Product Type: Disney Princess Doll
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Disney The Little Mermaid Soft Toy
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Disney The Little Mermaid Soft Toy
Date: 18/04/13, updated on 18/04/13 (65 review reads)
Advantages: Looks lovely
My little girl is Disney Princess mad, so she was very happy to find the Ariel soft toy for her third birthday. They are a little expensive compared to other soft toys, but as it is exclusive to the Disney store this was to be expected. (There are similar ones available at Argos). Of course she is modelled on the character Ariel from the film 'The little mermaid', and she looks very like her. The whole doll feels and looks very well made, with quality stitching and glitter all over her tail. She sparkles in the light and has a well detailed, inviting face that drew my little girl's attention instantly. Her lovely sparkly tail and bright red hair all make her stand out from the other dolls on the shelf, and this is what grabbed my daughter's attention.
To be honest this toy receives so much more use than I expected it too. It looks very pretty, and I could see why my little girl was attracted to it. I thought after a few days she would become bored. In fact she still uses this toy very often. She has a number of the other dolls in the range and she often sets up tea parties or plays in her dolls house with them. She does not seem to mind they cannot stand up alone and just likes holding them herself. This does not stop her from making up endless stories and including this toy in them. My youngest girl likes the different textures provided with the different details, and she especially loves playing with the tail and hair. As it is made from material there is no chance of her eating it. The doll can be moved slightly, but as it is a soft toy it really cannot do a lot.
Of course as they are so soft this makes the dolls perfect for a cuddle. My little girl loves this doll for just carrying around with her and giving it a quick hug now and then. She can take it to bed in the evening and there is nothing she can hurt herself on. My little girl who is just coming up to a year old can also play with these dolls, and there is nothing dangerous. It is light enough so that it can be enjoyed by younger children and still a substantial size so it appeals to them and holds their attention. The shape makes it perfect for little ones to grab, and I have now purchased the Cinderella version for my little girl's upcoming first birthday.
We have found this to be very durable. It has received use from my four year old little girl that carries her everywhere. It also receives a lot of use from my youngest daughter grabbing at it, and trying to bite it. They do become rather grubby when spending their days in the hands of a rough toddler. It is hand wash only but I have to admit it comes up brilliant. There is no reduction in the colour or even the sparkles and once dry it looks as good as new. We have had to clean ours over and over and it has never shown on the doll. She takes a little while too fully dry even just being wiped with a cloth, but then she is ready for more adventures!
If you cannot tell already we love this soft toy. It is a perfect first doll and are available in a number of different variations, so you can be sure to find your perfect princess. It is a good size, but is still light enough and durable enough to actually be played with rather than sat on a shelf. They are more expensive than other cuddly toys at £16, but they are great quality and can live up to a lot of use. Despite their being no hair to brush or any accessories this toy receives lots of use. It is not something that is going to just be left on the shelf a week after use.
Summary: A great purchase, but slightly expensive for a soft toy.
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