Big Hugs Elmo Gets No Love

I’ve been waiting for a recall announcement to come out on the Big Hugs Elmo doll.  I kept expecting it to come out any moment now, but have been disappointed by Hasbro’s refusal to issue a recall.  Why?

Big Hugs Elmo Gets No Love (Cloth Diaper AddictsWell, it turns out that there’s more to the furry little monster than spindly arms and complaints of being hugged too tight.  There have been reports of batteries melting in the little guy.  As soon as I heard about it on Facebook (it happened legit to a friend of a friend, not an “I’m hearing this thing that happened to a friend of a friend’s mom’s aunt’s cousin’s wife’s sister-in-law’s niece” thing), I pulled the batteries out of mine and called Wal-Mart.  Yes, we could return it, no problem… and they’d already had two returned that day for the same reason in the Prince George store. [Read more…]

Sesame Street Elmo Toys Will Still Be Under My Tree

Sesame Street Elmo is still a fixture in our homeI won’t lie.  The sudden news about Kevin Clash’s alleged sexual misconduct sucks.  I’m not thrilled that the man who voiced the Elmo on Sesame Street has been accused of having relationships with two men while they were still underage.  I don’t care that it’s homosexuality in action.  The world could use a little more love, regardless of gender.  I’m not too pleased that one of the men claims to have been the same age as my son, and that’s the long and short of it.

Some people are wondering what impact Clash’s resignation will have on Sesame Street.  He’s been the voice of Elmo for over 25 years.  Sesame Street says that Elmo is bigger than one man and will continue on.  Some people, of course, are going to decide to boycott Sesame Street.  I won’t be one of them.

Norton is two and a half.  He has no concept of sex, sexual misconduct, gay or straight, or anything else.  All that he knows is love.  He loves his Pillow.  He loves his puppies.  He loves Eudora and the rest of us.  And he really, really loves Elmo.  I hear “Elmo pee!” (“Elmo please”) about a dozen times a day.  Sometimes he even requests Elmo when we’re watching Sesame Street so that I will skip ahead to Elmo’s World.

We’re not going to get rid of Norton’s beloved Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo, nor am I going to get rid of his Sesame Street bedding or replace his Sesame Street toddler bed.  He loves those things.  As long as he enjoys Elmo, Elmo will stay in his room.  As long as he continues to learn from Sesame Street, we will continue to watch it.

Has the news about Kevin Clash had any impact on the role of Elmo and Sesame Street in your home?  Will it change your holiday shopping plans?

Sesame Street Hide and Seek Pals Review

Sesame Street Hide and Seek PalsIt’s that time again.  Time to look for a ton of Sesame Street toys to appease my Elmo-loving toddler.  Last year, we went crazy with the Sesame Street paraphernalia.  Some of it is still available this year, so it’s time to give you a review before you buy it for yourself.

A last minute, spur of the moment purchase was the Sesame Street Hide and Seek Pals Review.  At first, Norton wasn’t terribly interested in the toy.  I was glad; the toy got on my nerves.

How Sesame Street Hide and Seek Pals Works

Well, it’s a pretty simple little thing that is exactly like it sounds.   You’ve got four windows on 123 Sesame Street.  When you pull the lever, the characters rotate behind the shuttered windows.  Elmo then tells you to find one of the characters or to open a particular colored door.  Rather than telling you that you did or didn’t open the right one, it just tells you which one you actually opened (or which Muppet you actually found).

What Sesame Street Hide and Seek Pals Teaches

It encourages fine motor skills by teaching the child how to manipulate the different window levers and closing them back.  The toy will also teach colors and numbers by asking the child to open the particular window.

Ultimately, Norton did become interested in the toy a few months after Christmas.  He does enjoy hearing his favorite characters talk to him, and he’s always been fascinated with opening and closing things.  Do I still find it annoying?  Yup.  Thankfully, that’s a toy that Norton plays with mainly in his bedroom.  On the plus side, it’s also quite durable.  It’s held up with absolutely no problems.  The sounds work, the batteries keep charged, and Norton still enjoys it.

Do you have the Sesame Street Hide and Seek Pals toy?  Would you recommend it to a friend?