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Busy Poppin' Pals is a toy created by Milton Bradley, under the Playskool label. A Sesame Street version was produced in 1980, as well as a version with Walt Disney characters.

The toy has five 5 pop-up doors, each featuring a Sesame character -- Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch. When a switch is activated, the corresponding door is opened, revealing a character.

A later version of the toy replaced Oscar with Elmo, and featured rounder, more baby-like sculpts for the characters.

In 1995, rival toy maker Fisher-Price produced a similar toy, Pop-Up Pals. The Fisher-Price versions of the toy include voice chips, so that the characters talk and sing.

In 2000, Playskool (now part of Hasbro) issued a recall for the Sesame Busy Poppin' Pals toys, in response to reports that the toys' springs were breaking, posing a choking danger for children.

Following the 2000 recall, Playskool continues to market several versions of the Busy Poppin' Pals toys; the current version features jungle animals. Playskool no longer has the license to produce Sesame Street toys.

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