FACTOID # 29: 73.3% of America's gross operating surplus in motion picture and sound recording industries comes from California.
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 


FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:



(* = Graphable)



Encyclopedia > Tickle Me Elmo
A first-generation "Tickle Me Elmo" stuffed toy.
A first-generation "Tickle Me Elmo" stuffed toy.

Tickle Me Elmo is a children's toy from Tyco, introduced in the United States in 1996, becoming that year's top fad. Bright red in color and based on Elmo, a Muppet character from Sesame Street, when squeezed, Elmo would chortle. When squeezed three times in a row, Elmo would begin to shake and laugh hysterically. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Tickle_me_elmo. ... Image File history File links Tickle_me_elmo. ... Tyco has been used as the name for a number of distinct companies: Tyco International is a Bermuda-based conglomerate. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see FAD (disambiguation). ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ...

In 1996, the Tickle Me Elmo was the "must have" toy. Many parents literally fought other parents in North American toy stores to purchase one of the toys for Christmas. The short supply of the toy, due to unexpected demand, meant that stores hiked the price on the dolls drastically. Newspaper classifieds even sold the plush toy for hundreds of U.S. dollars. People reports that the US $28.99 toy fetched as much as $1500. Classified advertising is a form of advertising which is particulalry common in newspapers and other periodicals. ... USD redirects here. ...


Toy Background

The vibrating laughter produced by the Tickle Me Elmo uses a larger version of the vibration motor found in cellular phones and game controllers which feature force feedback.[1] A vibrating alert is on communications devices to notify the user of an incoming connection. ... Cellular redirects here. ... A game controller is an input device used to control a video game. ... Haptic means pertaining to the technology of touch. ...

Tickle me Elmo evolution "Tickle Me Elmo".

Employees Injured

A clerk at the Wal-Mart 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 [his] 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[citation needed]. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Fredericpolis silvae filia noblis (Fredericton noble daughter of the forest) Established: {{{Established}}} Area: 131. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

Further Tickle Me toys

By February 1997, Tickle Me Ernie and Tickle Me Big Bird toys were released, followed by Tickle Me Cookie Monster in May. None of these toys achieved nearly as much fame, or sales. With the rerelease of Tickle Me Elmo, Cookie Monster and Ernie are supposed to be rereleased, same as the Elmo doll.

The "Surprise Edition" of Tickle Me Elmo, issued in the Fall of 2001, was an elaborate contest. Five of the "Surprise Edition" Elmos stopped laughing on 9 January 2002, and instead announced to the people squeezing them that they had won a prize. The grand prize was US$200,000.[2] is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


The new Elmo doll, announced at the American International Toy Fair 2006, is called TMX (meaning Tickle Me (Elmo) Ten or Tickle Me Extreme). Rather than simply vibrating like the original, the TMX rolls around on the floor laughing and smashing his fist on the ground, begging for the tickler to stop.[3] The full look of the doll was not revealed until it debuted live on ABC's Good Morning America and arrived on store shelves on September 19, 2006. Even the box it comes in is designed so that the doll can not be seen without purchasing it. A preview flap is included, but upon opening, you see Elmo's eyes. He says "Ah, ah, ah, ah! No peeking!" and giggles. It requires six AA batteries (which are included), and costs approximately US$40. Toy experts say that the delay is unprecedented, with only a few people in the media allowed to preview the product, all signing confidentiality agreements. In a promotional clip, Jim Silver, co-publisher of Toy Wishes magazine says "The first reaction I had was, 'Where are the wires?' Because I didn't think anything like that could move on its own."[4]. The American International Toy Fair (the trademarked name uses all capitals for TOY FAIR) is one of a few major toy industry trade shows held around the world. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Toy analyst Chris Byrne told USA Today, "This is a quantum leap forward, another breakthrough in the preschool plush category." Byrne believes sales will be high, but the reaction will not be as unprecedented. "The culture has moved beyond that, the whole hot-toy phenomenon." He cites the fact there has not been such a craze since Furby in 1998.[5] However, some members of the media are expecting a large response. USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... One of the many second generation variations of Classic (1998) Furby A Furby (plural Furbys, according to Tiger. ...

Toys R Us stores and Amazon had a pre-sale program for the doll, the first included elaborate in-store displays with a digital countdown to the doll's launch. Amazon took more presale orders than it could fulfill.[6] Toys Я Us NYSE: TOY is a toy store chain based in the United States. ... Amazon. ...

As with the original Tickle Me Elmo doll, demand for the new toy has given rise to extreme acts by some people. One person in Tampa, Florida was allegedly threatened with a gun to hand over a TMX toy.This was parodied on Saturday Night Live, which said the man "was subued by the new 'Gimmie a Reason Bert'"[7] Tampa redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... This article is about the American television series. ...

Mattel credits this toy, along with two others, for its performance the six cent share increase from that time, a year earlier. TMX also helped increase sales of other Elmo toys.[citation needed]


There are three versions of the TMX doll, one which has the Warning sticker on front (which most TMX dolls have now), the Top Secret sticker (which was just for launch, making that more rare), and one that no longer includes a flap and instead a hole to try the toy. The Warning and Top Secret boxes appear to be identical except for the variation in the text on the front, and Elmo says different things when opening the flap. When the flap is opened on the Top Secret box, Elmo says "Uh uh uh! No peeking! Hahahaha!" When the flap on the Warning box is opened, he says "Elmo feels really ticklish in here! Hahahaha!" However some "Top Secret" boxes in the United Kingdom have been reported to have the latter sound, e.g. "Elmo feels very ticklish in here" etc when lifting the flap. There are differences under the flap too. On the Warning box, there are images of the TMX Elmo rolling and giggling, while the Top Secret box only has an image of Elmo peeking out of the box. On the Try Me box, consumers can tickle Elmo using the hole in the box. However, it does not include a flap.

Mattel has released versions of the toy featuring Ernie and Cookie Monster.[8] For other uses, see Ernie (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Sesame Street character. ...

eXtra Special Edition

For the Christmas 2007 season Mattel released a version with hidden surprises. Mattel has provided a website with clues that can help find the special messages[9] Clues Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ... Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ...

  1. A silly surprise can be found...
    Something with a musical sound! Just lift Elmo's arm straight in the air. Then find his belly and tickle him there!
  2. What's bothering elmo you will know
    When he does an exercise involving toes
    The plan will go without a hitch
    if(when he's not looking) you pull a switch
    Then tickle his extremity and Elmo's problem you will see
  3. For silly Elmo sound effects,
    Follow all these silly steps
    How big is Elmo? Have him show you
    Then if he goes to sleep, don't let it throw you
    Just one more secret tickle place
    And you'll hear the silly sounds that Elmo makes.
  4. Elmo's trying without success
    To get out of a silly mess.
    He's doing a workout on the floor
    is he "off"? is he "on"?
    It's certainly never a bore.
    Leg-lifts always make him grin,
    So do tickles on his chin.
    But, when his workout at last is through
    You'll see what Elmo finds so hard to do.
  5. Elmo's got a serious question.
    So, place him in a standing position.
    Raise his arm...up, up it goes,
    Then bend him over to his toes
    Now tickle his foot (that's your final task)
    And then it's time for Elmo to ask...
  6. We think you've got a secret...
    One that Elmo knows.
    To find out what it is...
    Turn him off, sit him up and rest his hand on his toes!
    Get on with it... lie him back.
    Do a sit-up and relax.
    Arm on the floor.
    Stand up once more.
    And tickle his belly, too!
    and... that's the way you'll find out

For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ...

Tickle Me Elmo in popular culture

In an Issue of Newsweek, it featured a comic with a man holding a sign during the Holidays saying "Couldn't Find A Tickle Me Elmo." Then a guy says in response to that, "That poor man..." The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ...

While Elmo has been referenced or seen in three episodes of The Simpsons, the doll version of the character made an appearance in "Moe Baby Blues". Elmo slaps Moe in the episode, after Moe tries to fondle him, yelling "No means no to Elmo!" Another episode features a "Tickle Me Krusty" doll which chuckles and angrily shouts, "Hey kid! Get your finger outta there!" Simpsons redirects here. ... Moe Baby Blues is the finale of the fourteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ...

Tickle Me Elmo was the subject of an art exposition at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, in New York City, in September of 2003. Kelly Heaton, the artist, engineered a vibrating coat out of dissected Tickle Me Elmo dolls. The title of the show was Live Pelt. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

MADtv did a sketch called "Tickle me Emo". [1]

Tickle Me Elmo has also appeared in Get Fuzzy. In the first cartoon, we find out Bucky Katt beat the stuffing out of it, causing $40 worth of damage. Bucky explains, "It was laughing at me!" Get Fuzzy is an American daily comic strip written and drawn by Darby Conley. ... Bucky Katt Bucky B. Katt is a fictional character in cartoonist Darby Conleys comic strip Get Fuzzy. ...

An episode of Histeria! parodied the concept, as well as the fact that the teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt, with a sketch revolving around a doll in the likeness of Richard Nixon, called "Squeeze Me Nixon". Histeria! was an animated television series of the late-1990s, created by Tom Ruegger (who also created Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain) at Warner Bros. ... For other uses, see Teddy bear (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Theodore Roosevelt, see Theodore Roosevelt (disambiguation). ... Nixon redirects here. ...

The 1996 movie Jingle All The Way is similar to the 1996 Tickle Me Elmo craze in that the main character, Howard Langston (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger), has to get a Turboman doll for his son on Christmas Eve, but finds out they are sold out and goes to great lengths to get one. Jingle All the Way (1996) is a comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ...

A sketch from the Canadian satire show Royal Canadian Air Farce portrayed a man walking into a store to return a defective Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids doll. Parodying the problem of the dolls, the man had the doll literally attached to his head after "snacking" on his hair (which was the problem the mechanical dolls had). After some dialogue the man asks how they can possibly repay him for all the suffering and humilitation he went through. The clerk then pulls out a Tickle Me Elmo and offers it, which the man excitedly accepts. Royal Canadian Air Farce (usually abbreviated to Air Farce) is a Canadian comedy troupe that starred in an eponymous radio show on CBC radio from 1973 to 1997, and currently star in a top-rated television show, broadcast on CBC Television. ... USPS stamp depicting the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s. ...

A short segment of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac concerned a doll satirically called Tickle-Me-Hellmo. The segment was a collection of one-panel shots detailing the increasing levels of behavior for the doll; the more it is tickled, the more devilish it becomes, performing acts such as summoning Satan and torturing children. (JCV) redirects here. ... Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. ... This article is about the concept of Satan. ...

A sketch from Mad TV did a parody of the doll with "Tickle Me Emo", a doll that has the outward appearance of an emo youth, with a My Chemical Romance patch on its shirt. It is the "tortured, angst-ridden teen cousin of Elmo from Depress-a-Me street." When its hand is squeezed, however, instead of laughing, it says one of its 13 preprogrammed emo phrases such as "If life is so fair, why do roses have thorns?" When you upset Tickle Me Emo and leave it alone for too long, it responds by cutting itself with a razor blade. For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation). ... Look up emo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... For other uses, including articles on self-injury, see Cutting (disambiguation). ...

A satirical Sigmund Freud version of the toy has been produced, known as "Tickle Me Freud". It is sold on Stupid.com. Sigmund Freud (IPA: ), born Sigismund Schlomo Freud (May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939), was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. ... Stupid. ...

A popular radio show called the Bob and Tom Show did a segment on a toy called "Hurt Me Elmo." As Elmo gets hit, he starts off with saying something like "ow that hurts," then he uses vulgarity after being hit continuously. The Bob & Tom Show is a radioshow established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1983. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ...

In the comic book "Clerks", when a college student is halted by Jay and Silent Bob to make him purchase some drugs, he responds that he has no money because he spent it on Darth Vader action figures with kung-fu grip. When Jay suggests that he spend his college fund on some Jamaican lamb's wool, he responds, "Already bagged a semester for the 'Tickle Me Ackbar' This article is about the film. ... For information on this characters appearance in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, see Anakin Skywalker. ... Admiral Ackbar is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...

In the computer game "Sam & Max: Ice Station Santa", one of the gifts Santa Claus has in his workshop is a "Torture Me Elmer", a whining and annoying toy. Ice Station Santa is the first episode of Sam & Max Season Two created by Telltale Games and published by GameTap. ...

External links

  • Wired: Elmo's Worth More Than a Tickle on the Surprise Edition
  • Sesame Street: Tickle Elmo, an online simulation of the toy
  • CBS13.com: Elmo Demostration Video demonstration of the new Tickle Me Elmo


  1. ^ "How Stuff Works: How does a vibrating cell phone or pager work?".
  2. ^ Dean, Katie. "Elmo's Worth More Than a Tickle". Wired October 11, 2001.
  3. ^ "Tickle Me Elmo X TMX Elmo".
  4. ^ Barker, Olivia "Meet 'Top Secret Elmo'" USA Today, 1 February 2006
  5. ^ "IBID".
  6. ^ Kotecki Vest, Erin. "Elmo Suckers Me to the Dark Side". The Huffington Post September 22, 2006.
  7. ^ "Tickle pickle: Your Elmo or your life!", New York Daily News, 25 September 2006. 
  8. ^ "Following T.M.X. Elmo, here come his friends". CNNMoney.com January 29, 2007.
  9. ^ Fisher Price T.M.X. Special Edition

  Results from FactBites:
What Does the "Tickle Me Elmo" Craze Tell Us About Economics and the Economy? (958 words)
"Tickle Me Elmo" not only has shown us a few things about basic economics and human nature, he also has a few tips to offer us on the current state of the economy.
Based on Elmo of Sesame Street fame, he is essentially a plush fabric toy with an imbedded micro-chip.
Elmo, when you tickle his tummy, tells us that the economy is in much better shape and the Christmas season will be much better than most experts think.
Tickle Me Elmo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (0 words)
Tickle Me Elmo is a child's toy from Tyco, introduced in the United States in 1996, becoming that year's top fad.
Tickle Me Elmo was the subject of an art exposition at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, in New York City, in September of 2003.
The Movie (Jingle All The Way) is similar to the 1996 crazy of tickle me elmo in which the main character Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Has to get a Turboman doll for his son on christmas eve but find out they are sold out so he goes to great lengths to get one.
  More results at FactBites »



Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m