Fisher-price announced a new Elmo toy today, the Elmo Live. For $60 he sounds like a God send to parents looking to preoccupy their children. Hell, he even sounds mildly entertaining to me, and I am on the verge of turning 30. Set for release in October 2008 (right before the Holiday shopping season), the new Elmo will “actually be speaking as his mouth opens and closes just like the real Muppet, Elmo, from Sesame Street. His mannerisms are right on target as his head bobbles back and forth as he speaks. He waves his arms, sits and stands, even crosses his legs, all the while telling stories and jokes…”. I’m waiting on video and additional details to see if it truly is an animatronics like experience or pure hype.
Video after the ‘leap’
More info here.