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My daughter has recently started enjoying the Disney Princesses and every time we go to the shops she like to look at all the merchandise and tell me what she'd like next - not that she gets it all! For her birthday this year she was lucky to get lots of presents from relatives and this Ariel doll was one of them. She was 4 years old when she got this.
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The Disney Ariel Princess is one of a range of different Disney Princess dolls. They seem to have a massive range of different styles. I have to admit I chose this one because it was on a half price offer in a local supermarket rather than for any other reason. She comes packaged in a cardboard box with a clear plastic front and once opened she is secured to the back cardboard around her neck.
Through the plastic front you can see Ariel. She is dressed in a pink dress similar to one from The Little Mermaid film but this has added sparkle to make it more appealing. She has the long red hair associated with the character and has a small pink plastic crown on her head. She is also wearing pink plastic high heeled shoes which are secured by clear plastic bands around her feet.
The doll itself it a hard plastic doll with a soft rubbery head. The doll is jointed at the hips so you can move the doll from a standing to a sitting position. The arms are jointed at the shoulders so you can move them forward and back; and the neck is jointed so the head can rotate and move up and down. The dress can be removed using a Velcro strip at the back and underneath the doll has a pattern imprinted into the plastic to simulate knickers on her.
When my daughter opened this for her birthday she was very excited as she already had a similar Belle doll. We got the doll out of the box which took a little bit of effort but was achieved in a short space of time. My daughter enjoyed playing with it but play is limited as the doll does not have many moveable parts. The wrists point outwards continuously as if she is putting her arms out for a hug, which means she can't be made to pick things up or bend at the elbows. The doll can obviously not stand up (especially in the high heels!) but most of this style can't anyway. The dress can be removed and I would assume that other dresses would be able to fit the doll if you had others.
My daughter didn't play much with the doll to start with but after watching the film again, this has become one of her favourites to play with. I think it might be to do with the red hair and myself and daughter both have red hair too :) She has taken the crown off the hair and that has ben relegated to a drawer so she doesn't lose it during her play. We have left the ties around the shoes so that they don't get lost either. She enjoys doing imaginative play with the dolls and will re-enact parts from the film or will make up her own stories with the dolls and other dolls she has.
I have been quite pleased with this doll overall for my daughter but would have been unhappy to pay the full £10 for it. I just don't think the Disney label justifies spending so much more on an item than it is worth. You can easily buy this style of doll for a lot less although it might not look entirely like Ariel. That said, this one obviously has it's benefits because it is a proper Ariel doll and looks very similar to the character. The hair annoys me as it gets tangled so easily and there is no brush included with it. Luckily, I have some from the My Little Ponies I used to have which I kept for her so we can get the tangles out. If I saw more of these at the half price, I would buy them for my daughter but I would not be able to justify spending full price on them.
The beloved princesses from the favourite Disney fairy tales are dressed in beautiful ball gowns, complete with a glittery swirl sprinkled with icons unique to each story. Ariel wears a one-of-a-kind dress in her signature colour. Doll cannot stand alone. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.