tickle Me Elmo. It was supposed to be a Christmas present but I gave it to him right away when I came home.
In December that year, I heard that parents were crazy over the Tickle Me Elmo doll and some were on a frenzy to get a hold of one when the doll went out of stock in the stores. Tyco, the manufacturer of the toy, didn’t expect the sudden demand and there was short supply and people literally fought for the dolls.
According to Wikipedia:
A clerk at the Walmart in Fredericton, New Brunswick was among those injured by “Elmo-mania”. A crowd of 300 stampeded into the store on 14 December 1996; spotting him with one of the remaining toys, he “was pulled under, trampled—the crotch was yanked out of my brand-new jeans.” According to People, the clerk “suffered a pulled hamstring, injuries to his back, jaw and knee, a broken rib and a concussion.”
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