After virtually months of going back & forth about whether or not to buy this for our almost 2 year old son as his "big" Christmas present this year, we splurged & ordered it from Wal-Mart.com When we wrapped Elmo we cut him free from his box removed the plastic battery pull to activate him fully then turned him off & laid him back in his box then wrapped him, so that when our toddler opened the wrapping paper all he had to do was lift Elmo out! The video camera rolled as we carefully held off on this present till LAST, he saw the red fur before the paper was all the way off & began his ear-piercing screech of "Eeeeeeeee" (his word for Elmo!)! My husband & I looked at each other & just knew at that moment that this was the RIGHT gift for our son this year. He played with him for about an hour & a half then had to go take his nap, he came back 2 hours later & wanted to play with Elmo again, he sat on the floor with his Grandma & Elmo continued working, singing, giggling, kissing, telling jokes for half an hour longer. Elmo then said, "I'd like to tell you a story, but let me think of a really good one for you", he put his hand to his head like he was thinking then went to sit on his stool, he missed & tumbled over, my son stood him upright & Elmo went on to tell his story....WITHOUT a voice!!! Yep, Elmo was moving, gesturing with his arms, & his mouth was flapping away but he was NOT talking! You could hear motors & gears, etc. but no Elmo voice...we were shocked....WHO pays $63.87 for a toy that stops working after 2 hours of use??? We took it directly back to a Wal-Mart store first thing the very next morning (since nothing we did to Elmo would make him work again), they refunded our money but were sold out of Elmos....therefore, Daddy had to come home empty-handed, to a broken-hearted little boy!
I am not quite sure what is up with Fisher Price toys, but we gave our son 2 other large Fisher Price toys 3 days later for his 2nd Birthday & neither of them worked as well.....I am currently in talks with Fisher Price regarding a very disappointing Christmas & Birthday in our house this year!