Product Type: Mattel Doll
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Barbie Princess Styling Head
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Barbie Princess Styling Head
Advantages: Its fun and cheap
Disadvantages: Its not excellent quality
My daughter was very lucky to receive this lovely Barbie head as a birthday gift last month. Out of all of her birthday gifts this one was the one that got the biggest reaction. She has of late been very interested in dolls, in particular Barbie dolls. I'm not actually sure that my daughter knew what this was at first, but she definitely recognised the packaging stating that it was Barbie and as a result we got a very high pitched "Barbie" yell when she tore open the wrapping paper.
This doll is not actually your typical Barbie doll, it is an enlarged version of Barbie's head, designed specifically to play with the long flowing blonde hair that is attached to it. It's of a reasonable size, perhaps a tad small, this does however enable a small child to place it on their knee to play with without much trouble at all.
There really isn't much to this doll, it comes with a couple of accessories but the main ones are the clip in earrings which are designed for the child rather that the doll. I thought it a tad strange that it didn't come with any bobble or clips etc. as its sole purpose is to play with its hair. It does however come with a small plastic brush and a little crown which is a very nice and welcome addition to the set. We weren't overly fazed by the fact that it doesn't come with any hair accessories as my daughter doesn't mind using her variety of clips and bobbles in its hair.
The quality of the dolls head is not all that great either, I mean it is very pretty and I have no qualms with the quality of the plastic head or the design of the face, they are all fine, again it's the main/or sole purpose of this doll that was a little bit of a let-down for us. The hair just feels too thin and there isn't much of it there really. Under the top section of hair the head is made up, mainly of different sections containing either plastic or hair, it doesn't just flow all over the head as would be presumed. The thinness of the hair does make it difficult to apply big clips and bobbles, there is even difficulty running a normal hair brush though it, my daughter has had to resort to using the plastic brush which in all honesty doesn't work all that well.
Despite everything just said my daughter has enjoyed playing with this, prior to owning it she used to love putting bobbles over her teddies ears (because they were the only place to fit) so I'm really not surprised that she liked it as it was something that from previous playing experience I knew that she would really enjoy. It's not a toy that gets used for long periods of time but when my daughter does decide to play with it she has a lot of fun changing the bobbles and clips. A plus point of the toy is that the hair is very manageable, it doesn't knot easily and although it doesn't look like it does in the picture anymore, my daughter can make some very pretty hairstyles in it.
There is an age recommendation on this Barbie which is 3 years +, I would definitely have to agree with this as a child of a younger age just wouldn't be able to use it for its proper function. As far as I am aware this can be bought for £9.99 from Argos and it is also part of the 2 for £15 deal. All in all I would recommend this toy, it's a nice price and it's a bit of fun!
Summary: Its a bit of fun
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