Friday, June 15, 2007

Sesame Workshop Rolls Out Abby Cadabby Merchandise

Fans of Sesame Street's newest fairy-in-training will be happy to know that the first round of Abby Cadabby merchandise is heading your way! Several new dolls and books are featuring the new rising star of Sesame Street.

Fisher-Price has just released the "Singing Abby Cadabby" doll. This plush doll sings a song or says some of Abby's signature phrases when you squeeze her. The large plush doll is perfect for children ages 18 months and up; and comes with the 3 AA batteries required. The doll also comes bundled with an exclusive DVD that features the lovable Abby Cadabby. The doll and DVD are being sold in toy stores for around $15.

Also being released from Fisher-Price is the Elmo and Abby "Friends Forever" plush toy bundle. This two-pack includes a set of two loveable, huggable, cuddly and soft dolls. The Elmo and Abby dolls are currently being sold together for a retail price of just under $10 (which comes out to about $5 per doll).

And for those book worms out there, Abby will also be staring in a batch of new books as well. Abby will star in "Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Book" which will be released in July by Dalmatian Press. TokoyoPop's third Sesame Street photo comic, entitled "Abby's First Day of School", will be released on July 3, 2007. And Abby takes center stage in the book "Guess Who, Abby!" by Constance Allen which will be released on September 11, 2007.

More Abby Cadabby, and other Sesame Street, merchandise is in the works. I'll be sure to keep you posted with more information on special Sesame Street products as the information becomes available -- and be sure to catch Abby in action during the 38th season of Sesame Street later this year.

9 comments:

Michelle said...

I just picked up two of the singing Abby dolls yesterday and they are truly adoreable. Fisher Price did a great job with them and my two year old twin daughters love their "Abby Dabbys." I have a slight correction though, her wand does not light up, and you squeeze her belly, not her hand to make her sing/speak. Just thought you might want to know, as I'm sure your info comes from the original product specs. Also we picked up the elmo/abby two pack which is super soft and equally as cute!

Greg said...

Thanks Michelle! My information came direct from Fisher-Price's press department – and it appears that things differ between the original press material and the final product. I heard from several people with "doll in hand" that have corrected it.

I've updated the article to reflect the actual specs on the doll.

Thanks again and I'm glad you (and your daughters) are enjoying the Ms. Cadabby merchandise.

Anonymous said...

I saw the Abby dolls at Toys R Us. As much as I wanted to get them for my daughter, I thought they were pretty UGLY! :( I'm hoping GUND comes out with a better looking one. She's cute on TV and all, but that Toys R Us doll...sigh...

Anonymous said...

Abby Cadabby is a terrible design! Man, Sesame Street has sunk to new lows. Bert and Ernie don't even look good anymore. Look at the original versions of Bert and Ernie from the first episode in 1969. They were better built and a lot more appealing. The clothes were baggy and the faces were looser. Ernie and Bert's head shapes were more defined. Today's versions look like stuffed dolls with too much stuffing. The puppeteers have trouble manipulating them properly. What happened to the great puppet design work from 1969 through most of the 70s?


They've ruined Don Sahlin's original masterpieces!

"Sahlin is the designer credited among Henson staff as the creator of Ernie and Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster and other classic Sesame Street characters. He is "the inventor" of the Muppet look, from a design point of view. As discussed in the book Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles, many of the Muppets began as Henson's rough sketches, which Sahlin then built and modified as needed. This often included special mechanisms or effects; for the La Choy Dragon commercials, this meant "devising a system for this early full-body character to actually breathe fire." Sahlin was known to refer to himself as the "guardian of the essence" of the Muppets.

Beyond building specific characters, Sahlin contributed two significant concepts to the Muppet aesthetic, "the Magic Triangle" and "the Henson stitch." The former was a simple but effective approach to postioning eyes, creating a triangle in relation to the nose and mouth. Jim Henson explained the importance of eye placement: "It would be the last thing [Sahlin] would do, and he always wanted me there, to make sure it was right for both of us -- making sure the eyes had a point of focus, because without that you had no character."

The new Bert and Ernie are devoid of character.

Anonymous said...

I am buying Abby from Australia, so unfortunately don't have the ability to look at her before hand. Could someone please let me know which one they would go with the Gund Abby or the Fisher Price one. It is for a 2.5 year old fairy lover! Many thanks!

Yare said...

Abby Cadabby is so cute and my daughter love Abby,and i wanna celebrate his birthday, but where i find the birthday decorations of ABBY CADABBY!! Someone help me, many Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

My daughter truly enjoys Abby Cadabby. Thank you for creating a role model just for the girls. There's only so much Elmo you can take. I can finally walk into the store and walk out with something just for my little girl! The design is just fine! Remember this is for little kids not critics!Which makes me wonder why are they judging a baby doll to begin with, no offense to the "inventor" but really you got to deep. Point is if she likes it, I love it!

Lorena said...

Abby is Adorable. and even the dolls at toys r us are adorable..I dont understand what these people expect a doll to look like. Like a barbie doll all grown up.....Matured....these dolls are for small children.....
and of course you would stay anonymous!

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a blanket for my grandaughter ,is there any out there with Abby Cadabby on them? My Abby loves her!