Product Type: Fisher Price Doll
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Suds, but no surprises
Fisher Price Suds and Surprise Dora
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Fisher Price Suds and Surprise Dora
Advantages: A more 'grown up' option for bath time, price
Disadvantages: Makeup visible before water application, too heavy for the suction cups, raggy hair when wet
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).
Summary: 3 stars
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