Tickle Me Elmo

Cidu Bill on Nov 27th 2017


My best guess is that this originally ran back in 1996 when Tickle Me Elmo was the season’s big thing, and people skipped Thanksgiving dinner in order to increase their chances of buying it. Though back in 1996, Black Friday wasn’t yet beginning by noon Thursday.

Or maybe this does take place now (or whatever “now” actually means in the context of B.C.), and the writer forgot that Tickle Me Elmo is more than twenty years past its prime.

No, actually I have no really substantial clue what this all means.

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18 Responses to “Tickle Me Elmo”

  1. Olivier Nov 27th 2017 at 08:33 am 1

    Elmo is president (Why not ? There is a precedent : Reagan was also in the entertainment industry before being elected) or Elmo wanted to eat a turkey and the turkey retaliated by tickling him until he called a truce.

  2. Joey V. Nov 27th 2017 at 08:38 am 2

    Perhaps the writer needed a specific toy that could represent the annual obsession with getting the BIG item for X-Mas. And one that was easily identifiable. Elmo still works, since he’s still a staple of Black Friday sales, even though he’s not the most popular toy to get anymore. The BIG toys this year seem to be an “egg” that hatches into a random animal, and a monkey that hangs from your finger. Replace Elmo in the final panel with the word “Hatchimal” or “Fingerling” and the joke still works, but people who don’t work retail might not get it. The toys themselves are as popular as Elmo ever was, but their actual names aren’t. Most people (at least the ones shopping in my store) call them “Egg Things” and “Finger Monkeys.”

  3. furrykef Nov 27th 2017 at 09:06 am 3

    Back in 1996, Johnny Hart was still doing the strip. Mason didn’t start doing it (at least, not with credit) until 2007, and this strip has his signature.

    Perhaps “Tickle Me Elmo” is being used as a metonym for “Black Friday purchases”, but it’s still a bizarrely dated reference.

  4. larK Nov 27th 2017 at 11:48 am 4

    I know its verboten to bring this up, but I need to in order to explain this comic, as I honestly think this is a (bizarrely bad) reference to our dear leader, who gets to pardon a turkey each year. Maybe the author thought he’d avoid backlash by eschewing the typical cheeto/orange/small-hand monikers and inventing his own?

  5. Mona Nov 27th 2017 at 12:50 pm 5

    There is a new 2017 edition of Tickle Me Elmo. And some stores start Black Friday in the wee early hours of Thursday morning. So the person in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey went shopping instead of cooking this year. And apparently skipped turkey day all together instead of delaying it. Because buying things to make the family happier is more important than actually spending time with them.
    Also, as furrykef pointed out, Tickle Me Elmo could be an easily recognizable representation of any and all things one must buy to make the family happy.

  6. zbicyclist Nov 27th 2017 at 05:24 pm 6

    Mona (#3) has her pulse on the toy world.

    The new Elmo is robotic

    I think this would get old really, really quickly.

  7. James Pollock Nov 27th 2017 at 05:50 pm 7

    One of the hottest items last Christmas was the “NES Classic Edition” and this year Nintendo brought out the “Super NES Classic Edition”.

    If video games from the late 80’s and early 90’s can make a splash, I don’t see why an epileptic puppet can’t.

  8. Minor Annoyance Nov 27th 2017 at 06:22 pm 8

    With only one child relative, and her an infant, I’m out of touch. Is there still an annual “hot toy” (aside from game consoles) that induces screaming avarice in kids and desperation in parents?

  9. Cidu Bill Nov 27th 2017 at 06:24 pm 9

    I have a 3-year-old niece, so I’d like to know as well.

  10. Winter Wallaby Nov 27th 2017 at 06:43 pm 10

    I don’t see any sign in the news that the new Tickle Me Elmo doll is particularly hot or difficult to get. You can get it on Amazon for $21.

  11. James Pollock Nov 27th 2017 at 06:56 pm 11

    “Is there still an annual ‘hot toy’ (aside from game consoles) that induces screaming avarice in kids and desperation in parents?”

    In my experience, any toy the child can’t have induces screaming avarice, regardless of whether or not the supply is tight.

  12. Andréa Nov 27th 2017 at 08:32 pm 12

    zbicyclist: Cheaper than giving your most disliked relative’s kid a drum set!

  13. Meryl A Nov 28th 2017 at 03:36 am 13

    James Pollack - Last year the Hatchamails were the big toy. A few months in we were in line to buy yarn or something for husband at Michael’s crafts. The kid ahead of us in line noticed a hatchamails box on the side and commented how boring it was. Somehow it is back again this year. The big thing to it is the animal hatching - once that happens it seems to just be a stuffed toy.

  14. Meryl A Nov 28th 2017 at 03:36 am 14

    If one wants a generic big toy - Cabbage Patch Kids - they come back again every few years.

  15. James Pollock Nov 28th 2017 at 07:59 am 15

    “Last year the Hatchamails were the big toy.”

    I think the NES mini still qualifies. It’s a year later, and I’ve still never seen one in a store, and ebay prices are still over twice the original MSRP.

    That’s why I still don’t have one; I did get the SNES mini this year for a birthday gift.

  16. Kilby Nov 28th 2017 at 08:21 am 16

    Is there still an annual ‘hot toy’ … that induces screaming avarice …?”

    I think this year’s “drive everyone irrational” item is the “iPhone X“.

  17. Keynote Nov 30th 2017 at 02:39 am 17

    The puppeteer who played Elmo was charged with child sexual abuse, so this strip does *not* age well.

    Granted, the guy was acquitted. But still.

  18. Cidu Bill Nov 30th 2017 at 07:57 pm 18

    Keynote, so were O.J., Robert Blake and Lizzie Borden. Just saying.

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