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Disney Princess Tangled Rapunzel's Magical Tower

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      21.03.2013 15:07
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      Nothing magical about this tower.

      ==Disney Princess Tangled, Rapunzel Magical Tower.==

      My daughter is a typical girly girl and loves anything to with princesses. She 1st spotted the Rapunzel tower at her best friends house and didn't stop taking about it . After talking to her mum i found they had had theirs for a couple of years and after a search on the internet it seemed they were had to find at the normal price and not at inflated prices on amazon or ebay .

      So when i spotted it on the toys'r'us website [ Dec 2012] at the normal r.r.p of £35 i was quite excited and ordered it for a Christmas present . The reviews on toys'r'us weren't very complimentary i think they gave it a 3/5. Most marking it down for the lack of figures in the set , and they had expected it to be larger . So being informed of this i thought it was still worth purchasing as i knew my daughter would be over the moon with it .

      The box measures 45cms long, 27 cms wide, with 10cms depth, and is a full cardboard box with a small window where the Rapunzel figure can be seen. The outside is covered in images of the tower and is very bright and colourful.

      ==The Tower ==
      The tower comes in 3 parts, the base, the middle 2 tiers, and the top house part. They all clip together quite easily and stay together nicely. Once assembled the tower measures 49cms tall , the base at the largest point is 27cms

      =Bottom tier.=
      The bottom tier of the tower is open and has a play area of 16cm x 11cm . There is a small amount of detail on the walls moulded into the plastic and some sticker details that were already on there when bought, the design is made to look like the kitchen.

      =Middle tier.=
      The middle tier is thinner and higher then the rest and measures 10 cms wide at the bottom tapering up to 7cms at the top , and is 17cms tall. The play surface isn't very big at 10cms x 7cm and due to the fixed fireplace already there , there isn't much room for anything else. The fireplace has a little revolving door where Pacal the lizard sleeps.

      =Top tier.=
      The top tier is the best tier if you can call it that . This is the only tier that comes is 2 parts which open up to be played in. Unfortunately this is where the main faults lie. Once you open the room there is an extra floor to clip onto the part the opens , It doesn't fit , no matter how hard to try , it does not stay there, ours had now started to gets bits snapping off where i have tried to put it on . If you do manage to get it on for more than 5 minutes then you can not shut the door . To shut the door you will need to take the extra floor off, the catch that closes the door is very hard and hurts your fingers so no way a small child could do it anyway.
      There is a little more details on the walls moulded in plastic, a bookcase and curtains and a sticker picture which as already on the wall.
      Rapunzel's hair starts in the top tier bedroom, goes out the window right down to the base. This is in 3 parts that fix together and clip into a small amount of hair already fixed to the base . Again this doesn't stay together very well and any slight knock will make it fall apart.

      == Accessories ==
      Also the tower comes with some accessories

      Bed == the bed is a half circle design to fit the curve of the bedroom , its 1 piece of moulded plastic and had a headboard and pillow in the design.

      Wardrobe == the wardrobe has 2 opening doors and a false drawer at the bottom , the drawer has a catch on the inside so the door do stay shut .

      Oven== a small plastic block oven nothing special

      Table and chair == nice table and chairs

      Plates and cups == tiny and i mean tiny plates [1cm round] made of thin plastic . These are awful and i didn't give them to my daughter.

      Rapunzel == a lovely Rapunzel figure 9cm high with glowing hair , there is a small button on the bottom that makes her light up , but only lasts 5 seconds so doesn't waste the batteries.

      Pacal == Rapunzel's pet lizard small but perfectly formed .

      There are NO Flynn or his horse in this set , it shows them on the box and in the pictures , but does tell you they are not included.

      ==My opinion==
      Whilst i wasn't expecting the best toy in the world when i purchased this tower , it still is disappointing .
      It is very annoying when things don't work properly or fit properly , i just feel this could of been a lot better , and as it's made by Mattel one of the biggest toy companies you would think they would of put more thought into the design.
      Yes my daughter plays with it , but not for long , once the hair falls down , and the floor has to come off to shut it , she loses interest very quickly , and it's not just her. When she has friends around to play i notice the tower is a hit with them all to start with , but once it doesn't do what they want it to do , and what it is supposed to do it quickly gets discarded. I give the toy about a year before it will probably end up broken in the bin as the quality is poor , it was not made to last.

      The Rapunzel is probably the best thing about this set as unfortunately the tower has too many faults and doesn't have a great amount of actual play space , especially once the furniture is in, there is no room for anything else or other princess to come to visit.

      == Overall ==
      Poor value for money , could be so much better in design and quality .
      A generous 2 out of 5 .

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