Product Type: Fisher Price Doll
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A suprise but it a bad way
Fisher Price Suds and Surprise Dora
Member Name: xmum2threex
Fisher Price Suds and Surprise Dora
Advantages: Dora fan will love this
Disadvantages: Does not do half the things it promises
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.
Summary: An ok bath toy
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