Product Type: Bratz Doll
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Go away Chloe, we don't like you anymore!
Bratz Forever Diamondz Funky Torso - Cloe
Member Name: chrisandmark
Bratz Forever Diamondz Funky Torso - Cloe
Advantages: Looks great
Disadvantages: Boring as hell, the base is too narrow for the height of the doll and length of her hair
My sister bought this Bratz styling head for Hollie last Christmas, at the time she was four years old and as a Bratz lover I thought she'd absolutely love it - my older girls have had styling heads in the past so this present made sense as Hollie likes to emulate her big sisters as much as possible, she was so excited as she unwrapped the huge box this came in and it was the first present she played with after dinner on Christmas day.
Unfortunately, and I won't beat around the bush, this styling head has been an absolute disappointment - it looked gorgeous when it first came out of the box, maybe a little sexualised due to the small but perfectly formed breasts and exposed midriff but the Bratz range all have a slightly sexed up appearance which you'll either love or hate. I'm a fan as I personally don't find Bratz any sexier than Barbie (I can't believe I'm talking sexuality in relation to dolls, but it's a consideration for some people so...), and if nothing else this Chloe doll has made a nice girly ornament on Hollie's bedroom shelf and injected a bit of glamour amongst her Peppa Pig and Pooh Bear breakables.
The quality is there, our disappointment comes from the fact that this is possibly the most boring styling head ever. For starters the base is quite narrow in relation to the height of the doll so it's wobbly and brushing Chloe's long blonde hair is a bit of a mission as when Hollie is even slightly too heavy handed it'll cause the doll to fall over backwards, when the doll is used on display it's fine because it's not top heavy enough to simply drop but in use I find Hollie has to either hold the doll between her knees to keep it still or ask someone to hold it for her. Not ideal.
The next issue is the fact that the dolls face is already so overly made-up that there's barely any bare skin for her to use her imagination and apply her own make-up to it. There seemed little point in the included lip gloss as Chloe's lips are already a glossy pink and the various glitter accessories are equally pointless due to the fact that the doll is wearing eyeshadow anyway, admittedly you can use the glitter pen to create your own designs on her shirt but this wasn't terribly successful either thanks to the gloopy and very sticky nature of the glittery gel.
The hair is excellent quality to be fair; it hasn't become ratty after being played with and 'styled' numerous times, even when Hollie attempts to create a plait (and thereby knots up every single hair on Chloe's head) it'll brush out straight again with very little effort - I've found a quick spritz of Avon Kids detangling spray works wonders on this hair if it's gotten into a particularly knotted state, but this isn't always needed. I was surprised that there were no hair accessories included with the doll as this is surely the main draw for this type of toy, there's a small and very badly made hairbrush but no bobbles or hair clips at all - having three girls this wasn't an issue for me as I've literally hundreds of bobbles lying around the house, but do bear it in mind if you're planning to purchase this doll as you'll need to purchase some separately in order for your little one to get the most from it.
We haven't been impressed at all - and I say 'we' as even at 36 I've been known to play with Hollie's dolls long after she's got bored and wandered off to fetch something else. There's just nothing to do with the doll; there's only so much time you want to spend styling her hair and once this has lost it's attraction there's very little else to do with it. The lack of accessories is neither here nor there to be honest as frankly the Bratz manufacturers could have added a thousand different cosmetic accessories as they still probably wouldn't have been used due to the fact that there's already so much make-up on this dolls face that even a smidgen more makes her look like a clown, or a hooker. Not great.
I've just asked Hollie what she thinks of this doll and after thinking for a moment she said it's 'boring' and 'I don't like it as much as my other dolls' - which, out of the mouths of babes, is all you can say really. Considering my sister paid just under £30 for it I think it's appalling really, it's the same old story of creating a toy simply to give it a popular branding (Bratz in this case, but Peppa Pig toys tend to be the same) but paying absolutely no attention to how a young child is going to use it/play with it. Admittedly the packaging states that it's suitable for children over six (Hollie was four when she first played with it), but this shouldn't make a difference really considering the idea of this type of toy is to bring out the artistic streak in your kids - artistic as in learning how to apply make-up from a very young age, which obviously isn't everyones idea of art!
I can't recommend it. It might be beautiful but it's so boring (oh, how Cheryl Cole!) that Hollie rarely even glances at the doll on the shelf, let alone asks to play with it. We're moving house very soon and Chloe won't be coming with us, she's currently in a black bag awaiting collection by a lady from the Freegle site and will be heading to a local kiddies care centre at some point tomorrow - something I feel quite guilty about really as those little ones have enough to worry about without giving them crap toys!
Summary: Not worth the £30 price tag, I'd struggle to say it was worth a tenner actually - not good!
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