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Worst... Elmo product...EVER

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Drtooth, May 18, 2011.

  1. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    Both Elmo and Barney look like they took one too many hits to the head and are now suffering brain damage.
  2. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    The Barney one doesn't look too bad in my opinion. But personally I prefer Blarney or Georgie (Dinosaurs references lol, couldn't resist) As for Elmo, Sherlock Hemlock put it best "EHGAD!" It's like Elmo has Kermit eyes but instead of Kermit's bullfrog trademark pupil's, they got Elmo looking upward as if he just got konked in the head. All you need is some birdies and stars flying around and Elmo falling over. But yeah, the tongue. It's like Baby Rowlf on Muppet Babies, adding a tongue which they never had before (well okay Rowlf did do a recentish commercial with his head and tongue out the window but that's different, that's a gag) So anyway, this Elmo puppet isn't offical? It's a knock-off? I wondered if they got sued yet? It's too close to the Elmo image except for the eyes, the tongue and the fur haircut or fur-cut. Totally funny looking. Might look good for Tough Pig's Ugly Toy Fair page. Do they still do those? I haven't seen them make one in awhile.
  3. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Hmm, couldn't have been Crazy Harry because explosions are his thing. Perhaps it was Wilkins because they both refused drinking Wilkins Coffee. lol
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  4. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    By the way, Tough Pigs found this one. Talk about scary. Here's Zombie Elmo! RUUUN!


    And I was going to mention speaking of ugly Elmos and knock-offs, I'm not sure if any of you guys have a Stop and Shop grocery store anywhere near you (I'm from the New England area, they are all over the place) but they just love making ugly knock off Sesame cupcakes and they are really badly done. Mostly Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar. It's amazing what people will do to escape copyright infrigent.
    lol Kind of reminds me of this story I read Steve Whitmire talking about on a Tough Pigs interview once (I'm not sure if anyone ever heard this story). During the Fraggle Rock years in Toronto, Steve was hanging out at Jim Henson's office laughing and having a good time and Steve heads off on his lunch break and while coming back he sees someone selling these hand knitted hot plates for your oven and this person made some really ugly Muppet ones and Steve was just laughing at an Ernie one. So he buys it for $10 and goings into Jim's office and tells him that he picked up something for him over lunch. Jim smiles excited about his surprise and Steve shows Jim the Ernie hot plate and Jim's smile drops, "Do I have to take that?" Jim asked seriously and Steve says no and that was that. It was a very interesting story.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Sad thing is, I've seen official merchandise worse than that.
  6. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I was just talking to a good friend of mine a few days ago in general on how it seems like companies don't make good character toys anymore. It seems like anything with a rubber face or a rubber character toy that was sculpted very well is a thing of the past. Seems like now they are horrabe plush dolls today. I have no idea if it's a safe hazard or what. Generally sometimes I feel this world is way to cautious and cafeful and practicably everything! But yeah, just looking in the claw machines at Wal-Mart seeing all those recognizable and unrecognizable characters to me is just a shame to how toys should be crafted. Not just for kids, but for collectors young and adult. As for Sesame murchanise, my favorite was the rubber puppets they had back in the 1970s. The figure puppets too, as for The Muppets there was the Fisher Price line and of course the Palisades Action Figures that unfortunately Disney couldn't find a way to revive that. Those were the best in my opinion because it was the closest thing to come to the actual Muppets, well before the Muppet replicas of course (which I still need to own, I don't have any of them currently. lol)
    Though it could be worse. I have two books on character toys from the 50s - 70s and just how bad they made toys of the Hanna Barbera characer and Looney Tunes. Bad lazy paint jobs and a lot of them barely resembled the character. A lot of times it's fun to look at for a laugh in history but still I feel so bad for the kids who grew up having those because that's all they could get at the time. But still, they are worth a lot of money today. But with what we get today, not even close to value. lol Or quality in that matter. lol
  7. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    That Elmo puppet wouldn't look TOO bad if the eyes were re positioned, which wouldn't be too hard with some paint :smirk:
  8. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Yeah...that Elmo puppet has a serious case of the Magic Triangle Syndrome.
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  9. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    Oh wow....These are all....really....pretty terrible.....*gawks* That book was an awful design and the Chinese handpuppet looks like a statement on why not to clone.
  10. SuperGzilla12

    SuperGzilla12 Well-Known Member

    As a huge Barney fan/collector, I really have to disagree. Then again, most official Barney products (Not all, but most) are of very high quality, so it might just be me being super-picky. But with that said... WHAT'S UP WITH THOSE DEMONIC GREEN EYES?!? :grouchy:

    Ah yes... even as a Barney lover, I loved both of those parodies.

    Thank you so much for fueling my nightmares for the next two decades, "Elmo." :laugh:

    Which brand are we talking about here? Barney or Sesame?

    I'd say "Barney" better serves that purpose. "Elmo" is the one that goes further... what happens when clones reproduce! :eek:
  11. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I rarely see good Muppet merchandise now a days. In my opinion, I don't think the current plush dolls are up to quality like they did back in the 90s and before. Though I think certain characters can be made of all plush and some art. Like Kermit is totally possible, I rarely seen bad Kermit dolls but for someone like Miss Piggy, I think a rubber face would work best then a plush one in my opinion because she has so much specific detail in her face other than Kermit who is more simply designed. Even Gonzo is pretty hard to make a plush with. I think the best Gonzo doll I've ever seen was the Muppet University one. Which was one of the first Muppet toys that I owned as a kid. :) So wonderfully crafted.


    In fact I had Kermit and Animal too. Childhood Memories as a Muppet Fan :)
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  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    In general with any given franchise, actually. But there are a LOT of quite horrid Sesame Street plush out there that I don't feel like compiling. And Muppet ones too.
  13. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    You know, there's one thing that I always wonder. How come plush rejects always end up in claw machines? It's like 90% of the time, the most ugliest plushes of well known or half baked unknown characters are always in there and even well known characters of the wrong character. I can swear that I've seen a blue Twetty (Looney Tunes). I've even seen some horribly built Fozzie plushes with bulgy eyes or too small of a nose or something weird like that. Where are the glory days when toys were made and supervised by hand. lol
  14. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    My favorite Gonzo plush is still the Fisher Price version that I had in the early 80s. The one I risked being mauled by a sasquatch to fetch from the living room when I was six. Long story.
  15. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    For the Fisher Price line, I've always liked the Gonzo Beanbag. I love the sculpted face. [​IMG]

    Gonzo is rare in terms of quality made merchandise.

    I love Gonzo's hair on this Beany doll. Probably one of my all time favorite Muppet merchandise. The old suit that most of the characters wore during Season one. Even the Kermit dress up doll with his Trench-coat. Amazing. I think I had all the puppets growing up and I would put on puppet shows with them as a kid learning puppetry, before I made my own characters and used my imagination more. Though I was wondering if there was ever a Gonzo and Scooter Puppets. I always thought that it would be cool that they made a Gonzo puppet which his eye lids could move like the Animal puppet.

    Sorry for going a little off subject there for a second. But yeah that small little Elmo doll. I remember having a small Cookie Monster one. Anyone remember an Elmo doll from the 1980s? 1986? I used to have one years ago and this of course was WAY before the whole Elmo popularity came about and the Tickle Me Elmo dolls. I tried to look for it on Muppet wiki but I don't remember who made it. It was this big Elmo doll that like quite shaggy kind of like the old Grover dolls at the time.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The strange thing is, while not the highest of quality, some of those things are quite good and unfortunately unavailable anywhere else. The Ghostbusters assortment that went directly to crane games especially. They even had some decent ALF ones at some point.
  17. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Okay....so the age of Elmo's target audience (exculding myself of course) would be using a flashdrive because?
  18. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Well-Known Member

    Would it happen to be this 13 inch Elmo from Knickerbocker?
  19. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Well-Known Member

    That's wrong in SO MANY WAYS.
  20. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I think so. I used to have a whole bunch of them as a kid. Even the early Telly plush I think was from Applause. In fact, I think the Elmo I had which looks very similar to that was made from Applause as well. It was one of the first Sesame Street lines from Applause I believe.

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