I bought Elmo for my 18 month old grandson as he adores watching him in sesame street. He recognised Elmo as soon as we unpacked him and has carried Elmo around ever since. It looks just like Elmo and is lovely and furry. It apppears to be durable but time will tell. It is handwash only but given that it is so fluffy one would not want to put it in the washing machine anyway. All in all a good purchase.