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My little girl loves Dora and so when my Husband spotted this in Argos he decided to pick one up for her. There are a large range of Dora items available and this one is called the everyday fiesta doll. In the box you received a small size Dora doll and a plastic hair brush. There are no special features or promises with this doll. It is more of a plush toy with a soft body and rather average in size. It is like a teddy rather than an actual doll so perfect for younger children. It is recommended from three years plus but there are no small parts for little one to hurt themselves. The doll is only small but we find this means it is perfect to be held.
The doll resembles Dora from the popular TV series well. She is pretty in appearance with rosy red cheeks, and the classic dark hair. In the packaging Dora looks very impressive and my little girl was excited to open her up. She has a lovely party dress on that is simple and white but it does have splashed of colour so it is attractive to little one. The whole feel of the doll is good quality. The stitching and detail are well made and it is strong enough to withhold rough play which is perfect as it is aimed at younger girls. My little girl is not overly rough with her toys but even if she was this doll feels as though it would last well. We have owned it over a year now and other than looking a little tired, and her dress a little grey she is perfect.
The head is made of plastic so it can feel a little top heavy compared to the soft material of the body but my daughter still enjoys her. This means Dora cannot be stood or posed independently, but she can be lent up against things to try and hold her up. For this reason Dora does not receive a huge amount of use. For the first few days she was well received, but as time went on and my daughter realised she was not as flexible as some of the other dolls she owned she became bored. Dora does get small amounts of play time, but on the whole she has been forgotten about and sits with the many other soft toys that my daughter owns. She does look pretty taking pride of place on the shelf but as for play value it really didn't live up to much.
The one interactive feature with this doll is the hair. You receive a small plastic brush to run through the dolls hair and it can be styled however little one likes. There no accessories provided with the doll other than the hair brush so my daughter used bits from her other dolls for Dora. The hair is very easy to brush but as with all of my daughters dolls the constant brushing has resulted in it matting a little. It does malt as well so I am constantly finding strands of black hair while tidying her room and this is even after a year's use. The brush is good quality and surprisingly is still on my daughter's dressing table after a year. It also works in Barbie's hair and the Disney Princesses so it has proved its worth.
Unfortunately this was not enough to keep my daughter interested so she was looking for other ways to play with her doll. The dress is not removable which my daughter was a little upset about. She is used to getting her dolls dressed and undressed now and she was excited to do so with Dora. I have to say I was pleased as Dora is an unusual size doll so had the clothes become lost it would have been difficult to find a replacement. This does mean that Dora becomes a little mucky as the dress cannot be removed and washed. She is wipe clean only and as she has a white dress you can certainly see wear from a three year old over time. It comes up fairly well with a wipe down, but any large stains are very noticeable, which isn't great considering she has not received that much use.
This doll would be perfect for a Dora fan but just do not expect too much. It is a lovely gift as a plush toy but in our experience it just sits in the corner with the teddies. Dora is pulled out to play when my little girl needs an audience for her dance performance, or while she is playing doctors but as a standalone toy it is disappointing. I had a quick search and it is available on Amazon but for a massive £30 which I would say is really overpriced. We purchased ours as part of the 2 for £15 at Argos which is much better value and it was certainly worth the £7.50 we paid.
Dora the Explorer
Party with Dora
Dora the Explorer is a big hit on Nickelodeon and also a big hit in our house with our young two year old daughter. Dora goes on her adventures, solving problems on her way whilst teaching children basic Spanish alongside her friends, a lovable monkey named boots and a talking map who helps them on their way.
On first glance of this toy, you will find that the packaging is very eye catching with its see-through front showing the doll in all its glory. The packaging is lovely and colourful with a lilac front and images of Dora on the front making it not only eye catching but also very recognisable to a Dora fan. The back of the box has the usual promotions of similar Dora items which include Cowgirl Dora and Fairytale Dora, each put together making a lovely set of dolls though certainly not needed to enjoy the doll you have.
This particular doll comes complete with a little brush and both brush and doll are attached in the packaging completely without any assembly required (which is always a bonus) though you do have to get through the maze of attachments fixing it to the inner box which does take a while. Why do they always make childrens toys so difficult to get out of the packaging!?!
When you finally have the toy out of the box, it does not look as spectacular though is still rather cute. The doll itself is a soft bodied doll with only the head in a hard plastic which is attached to the top of Dora's body, though not a firm attachment unfortunately. As of yet, the head has not come away from the body, though it does appear very flimsy and with a bit of pulling I can quite easily see it coming off with no return so this is something to consider. The rest of the doll is pretty much durable apart from the realistic hair which can of course be pulled out or eventually fall out if not careful with too much brushing.
The doll certainly looks like the Dora we know from the television, with short soft dark hair with a little pink rose attached to one side. This rose is attached quite firmly from what I can tell. The plastic of the head is very hard wearing though not hard enough to hurt if the child hits themselves in the face or anything like that. It is not soft enough to bend in either which is good. The face is also very pretty unlike some baby dolls I have seen.
As already mentioned, the dolls body is all soft material so nice to cuddle at night. The material seems quite hard wearing though the dress could eventually fray at the edges. The dress on Dora doll is white with green, orange and yellow decoration - a very Spanish style and looks lovely. She is also wearing blue shoes, both of which can not be removed. On one wrist, the doll has a non-removable bracelet that Dora always wears.
The doll is quite small at approximately 24cm, though the overall look and feel of the doll is lovely. It is not overly decorated, though this certainly does not make it any less appealing to the child, and my daughter loves this doll already.
As mentioned, the doll comes with a small plastic brush which brushes through Dora's hair easily and is quite durable like most brushes of this kind.
PLAYTIME WITH DORA
Immediately, my daughter recognised this doll as Dora the Explorer and loves playing with her more as mummy and baby than copying what Dora does in the programmes. She enjoys brushing Dora's hair and making her 'speak' (via my daughters own voice - not via the doll). She does have a bigger Dora doll who speaks, though I do not think that she prefers either to the other so to my daughter, it does not matter that this doll doesn't speak or move, she loves it as a new addition to her other baby dolls - she even takes this Dora doll out in her pushchair.
There is not really anything overly educational about the doll apart from imaginative play, though as a doll, I think that this is quite a nice little doll - a little small perhaps, though nice nonetheless.
This doll can be found on Amazon for £13.99 which I do think is a little steep for what really is simply a baby doll who happens to look like Dora. Like many things, you are paying for the name here more than anything else. The doll is a lovely little doll, and my daughter loves it though I would recommend shopping around for a lower price.
Overall, I think that this little Dora doll is very attractive and a lovely little addition to a Dora fans collection or an addition to a baby doll collection for a little girl. The doll is simply a doll with one little accessory of a plastic brush and so I do feel that the price is a little high really, so do look around for a better price. I do recommend this doll for a much lower price though also do keep in mind that the head to me really does not look as though it will stand two children tugging at the doll which often happens with young children!