Fisher-Price Elmo Live

September 27, 2017 - Comment
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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.

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What We Think

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The Good: Talking, moving Elmo doll provides interactive fun for kids of many ages

The Bad: Speaking voice is sometimes difficult to understand

In a Nutshell: Elmo Live! has more movements and actions than ever, making for even more realistic, interactive play for children of many ages.

At a Glance

Ages: 18 months and up
Requires: 6 AA batteries, Phillips screwdriver

Elmo’s always appreciates a hug. View Larger.

Interactive gestures bring Elmo to life. View larger. Moving, Talking, Dancing Elmo!
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

Product Features

  • 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.

Comments

Steven D. Ayers says:

Can’t get enough of Elmo! ^_^ Elmo is cute enough as a stuffed friend for kids, but when you make him tell stories, laugh and sing, omg, he is the most adorable thing ever! We bought this for our 2 year old granddaughter and she has SO much fun watching him, but notice how I mentioned “watching” him. This isn’t the kind of toy you want to give a child that likes to carry them around. Elmo needs to sit on his little stool (which is not attached to him). He stands up and sits down and crosses his legs, all things that you cannot allow him to do if you are carrying him due to constriction of his movement and a possible break of a gear. He’s a wonderful toy, but one that should only be bought to be put on a high shelf (for little ones) or on a table (for older ones that know not to pick him up). Elmo was one of the biggest hits of our family Christmas this year and I’d recommend him to anyone who has an Elmo fan in their home. 🙂

Tina H. says:

It’s All About Elmo! My 2yr old really loves this toy! She got it in 2010 (used) as a Christmas gift from grandma and was very excited the first time I turned Elmo on however I felt she was a little too young (14mon.) for the toy and would not really understand the stories much less have the patience to listen or appreciate all that Elmo has to do and say! So Elmo took a year long nap. My daughter is now 29 months and is doing SOOO much now that she wasn’t doing 6 months ago so last week I decided to wake Elmo up and re-introduce him to her…She went INSANE! She couldn’t get enough!…she was in awe..she listened, laughed and LOVED, LOVED Elmo until he kept falling down! Also he was partially speaking. I just assumed he needed to be on solid ground because he was in mint condition and worked fine for several hours..So I tried to adjust the foot, change the batteries (that worked for the speech), bend the leg but to no avail. He just kept falling and my daughter got frustrated every time! So me being the…

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