Footage of a furless ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ has surfaced on Twitter, as if to remind us that nothing is sacred any more.
A video of the mechanical toy being tickled was tweeted by the Canada Science and Technology Museum yesterday, sparking an instant outcry from fans of the much-loved Sesame Street character.
The museum was forced to defend its actions after concerned tweeters asked how Elmo had ended up in such a state.
One journalist quipped that the clip could pave the way for Elmo’s return to the big screen, albeit in a rather different genre.
But the consensus seems to be that the footage was about as powerful as nightmare fodder gets.
If, after that ordeal, you’d like to rekindle your sense of childhood nostalgia, there’s some better news from Japan.
Toy maker Bandai has re-released the first edition of the Tamagotchi to mark the pocket pet’s 20th anniversary.
It comes complete with the original six characters and is retailing for a reasonable $13 (£10). That’s much cheaper than you’ll pay for a vintage edition on Amazon, where sellers have been charging up to $130 (£104) in recent months.
Sadly, there is a catch – sales are limited to the Japanese market.
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