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Fisher Price Elmo Live
Member Name: technoir
Fisher Price Elmo Live
Date: 26/09/10, updated on 28/09/10 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Fun at first
Disadvantages: Heavy, expensive, not cuddly, annoying,
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.
Summary: Its like someone elses kids. Great fun for the day but you would not want them living in your house.
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