I have never, ever understood the phenomenon of the “hot holiday toy.” That’s partially because my tightwad nature dictates that 90% of my holiday shopping is done by the time the big toy for the year rolls out, and partially because I just don’t feel it’s my parental duty to buy my kids everything for which they beg. (Because, seriously, if I did we’d not only be broke, we’d be living crammed into a house filled with sugary breakfast cereal and farm animals. That just seems like a disastrous combo.)
So last year’s furor over TMX Elmo made me shake my head a little, but the bid for this year’s hot Elmo—TMX eXtra Special Edition Elmo—has me even more boggled. First of all:
This new Elmo is packed with hidden silly surprises that can only be discovered when kids play, pose and tickle Elmo in the right sequence!
Wow. That sounds awesome. There is nothing a toddler likes better than having to do something exactly the way someone else tells them to!
And second: $39.99? For a battery-eating stuffed animal? More power to you if you get one, I guess. Also, I have a bridge for sale that we should discuss. I’m willing to sell it to you cheap!