I bought my daughter a Tinkberbell Flutter Doll about a year ago whilst shopping in London. Like most young girls she loves Tinkerbell and dolls, so I guessed she'd like it! The doll is made by Disney and comes from The Disney Store. I've seen plenty of Tinkerbell dolls in other shops but none with wings quite like the Tinkerbell Flutter Doll. There are a number of other Flutter Dolls from The Disney Fairies range (including Iridessa, Fawn, Rosetta and Periwinkle) but I thought I'd play it safe and stick with Tinkerbell!
She is a very pretty doll and is very dainty. She looks just as you would expect and has a true likeness to how she looks in the films. She has tiny lips and nose, rosy cheeks and huge blue eyes. Her hair is blonde and is up in a bun (secured by a band and piece of material), she also has a fringe that frames her face nicely. My daughters dolls hair is still tied up but it's less of a bun and more of a pony tail on top of her head now! She still looks fine though, plus I think tied up hair is much easier to care for than loose hair (my daughter has SO many dolls with long matted hair). She wears her trademark little green dress which is glittery on the top half and little green slip-on shoes (with white pom poms on top). My daughter loves to undress and dress her dolls so she appreciates the fact that her dress and shoes are removable. She has green knickers printed on underneath her dress too!
The doll is a good size, about the size of an average Barbie doll. It's made from a very good quality plastic. She feels very solid and is very durable. Not only does she have posable arms and legs, but she has elbow joints so you can bend and twist her arms in to all different positions. The arms and legs are great quality and are made so that you can twist them the whole way round. If you tried this with a lot of other dolls, their limbs are more than likely to snap off! Her head can also be twisted the whole way round.
The main feature of this doll is her wings. She has lovely big wings attached to her back. The wings are made from thin transparent plastic and are decorated with green glitter. There is also a small round button on her back. When you press the button, her wings move backwards and forwards. This is a nice little feature to have - the button is easy for little fingers to push and the wings look beautiful and shimmery as the light reflects off the glitter when they move. Another good point is that the wings don't require batteries. The downside of the wings (and the doll in general) is that they are very flimsy. They are easily bent and one of my daughters wings snapped in half after just 2 months of use. The dreaded toy box was just too much for Tinkerbell! We still have the doll but she now has a cellotaped wing (and the top of the other wing is slightly bent), which as you can imagine has made her slightly less appealing to my daughter now...
The Tinkerbell Flutter Doll is recommended for children 3+ and costs £12.50, which is about average for a doll like this. Overall I'd say this is a nice doll with a nice feature. However the flimsiness of the wings is a big let down.