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My daughter is absolutely crazy about the Disney Princesses and last year we started her collection of the princess dolls. The first one she chose was her favourite Princess which is Cinderella.
Cinderella comes packaged in a clear fronted box with a picture scene behind her of a field with a beautiful castle in the background. At the bottom of the cover of the box you will see a cerise pink label with the name of the princess in various languages along with a picture of her also. All in all it is very attractively packaged doll and will catch the attention of any Disney Princess lover. On either side of the doll you will find the accessories that come supplied.
When opening the box you will find that Cinderella is secured in place with plastic ties, which prove almost impossible for a child to remove! After a few minutes trying to remove the ties without damaging the hair (there seems to be an art to this) the doll is ready to be played with.
The Cinderella doll's appearance is probably not a great likeness to the character but her features and beautiful blue gown do make the doll look more her than she actually does. The blonde hair is tied up into a bun with a blue headband in place, which can come off when removing the doll from the box if not careful! It doesn't bother my daughter at all that the doll doesn't really resemble Cinderella, to her she is Cinderella and that is all that matters really! My daughter loves how the doll has make up on and regularly tries to copy it so she looks the same.
The doll is not disimilar to a Barbie doll in that it is made out of plastic, has moveable arms and legs, and clothes that can be removed. The hair can be taken out of the style it is in if you wish and can be brushed but we have found that it very rarely ever looks nice again and can go quite scruffy looking, even after brushing. The legs do bend so the doll can be sat down when playing or left straight which is a good feature as some of the dolls we have don't move at all.
The accessories that come supplied with the Cinderella doll are a brush, comb, hair slide and ring. All of these come in a silver and blue colour which co-ordinate well with the doll. The accessories are quite small and the ring would fit a little girl up to the age of abour six I would guess, my daughter is four and it fits her finger with ease. The comb and brush are a great size for the dolls head but my daughter insists on trying to comb my hair with them which is not only time consuming but extremely painful!! The hair clip did break very soon after use so it does appear that the accessories are a little flimsy but I think had it just been used in the dolls hair it would have been ok.
To say my daughter plays with this doll daily is by no means an exaggeration and though her hair does look a little bit ragged now it is still in good condition and has witheld some pretty rough play. The clothes are very easy to get on and off, they fasten with velcro so a young child won't have many problems in doing this. The only problem we found with the Cinderella doll is that the shoes do not stay on the feet and after removing the ties (which I told her not to do) my daughter lost one of them on the very first day! The doll is easy to clean, I have regularly had to wipe extra make up off her face but this can be done with a damp cloth or even a baby wipe.
I can't recommend the Cinderella doll enough, it is a good quality doll and a complete must for any Disney Princess fan. You can find the doll on Amazon for around £15.00 which I think is a reasonable price to pay and we have more than had our moneys worth already!
Thank you for reading my review.
My little girl is a huge fan of Disney Princesses and has quite an impressive collection of dolls considering she's not yet 3 years old. She received the whole set of princesses from different relatives for Christmas and Cinderella was one of the first she wanted open.
Cinderella is much the same as a Barbie or Sindy doll with (almost) human proportions, plastic body, movable limbs etc..... She has the classic, slightly bendy legs which allow her to sit but the arms are solid, on ball joints to allow movement, but not actually flexible in the arms themselves. Her head is separately molded in a softer plastic and her features are nicely molded, I wouldn't go as far as to say she looks like the Cinderella of the movie, in fact even in her proportions she's probably taller then her movie counterpart with the dolls bodies, regardless of character, obviously being from 1 mold, she does however have a pretty face and her features do differ from the other princesses. Cinderella has lovely light blonde hair wound into a bun atop her head and comes with clear plastic heeled shoes and a simple blue gown that resembles the dress Cinderella wears in the film, which is removable enabling you to change the dolls clothes if you like.
Being a Disney product you expect high quality and, as far as Cinderella goes, it's a little hit and miss. The doll itself is well made, her joints are strong, her features are defined, her hair his well sewn into her head however the dress she wears is very simple and lacking any embellishment other then a simple net like part around the waist which unfortunately frays quite quickly. Also while at first glance her hair is lush and long it soon becomes clear, when the elastic band holding the bun in place is removed, that in order to create the tidy bun they've only given her long hair on half her head,the other half is only around and inch long which not only looks silly if left loose but is difficult to tie back into any kind of ponytail or other hair style.
These faults aside though Elsa loves playing with her Cinderella and will spend hours will the dolls, in true 3 year old fashion the shoes were quickly taken off and I've put them out of the way for now otherwise they'd be lost never to be found again, the dolls swap and change clothes and Elsa enjoys making them "walk" around and chat to each other, they're one of her favourite things to play with and a great carry along size meaning Cinders or one of the others usually comes along whenever we go out. Cinderella has stood up to a lot of play and aside from the frayed dress is still in excellent condition, she does get a little disheveled when thrown into her toy basket along with the other dolls but it's easy enough to straighten her out again.
The generic body shape of the dolls does allow you to swap and change their outfits and they fit in nicely with other Barbie style dolls, however it doesn't quite represent the characters properly which is a shame as they're not teaching the "everyone is different" idea that doll ranges had promised and they could be passed off as any other doll character rather then their specific princess.
Cinderella is available from many toy stores including Toys R Us and also from some supermarkets including Asda, she costs around five pounds which isn't too bad for a basic dolly, I would have liked at least a little more dress detail for the money though as the next quality stage up seems to double, almost treble the price which I'm not willing to pay for a 3 year old. If your little one is a Cinderella fan then this isn't a bad item to get, providing her hair doesn't come loose, however if it's just Princesses your little one likes then one of the other characters such as Belle or Sleeping Beauty would be a better choice.