The Suds and Surprise Dora doll for bath play is an obvious choice for younger children more specifically girls and my girls have thoroughly enjoyed each and every time they have played with it in the bath, but unfortunately it seems to look sad and more forlorn after each use!
The Suds and Surprise doll is much like the larger Barbie dolls heads which you can apply make up to, but is for use in the bath. Rather than make up, the Dora doll reacts to water application with the soft sponge make up brushes (much like an eye shadow applicator). This has actually survived fairly well despite being made from sponge and being used in water.
The doll also comes with hair clips however these were practically impossible to apply once the synthetic hair became wet, and after a few failed attempts I think these ended up in the bin! I did try and encourage my girls to try and keep the dolls hair dry, but this was almost impossible given how much water my girls get all over the place during bath time! One of the hair clips comes with a purple hair extension and this seemed to clip easily to the hair and my girls love this aspect of the doll. The comb that comes with the doll was also a hit and I end up using this regularly in attempt to try and lengthen the life of the doll and its raggy hair after bath time!
The fringe of the doll has purple streaks in it and when this gets wet it changes a pink colour. The girls love this feature but once its pink then that it until the next bath time when it has thoroughly dried out. The make up on the face is fairly visible, but once you have brushed with the applicator, it does become more obvious but its certainly nothing 'magic' for children.
The doll is fairly large and suctions to the edge of the bath. Here lies the problem though and we often found that once Dora's hair has become wet and heavier, that the suctions tend to fail and the doll slowly slides down the edge of the bath! I actually thought it may be our bath at first, but when the girls went to stay at Grandmas and they took the doll there, she mentioned she had had the same problems. Apart from the suction problem, the doll is well made and durable.
My daughters received this Dora doll for Christmas the year before last and it's still just about hanging in there but is coming to the end of its life now. For a bath toy I feel it's done 'okay', it's looking sad and its been cleaned and looked after so I'm unsure whether or not to recommend it. If your child specifically wants it then go for it, just don't have too many expectations from it. I would say that a lot of bath toys are quite babyish, and my girls at 4 and 6 still want to play in the bath so this was a good option for them, but reflecting upon its as a parent it has many flaws.
An okay doll at an okay price (around £16 - £20).
When my daughter stayed over at her cousins house sometime ago they fought over this dora doll which they could play with in the bath. My daughter has always been an avid dora the explorer fan so for her birthday last year I scouted around on amazon for a similar dora the explorer head and shoulders doll which was suitable for the bath, and found this Dora Suds and Surprise doll.
The Dora doll is essentially a head and shoulders and Dora has long flowing hair with purple highlights and quite thick hair which is great as my daughter loves playing and styling hair. The hair is meant to change colour in the bath but somehow this has not happened with our doll and she has lived in our bath for the last 6 months! She has lasted well and the hair has not even got very matted despite constantly being wet everyday with not much proper brushing.
The Dora doll came with a few accessories like some yellow clips, a purple brush, a little yellow sponge which when rubbed over Dora's cheeks make butterflies and pictures appear. This is actually a bit of a con as these are already on Dora's cheeks when you get the doll and do not go away no matter whether she is in the bath or not, and regardless of rubbed with the sponge! The accessories are nice as they give some variety to the toy and allow my daughter to play with it, but as they were all so small I have to say that by now they are pretty much all lost. With this I wouldn't recommend it for very little children as they would definitely need constant supervision as the clips were small so could easily be put in the wrong hole!
Overall this is a nice doll, and instantly as my daughter opened the box she recognised it was Dora the explorer so the resemblance is distinct which is a good aspect. My daughter loves playing with her in the bath and she has kept her entertained for ages as I hear my daughter talking to her and having lots of fun splashing about with her "friend" in the bath. (Only child syndrome eh?)
It is a bit disappointing that some of the features don't work such as the hair changing colour and the pictures on the cheeks supposedly appearing as if by magic when wet but as my daughter didn't know this is what was supposed to happen I guess she does not know any better and is happy with it. It cost me £16.99 (worth of amazon vouchers) which was a decent price and made my daughter happy. I'd recommend it as a basic bath toy but don't expect any frills with this one!
My little girl received this for her Christmas 2010 as she loves peppa pig and Dora we were sure she would love this. It cost us around £20 which seems to be the average retail price for this although you could shop around to find it cheaper. I am not sure if there are variations of this toy as some of the pictures seem to advertise a lot more than what we actually received with the doll and on the advert that is played 100 times a day on nick Jr it shows all these amazing things Dora will do.
With Dora we received
Hair clips-We received 3 of these 2 plain yellow clips to add to Dora's hair but also another that has an extension of purple hair to clip in to Dora's hair. My daughter loves this but it is supposed to change colour along with the purple strips that run through Dora's hair unfortunately we can not get this to happen. Although it is a nice accessory and my daughter loves using the clips this was our first down fall.
Hair comb-This is simply to brush Dora's hair once she has been in the bath which is definitely needed as Dora's hair clumps together after water being on it and you have to use it straight away while the hair is still wet to have any effect on the hair.
Seashell this is a little bowl to add the water too use while Dora is out of the bath to change the many features that are supposed to change colour. This only holds a small amount of water and 2 times of the sponge being dunked inside this is completely empty so it requires a lot of filling.
Applicator - this is a small star shaped sponge which sucks the water from the seashell cup and then you rub it over the cheeks of Dora's face to reveal make up. The make up on Dora's face has actually been visible since we received Dora in the boy and has never once went away it does change colour when in the bath but rubbing the sponge over it has no effect at all.
We also receive a pair of earring that simply clip into the holes in Dora's ears and my daughter loves putting these in and out although they are small and mummy has had to hunt them down a few times to stop them going down the plug.
There are suction cups to add to Dora so she can sit at the side of the bath with ease there are 4 in total and they do hold Dora on to the bath very well. The base of Dora is very sturdy it is head and shoulders of the much loved doll with a bathing suit and is made of solid plastic meaning it lasts well even with constant use and banging in the bath.
The idea of this toy is to get Dora all dressed up for her bath party then to take Dora in the bath with you were the preparations suddenly change colour and change Dora's appearance. It tells us to use cold water to reveal butterfly & flower face paint and a yellow seashell bathing suit.
We tried this but as I said the butterfly and flower face paint has always been present on Dora's face and does not disappear. However after being in the bath for around 5 minutes one side of the face paint turns pink while the other turns yellow this gets my little girl very excited and she often wants to let Dora dry off so she can watch it turn colour again.
There is also a seashell on the front of her bathing suit this does not change colour when you use it outside the bath no matter how much water you use but after about 5 minutes of being in the bath it does begin to change colour to a lovely pink.
Her hair has streaks of purple through just the fringe of the Dora doll again when using water out of the bath it will not change colour but after 5 minutes of tipping water over her head in the bath the hair begins to change pink.
In all it takes around 30 minutes for Dora to try off and return to her usual colours so that gives me enough time to get my daughter ready for bed and then she likes to pop her head in the bathroom and check on the way up to bed to make sure she is back to normal and ready for use the net day.
Although I was disappointed half the features do not work but daughter really does love this toy. It is recommended from 3 plus although my little girl received it when she was just 2 the only small parts are the earrings so under adult supervision I can not see a problem with a younger child having it although it did take her a little longer to realise what was required to change Dora's appearance.
This doll promises to do so many things and sadly just a handful work so I would not recommend it full price. Saying that it has been a major hit with my daughter so if you can shop around and find it for lower than its retail price I would recommend it as with the few things that actually work this is my daughters favourite bath toy she loves to sit and comb her hair and thinks the doll is magical.
I would recommend this toy although not all features seem to work my little girl loves it all the same it is advertised as an in and out of bath toy I would suggest it is used solely in the bath as this is the only place we could get any of the features to work.
My daughter is dora the explorer mad and for her birthday earlier this she specificaly asked for this doll. I paid just short of fourty pounds for this doll back in august which I have to say I wasn't happy about as I thought this was very expensive for a bath toy but my daughter realy wanted it so I had to pay it.
My daughter was over the moon to receive this on her birthday and couldn't wait to get in the bath and play with it. We took it out of the box, you get a decent sized dolls head and sholders, a tray for the dolls head to sit in which suctions to the tiles or side of the bath to sit dora in wholst you play with her, a sea horse shaped watering can, Shell shaped dish, a aplicator sponge and some clip in hair pieces.
The clip in hair pieces change colour depending on weather you put hot or cold water on them and doras face and sholders have some flower patterns that appear when you put hot water on them and disapear when you put cold water on them. This is pritty much all this doll does.
The head fills with water so has to be drained realy well after use, the hair takes ages to dry and started to molt from the first use but isn't noticable on the doll.
My daughters have only used this a hand full of times before they got bored of it and went back to playing with the other bath toys which is disapointing since the high price tag.
I would recomend looking for this second hand if you are going to buy one.
My daughter got this for Christmas for use in or out of the bath but of course she wants to use it in the bath which is the best place for it as you need to use water with it. This sturdy looking Dora bust comes with a base that has suckers on it which easily attach to the side of the bath. The head then slots into this although not particularly securely as she came off the stand fairly easily whilst my daughter was trying to play with her which was a pain.
Several accessories come with the doll head, namely two different coloured hair extensions that can easily be clipped into her hair, a seashell for your cold water, a wand for administering the water, a seahorse watering can and a hair comb.
At first we were a little disappointed with it as the changes that should occur to her face, hair and swimming costume seemed quite faint and we were expecting something rather more spectacular due to the cost of £30, that it was from Fisher-Price and how well it appeared to work on the television (the wonders of deceptive advertising). The idea is that warm water will make colours appear or change colour and cold water wil have a different colour effect.
With some trial and error we established that the cold water needs ice in it to really see a dramatic change and the warm water really needs to be quite hot. My children 5 and 6 (at the time) understood to be careful with the hotter water but I would not recommend a younger child be given water hotter than the bath temperature so the effect will be minimised for them. The hair colour had a very dramatic change and my daugter thought that was great.
The main problem with the facial makeup is that you can quite clearly see the pattern before applying the water which then adds colour to it and makes it more vivid so this minimises the effect of seeing it magically appear! Her swim costume has raised flowers on it which change colour but this fades so quickly that by the time you have covered all of the flowers it is already changing back in colour on the initial ones to which the water was applied.
The novelty of this much desired toy soon wore off for my daughter who was unable to brush her hair out as it does get very tangled and is virtually impossible to comb. In the end, my little girl tended to take Dora off the stand and just play wth her in the water as oposed to using the hot and cold options, although she will occasionally ask for the ice and hot water which is a nuisance to have to provide when it is supposed to work with just warm and cold water. As this was quite expensive I would say it is not worth the money especially given the problems with getting it to perform as it should.
LASTLY, A WARNING TO THOSE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE: If like me, you can easily be made jump, remove Dora from the bath after each playtime otherwise you will find yourself walking into your bathroom at a later time and having a heart attack seeing a child's head where you don't expect to find one (especially if she is facing away so all you see is a head of hair above the rim of the bath)!
This toy has not had good longevity as my daughter now 6, does not ask to play with her anymore and I would not recommend this as being good value for money.
Thanks for reading. x
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At around this time last year, my daughter started asking for a 'make up Dora that goes in the bath'. At first I had no idea what she was talking about until I caught an ad on Nick Jnr and discovered it was Suds and Surprise Dora that had her all excited. With her birthday and Christmas only 2 weeks apart, I passed this on to a family member who had asked what she would like. It was with great excitement she opened this toy up on her 4th birthday.
Dora Suds and Surprise is a solid plastic 'bust' of Dora the explorer for children aged around 3+. At around 20 cm tall it's quite large and substantial looking and certainly on first appearance looks like a good quality toy. She comes with her own bracket which sticks to the side of the bath with 3 suckers and accessories including a make up wand, a little shell dish, clips and coloured hair extensions and a seahorse watering toy.
The big appeal to this toy is that it goes in the bath and her realistic hair can be washed and changes colour. She also has make up which supposedly is 'revealed' by rubbing the wet make up wand across her face and a swimming costume that changes colour and pattern when wet. Hot and cold water are supposed to have different effects.
So it was with rare enthusiasm my daughter rushed into the bath that night. We attached the shelf to the bath side and I was surprised at how strong and sturdy the suckers actually were. They stayed were they should and held the weight of the doll easily. My daughter went straight to work on Dora, chucking a dish full of water over her hair. Before our eyes, it magically changed colour. My daughter was very impressed!
Unfortunately though, the excitement didn't really last long. While the hair colour changes easily and well, the make up and costume changes were incredibly disappointing. You can already see the make up on her face and the wand just makes it a tiny bit darker. it's not really impressive at all and my daughter got annoyed that she couldn't see any difference really. The costume has a raised flower pattern which turns a faint yellow when wet, again not exactly thrilling.
My daughter played with the hair a little when she had a bath but ,after the initial excitement, wasn't really that interested in this toy. Very quickly the hair became very tatty looking and fell out in quite large clumps. I was constantly collecting it from the plug hole. The doll itself is very sturdy and well made and the bracket stayed fixed to the side of the bath, which I wasn't expecting as I usually find toys with 'suckers' have quite poor hold. However, the doll itself sits precariously on the shelf and is easily knocked off. She is quite heavy and my daughter had a few mishaps when it fell on her.
I wasn't expecting miracles from this toy, I already felt it was quite gimmicky. However with a price tag of between £26-£30 I really did feel it was a waste of money. It has little real entertainment value and my daughter quickly got bored with it, the 'surprises' are very disappointing and the molting hair an absolute pain in the neck. After a couple of months my daughter asked for it to be took out of the bath as she didn't like it anymore. I was pleased, as it was rather scary when you were sat on the loo and caught sight of a decapitated Dora grinning at you in the middle of the night!
Overall i wouldn't really recommend this toy. I would recommend an out of the bath styling head, a toy my daughter much prefers as she can do her hair and put (my!) make up on her, and can be picked up for a third of the price of this toy. I really don't think it is worth it's price tag and you really are paying for the Dora brand here. Very disappointing.
The suds and surpise dora takes be back to my childhood, back in the days of girls world. I always wanted to wash her hair and mum would never let me!
We bought this for my daughter last christmas, mainly for the fact that my little one hates having her hair washed so this is the bribe, we wash your's and then you can wash Dora's... it definately works and has saved money rather than buying all the different gismo's and contraptions to try and keep the water out of her face.
The Dora's head and upper body can be attached to the bath, by a blue ring which Dora then sits into, its nice and secure and does fall off, however, you need to get the positioning right and it is easier if you lift up Dora's arms so she looks like she is holding the edge of the bath. Dora's streaky hair changes colour in the water and you also get some accessories with it, hair clips, clip in hair streaks, make up brush, water jug and hair brush, which the little one can use to interact with Dora. She also has patterns on her face and swimsuit which change colour with water contact.
Dora's hair does wash well, it can easily get matted like most toys of this genre, but find giving it a good brush through easily rectifies any problems. As my little one does not like having her hair brushed, it is also providing a great distraction whilst I do the dreaded task!
Definately a hit in our household and if your children are into Dora it is worth the investment.
The Suds and Surprise Dora is basically the upper body and head of Dora the Explorer. The doll fits onto a blue plastic base and the base has suckers on the back so it can be attached to the bath. The doll has long hair with coloured streaks and with the doll you get more coloured hair on clips that you can clip into Dora's hair. You also get a comb, a shell shaped water dish, a seahorse water jug, more hair clips and a small foam ended wand. The coloured streaks and extra clip on hair pieces change colour in warm or cold water as do tattoos on Dora's face and flowers on her swim suit.
My daughter chose this from the argos book last Christmas and I think she cost about £24.99. I was a bit dubious about this toy as I find that so many of the character based toys are a bit of a let down and are rarely played with.
Dora arrived Christmas day and my daughter was really pleased with the doll after having only seen it in the catalogue before. I think it is a hideous ugly thing and the head is too big for the body. It also has a Mona Lisa type smile which is a bit creepy.
Dora went into the bath on Christmas night and it is now October and she is still there. She is looking a bit bedragled but I think she is one of the most popular bath toys that we have ever had. My children are four, three and one and all of them love Dora. The first few times I went into the bathroon after she arrived she did freak me out a bit but once I got used to having a big head stuck to the side of the bath I didn't really notice her.
The foam ended wand didn't last very long and was soon replaced with make-up sponges. As Dora is in the bath already there isn't really much point in having the small shell to hold water so this is not really played with very much. The hair clips that hold the extra hair in and the ordinary ones are a bit flimsy and don't clip together very well.
This toy is quite good quality and although after a while Dora did start to loose some hair it has only been the odd strand. The tattoos haven't come off and everything still works when you put water on it. The suckers on the stand are very strong and it stays put very well and isn't constantly falling off.
Even though I wasn't too impressed with this at first I have grown to like Dora and she is definitly a favourite in our house.
My daughter aged 5 was given Suds and Surprise Dora for her birthday a couple of months ago and she loves it.
Basically it is a doll styling head that you can play with in the bath. There is a base with suckers which you attach to the wall at the side of your bath. The Dora body fits on to the base securely and can be easily removed if a child wants to take Dora into the bath or even for play outwith bath time. Dora comes with hair clips and a seahorse comb as well as what looks like a little make-up applicator. The make-up applicator is quite chunky so good for little hands. You get a little shell shaped soap dish which is handy to keep the fiddly bits in and a see horse shaped pouring device, a bit like a watering can. The watering can doesn't hold much water; my daughter prefers to use a jug.
My daughter loves to shampoo and comb Dora's hair when she is in the bath. Dora also has a colour changing feature on her swimsuit and hair and has secret make-up designs on her face. To get the make-up to appear on Dora's face you have to use cold water either with the applicator or by pouring cold water over Dora. My daughter prefers to use a jug or the shower hose. This works best if you use really cold water, the colder the better, preferably icy cold! The same goes for changing the colour of the pattern on the swimsuit and streaks on Dora's hair. Change the colours back again by using warm water. My daughter is more interested in the styling side of play with this toy than the colour changing features. The novelty of the colour change wore off fairly quickly.
Suds and Surprise Dora is priced around £24.99, I feel this is expensive for a bath toy but on the other hand my daughter plays with it every time she is in the bath so it has been worth it for her. It is suitable for children aged 3+.
Dora the Explorer is getting ready for a party, can you help? This super fun Suds 'n' Surprises Dora is the very first styling head that can be used both in and out of the water. Out of the bath, style Dora's hair and add cold water to uncover pink streaks in her hair and make-up on her cheeks. Dora will liven up any bath time, just put her in and watch the transformation! Dora's t-shirt changes into a swimming costume and aqua streaks appear in her hair. This really is an underwater adventure. Includes 4 hair clips, a seahorse comb, curlers and a shower pump for hair washing.