No TMX Elmo at my Local Toys 'R Us!
So, I innocently run over to my local Toys 'R Us store last night to pick up a TMX Elmo to review. I get to the store, check out the appropriate aisle and...no Elmo, and no cute little cardboard top secret suitcases that he is packaged in. No Elmo in front of the store either. So, I ask an employee who rolled his eyes at me and told me that Elmo was already sold out.
Small Deliveries or an eBay Frenzy?
I left Toys R Us disappointed, and assumed that this lack of TMX Elmo was caused by one of two things--either, my local Toys 'R Us got a very small supply, or the eBay Christmas toy scalpers were working early this season. Since the employee rolled his eyes at me, I suspected the later.
TMX Elmo Prices Go Sky High on eBay
Indeed, a quick look at eBay confirmed my suspicions. Last night, there were already several thousand listings. This morning, I counted 21,313. There were quite a few auctions that closed between $200.00 and $300.00 last night This, for a toy that retails for $39.99! The good news is that because of the huge supply on eBay, the price for the TMX Elmo has already stabilized to about $80.00, or about double retail.
No Review of TMX Elmo
So, needless to say, the review will have to wait, since I am not going to buy a scalped Elmo on eBay even for double its retail, and I can't find one locally (my local Wal Mart and Target were also sold out). In fact, I'm not sure a review is required, since TMX Elmo certainly has created his very own buzz and frenzy (although you'd think that the people buying one for $300 would like to know if the toy is any good before purchase...).
If You Need a TMX Elmo, What Should You Do?:
However, you might be wondering what you should do if you really do want to give Elmo as a Christmas gift. First, don't panic...aren't you glad you aren't one of the people who spent $300 to but TMX Elmo yesterday on eBay? Keep checking your local stores...they should be receiving many of the Elmo dolls between now and Christmas. If you simply must buy on eBay, watch the prices...I am assuming they will continue to go down because of the huge glut of Elmos being offered. However, watch that the price doesn't spike upwards if there aren't some quick deliveries of TMX Elmo after this first one.
What Does Elmo Do
According to the product details that were released to me, Elmo has "3 interactive tickle spots on his chin, tummy or toe." If you tickle him once, Elmo "starts to laugh and slap his leg twice, then falls down into a sitting position and rocks himself back up to standing while laughing." Tickle him a second time, and, "he repeats the pattern even more, then sits down again and falls backwards onto his back and starts kicking his feet while laughing even harder before standing up and asking to be tickled again." If you go the whole banana and tickle him a third time, "he absolutely lets loose going through the first 2 patterns and then rolling over onto his tummy where he starts hitting the floor with his hand in gales of laughter, then rolling onto his back, standing up again, and ending with a deep sigh." Ok, that sounds sort of like fun, but is it worth $80 or more on eBay? Only time will tell.