First, let me say this is my opinion on this toy. I wasn't paid by the toy makers or anyone for this opinion. This toy was bought by my husband and myself for our little girl for Christmas.
Wow! Elmo live is awesome. My daughter loves Elmo to start with and when I saw a store offering this item at a discounted price with free shipping I knew we just had to get it for her.
Elmo sings, jams, tells stories, plays games, dances and much more. He gets itches that he wants you to scratch and loves to give kisses. He even plays a version of Simon says, which of course is Elmo says. Pressing different spots on Elmo (pressure points) will make him do different things.
One thing to make sure of is to use Elmo on a flat surface or he'll keep falling over (wait till you hear what he says when this happens), and you must get the good batteries. I would recommend the type of batteries that you would use for your digital camera. This way you'll get more "playtime" out of Elmo without having to change the batteries so frequently.
All and all I would recommend this toy. I believe the age is 3 and up, my little girl is not quite 2 and she loves it, but she does have to be watched as she gets a little rough sometimes with it.