We had a little Elmo crisis here. I bought an Elmo Alive from a consignment store for Gavin's big Christmas present...but then found out after replacing the batteries Christmas eve, that the Elmo didn't quite work.
SO then I ordered a new TMX Elmo from Amazon to be the replacement (better late than never). I was so excited to see Gavin's reaction to it.
Turns out, however, that his reaction was: terrified.
He warmed up, though, and now thoroughly enjoys his array of "Melmos"- the working one, the broken one, the old one...and a tiny one that is always shunned and thrown aside.
Today, he lovingly put the 3 Elmos that he liked to bed on the kitchen floor, tucking them in with blankets and pillows (also mostly Melmo-themed, a gift from Bryan's mom), and saying, "Niiii, niiii, Melmo."