Elmo vs. Arnold the Snoring Pig

Elmo is back this season with new tricks in hopes of maintaining his dominance in the novelty doll category. The original Tickle Me Elmo was an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner. In fact Joanne’s appearance on the Today Show helped fan the Elmo craze when Bryant Gumbel was so taken by Elmo that he played with it during several segments of the show.

More recent variations of Elmo have lost the appeal of the original Tickle Me Elmo for one very simple reason. The original was also very huggable–true it had that extra novelty–but at the end of the day you were left with a soft doll. The new versions have a hard body (to make the new tricks possible)– but gone is the huggability factor.

My favorite novelty doll is Arnold the Snoring Pig from Gund. Squeeze him and he really does snore–complete with one ear shaking — it’s hard not to hug him and, you guessed it, he’s extremely huggable. Visit http://www.toyportfolio.com for more info on Arnold.


2 Responses to Elmo vs. Arnold the Snoring Pig

  1. Joyce says:

    We bought one of the hot Elmo talking dolls for our grandson when he was two and a half. He sort of laughed for a minute and then his lip started shaking and he ran out of the room. I guess he isn’t old enough to know what’s real and what’s not. Far as I am concerned, a nice soft bear or puppy would have been a better choice. I won’t do that again!

    Anybody else have that experience?

  2. Joanna says:

    Arnold is definitely one of my favorite stuffed animals and I’m an adult! 🙂 Sadly, after three years, my Arnold’s mechanical system died, but I still cuddle up to him.

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