Not only is it illuminated, it randomly blinks and it's animated! While the head goes back and forth the entire body quivers rather nervously. From across the street you can hardly see all the wires. I'm kind of thinking my neighbors are terribly jealous as there is nothing like it in the neighborhood ... actually I don't recall seeing anything like it anywhere in town. My daughter and Son-in-law gave this to me for Christmas. They will be having their first baby in May and I look forward to buying lots and lots of gifts for my future grandchild.