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I love Elmo and Elmo loves my too. This is a very expensive toy and we paid £60 for it for my son's 1st birthday but is worth the money in my opinion and you can sometimes find it cheaper than that. Elmo is so much fun and has the whole family laughing. He comes with a stool which he sits down on when he is talking to you but most of the time my son takes it away and sometimes he falls over. When he does he says "can you help Elmo up please" which was a bit annoying when my son would just leave him and not pick him up but now he has learnt to pick him up. My son loves it when Elmo sneezes and it always makes him giggle. It is also really easy for my son to get him to talk as he knows to squeeze his nose or press down on his foot or squeeze his stomach. He comes out with lots of different stories and one of my favourite things is when he dances and music comes on. It is a good sturdy toy as my son drags him about everywhere and he is still perfect. I think he will be a well used toy for a long time to come and my son will continue to enjoy him as he gets older and understands more of what he is saying. I would definately recommend Elmo.
We bough Elmo live for our 2 year old about a year ago, after seeing it it John Lewis and checking out a few web videos, it seemed like the most innovative and amazing toy ever. I had no problem parting with £60 for elmo and I was probably more excited than my son about the toy. He is packaged in an open fronted box, and held in with several strong plastic ties. I know that the box front is open so that people can try him in the shop, but the problem with this is that every elmo that seems to be on the shelves has a dirty nose where people keep squeezing it. I could not find one without some sign of wear to his nose. Getting him out of the box is a bit of a task, and I usually like to keep the boxes of toys, but this box was just awkward and impossible to fold down flat, so the box ended up getting thrown out. To put batteries in elmo, you have to unscrew his foot, and he takes 6 AA batteries. The first 15 minutes of having him was great. I was so amazed at how he moved his arms, told jokes, danced and opened and closed his mouth. The elmo voice was spot on and he seemed to be almost alive! But after a while, I started to look deeper at elmo and realise that he was not all I thought he was cracked up to be. The first thing I noticed was that there was quite a loud motor noise as he moved his joints. This was acceptable at first, but then once I'd heard it for an hour it really got on my nerves and all I could hear was a whirring. There is no volume control on elmo and at first I thought that his voice was quite loud, but then I realised that his voice had to be extra loud otherwise you would hear the mechanichal whirring. He looks soft and cuddly, but when you hug him he is almost rock solid. there is no padding underneath the thin saggy red felt that covers him and he is not pleasurable to hug or cuddle. He comes with a blue platic stool, and at first I thought that this was just a little extra thrown in so that elmo had an accesory, but I soon realised that Elmo was useless without the stool! You just can't use him without it. he falls over if you don't have the stool underneath him because as soon as he starts to tell a story, he crosses his leg, using the stool for balance. Without the stool, he just falls over. It would have been much better to have made him so that he didn't need to sit on the stool as it is just a cheap plastic accesory that is more annoying than anything. I thought that he would keep us entertained for a long time, but in the space of half an hour, elmo had told us everything more than 3 times and there was nothing new. He only has two long stories, three or four jokes and about 25 other phrases in total, which is a shame because I thought that he would keep coming out with new phrases for days before we heard it all. He does have interactive buttons on his foot, belly, back and nose, and when each one is pushed, he says something different, but these soon get boring. It would have been better if he had a motion or light sensor, so that he would be a bit more interactive. I remember the old furby toy and that was more interactive than this. Elmo falls over a lot and the most annoying phrase he has is "Uh oh Elmo fell down, can you help elmo up please?" Sounds cute? Yeah, but not after the 400th time because no one wants to use him with his cheap stool. His batteries run down really quickly, and after changing them a few times, the children were bored of him and he just sat on the shelf for 6 months. He was actually in the way, because he was not a cuddly toy, and he was too big to put in the toy box. We were going to sell him on ebay, but when we checked him over with new batteries, we discovered that his leg had seized up and he just made a clicking noise (really loud) when he tried to cross his legs. We were stuck with a huge, heavy, expensive, annoying broken toy. I decided to try and fix him to see if his gears were stuck, I took his feet off and was able to skin him quite well by undoing the stitching. I was actually quite disppointed when I looked at his mechanics. When he came out, it was as if he was this amazing robotic creation that was ahead of its time. But underneath, he has got some plastic cogs and strings (no kidding) that control his movement. His hands are on springs so it looks like they are moving more. It was cool to see how simple he was, but disappointing that he was not the robotic monster I thought he was. I know have a cool looking skinned elmo that does not need his stool as he can't sit down. I think that the makers should have at least used the workings from the tickle me elmo, so that when he fell down, he could get himself up again. My advice to anyone thinking about buying an elmo live? If you have pots of money and can afford to ditch the toy in a month then maybe its a bit of fun, but if this is going to be the only toy that your child gets, then think about it some more. He soon gets annoying and you will be buying batteries all the time.
Right, let's get this straight. I love Elmo, the real one that's on sesame street (well, not "real" but you know what I mean!!) I thought this was an expensive toy when I bought it for my 2 year old but my 32 year old child (the husband) thought it was cool,and persuaded me to part with £60. For the first few days after Santa Claus visited our house, Elmo was a source of entertainment to adults and children and he would tell a variety of stories and sings songs that were addictive and soon had you joining in , all made easier by the script included in the box. "Elmo looked at the giant and screamed..." etc. Roll on boxing day, 2 year old has toy and swings him around. elmo suddenly develops a terrible case of arthiritis and clicky joints that made him judder and jam. The age range on the box was 18mths so I expected a toy that would withstand my son chucking him around within reason. Elmo now sits on a window ledge gathering dust. apart from his injuries from that boxing day, he ate through batteries like nothing else I've ever seen. It's the most expensive furry ornament I've ever purchased. Only buy if you're planning on not giving it to a child or enjoy wasting money (alternatively just send your child to Hamleys and Toys r us and have a free go)
I was lucky enough to buy this toy for £40 in the closing down sale of my nearest Early Learning Centre (watford branch). The original price was £60 which is extremely expensive for a toy! It is aimed at eighteen months + which i would agree with as it could seem a bit scarey to those who are younger. Elmo Live is a 'life like' creation. He moves and talks just like the Elmo you see on Sesame Street. He tells jokes, he tells stories, he sings, he plays games, he dances. He sits down (a blue stool is provided with Elmo) He can stand up - In a nutshell, he does a lot which is probably why he is expensive. My personal opinion of the toy is that Elmo is amusing to both young and old. He is a little hard to understand at first but you'll soon work out what he is saying. I will give you a few examples of what he does - If he is pushed over he says "can someone help me up please?" If you pinch his nose he puts on a squeaky voice and says "if you don't give me my nose back, Elmo will have to talk like this all day" (thats my favourite) When he tells a story, he sits down and crosses his legs, before proceeding with the story. To activate Elmo you have to press various parts of his body - his belly, foot, nose and back. Overall this is a very clever toy but once the initial excitement of Elmo has worn off, it is one of those toys you will use very occasionally, but it is a very good toy.
Having always loved Elmo myself, i bought my daughter a special edition Elmo Live for her second birthday. It is a really fun toy for any child and so easy to play with. Elmo has sensors on his nose, feet, hands and back and each one does something different. He tells jokes, stories, sings and laughs and his mouth moves as though he is actually talking! When he telling a story, he sits down on the stool that he comes with and when he's laughing his head moves back and forth. This toy has kept my daughter occupied for hours, and has even had us adults laughing! It is great fun and the two stories are fab to listen to, and seeing your child interacting with elmo is great. The downside to this toy is that it is a little delicate and if the child is holding Elmo he can't move and do the things when pressed. Also the batteries run out really fast, but in all it is a fantastic toy.
Elmo Live was bought for my daughter when she was 18 months old which is the recommended age. To begin with she was a bit scared of it as the movements can be quite sudden and jumpy, but after a couple of days she got used to it. Elmo is quite impressive in his design. He looks like he's just stepped off Sesame Street and his fur is lovely and soft, although all the robotics underneath mean that he's not cuddly and feels kind of boney. He's quite easy to operate, even for and 18 month old as his actions are controlled by sensors under the fur on his foot, tummy, back, hand and nose. He tells a couple of stories and jokes, but probably the best bit is when he dances. That really is quite funny and my daughter laughs every time. He moves his mouth when he talks and once again it looks realistic. He gives kisses and hugs and asks to be picked up when he falls over. As his balance isn't the best, this can be quite frequent! I've always been a bit worried at how sturdy Elmo is as he does feel a bit fragile, so I try and make sure that he doesn't get thrown around too much. Saying that he's now survived a year without damage, so must be fairly robust. He takes 6 batteries which do seem to last well and he switches himself off if left for a few minutes. My personal view is that Elmo's play value is limited, as once he's been through his sequence of actions there is not much more to do with him and my daughter quickly gets bored, so unfortunately in my house he doesn't get played as much as I would have liked for a £60 toy. However if your child is a big Elmo or Sesame Street fan they will probably get lots of enjoyment out of him.
As Scarlet was only going to be 8 months old last Christmas I was really struggling on what to get her. She didn't really watch any Childrens programmes as she was far too young and I wasn't sure on what toys she would benefit from. That was until she saw my Landlady's little boys birthday present. Seaseme Street has been around now for about 40 years with me remembering them from my childhood. One thing I distinctly remember is being envious of my friend who had the Tickle Me Elmo. I was so green with jealousy but this never resulted in me actually having any of the toys myself. My favorite were the Cookie Monster and of course Elmo. Mr Kimbles loved it aswell when he was a little boy and his mum said he had loads of the Big Bird toys. Fisher Price is a very well known brand that have again been around for years. As myself and Mr Kimbles have had their toys over the years plus Scarlet already has some Fisher Price toys I thought why not. I already knew they were value for money and most of the time very sturdy, so off to Argos I went to buy one for her. Fisher price recommend Elmo Live for 18 months plus but I made sure it had no really small bits she could put in her mouth or any bits that could break off easily and it seemed ok. Elmo live itself is quite a tall standing (approximately 12 inches in height) plastic toy covered in red furr and of course looking excatly like Elmo from Seaseme Street with his orange nose and real white eyes. With the live version he comes with his own little blue seat. He has four press points on his body, one on his nose, his chest, his back and on his right foot. When each one in turn is pressed he really does comes to life. He can open his mouth to talk, laugh, sneeze and sing. He waves his arms, sits, stands and even crosses his legs. When his nose is pressed he sneezes, laughs and talks. The one on his foot makes him tells stories (scarlet's favortie is about Elmo and the tall giant). The one on his chest makes him sing and dance and the one on his back makes him tell jokes. As he tells stories he sits on his stool but I find if you don't position him correctly he will fall over. He then tells you to pick him and once he is up right he will explain you are now his best friend. For £55.00 I thought this would get so much use and even though Scarlet was only 8 months old at the time I knew she would love him after already loving the one she had seen. As she opened her present on Christmas day last year I was so pleased when she got so excited as soon as she saw him. She spent the next hour hugging and kissing him. As she was still so young Mr Kimbles and myself helped her with using him. But she used to sit for hours in her Bebepod watching him tell stories. I found that he helped her with noises and even understand some words. She certainly picked up 'oopps' off him and she has been saying this ever since when she falls over, drops anything or is being a little monkey. As she has got older and can now work him herself I have found that she still loves him just as much. The only downside I have found with him is that his arms are only thin, also being full of wires and have in our case easily broken. I am at the moment on the hunt for another one (hopefully cheaper) as she misses him so much and carries him around anyway. I would recommend him for any parent but advise to be careful with him as even on ebay he is still really expensive and as we have found his arm wires break easily leaving a dissapointed monkey.
Elmo live is a great toy and with such a good brand such as fisher price you are certainly going to get a great quality item. Elmo live is designed to be used for 18 months plus. Elmo live your favourite sesame street character acts just like the real thing from the famous TV show. I decided to buy this for my 2 and half year old daughter as I had heard a lot of good things said about Elmo live and the many wonderful things he does as he has sensors on his hands, feet, mouth, nose and back. Each sensor pressed enables Elmo to tell many funny jokes, he sings some of his favourite songs, laughs and even talks by moving his mouth up and down like a real person. I must say he is certainly not one to be shy at all as he can talk quite a bit but very interesting at the same time. His head really bobbles back and forth while he speaks. He can wave his arms, cross his legs, sit and stand and play games. My daughter was very amused by him and kept playing with him non stop she said it was her best friend which I thought was very sweet indeed. Elmo live also come with a very cute little blue chair which he can sit down on and actually sits down on it himself if positioned the right way. His banter in very sweet and even made me laugh a few times. Overall the only down side to this toy is that Elmo live can be a little delicate as I found his hands to be a bit thinner than expected so your child will have to be careful with him, and the red fabric material could have been a bit thicker with more padding as you can sometimes feel the mechanics from inside. But other than that Elmo live is a great buy as your child will have hours of fun with him. He is very entertaining for children and even for adults alike. You can buy this elmo live from eBay at a cheaper price from around £35. I highly recommend this item as it's a fantastic buy..
I first saw Elmo live on demonstration in Hamleys Toy Store in London when I was shopping with my Fiancé at Christmas and I instantly fell in love with the little red monster, Its bright red fuzzy fur, big wide eyes, it took me back to my chldhood and I was very tempted to buy him there and then for my little boy ,but managed to resist. Christmas came and my fiancé bought it as a joined present for me and my little boy as he was unsure of who would play with it more, me or my son. Now Elmo live incorporates today's modern animatronics technology which realistically brings to life this little red monster before your eyes. Elmo has four in built interactive sensors which each react to the users touch bringing to life so very realistically all of Elmo's Mannerisms which you see in the Sesame street tv series. Elmo literally comes to life before your eyes. Located in his nose, back, tummy and left foot theses sensors activate quiet complex actions that really do give him a life-like quality. Press Elmo's left foot and he will sit down on his little blue stool which is included and he will tell you an exciting story, complete with voices and over exaggerated actions. Squeeze Elmo's nose and he will make a variety of different funny and silly noises. Squeeze his hand and he will do a groovy little dance for you and try to get the user to join in. As well as these Elmo also has many different phrases which he comes out with and will interact with you by blowing you kisses, by asking for hugs, singing songs, telling you jokes and telling you that he loves you and if you tickle Elmo he will even act ticklish and laugh. As Elmo talks his head and mouth move in sync which makes it seem that more realistic, he gestures with his arms and when he sits down on his stall and tells his stories he crosses his legs too. I do have to say though that with every movement that Elmo makes you can clearly hear every gear movement which can get very annoying at times, but it doesnt bother my son in the slightest or interfere with play and you get use to it. Elmo Live himself is extremely easy to interact with as all of the sensors are extremely responsive,although he is best used on a flat surface as he does have a tendency to fall over quiet easily, but dont worry as this in itself is fun as Elmo also has a built in tilt sensor which, when he falls over Elmo asks you to help him back up again and when he is put back into the upright position he will say " Thank You" When Elmo Live is left unattended for a period of time or if your child stops playing with him Elmo will go into a hibernation mode, yawning, saying he's tired, and shutting down so great for saving on the batteries. Personally I believe that this is a great toy, My little boy who is 3 years old absolutely loves it, you could say that Elmo is now part of the family, usually my son has a very short attention span and will get bored very easily but with Elmo Live he will sit down playing with it for long periods of time, He absolutely loves all of the over exaggerated movements the dancing and songs and I often find him in hysterics while he is playing with it joining in himself. Designed for children of 18months up, although I do feel that because of the entertainment aspect of this product it would appeal to any one of any age, I'm proof of this myself as I've probably played with it more than my little boy has. All in all Elmo is a wonderful toy and a lot of thought and effort have obviously gone into his design, The only negatives which I have against this product are its price, This product retails between £50 - £60 which I consider to be extremely expensive for a child's toy but the amount of enjoyment my sons got out of it means it was worth it.
I purchased Elmo live from Argos at Christmas 2008 for just under £55 and at the time I did wonder if I had taken leave of my senses! However Elmo has become a part of our family now and I am very glad I bought him. Elmo has sensors on his nose, stomach, back and foot each of which triggers different reactions. Elmo interacts delightfully with your child, asking for hugs, telling stories and dancing. I'm not sure who likes it more to be honest, my daughter or me!? The toy appears to be relatively weak in construction and I was quite concerned when I first unpacked it but it has stood up to some very rough play from my daughter and her friends without any obvious sign of wear. The batteries are long lasting, I have only replaced them once since Christmas and Elmo is played with very often. The only downside to the toy is there is no volume control and although the stories and jokes are very funny they do start to grate on you when they have been played repeatedly for an hour! If you are thinking of getting this I would recommend it, it is expensive but I do think it is worth the money.
This product is designed for 18months plus but my one year old loves it. It is on the dear side at approx £60 but it does get played with a lot. I was sceptical at first, Elmo Live seems quite delicate yet it has survived being thrown about by my son. The technology is quite impressive; Elmo has sensors on his foot, stomach, nose and back. Each senor activates a different feature, jokes, stories and dancing (several of each) his mouth and arms move when he is talking and he can sit down and stand-up (he's not yet a walking Elmo). He can tell two different stories which are quite long, his jokes are actually quite funny and I was surprised to discover that Elmo seems to 'learn' more phrase as time goes on; after several weeks of pressing buttons and a change of batteries he started to say things he hadn't said before. Elmo is quite an entertaining little character and adults are amused by him as much as the children Elmo does use quite a lot of batteries so it's worth investing in rechargeable ones. The only down point is that the noise of the mechanisms in the moving arms and legs is quite loud and Elmo can be a little difficult to understand.
I have been a fan of sesame street since I was a little girl. My favorite character was actually Big bird and although sesame street isn't played on the tv any more the toys etc still seem popular but you do tend to see elmo more than anyone of the other characters. When I had my daughter I actually couldnt wait to be able to buy her all the new toys. When I was little I was lucky enough to have anything I wanted and I wanted the same for my daughter so when I saw this in the local ELC she just had to have it. The toy does suggest 18 months old and she was only 4 months but I suggested that my in laws brought it anyway as they didn't know what to buy and I thought this was more a toy for mummy. When he arrived on christmas day I was so excited and my daughter actually was aswell. She was amazed with his big fluffy red head and just wanted to cuddle him. He was so cute and friendly. I must admit, although I wanted this for my daughter I would never have paid the £60 shops were asking for it. Although I didnt know what it did I knew there was only so much a toy could do for £60. We were lucky enough to pick this up in the local Costco for £49 and I thought this was a more reasonable price for a toy my four month old daughter was going to play with probably only a few times. I am however extrememly disappointed with Elmo. He tells a few stories and has a few sayings and although he moves well and is quite 'life like' he does tend to fall over quite often (asking you to pick him up of course and then thanking you for it) and there are of course limited things he can say, after all he is only a toy. He takes a huge quantity of batteries (8) which are hard to change and which run out quicker than you can say Bob is your uncle. I think this toy will eventually cost me double what I paid for it in batterys brought from the pound shop. This toy can be brought from most reputable toy shops but I would avoid it unless you can get it for a really good price because he really is not worth the £60 shops are asking for it. I am not saying that he isn't cute because he certainly is and a lovely toy, and may be I am being cynical because my daughter isn't getting her use from it but please just be aware that he is not all that he seems before you buy him.
Now you can see Elmo Live in your very own living room! Elmo Live represents a huge technological step forward with more realistic speech and a wider range of movement! He can throw his head back, wave his arms, stand up, sit down and even cross his legs! You'll be blown away by how awesome this toy is! Hear him tell captivating stories complete with actions and voices, and listen to him sing some of his favourite songs! His lips really move in sync with his voice! Featuring high-tech in-built interactive sensors, Elmo is capable of reacting to touch, voice and more! Tickle his belly and he'll giggle, squeeze his nose and he'll sneeze! Elmo Live can ask for hugs, blow you kisses and even tell you he loves you! With different activation points all over his body, the fun will just keep on going! Elmo Live is your new best friend! A great way to develop listening skills and encourage awesome interactive roleplay!