Product Type: ELC Doll
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ELC Rosebud Village Doll Family
Member Name: cornishchic
ELC Rosebud Village Doll Family
Advantages: Well made, strong, good value for money, realistic
My mum was planning on buying my daughter the Rosebud dolls house for Christmas and after looking at the furniture sets that went with the house, I realised that none of them came with any dolls. You can't have a house full of furniture with no dolls to play with so I bought a figure pack so my daughter could play with the house properly.
The set of dolls that I bought was this Rosebud dolls family from Early Learning Centre. It can be bought either in store or online or from Mothercare and Amazon. The set costs £12 to buy but with all Early Learning Centre products, features in sales quite often so can be found cheaper if you wait around.
The packaging for the family set is the exactly the same as the packaging for the furniture sets too. The set comes in a cardboard box that is designed in a cute and girly way with a picture of the product on the front. Inside the box is a pull out cardboard base where the family members all sit inside. The set includes a nan and granddad, mum and dad, a little girl and a baby boy.
Early Learning Centre's Rosebud range of toys are based around a wooden dolls house, all of the sets that form part of this range are wooden based toys and this figure pack is exactly the same. Each family member is made from mainly wood with material clothes and ropes to make them moveable. The main body of the dolls is wooden along with the heads then the top of the arms and legs have approximately a centimetre long bit of rope that then attaches to more wood. The rope is strong and it does take a bit of manipulation to get it to move initially. This means that the dolls aren't stuck in whatever position they are made in so they have more playability. The size of the dolls is good with the older ones being around 10cm tall and the others going down in size with age.
Each family member represents who they are meant to be very well. Take the granddad for example, his face has been decorated with reading glasses and has grey hair which is almost hidden by a granddad cap. He wears old style clothes with cord trousers and a waistcoat. The clothes on all of the dolls cover up the rope that makes the dolls movable so it is disguised really well. Most of the clothes can't be removed, this isn't a bad thing in my books as my daughter has a tendency to undress all of her proper dolls at the moment and we often misplace items of clothing, these dolls clothes would be a nightmare to try and find so I'm glad they cannot be taken off.
The size of the dolls is excellent, especially when they are used in the Rosebud house with the Rosebud furniture as they are the perfect size for everything. They sit in the living chairs easily and can lie in the bed without their feet dangling off the end. We don't exactly have a conventional family with just me and my daughter but still, my daughter loves playing with the family in a way in which a family would work if a dad was present. I think this is fantastic as she is obviously, at three years old, becoming more aware that it's just me and her. She can move the dolls arms and legs without any problems despite the rope being quite hard to move, the more my daughter plays with them, the looser they are becoming.
I'd definitely recommend this Rosebud doll family if you are planning on buying the Rosebud dolls house, or any other dolls house for that matter. Each family member is well made from a strong wooden material and I love the fact that you can move the limbs around despite being made from wood. The price is cheaper than the furniture packs of the same range so I think it offers fantastic value for money.
Summary: Lovely doll family
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