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Since my daughter received a Merida Toddler Doll (from the film Brave) for Christmas, she has been mad on the huge range of toddler/Animator dolls at The Disney Store. The Animator dolls look like different female Disney characters (mainly princesses) but as young children. The Animator dolls include Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Tiana, Jasmine and Belle. A while ago my daughter received The Little Mermaid Animator Doll as a gift. My daughter loves Disney Princesses and The Little Mermaid. I also love The Little Mermaid and used to watch it ALL the time as a child. I think my Little Mermaid obsession has rubbed off on my daughter! I knew right away that my daughter would love this particular doll.
The Little Mermaid Animator Doll comes presented in a lovely box. The box is made from cardboard, is nicely decorated and has a plastic front so you can get a good look at the doll. The Little Mermaid Animator Doll is a Disney Store Exclusive and cannot be brought anywhere else.
The first thing to mention about the doll is how beautiful she is. She is absolutely adorable, I felt bad having to take her out of the box! If I didn't have children I would probably be tempted to buy The Little Mermaid Animator Doll as a collectible piece to put out on display (it almost looks like a porcelain doll). She has beautiful red hair, which is thick and curly. She wears a silky purple bikini style top, which has 2 tassels hanging down and a bow on the front. She also wears a long silky green tail which starts mid-belly and goes right down to her feet. The tail is flocked with scales and has embroidered detail. Her feet are covered by the tail and you cannot see her feet unless you look at her from underneath, which gives her the authentic Mermaid look! Her top and tail can both be removed. My daughter enjoys dressing/undressing her dolls, so this is a nice feature for her to have. I also like the fact that you can remove the mermaids tail because she has legs underneath which allows my daughter to transform her mermaid in to a human (and back again!). Underneath her tail she wears a pair of green knickers which are printed on. She has a lot of nice detail, such as her little fingers and her ears. One of my favourite features of the doll is probably her face - she has HUGE blue eyes, a tiny button nose, slightly chubby and rosy cheeks, perfectly shaped eyebrows and a small glossy pink mouth. Her belly is quite rounded which I think is very sweet, as most youngsters do tend to have little 'pot bellies'. All in all The Little Mermaid Animator Doll looks beautiful, innocent, very cute and just like you would expect her to look as a young mermaid.
All of the Animator Dolls come with pets/friends. The Little Mermaid doll comes with Flounder the fish. Flounder is a few inches in diameter and is mostly yellow and blue coloured. It's soft on the inside and silky on the outside. He was attached to the mermaids wrist but my daughter wanted to remove him as soon as she opened the doll. Flounder is very sweet and my daughter really enjoys playing with the doll and fish together.
My daughter was delighted to receive her doll and wanted to play with it right away. Quite often my daughter can be rough with her toys and dolls, however I've noticed that she's very loving and caring towards her Little Mermaid Animator Doll. She puts her in safe places, she plays with her nicely, she puts her 'clothes' back on when she's finished playing with her, she keeps her next to her bed when she sleeps - she really adores her! She hasn't put her down since she got her and takes her everywhere with her. I often find her playing with The Little Mermaid doll with her other dolls and toys, but she also plays with her alone sometimes too. Her arms, legs and head can also be moved which allows my daughter to sit her down, stand her up and put her in different positions.
The doll is made from a thick robust plastic. It seems like really good quality and something which will last a long time. I thought the silky top and tail may snag easily but it's in perfect condition so far. Most of my daughters dolls have long straight hair and they get tangled (and therefore usually ruined) very quickly. The Little Mermaid's hair is so curly and bouncy that it doesn't tangle and it doesn't need brushing - if pulled around the hair just springs back in to place. Another thing which seems to happen to most of my daughters dolls is that their shoes fall off too easily and get lost, however we don't have or need shoes for The Little Mermaid! The doll is a really generous size (approximately 41cm tall and 16cm wide) and seems very safe. There doesn't appear to be any potential hazards, however the doll is recommend for children 3+ years 'due to small parts'.
I have absolutely nothing negative to say about The Little Mermaid Animator Doll. The only thing I would like to point out is that the doll isn't soft or cuddly in any way. It's purely for playing with and looking at.
The Little Mermaid Animator Doll costs £20.00 which I think is a reasonable price to pay for this doll - I've paid more for Barbie type dolls which are half the size and aren't half as robust or pretty! I thoroughly recommend this doll for fans of The Little Mermaid.