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This was advertised on TV non stop when it first came out and as soon as my Niece saw it she wanted it. She loves Dora and mermaids so this was the best of both world. Whenever she stays over at my place and I bath her we always play this little game. When I get her out of the bath I wrap her up in the towel and hold her up to the mirror and exclaim that I've found a mermaid lol. Lexy loves this and lays herself out straight with toes pointing under the towel and her face goes all serious as she concentrates on being a mermaid. I then take her downstairs still in her pose and show the dogs lol telling them I've found a mermaid. Lexy loves this little game dear of her and is now obsessed with mermaids.
I got this from Argos for her second Birthday back in February, at the time it also came with a free little Dora doll too which was great for an extra present. Currently it's £19.99 in Argos with a free Nickelodeon scratchcard. What the card is or gives you I don't know.
The Dora the Explorer Dive and Swim Mermaid Dora Doll is a doll that can dive off the side of the tub into the water and swim on its own!!! It comes with a brush for her hair and states that it's not suitable for children under 3. I got this for Lexy when she was 2 and she couldn't operate it herself but loved it just the same and now at 23 months she can operate it herself. The doll is a nice size at H33, W34.5, D10cm.
Using the Dora is very easy, you simply wind the arms round and round to wind her up, bend her tail backwards and place her on the corner of your bath tub facing towards the water. Press the bottom of her fins and she flips off in a diving motion into the water and her arms spin round and off she swims! Dora comes with her hair tied back and it does state you MUST leave it tied back for swimming. I assume otherwise her hair would tangle in the arms.
It's a great addition to bath time play and Lexy loves her Dora. A great buy.
I very recently purchased a Dora swim and splash mermaid toy for my granddaughter who is Dora the Explorer daft. Dora for anyone that does not know is a child's TV character from Cbeebies.
The Dora toy is approximately 25cm`s in height and looks very realistic and can instantly be recognised as Dora, unlike some cheaper Dora toys.
When it comes to the dolls functionality it is debatable, it is called swim and splash Dora and she can certainly splash but she is very unlikely to make the Olympic swimming team any time soon.
My granddaughter quite often doesn't want the swim function activated as she would rather just hold the toy and do her own thing with it so this is no big deal for me really.
The doll is predominantly plastic and has a moving face and arms and she comes with her own comb so you can brush her hair after she has been swimming (or trying to) in your bath.
A full wind up will keep Dora active for approximately 20 seconds during which time she will splash around and attempt to swim but really she just spins in circles and makes a noise.
I am not going to downgrade my opinion of the toy because the swimming action is poor, because the toy is well made, will last well and is still great fun and my granddaughter loves it.
I paid slightly under £15 for this from Toys R Us and I believe Argos are pricing this similarly so for me it is not too expensive and overall good value for money!
Dora is a huge hit with nearly every little girl I know and there is now an abundance of merchandise available. Of which we have quite a lot.
The Dora swim and splash mermaid must be one of my daughters favourites. This is a 25 inch doll thats face is just liek Doras and is easily recognisable as such. She has longer hair than in the regular episodes, similar to what she is like in the Princess DVD. She comes with a comb which is great for in the bath so she can be her hair washed. This has encouraged my daughter to wash and comb her own hair too.
She has a purple top on and a shell necklace but instead of legs, she has a tail in a beautiful shimmery teal colour. When you wind up her shell necklace her tail moves so that she can swim in the bath.
I think this is a great toy and one of the best bath toys we have ever had. It never seems to have got ruined with the water they way most toys do but you get what you pay for and at £24.99 this is not cheap.
MY daughter is a big fan of Dora the Explorer so she was highly delighted when she received this Dora Swim and Splash Mermaid as a present from her nan on her fourth birthday. I was also very pleased because this is a bath toy and most of the bath toys we have, we have had since the girls were babies so they seem to have outgrown most.
The toy is about 25 cm tall and although it has Dora's face, instead of legs she has a mermaid's tail. She has long black hair and a beautiful jewelled necklace around her neck. I'm sure that my daughter would be perfectly happy just to play with her in the bath as she is (because she thinks she is so pretty), even if she did nothing extra at all!
But of course there is more to this toy because this is a 'swim and splash' mermaid, so as you would expect, Dora does actually swim - or I would say she has a pretty good attempt! The key to getting Dora to swim is to turn the jewel on her necklace clockwise. It's a bit stiff but when you do manage this, Dora's flipper actually flaps which enables her to move along in the water. She will either swim on her back, or perhaps sightly more worrying, with her face straight down in the water. Once she has stopped it does look a little like she has drowned. I have not shared this gruesome thought with my daughters and they have not mentioned it either so Dora's fate is obviously not worrying them as much as me!
The doll is mainly made out of plastic and has a moving face and arms. She has normal doll's hair and I did think that this might get a bit messy after a few sessions in the bath, but once she has dried off, the hair always returns to its original pristine condition. She does also come with her own special comb which the girls use on her either in or out of the bath.
Once she is wound up, Dora's flipper probably keeps going for about ten to fifteen seconds which does get her a fair way down the length of the bath splashing as she goes! The flipper is quite noisy when it is going, although no way as noisy as the shrieks of laughter and hilarity from the girls as they enjoy their bath! They really enjoy playing with Dora in the bath and seem to have discarded most other bath toys in her favour!
The toy is suggested as being suitable for the age of three years plus, and as with all bath toys you are reminded that you should be supervising your children playing in the bath which obviously is common sense. The packaging also states that it is not suitable for under threes because of some small parts.
The Dora Swim and Splash mermaid is definitely a welcome addition at bathtime and I'm very pleased that by having toys such as this my daughters are never reluctant to take a bath - long may it last!
The toy is made by Fisher Price and at the moment it can be bought for £14.69 from Argos.
A fun bathtime doll with a wind up seashell necklace and mermaid tail.