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We all know Disney love merchandising and when a new film comes out, you can usually expect the market to quite literally become flooded with associated products that all too often have only tenuous connections at best to the film they are advertising.
When Tangled came out, it was a big deal for Disney! It was one of the best Disney films to emerge from the Studios in a while and enormously successful. Cue lots of merchandising and, of course, a whole heap of various Rapunzel dolls that all featured something different that would make them unique from any of the others....
This particular doll portrays Rapunzel in her instantly recognisable Princess outfit, complete with removable Tiara and gold, flowing locks. She also comes with a hairbrush to brush her hair but this is rather flimsy and not really up to the task. And this is the problem....
Rapunzel's hair is that long that it becomes tangled easily. A little bit of rough play and suddenly Rapunzel looks as though she has just-got-out-of-bed hair! The brush does little to help and only really manages to pull out some of the strands as though Rapunzel has suddenly developed Alopecia!
The doll also comes with a hair extension which clips onto the back of the hair to give Rapunzel extra length and this is not much better. Trying to untangle this to make Ranunzel look anything half-decent is a near impossible Herculean task!
I am not sure how much this doll cost as it was a Birthday present and you know how it is, you don't like to ask. But though this doll looks pretty and is quite close to Rapunzel's likeness, at the end of the day it is just a Barbie doll styled to look like a Disney character with a couple of gimmicky accessories thrown in!
My daughter loved this when she first got it but even she has got tired of it now; resorting to sighing "Oh, Rapunzel....." every time she attempts to sort out the dolls hair or its extension. The other criticism I have with this is that the extension itself looks flimsy and I am amazed that the clip which attaches it to Rapunzel has not yet broken!
The best thing to do with this would be to leave it in the box! Because as soon as you take it and play with it, the doll quickly loses much of its beauty and charm. It is an okay bit of merchandising at best but I would have second thoughts before buying it for your child, get one of the simpler Rapunzel dolls instead if you must, and I would certainly not pay full price for it!
At a Glance Beautiful Rapunzel wears her signature gown from the Disney movie Tangled and has beautiful golden hair Features and benefits for Disney Tangled Rapunzel Doll Beautiful Rapunzel wears her signature gown from the Disney movie Tangled and has beautiful golden hair which touches the ground.Rapunzel features a fairy tale outfit with sparkling details and includes a 10'' hair extension so you can re-create favourite movie scenes with Rapunzel's long, luxurious hair.