Fisher-Price Elmo Live
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- Elmo actually speaks as his mouth opens and closes just like the real muppet, Elmo, from Sesame Street.
- He waves his arms, sits and stands, even crosses his legs.
- Tells stories and jokes, singing songs and playing games.
- Head bobbles back and forth as he speaks.
- Children can activate the magic with a tickle or a squeeze of Elmo’s foot, tummy, back or nose.
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Is it live or is it Elmo Live?
Elmo fans will delight in Elmo Live! This latest version of everyone's favorite Sesame Street character has Elmo talking, singing, telling jokes, and a lot more. With an interactive style, Elmo Live! encourages creative play, and with his wide variety of actions, he can entertain a kids through different stages of their development, from 18 months onward.
Elmo Live! features the furry, bright-red exterior and the big eyes characteristic of the popular Sesame Street character. He features complex actions that give him a life-like quality: His mouth and head move while he talks, sings, and tells stories; he gestures with his arms, and he moves his legs. He even crosses his legs when he sits on the included stool.
We found him very easy to play with -- just press his buttons to get him going. Press Elmo's foot and he will sit down on his stool to tell you a story. He even gestures to act out parts of his stories! Squeeze his nose, and he'll make a variety of silly sounds; he'll even ask you if you "have his nose" and ask you to give it back to him. Squeeze his hand, and he'll dance. Elmo even blows kisses, asks for hugs, and says he loves you. He tells jokes, acts ticklish, and more.
When he's laid on his back, or if your child doesn't play with him for a while, Elmo will go into a battery-save mode. He'll yawn, say he's tired, and shut down. Just press one of his buttons to get him going again.
Interactive Fun for Kids of Many Ages
We particularly enjoyed that, unlike some other "talking" toys, Elmo Live! doesn't just spout programmed phrases. Instead, he asks for interaction, and he responds as if your child is responding to him. For example, when he will ask for a hug and then say "thank you" as if he's received one, or he'll say he's ticklish and then will "respond" as if your child is tickling him. This makes an almost magical experience for your child, as if her toy is really coming to life.
The wide variety of things that Elmo Live! can do makes him a great toy to grow with your child. Younger children can engage in cause-and-effect play by simply pressing Elmo's buttons to see what he does. Our two-year-old tester was especially delighted with the silly sounds Elmo makes when his nose is squeezed. Understandably, her attention meandered during the somewhat lengthy stories. However, an older child will have the attention span and comprehension skills to appreciate them, as well as the silly jokes that Elmo tells.
Tips on Playing with Elmo! Live
Elmo makes lots of fun movements and gestures -- the only slight drawback is that his movements generate a somewhat loud, mechanical sound that sometimes interferes with being able to understand what Elmo is saying. He also has to be on a hard, flat surface -- otherwise he has a tendency to fall over. This in itself has a fun effect, however. When he falls over, Elmo asks you to help him back up again, and when he's put back upright, he'll say "thank you." Also, since his nose has to be squeezed with a bit of force to activate him, our two-year-old tester sometimes needed assistance with it.
Elmo Live! comes with 6 AA batteries. A Phillips screwdriver is required to replace them.
What's in the Box
Elmo Live! doll, with 6 AA batteries included
Legal DisclaimerFor children 18 mo.and up
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Overall, I feel it's worth the cost if you're comfortable enough to buy something that has minor flaws, but is certainly entertaining to young Elmo fans.
SAVE YOUR MONEY, and SHAME on Fisher-Price for releasing a toy 'in time for Christmas' which clearly needs additional work. If your child loves Elmo, buy one of the previous versions which does not require the use of a silly, unstable stool.
UPDATE BASED ON COMMENTS: After reading comments, I did try using Elmo on a solid surface. The toy will work with or without the stool if he is on a hardwood floor; however, I doubt very many children as young as mine (1 year old) will 'leave him alone' to watch the show. Unless your child has the patience and dexterity to right Elmo every time they flop him on the floor and "Elmo fall down" I would suggest you stay away from this one. The toy works best on a solid surface left to his own devices. I still stand by my original low star rating because this toy is too much a pain in the rear for the price. It is targeted toward very young children yet is unsuitable in durability and softness for that audience.
They also like the one when Elmo asks them to squeeze his nose.
Endless fun for the 1 year old set. The others are mostly entertained by watching what the boys do with it. This toy has lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.
My only complaint is that there isn't an easy way to turn Elmo off and/or stop him when he starts on one of his long stories (our dog bumped into him and he started telling a very long story that seemed to go on forever!!). You have to pick it up and turn it off on the bottom -- there should be an easier way to shut it down, instead of turning it off completely.
When my 3-year-old first saw him in the store, I couldn't get him away from it. They had one out of the box so you could see everything it does. He was mesmerized and was laughing hysterically every time he grabbed Elmo's nose. That said, every time we go to this same store with that same Elmo out on display, he walks right past him. Just like that ridiculously expensive interactive dog, Biscuit, and that new giant dinosaur by Fisher Price, both well over $100 a pop. They're amazing for 15 minutes, and then your child rarely, if ever, plays with it again.
This could have been a real gem if they had added the ability to say your child's name and add content via USB or cartridges. And why not? Fisher Price is no stranger to these things and they've had "Knows Your Name" products on the market for many years now from dolls to play phones. Why not Elmo? And why no expandable content? No matter how adorable, there's only so many times you can listen to "Fee fi fo fum" or the rap song. It's less repetitive than TMX, but that's not saying a whole lot.
I would almost, ALMOST, toss out this 3-star review and write a 5-star review if Fisher Price had learned their lesson from TMX and made this Elmo softer. My son can't cuddle with this Elmo. He can't hug him. Heck, he can barely carry him because he's so heavy and awkward and he'd probably get broken if he carried him anyway. If Elmo did all the things he does, but was more cuddly and inviting, it may be a different story. But right now, Elmo is just another $60 in the garbage.