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An extremely pretty and magical doll, but with several flaws
Disney Princess Swirling Lights Cinderella
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Disney Princess Swirling Lights Cinderella
Advantages: Pretty, lights, robust
Disadvantages: Bulky electronics under skirt, shoes easily lost, doesn't stand
Disney Swirling Lights Cinderella is a beautiful and magical doll for any young girl who gets carried away by the magic of Disney. This is one of my favourite Barbie's that the girls have (they have hundreds - or it feels that way), although this is purely on the looks of the dolls and it has several flaws.
There are so many Barbie's / dolls on the market now that I struggle to keep a track of which ones the girls have and don't have. When I saw this one for sale just before Christmas, I knew it would be an instant hit, so the details were sent to an aunty to purchase for my youngest daughter (who is nearly 5), and with little surprise it was one of the most played with toys on Christmas day. The Furby was quickly discarded, as was every single other toy which was double the price of this doll. My eldest daughter (who is nearly 7), has pretty much dismissed her large collection of Barbie's over recent months as she is now apparently too old for Barbie's, however this one seems to have grabbed her attention and captured her imagination once more, as she favours this doll over any other toy she owns. So much so, that I had to buy this doll again, so they had one each as I was having to ration it between them!
My biggest problem with this doll is the battery and electrical pack which is under the skirt. This works to light up Cinderella's dress and play a short selection of musical notes when Cinderella's necklace is pressed. The pack underneath the dress is so bulky that it takes up the whole of the area, I didn't think this would be a problem when we first unwrapped the doll from its copious amounts of packaging, however we soon realised that the doll doesn't really move as such because of the sheer size of the stuff going on underneath her dress (that sounds so wrong!). We bought a Cinderella horse and carriage to compliment the doll and the mobility issue is so much of a problem that Cinderella can't actually fit in her carriage! Luckily we have a Snow White doll so she has had to take on the role of Cinderella while she rides in the carriage and then they quickly change places again when she arrives at the ball!
We (by pure chance) found a Prince Charming boy doll for sale in Toys R Us and also ended up buying this for her to compliment the horse and carriage and Cinderella, and I must say that although an £18 doll has now turned into a rather expensive little toy with the carriage and Prince Charming, it has really heightened their play time with the set as one of the girls will be in charge of the carriage and a Cinderella and the other is in charge of Prince Charming and the second Cinderella. He has been forced to choose which of the Cinderella's he would like to marry most on several occasion as you can imagine!
The effects of the light up dress is enthralling to the children and is I must admit, very pretty, however I think the 'swirling lights' product description is a little on the optimistic side and is done in more of a haphazard fashion. It is of course impressive that it can do this anyway, however I do think just a little more time could have been spent on this at the point of product design.
Quality wise, we haven't had any issues with the doll at all, and she seems well made and robust enough that she has survived several limb pulling arguments before we gave in and bought Cinderella number 2!
The age range of 3+ again feels slightly optimistic. Given the nature of the electrical components (which I am sure are extremely safe), I would be extremely nervous letting a young child of 3 play with this doll.
Cinderella's slippers do come off as you would expect to allow the child to play with the doll to its full potential, however given the tiny size of these, they have been lost since around day 3 of owning the doll, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they are currently residing in my Dyson. Going back to the age range again, I would also be nervous of a 3 year old swallowing these. I know most are out of this stage by now but it would still be a concern for me.
One last issue with the doll is that she doesn't stand and has to be held during play. I would have been happy to pay a few pounds extra and receive a stand with a base which then would have allowed the doll to be displayed when not being played with, but it would also make playing with the doll a little easier if one child is playing with the set alone. She does bend at the waist (although in a rather rigid way), so she is able to sit.
With an RRP of £29.99, like most Barbie's / Disney products, it is on the higher side of what you would expect to pay, however I have seen this on offer continually since before Christmas, and I believe my sister paid around £18 on Amazon.
I have still rated the doll with 4 stars despite the many flaws that she has. This is because I believe that for a young child, this doll is extremely magical, and to look at she is beautiful which makes imaginate play with her so much better!
*For an increased imaginate play with this doll, I would recommend buying the Prince Charming too.
Summary: 4 stars
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