Monday, November 04, 2013

The Hot Toy of 2013 - Playskool's #BigHugsElmo (Review & Giveaway)

I was 14 years old when I discovered Tickle Me Elmo in a toy store in August 1996. You squeezed him and he let out his signature giggle. Elmo’s laugh is so contagious, I just knew he would make me feel better on crummy days. I begged my Mom to buy him for me for Christmas. “What does a girl entering high school need with a Sesame Street toy?” she retorted.

Fall came, and the colder the weather got, the more popular Tickle Me Elmo became.  There were stampedes of people whenever a retail store got a shipment. It became pretty clear that no matter how badly I wanted Tickle Me Elmo, he was not going to be under the tree. Christmas Eve came and along with it, the tradition of our parents allowing us to open our “biggie” (aka most expensive) present. My box was roughly the shape of the one Tickle Me Elmo came in. It couldn’t be him….could it?

Unbeknownst to me, my Mom had returned to the toy store that day in August. My very own Tickle Me Elmo had been hiding in our hall closet all those months I openly pined (and whined) for him, my Mom holding her breath that he would stay silent in the box, preserving the surprise. 



Ladies and gentleman, Big Hugs Elmo is the hot toy of 2013, and I’m so happy (and a little relived) that my daughter already has him before the holiday rush.

Big Hugs Elmo also gives a giggle, but 17 years later he does so much more than his Tickle Me predecessor.

Big Hugs Elmo LOVES giving hugs and his arms really close around you (although, he will tell you if you’re hugging him too tight - even if he egged you on to hug him tighter).

Big Hugs Elmo plays pretend. He likes to pretend he’s a horse. And an astronaut. And a rabbit. And a frog.

Big Hugs Elmo sings a really catchy dance-type tune about hugs, that once you hear it, you’ll be singing it for days.  He also sings a song about getting up and moving and at the end compliments your dancing.

Big Hugs Elmo asks you politely to turn him right side up if you hold him upside down for too long (definitely one of Hannah’s favourite features..and therefore he is upside down – a lot).


Big Hugs Elmo also sings a lullaby and snores. It is adorable to see my daughter react to Elmo sleeping. At first, she puts her finger to her lips and tells everyone to hush, “Elmo sleeping.”And then a few minutes later, she yells right into his face,  “Elmo, you awake?”

But the best feature of this toy is that he really is Elmo, full of love, positivity and imagination. 

And just like my Tickle Me Elmo made me feel better on crummy days, I know if Hannah is ever upset she can hug her Bigs Hugs Elmo to make her feel better - just not too tight. 

Would you like to win your very own Big Hugs Elmo?

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AND one lucky YYZ Bambina reader will win their very own Big Hugs Elmo! Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

Open to Canadian and American Residents who are the age of majority only. Valid entries only. Contest ends November 25, 2013. For further contest rules, refer to the Terms and Conditions within the Rafflecopter. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Disclosure: I am participating in the Hasbro Big Hugs Elmo Blogger Campaign by PTPA Media and received compensation as a thank you for participating. The opinions expressed on this blog are my own.

© 2013 YYZ Bambina. All Rights Reserved.

99 comments:

  1. I love he sings and hugs you back.

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  2. I love that Big Hugs Elmo hugs! My little niece gives the best hugs and this would be perfect for her this Christmas!

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  3. I like that he giggles and is really soft.

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  4. I also remember the year tickle me elmo was a hit! I was also "older" but still wanted him! my fav part about Big Hugs Elmo is the sayings like squeeze tighter. too cute :)

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  5. I love that he hugs back!

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  6. I like that he is so interactive and can sing, dance and hug - my daughter would be thrilled to discover this under the tree at Christmas!

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  7. What I love most about Big Hugs Elmo-That he hugs back and that he dances!

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  8. Anonymous11/05/2013

    I love that Elmo hugs
    (Amirah)

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  9. I love that he plays pretend, my daughter would really love that feature in this toy!

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  10. Heather Hayes Panjon11/05/2013

    I Love That Big Hugs Elmo Hugs Back!

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  11. I love how interactive he is!

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  12. Sabrina T11/05/2013

    I love that he hugs back but the snoring has got to go lol

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  13. I like that elmo hugs back.

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  14. I love the hugs of course.

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  15. I love that he sings and think it's so funny that he snores!

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  16. Anonymous11/05/2013

    i love that elmo can say so many things and keep ne child occupied for hours.babyphatqueen420@aol.com

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  17. He is big red and soft

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  18. Love that he hugs and also that he sings! He sounds like a great toy, would love to win it for my niece! (Judy Cowan)

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  19. I think it's hilarious that he snores.

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  20. I love that he tells you if you're hugging him too tight!

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  21. Sabrina11/05/2013

    That he hugs back! My baby would love that.

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  22. he snores just like my son lol

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  23. I like that he is big and dances

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  24. eleanor11/06/2013

    I like that Elmo hugs back which will be so much fun for my son.

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  25. love that he is so big and that he hugs back

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  26. That Elmo hugs !!!! My 1 year old twin daughters would go nuts over this =)

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  27. that he hugs and sings a lullaby

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  28. i like that you Hug Elmo and he'll move his arms to hug back

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  29. I love that Elmo hugs you back! My toddler adores Elmo and is a huggy little guy, he would just love Big Hugs Elmo!
    Thank you!
    Dawn

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  30. I love that Big Hugs Elmo hugs you back when you hug him, so cute!!!

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  31. I love the size. it's easy for a toddler to get wrapped right in his arms

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  32. the hugs of course :)

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  33. I love that he hugs you back!

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  34. I love that he snores... SO CUTE!

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  35. michelle m11/07/2013

    he's so soft and huggable for my lil one

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  36. I love how big Elmo is and the snoring for bedtime is cute.

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  37. I love how big he is!!

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  38. I love all the sound effects. Think it's adorable!

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  39. I love that his is bigger and softer than LOL Elmo which my son still sleeps with! I also love this toy promotes compassion and gentleness

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  40. I love everything about him...

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  41. I love that he actually hugs back! This would be a bog deal to my daughter! :-)

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  42. I love that he hugs you back -- so sweet.
    angela mitchell

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  43. I love that he hugs. My son would adore this.

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  44. What I love most is that he looks so cuddly!

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  45. It looks so soft and fun :) and huggable of course

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  46. I love that he hugs!

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  47. I love that he hugs back...and his voice is so sweet!!

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  48. I love that he sings songs and hugs

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  49. The hugs he gives!
    Thanks.

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  50. Anonymous11/10/2013

    mamotts love he hugs back

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  51. Anonymous11/10/2013

    The elmo toy can give hugs and make my child happy (rafflecopter marie cat)

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  52. I loves that he will hug my son back!

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  53. He is a big hugging Elmo, enough said>>

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  54. Love that he hugs back.

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  55. I love that Elmo can say 50 phrases! COOL!

    SueSueper

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  56. monica carbajosa11/11/2013

    My kids adore Elmo! I love that he hugs you back!

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  57. elmo is awesome, my kids would love this

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  58. The hugs and the songs!

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  59. I love that Big Hugs Elmo hugs you back.

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  60. I like that it sings a lullaby and snores. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. I love that Elmo hugs.

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  62. I love that it is good for playtime and sleepy time

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  63. I love that he is a trusted friend, big and furry

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  64. I love that he is like life size(to my toddler)

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  65. I like the snoring - and I think my 3yr old would also yell in his face, as that is what she does to her baby sister while napping!

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  66. I love that he hugs of course!

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  67. I love how adorable he is. How big he is and how he will actually hug you back!

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  68. My son would love singing with Elmo as well as putting him to sleep!!

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  69. hes big, red, furry and hugs

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  70. I love how much he interacts and says! Especially the hugs, that he pretends and snores! My daughter would love that!!!

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  71. I love that he dances as this is my daughter's passion.

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  72. His big lovable size makes him look so cozy and perfect for a little one to snuggle up with!

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  73. I love the he hugs!!! My daughter would seriously love this!!

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  74. i like that he has many features like the hugs and dancing

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  75. i like the multiple features like hugging and dancing

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  76. Definitely the hugs. our girls would love to be loved by elmo!

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  77. I love that he hugs you back!

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  78. The giggles and the fact that he hugs back! Dying to try it.

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  79. I love that he hugs you back

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  80. I like that he is soft and hugs

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  81. I love that he plays pretend with the kids.

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  82. I love that he sings. I love to hear Elmo sing. he is so cute and cuddly.

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  83. i love that he hugs back

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  84. He communicates with the child/person he is hugging.

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  85. I love the big hugs the most. Elmo always seems so happy and cheerful, maybe adults need this more than children!

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  86. I love that Elmo sings lullabies when he lies down and then goes to sleep.

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  87. The darling hugs back!

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  88. I loves that he sings

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  89. Carey Hurst11/25/2013

    Love that Elmo hugs back. Sometimes you just need an extra long hug and if your child needs extra consoling but can't vocalize it this would be perfect. Such an awesome toy.Thank you for giveaway.

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  90. I like that he giggles puts a smile on my face
    wildcardacehigh@yahoo.ca

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  91. Anonymous11/25/2013

    my kids love elmo!

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