“ Brand: Vivid Imaginations / Type: Doll Accessories „
We've had Bratz lovers in this house for quite a few years now, starting with Alice who built up a huge collection and eventually passed the baton (and her numerous Bratz dolls) to Hollie. Of course, once your little one has a good supply of dolls their attention will invariably turn to the various accessories available - and one that caught Alice's eye was this Stretch Limo, which at the time cost a smidgen over £50 in Toys R Us.
The colour is quite hard to describe; it's a very light silvery beige shade, not white as the Limo appears to be in a lot of piccies online, with a silver grille at the front and various other silver embellishments dotted around the car. It was supplied in a huge box which made it an ideal Christmas present, dwarfing everything else she received that year - admittedly it wasn't a surprise present as she was with me when I bought it (and her older sister would rather drink acid than play with Bratz dolls) but I was still thrilled at the chorus of 'oooohs and ahhhhs' when she unwrapped it.
The beauty of this Limo is that it has working headlights and an FM radio built into the dashboard of the car, this is easily tuned to your favourite station and the sound is surprisingly clear with the ability to be turned up to a reasonably loud level. You wouldn't use the Limo in place of your radio, but I must admit to being impressed by the overall sound quality and think it was an excellent touch in the design of the car. The lights and radio are simple to work, the switch for the headlights is a little small but neither Alice or younger Hollie have had any problems flicking them on and off again - the lights incidentally are bright enough to be seen but don't throw out enough light for you to use this as a huge car shaped torch, but they look fantastic when the Bratz girls are off on their big night out with the bedroom light off!
Visually the Limo is stunning. Glossy and grand looking on the outside with a well thought out and authentic interior, it will comfortably seat four of the 'normal' sized Bratz dolls but as Hollie demonstrates regularly you can squeeze a dozen in if you're not particularly bothered whether they're sitting comfortably or not! It was actually partly used as a Bratz storage box at one point and as Hollie only had six of her own dolls at this time (she'd already blagged the car off Alice) it was the perfect solution. I love how sleek and stylish it looks in comparison to the more childish Barbie cars, whether the Limo is being played with or just left on display it's a fabulous looking addition to the play room.
It's more of a dolly status symbol than a toy car really and neither of the girls' have ever used it as the type of toy vehicle that kids can spend hours pushing around the floor. It's mainly brought out as part of role play games with the Bratz and Barbie dolls and isn't particularly played with as a stand alone car, it's number one purpose being to take a selection of dolls to wherever they're going - how I'd love to be a Bratz girl and have use of a Limo to get me to Starbucks (as I overheard Hollie say yesterday) or Tesco! She also likes holding tea parties for her dolls and this is how she transports Yasmin, Chloe and co. to these increasingly fun and funky parties - it's fun to watch her dressing her dolls up in their finest outfits and putting them into the Limo, it's quite an eclectic mix when you think of Yasmin in her ultra modern furred crop jacket sitting next to Barbie who is dressed as a princess complete with jewels and a tiara!
I've never been overly enamoured with the construction of the Limo to be honest, while the doors open (as does the boot) you need to remove the roof of the car to fit your dolls in - you can slide them into the front seats through the doors but this is awkward and time consuming, and anyway this usually just causes the roof to fall off anyway! And here comes the bugbear. The roof is CONSTANTLY falling off this Limo; it's held on by, well, nothing much really and really just balances on the top of the car - which is a bit silly really considering the toy is made for children of three and above, not the most careful age bracket! Problems arise when the roof has fallen off as the whole body of the car then becomes floppy and wobbly due to the fact that the roof creates a rigidity which simply disappears when it's removed! Very, very annoying. Hollie isn't too fussed to be honest as she's a very laid back child, but it was the roof issue that led to Alice giving her the Limo in the first place as it really got on her nerves!
Aside from this irritation everything else about the Limo is perfect; the wheels rotate smoothly and the car can be easily pushed along the floor, the wheels are chunky and look absolutely wonderfully with the overall design and style of the Limo. When it was new the Limo was supplied with a bottle of champers and a few tiny (think Bratz hand size) glasses - these have been long lost and we no longer have so much as a single glass, which is actually a bonus as far as I'm concerned as these weeny little extras are a terrifying choking hazard not just for my toddler but for any small kiddie really who likes to put things in their mouths! I'm not actually 100% convinced about a toy for three year olds including play alcohol anyway to be honest and actually wrote to the Bratz manufacturer regarding this issue, they wrote back denying that it was champagne and insisted the bottle was actually water - and the band played believe it if you like, as this was the most alcoholic looking water bottle I've ever seen!
Despite the roof issue I recommend this Stretch Limo to anyone with a Bratz loving little girl because it's simply so much fun! It's pretty big and bulky so I'd suggest you make sure you have adequate room for storage when it's not in use, it'll slide under most beds (unless you have a divan, obviously) so this shouldn't be a big problem but it's something you do need to consider before purchasing the car. It definitely adds to Hollie's play time as it opens up so many more possibilities for her role play games; she drives her dolls to the shop, takes them on tours around the safari park (after arranging every animal toy she owns around her bedroom), uses a JLS doll to act as a chauffeur to take the girls' to parties and lots, lots more. I *do* believe it helps her to hone certain skills, if nothing else it has been good for helping her to develop her imagination as it's another major item added to her regular doll-related games - the roof of the car has also improved her patience as I've noticed less of the slamming around when it falls off, she now simply puts it back in place and continues with whatever game she's playing!
A couple of years ago, we walking around our local Woolworth store, when we turned a corner and saw the most dazzling white bratz toy stretch limo. I must admit for a second it's glamorous presence took my breath away, but when my daughter clapped eyes on it I thought she was going to hyperventilate!!
The thing was, my daughter had become less obsessed by all things disney, and was now in the throws of full on Bratz obsessed mode. The disney dressing up clothes and accesories had been given away and gradually her bedroom began to be taken over by these funny little dolls with removable feet. I have never or will ever be able to get what is so cool and appealing about these dolls who have found themselves on every little girl's wish list. I know they are based on the Bratz tv programme about a girlband, but they are really quite freaky looking dolls. With pretty vile taste in clothing too boot.
But even I was blown away by this strtch limosuine. It had it's headlights on and remarkably music was pumping out from inside quite loudly. I knew in an instant that my daughter would love this for Christmas. But it had a very hefty pricetag of £50. I did think this was somewhat crazy for a child's toy car. But after seeing her reaction to this toy, I knew I couldn't resist getting it.
The white stretch limo has doors that open wide. There is a real working radio inside of the limo which is situated where the radio would be in the car. There is also a switch in the front drivers part of the car and this can be flipped up in order to turn the front headlights on.
Now, it wasn't until we opened the toy on Christmas day, that I realised that this toy comes apart. The roof is attachable and easily comes off. Infact you have to take the roof off in order to fit the bratz dolls inside. Initially I was quite impressed with the fact that this limo could be used like a convertible. But this soon began to irritate me as once the roof is back on it falls off very easily. Considering there was quite a hefty price tag on this gift, I was not amused. Talking at the time to other mothers who had bought this toy revealed to me that it was indeed a common problem.
Inside the seating area of the car, which does look really cool and lifelike. There is a small lift up compartment. Within this compartment are miniture bottles of champagne and glasses. I thought this was quite a quirky little twist. Although I didn't feel very comfotable with allowing my child to be using pretend alcohol in her games. After all she was only seven. Considering this toy is aimed at little girls, I didn't really feel it was appropriate.
My daughter loved playing with this limosuine. She allowed her imagination to run free and indulged in great adventures using this car and her dolls as props. However, I never saw her play with this car with the roof on. Simply because you cannot get the dolls inside unless you squeezed them in causing possible damage to the dolls.
There is no battery operated motor in this car it has to be pushed along in order to pretend it's moving. I was slightly suprised at this considering the price of the toy. I was also very disappointed to find that the wing mirror on the car broke off really easily and was unable to be refitted.
On first sight I fell in love with this bratz limosuine. So much so that I let my heart rule my head. But I am being truthful when I say, I thought it was poor quality and certainly not worth the money I paid for it. Again I think that this is a case of a huge manufacturing brand relying on the fact that it's bratz to sell the toy rather than the quality.
My daughter had many happy hours playing with this car. For which I was pleased. But it does not take away the fact that this limosuine was really cheap in quality. It certainly was not durable. The design process had not been thought through properly and the small plastic bottles and glasses were not only morally wrong but also small enough to create a choking hazard.
Potentially this toy could have been fantastic. But unfortunatly the cheapness of the quality left me feeling cheated.
i bought this bratz limo for my little sister about 2 years ago for her birthday. she first saw it in woolworths and she fell in love with it. all that she was saying that she wanted a bratz limo for her birthday. so i bought it for her and gave it to her on her birthday. when she opened it up she was very pleased with it. she did not stop playing with it all day.
the limo has working head lights and a fm radio and a horn. it also have detachable roof. there is also room inside the car for about 4 bratz. it is for 6 + years old and you will need 5 aaa batteries. the boot can open so you can put some small bits in the boot but there is a speaker in the boot which take up a lot of room. the two front seat are moveable they can turn 360 degrees. the limo i got is white but you can get a black one or a puple one.
you can buy this limo from ebay, amazon and argos and you might be able to buy it somewhere else. i bought my little sister limo for £49.99 but it has gone down a lot and you can get it for about £25
thanks for reading
I bought this for my daughter Nicole for christmas two years ago, she had seen it on a trip into town and had not stopped talking about it on the run up to christmas. It was quite expensive and so I had told her she would have to wait and see what santa brought her if she was a good girl, bribary works a treat with children who are spoilt for choice of what to get! Every year a particular brand of toy will be tops for christmas (thanks to very clever marketing) and parents will all be queing up to purchase the must have toy of the year. This year the shelves were all filled with Bratz toys, at first I couldn't really see the appeal, I thought it was just another Barbie doll or Sindy doll, however these dolls have slightly larger removable heads and feet and a more trendy array of clothing and accessories.
Firstly this is marketed at girls aged six years and over due to all of the removable parts on the limosine and is part of the Bratz movie starz range. The limosine is white and is made from a very durable plastic, it is very heavy, alot heavier than you would imagine. I would hazard a guess at aleast two kilos, because of this I would advise against it being left anywhere in reach of small children.
The limosine has a variety of special features but it's best feature is the fully functioning fm radio, to access this you need to open either of the front doors and located on the centre console is two silver coloured sliders, one of the sliders actions the fm radio while the other actions the front and rear headlights. To choose what you listen to on the radio there are a further two buttons, one of which is shaped like a star and the other is shaped like a square, you can press these to change channel either up or down. Also located on the centre console is a chrome coloured gear stick which can move either up or down. There is also a printed map on the centre console, which once lifted reveals a mirror (fake) on the reverse. There is also a small container which is fully removable and opens to house a few make-up brushes for play purposes only and on the lid house a small make-up palette, again for play purposes only.
To the left of the centre console is the steering wheel (left hand drive!)with working horn which is fully functionable and works by pressing the silver star in the centre. The interior of the limosine is two tone grey and black and this is shown on the steering wheel by the top part of the wheel being in black and the bottom in grey. To the right of the centre console is the glove box which opens by simply pulling forwards and reveals a handy little space for all those accessories.
The two front seats are fully movable (360 degrees) and coordinate fully with the grey and black interior and can actually lay flat. They also have seatbelts, which are extendable and are made from black nylon with a fixed three prong clip which fixes with a gentle push and releases with a gentle tug. In the rear of the limosine is one fixed seat for two dolls which also has seatbelts and in the centre of this seat is a black console which pulls out to reveal a drinks trolley. On the bottom shelf of the trolley are four blue bottles and on the top are four cocktail glasses and two other types of glasses. Behind the fixed seat is a pretend lcd tv with a printed image on it of two Bratz dolls, this is fully removable.
Each of the four limosine doors open fully and are easy to remove allowing greater accessibility during play. The doors also have a lever on the inside which when pushed up closes the window and when pushed down opens the window. The windows themselves are slightly tinted and again are made from plastic.
The boot can open and can be used to store some of your other Bratz accessories although there is a fixed speaker in the boot which takes up some space. On the exterior of the boot is a number plate, however two number plates are provided with your limosine which can be attached over the fixed plate. The number plates simply say Bratz. The bonnet also opens and can stay open by the fixed frame which you can attach the bonnet to. This is also the same with the boot. The front grill is chrome coloured and looks quite affective along with the numerous amount of stickers that come with your limosine for your child to decorate to her taste.
As for the wheels they look very bling bling with chrome coloured alloys and big black chunky tyres. There are also two wing mirrors which are fully removable but the mirror is for play purposes only and is not functionable as is the rear view mirror although this one is not removable. There is one last feature on this Bratz limosine, and that is the sun roof. It works with a simple slide and push motion.
So you get alot of features, a working radio, working horn, working front and rear headlights, it is also made very well from heavy duty plastic and as I have said before it has some considerable weigt to it. But how much does it cost? well when I bought it I paid £39.99 which was reduced from a considerable amount more in woolworths. However, with the credit crunch now affecting so many people toys and alike are all being reduced and you can currently buy this from argos for £24.99 with one Bratz doll included. You will need to purchase some batteries for your limosine, 5 x aaa which are easily available to buy from all good retailers, QD in particular sell batteries for a very reasonable price.
All in all a very worthwhile purchase, it is very well made and is now alot more reasonable in price making it accessible to more people. It cleans up very well too with some warm soapy water although be caredful not to get the battery compartment wet.