Finally an Elmo toy that is worth the price tag. This Elmo does more then any of the previous versions. Most of the Elmo Dolls are cute for 5 minutes and then boring since they only do 1 thing. Not this Elmo, I can see why he will be a hot toy this Christmas. He sings, dances, tells jokes, and stories. He is really easy to use, just press his nose, stomach or foot to activate. He even continues talking if you don't press another body part within 30 seconds or so.
When I saw him in the box and on commercials I was concerned how my daughter could possibly line up the stool just right so that when he sat down he didn't fall over. Well he actually is sitting mid air. The stool is just for looks, and I am glad I don't have to keep putting it in the correct position for my daughter.
His gears are still a little noisy, but his voice and music disguise it pretty well. His mouth really does move like it does on TV, I know in the previous models the mouth was pretty random and looked odd.
This elmo is very life like, your toddler will love it!