Product Type: Mattel Doll
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Barbie Puppy Water Park Playset
Member Name: kiwiii85
Barbie Puppy Water Park Playset
Advantages: Different to other toys, water play
Disadvantages: Messy, continuous topping up
I have a 4 year old daughter that went a bit polly pocket mad after she played with one at her friends house and she was begging us to get her the polly pocket version of the above. For practical reasons, (ie her 1 year old sister) I didn't want to get something with tiny little pieces and thus I thought the barbie one would be perfect for us instead.
The barbie water park is basically a swimming pool for barbies with a slide, water wheel for the puppies and house at the top (which holds the water). It comes with two dogs, a barbie and a barbie seahorse and unfortunately the whole thing comes in pieces so you need to be ready to assemble it.
My daughter got this for her birthday and it was the first thing she wanted to play with so I happily got it out of the box and assembled it. It only took about 5 minutes to assemble and put the water in which is really impressive for a plastic toy as you're usually fiddling around with them for ages. The water is stored at the back of the house but to be perfectly honest it doesn't hold very much and you're better to get a jug full and be prepared to be filling it every two minutes as the puppies will only slide down with the water flowing. The barbie doesn't really slide down the slide at all though which is a bit of a let down.
The barbie herself comes with a little seahorse that attaches to her hand and when she's standing in the water it will squirt from the sea horses mouth in whichever direction your little monkey will be holding it. Poor daddy wasn't paying attention and leaned a little close and had a bit of a shower which gave our 4yr old lots of amusement! It's easy to attach and take apart again though. The barbies clothes come off too which makes for easy drying so you don't get that damp smell that often lingers with these toys. The waterwheel spins around easily with little spaces for the puppies to sit so they'll have great fun with that too.
Overall, it is a lovely but frustrating toy. It goes together and comes apart easily enough but the space for the water isn't big enough and if you're a bit rough with it the whole thing will tip and you'll find yourself mopping the floor. On the other hand, my daughter loves it and it comes in handy if I'm trying to cook as she can sit at the kitchen table with it and I can just top up the water as needed. It first retailed at £30 but can now be bought for as little as £15.
Summary: Your kids will love it but you'll be silently cursing!
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