My daughter went through a MASSIVE Dora The Explorer phase (see, I told you she went through phases quick!). I think it was the Christmas where she was a year and a half old.
I saw this Dora Talking Surprise doll in Wilkinsons when they had their Christmas bits in and it was priced at £9.99 so I thought it would make a nice little present for her. And if she really did like Dora then she could expand on it.
The Dora the Explorer doll is made with a plastic head which is fairly head but you can still squeeze it. She also has realy hair on her head which is cut in the Dora style so is fairly short. She has a soft body, arms and legs.Her hands are also made out of fabric. She is wearing the same clothes as Dora wears in the show - a pink and orange tracksuit. Dora was around 10 inches tall.
This Dora also talks which is a nice little addition and makes it alot more fun than just the standard doll. Dora says 3 phrases which isn't alot but it is more than enough for a young child and they are all recognisable phrases from the show so your child will know them if they watch the show. The phrases are:
1) "Hola, I'm Dora!"
2) "Swiper no swiping!"
3) "We did it!"
To make the Dora doll speak all you have to do is press her right hand (I am pretty sure it was her right hand, please correct me if I am wrong someone!). I don't feel that alot of pressure needs to be applied to make her speak. My daughter was always very able to do it - especially at bedtime! It is fairly loud too; not "Oh shut that doll up" type of loud but loud of enough that it is clear and easy to hear and understand.
This Dora doll is called Dora Talking Surprise but the talking part of it isn't the surprise. Dora comes with a backpack which has a little surprise item for Dora to use inside it. My daughter got the binoculars but there are 3 different surprise toys that your child could get. Dora also comes with a bracelet which your child can wear and it is identical to the one Dora wears in the show. It is made of a strong rubber type material and is yellow on the band with a blue flower and a white centre.
This doll is highly recommended for Dora fans. My daughter absolutely loved it and she does still have it four years down the line. She will still occassionally play with it and it still works fine.
This was just one of the presents my daughter was bought for her birthday last year and, though she doesn't play with it often, still gets pulled out every now and then because she seems to have this thing about Dora The Explorer. She never really watches the show but knows who it is and likes to get the doll out for short periods of time before she moves on to something else.
This Dora talks and says three phrases; "Hola, I'm Dora", "We Did It", and "Swiper, no swiping!" which are activated by pushing the stomach. The doll is all soft apart from the head which is made of hard plastic and comes with a small canvas backpack that contains one of three surprise presents. Ours came with a pretend camera that is just for playing and does not actually do anything!
This is quite a nice doll but doesn't really do anything apart from saying its three phrases. It is a bit of a shameless cash-in if I am honest and although children will probably love playing with this simply because they have seen the T.V show, it is not the most exiting of toys. The toy that comes as a surprise with this is a bit of a disappointment too and I wouldn't reccommend paying too much for it; seeking it out on Ebay seems like a very good idea to me rather than forking out for it new!
I don't know how much was paid for this as it came as a present but have seen it priced at around the £20 mark give or take a fiver in most toy shops online. Though the idea of Dora is a good one, being as how the show teaches them some rudimnentary Spanish, this doll is not the best and should only be bought if your little one is a big fan!
My daughter had this doll a few years ago for her birthday and she was very pleased with it. It is a doll of Dora from the kids T.V show and she is for children 2 years and up.
Dora has a plastic head and chest but the arms, legs and tummy are all soft fabric. She is wearing a tracksuit in pink and orange and has proper hair although it is not very long, the hair doesn't tangle due to the length. Dora herself is about 10 inches.
When you press Doras tummy she will speak to you. She has a choice of 3 phrases:
"Hola I'm Dora"
"Swiper no swiping!"
"We did it!" (this phrase is also repeated in spanish).
To get her to speak requires hardly any pressure which is ideal when used by younger children who don't have strong hands yet. The volume is a good level, you can hear her talking but it isn't too loud. I love the fact that some Spanish is introduced to the child, although it is not much and my daughter loved that Dora was talking to her!
Dora comes with a removeable backpack, this also has a suprise gift in for the child. My daughter got a toy camera although it does state that there is a chance of 3 different gifts. The doll also came with a plastic bracelet for the child to wear. My daughter loved the bracelet, it had a big flower in the centre and is a replica of the one that Dora wears in th show, although it was slightly too big and kept falling off. She ended up putting it round Doras neck to wear as a choker instead!
This doll is well made and perfect for Dora fans. We still have the doll although my daughter is now 5 and it doesn't get played with now, it's become another cuddly toy that sits at the end of her bed.
Talking Dora Surprise
Dora the Explorer
A Surprise for Dora
Dora the Explorer is a lovely programme which can be found primarily on the Nick Junior channels of Digital television. It follows a young girl and her many little friends such as Boots the talking monkey as they go on their adventures, solving problems and helping others whilst teaching young children not only about morals but also the basics of the Spanish language.
My two year old daughter absolutely loves Dora the Explorer and it is one of the programmes I do not mind her watching as it is a very educational programme and teaches her a language which I learnt in secondary school and one I would love her to learn early.
HOLA TO DORA
The packaging of this lovely toy is just as lovely as the toy itself with its see-through front showing the doll and accessories inside and many small images as seen on the television programme around a red background making it immediately recognisable to a young fan of the show. The packaging itself is not over big for the toy so no wastage of packaging where this toy is concerned, though there is some extra space due to the many security parts which secure doll and accessories to the box (which take forever to get the toy out of the box as you usually find in toys such as this!). On the back of the box is some more brightly coloured images telling you what the doll does and what it comes with. Included within this set is the following;
* Dora Doll (approximately 25cm tall)
* Bracelet for the child
* Dora's backpack with a surprise gift inside
As the name of the toy suggests, this doll does talk which brings a greater excitement to my daughter. The doll says three small phrases in the same voice as can be heard on the television show as well as the phrases being the same phrases as are often herd on the show too. These phrases include;
"Hola, I'm Dora"
"Swiper no Swiping"
"We did it, Lo hicimos!"
The voice is activated by pressing the dolls stomach which is very easy to find and press for young hands. My daughter loves making Dora speak and loves talking back to her. The voice is very clear and precise unlike some talking toys I have seen which is brilliant. The only downside is that this doll does not take regular batteries and instead takes three G13A (LR44) batteries (more like the shape of watch batteries). I can not yet comment on the long lasting of these batteries as my daughter has only had this doll a few days so far. These batteries are secured safely in the Dora doll's back and when fastened, Dora's jumper goes over it so no worry about young children getting to it.
Due to the battery compartment being inside Dora's back, her chest area is rather hard though not too hard as to hurt if hit. The dolls head is also a harder plastic though the rest of the doll is a soft material.
The doll looks very much like Dora as it is meant to which is lovely. She has realistic short hair which can be brushed without falling out. The head, unlike some dolls, is also secured tightly and safely onto the body. Dora is wearing a pink jumper which could be removed if really wanted though it would take an adults hands to do this. She is also wearing some orange and yellow trousers though these, as are the white shoes and bracelet, are secured onto the doll and can not come off at all. The trousers are of a wipe clean material though the rest of the dolls clothes would be harder to wash. The trousers are one of the only negative points, though, with the durability of the doll as the seams even after a couple of days are already starting to come apart.
Within this set, comes a small purple backpack which the doll can wear on her back. Within this bag comes a mystery gift which when you buy the doll, you do not actually know what gift you will be getting - hence the surprise in the title. This gift will be one of three things; Camera, Binoculars or Magnifying Glass. As it only comes with one of these, I can not unfortunately comment on all three though I can comment on the camera as this is what my daughters doll came with. This camera fits snugly into the bag and easy for the child to get in and out. It is not a camera that works or does anything at all except for a view finder allowing your child to look through it and pretend. This camera is a dark purple and quite effective and my daughter loves pretending to take photos with it.
Another little extra which comes with this toy is a small bracelet which is identical to the one Dora wears with a yellow strap and a blue and white flower on it. This bracelet is very durable and is meant for the child to wear themselves, though it is very small and only just fits on my daughters wrist.
PLAY TIME WITH DORA
My daughter became very excited when opening this toy for Christmas and couldn't wait to start playing with it. She uses other brushes from her ponies and other Dora doll to brush the hair and loves pretending to take photos with the camera. The main aspect which she loves is of course the talking part of the Dora doll. She is able to activate the voice very easily and loves chatting to the doll. It does not bother her in the slightest that there is only three phrases. She has also been wearing the bracelet a lot though does find this hard to put on as it is very small.
I personally feel that this doll is a lovely addition to her doll collection. Not only is it fully recognisable to the Dora as seen on the television, it also has a clear 'voice' and the same voice as that of Dora the Explorer. The little backpack not only carries the camera though also some other small items of my daughters choosing which she loves filling up with. The doll is very durable and withstands all types of play which is great as is the safety aspect being high.
There is no high educational value with this doll except a couple of words as seen in the phrase list above which the doll says in Spanish. The only other learning tool is the imaginative play part which in my opinion is actually a great learning tool within itself.
The toy is recommended for two years plus though I would say that it is suitable for younger than that, perhaps 18 months plus.
PRICE AND AVALIABILITY
As this was a gift to my daughter I am not entirely sure where it was brought though on looking online I have found it at Amazon for £35 which to me is very steep. I am sure that my mum did not spend that much on one of the few toys she brought my daughter. I have also seen it at a buy now price on ebay for much less at £15.
This is a fantastic little toy doll, though even at the highest price I have found of £35 I would say do look around for a better price as that is very steep. The £15 mark for this toy is an average price for these types of toys and this toy is certainly worth buying for a young Dora fan for all the points mentioned above in the review. I would fully recommend this toy to a child from 18 months plus.