Yeah...this subject has been brought up a few times before, and I'm pretty sure someone is reading this and saying, "not this again. . .", LOL. But, is it possible that a muppet can lose their appeal to children after so many years? I mean, Bird was a beloved muppet for over 30 years of the show, and within the last 10 or so, he has been used less and less, that being obvious definately in Season 38. Not to get all personal, but to me he was (and still is) the face of Sesame Street.* It's pretty difficult to imagine that the one thing that help make you is the one thing you are starting to phase out more. But, the question remains the same. Can a muppet lose it's appeal overtime? Or gain it back after it was lost for so many years? When I think of this, a prime example for me would be...someone may shoot me for this, since A LOT of people love him...Grover. Someone may not agree with what I'm about to say, but it seemed like Grover popularity slumped in the 1990's, with Elmo popularity blooming, it seemed like there weren't enough cute and furry monsters to go around, lol. But since Eric has taken over as Grover, it's like a whole new generation of children are loving him again(not saying they weren't before of course). It's safe to say that Eric breathed new life into the character, sorta speak. But something had caught my attention today when I was in a party store. They had SS beanie dolls of Elmo & Big Bird and only 1 Elmo was left and a ton of BB'S! Ok, yeah Elmo is the megastar of SS, but c'mon! It seemed like NONE of the BB's got sold. No wonder you hardly see any BB merchandise anymore, it hardly sells(unless it's packaged with something that involves Elmo). So, does anyone of todays SS genertion like the character? The only muppets you see a lot are Elmo & Cookie Monster (well, that is one classic muppet out of the deal). Others pretty much seem shunned to me. So, can a character lose it's apeal and/or gain it back? Your thoughts? * = though many fans seem to agree that there was no "star" of the show, and it was an ensemble cast.