This Milton Bradley/Hasbro puzzle shows Betty Lou, Ernie, Cookie Monster and Bert. It has copyright dates 1990 and 1991.
In the early 1990s Chef Boyardee produced two types of canned Sesame Street pasta. The "Tomato and Meat Sauce" can had pasta shaped like Big Bird and Elmo, while the "Mini Meatballs in Tomato Sauce" had Ernie and Bert pasta shapes. Below is the other side of the can label showing the French text. The label says "Prepared for Canadian Home Products Ltd."
Both cans have lids printed in full colour that show Ernie, Bert, Big Bird and Elmo. I thought this was quite remarkable detail for a can that is intended to be thrown away. I mean, what kind of a weirdo would save a Chef Boyardee can!!! ;)
This is a pack of Sesame Street trading cards made by Idolmaker Inc in 1992. They were printed in Montreal, Canada. Each pack has ten cards, mostly with photos of the Sesame characters, though some have illustrations. I just bought one pack though in retrospect it would have been nice to collect the entire set of these. The back of the wrapper says that there are 100 cards in the collection.
In Dec 1993 my Aunt took me to see Sesame Street Live. I have quite a few souvenirs from this show in my collection. Above is a child size canvas bag with the Sesame Street Live logo.
Here is a pendant showing the Sesame gang including Elmo who was still a new character at the time. This originally came with a thin wooden rod.
There were also pendants shaped like different characters, including Bert and Ernie. I don't recall what other characters were available. Again, these were originally sold with wooden rods.
Here is the poster which I still have up on the door of my puppet workshop. The Big Bird costume used in the Sesame Street Live shows is essentially identical to the one used on the TV show, and all of the character's mouth movements are synchronized to the dialogue. I have no idea how they see out of those costumes!
Words cannot express the awesomeness of this item. It's a Big Bird flashlight with the Sesame Street Live logo on the handle. Big Bird's head lights up like a night-light. I was thrilled with this when I got it and sadly I still am. It has an innate cheesy quality that just makes me smile. And it has a switch on it too!
Here is the program for the show that I saw "Sleeping Birdie". The VEE Corporation produces the Sesame Street Live shows, and has been touring live costumed character shows for several decades. Dozens of different shows based on Sesame Street have been produced since the 1970s. Each one is a full all-new story with the Sesame characters that includes several songs, dancing, scenery changes and even some original characters created just for the story. For example, this show had an alien named "Tee Hee" and another alien who was "The Yellow Queen". The original voices for each of the characters are also used for the soundtrack. I recall this was quite an impressive production.
Here are all of the Honkers plush toys that I have in my collection. Joining the Applause Honkers are the original Hasbro 9 inch plush toys from 1983.
Applause produced this smaller sized, 13 inch Grover doll in 1993 (above left). I've shown it next to the Knickerbocker Super Grover for comparison, as they are both about the same size.
Grundgetta is a funny character that I really like a lot more than most of the other characters being used on Sesame Street these days. No offence intended to any of the puppeteers but Murray, Baby Bear, Abby, Zoe, Rosita and especially Stinky the Plant (!) are all very bland compared to Grundgetta. It's especially odd that they don't use Grundgetta as Sesame Street has always had fewer female Muppet characters. Abby, Zoe and Rosita were added to the show for that reason, so it's puzzling why they don't include Grundgetta too. She's such a great character and very funny. Her chemistry with Oscar is awesome and I really enjoy watching them throw grouchy insults of affection at each other.
Note: The Muppet Wiki site states that a Telly doll was made by Knickerbocker in 1986. The site provides a photo of the doll which looks identical to this Applause Telly doll only the black dots on the eyes are much smaller. I've seen pictures of items posted in the wrong place on the Muppet Wiki site before (such as the Tara Toy Bert finger puppet posted on the Applause finger puppets page) so I'm a bit cautious with the info on that site. It's very possible that Knickerbocker made the first Telly, but until I see one for myself (with a Knickerbocker tag attached) I'm sticking with this Applause doll as being the first plush toy of Telly.
(Photo coming soon!)
In 1995 the fate of the world was forever altered with the dawn of Tickle Me Elmo!!!! The craze that this doll caused is still very well known and needs no explanation....but I'll give you one anyways! During the Christmas season in 1995 Tickle Me Elmo became the hot, trendy, must-have item for parents to give as a gift to their kids. Whether kids actually wanted one as badly as that is debatable. Parents actually fought with each other in toy stores to get one of these toys for their own kid! It's a sad world we live in at times. Elmo helped teach that lesson of greed to all of us... or at least some of us! I found this one second hand, abandoned in a thrift shop in the late 1990's only a few years after the trend had passed, when nobody cared about Elmo's laughter anymore. Poor little Elmo. At least his sacrifice made a few people in the toy industry stinking rich. Made by Tyco in 1995, Tickle Me Elmo is a talking doll that plays about five different tracks of the character's voice laughing and saying "That tickles" when his tummy is pressed. After a while the doll begins to vibrate as the laugher continues playing. Tickle Me Elmo is without a doubt the most popular talking doll in the history of mass-produced toys.
This is a 10.5 inch Elmo doll made by Tyco in 1995. It's made in a similar style and size as the classic Knickerbocker, and later Hasbro/Playskool, Ernie and Bert dolls.
In 1996 Tyco produced a series of 6 inch Sesame plush toys with plastic heads. The set includes Big Bird (shown above), Ernie, Grover and Elmo. Each character is wearing a shirt with overalls and a hat is sculpted as part of the head. Grover and Big Bird have very round heads.
In the 1990's Tyco produced a series of small Sesame Street tub toys that were sold as a set in a box with a floating playset base. All the toys fit onto the base like a puzzle. Shown above are two of the figures from the set, Elmo in a boat and Ernie in a tire tube. The other three figures included Big Bird on a tire tube, Bert in a boat, and Cookie Monster on a raft. The figures themselves are hollow and made of rubber that is somewhat flexible, while the item they are attached to is hard plastic. They do not have any markings.
In 1997 Applause made this small 7 inch "Bean Bag" doll of Grover. The torso section is filled with beans while the head, arms and legs are filled with soft polyester stuffing. This toy was made as part of a series that included Ernie, Elmo and Cookie Monster. Big Bird was added in 1998. The head for the Ernie doll in this set is a flat illustrated rag doll style.
Ernie and Bert Christmas decorations by Kurt S. Adler Inc. These were sold in clear plastic bags with a cardboard section at the top (seen above). Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar, Grover and Cookie Monster were also available in this series. There is no date on the packaging, but they were made in the 1990s. I bought these two at a craft store. The packaging has price tags that say "Multi-Crafts $3.49". These were all recently (2015 or 2016) reissued but painted with different colours (for example Bert has a red tie instead of white with red stripes, Ernie is in a blue box instead of green, etc.).
This is a pair of adult sized Oscar the Grouch socks! Several pictures of Oscar are woven into the fabric of the socks along with the copyright information, which says "© Henson". I believe they were made in the 1990's. There's very little information on the hang tag, which gives the distributor location as Toronto, Canada, but no company name. They were made in Taiwan but there's no manufacturer name either. A nice picture of Big Bird is shown on the tag along with the Sesame Street logo but no copyright info for the producer of the show, CTW, which is quite odd for a Sesame Street item prior to 2000. Below, I've shown how the socks were originally attached to the tag.
These Sesame Street blocks were produced as baby toys in the 1990's. They were made using a solid foam shape covered with printed cotton fabric. I found these three blocks second hand so there may have been others in the set. Most of the main characters are represented with these three blocks though, so I might only be missing one block if any. (Weather or not I'm missing some marbles for collecting all of this stuff is another story!) All of the manufacturers tags have been cut off so I have no information about these, but I suspect they were made by Tyco. The character Rosita is depicted on one of them with her bat wings which would date these blocks to being made between 1991 when the character debuted on the TV show, and 1999 as I found these in the late 1990's. From 2004 onward the Rosita Muppet no longer had wings. (These dates are from the Muppet Wiki page about Rosita). In my opinion the blocks are most likely from the early 1990's when the character was new, as this was when most of the merchandise for Rosita was made in order to promote the new Muppet.