The red menace has returned! Yes, it's that time again. The now-annual holiday tradition of rolling out the latest Elmo in the long line of Elmo dolls is upon us. This year's version, dubbed "Elmo Live", was released today. And by the looks of it, he is the most animated yet. Seriously, Elmo Live talks more than Teddy Ruxpin and uses enough batteries to power a small city. Here is the product description:
"In this truly life-like creation, for the first time ever, Elmo seems to 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, singing songs and playing games. Children can activate the magic with a tickle or a squeeze of Elmo's foot, tummy, back or nose. To enjoy Elmo for an extended time, included are Duracell AA 8-Pack Batteries."And at $68, he doesn't come cheap. Every year it seems like they have to out-due the previous year's version, so are we really that far off from a robotic Super Elmo that becomes self-aware? Maybe this is how the whole Terminator thing starts.