“ Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Dolls „
We bought Amazing Amy for my daughter last Christmas (1999), she was then aged 6 1/2. As with most children, she had been watching the adverts and mentioning various things she would like for Christmas and we decided to buy Amazing Amy, as it seemed to be something a bit different and not just another doll. We bought it from the catalogue which pushed the price up to £60, but we hoped it would be worth it. It wasn't. It is a beautiful looking doll - long blonde curls, a pink and white checked dress and a lovely smile - not demonic looking, like some dolls seem to be ! It is quite well made too, but it just needs too much attention and my daughter soon got bored of it and the batteries were .. erm .. misplaced <ahem> ! It is a toy that demands attention. You program its inner clock, so it sleeps and wakes up at a reasonable time, then it needs to be fed, given a drink, given medicine and so on. There are several accessories which come with the doll, including a toothbrush, cup and various items of food. These have metal bits on the end which connect with the metal bits in the dolls' mouth, so she knows the task has been completed. So it's all very clever really, but not enough to keep a child interested for long. The doll also talks, but every phrase is spoken in a whiney, American accent, which is often hard to understand and is always annoying. After the umpteenth repetition of Amy demanding a feed, you want to do something very cruel to her vocal chords ! So, to sum up, unless you have the sort of child that is patient enough to take on this doll, with the same level of care as if it was a real pet, I suggest you steer their attentions away to something less expensive, something not so high-maintenance and something much quieter.
What did my daughter want for Christmas? Amazing Amy of course, "she's really really cool mum, pleeeeease".... we of course didnt give in, but then 'Santa' brought the delightful doll, and boy did she make our day! Fairly cute looking, come with another outfit, and various items, like food, drink, cutlery, dishes, etc. Oh yes plus a little bag to keep these bits and bobs in - but everyone knows little kids dont keep things in bags when they are SUPPOSED to keep them in bags!!!! This doll, wakes up at a certain time, and a bit like my hyperactive son, doesnt shut up when she wants something, she goes on and on and on.... really annoying when wonderful daughter goes out and leaves her at home for mum and dad to 'babysit'. You have to feed her (she asks for particular food), change her nappy, change her clothes... and all these things have some sort of electronic tag in them so that she 'knows' what she is wearing/eating/etc. And it only took a day before the special food was lying around all over the house, god knows where all the bits are now... in fact she hasnt played with the doll in months! I suppose the idea is okay, but it does take a lot of looking after and if you switch it off it needs reseting again. But I have to say if i could do it again, I wouldnt bother, its far too expensive and needs far too much looking after.
Just before Christmas I wanted to buy my daughter a really good doll which spoke to her (so I wouldn't have to) - only joking! The best one I had read about was Amazing Amy. This cost approx £50 and promised to speak over 10,000 phrases. I was so excited about this - more so than my daughter who would have probably been just as happy if she spoke 1. There is a timer on the doll which you set for waking and going to bed at night. At the times you specify, the doll will say things like change my clothes mummy, or feed me mummy. Also at meal times it requests food which has to be placed in its mouth correctly. If the magnet at the end of the spoon does not connect properly (which is often) then Amy will tell you she's not happy by constantly going on and on and on. This is why I persuaded my daughter that Amy is getting fed up of talking and needs a rest for a while. I then took the batteries out whilst she wasn't looking. Amy starts off being very cute, but after hearing her constantly she drives you up the wall. So do most toys of this nature. She speaks with an american accent and my daughter thinks this is funny and keep asking me what she means. The main problem with this doll is that it is very repetetive and definetely does not speak more than 15 phrases. I'm not sure if phrases means words, but even so there is no more than 50 words I'm sure.