Product Type: Hasbro Doll
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Hasbro In The Night Garden 11" Plush Upsy Daisy
Member Name: chrisandmark
Hasbro In The Night Garden 11" Plush Upsy Daisy
Advantages: Looks gorgeous, soft, pretty much representative of the character on In the Night Garden
Disadvantages: Debatable skin tone
When my (now) five year old daughter was younger she was a massive fan of In the Night Garden and adored every single character in the show, this meant Christmas and birthdays were no problem as there were (and still are) a plethora of character products to choose from. This plush Upsy Daisy doll was one of the first things she received and she still takes her to bed now (among other toys which actually take up more of the bed than she does). This isn't the talking Upsy Daisy and is a simple soft doll, I do love toys which talk and sing but sometimes find it quite refreshing to buy something that will encourage Hollie to use her imagination rather than toys that do it all for her!
Upsy Daisy is roughly 10" tall, which is on a par with the majority of soft In the Night Garden toys and looks pretty much identical to the character you see on the television. For such an inoffensive little thing, this Upsy Daisy caused a bit of a furore when she was released due to the fact that her skin tone is much paler than the character on the show - Upsy Daisy is a black skinned doll on the television, whereas her dolly representation is merely suntanned in appearance! This was deemed to be an insult by the black community and various minority groups, as well as an irritation to white people such as myself who felt slightly cheated at the colour difference - although I believe Upsy Daisy dolls now have a darker skin tone, albeit a couple of shades darker with still not much similarity to her television persona! The hair on these Upsy Daisy dolls doesn't translate well, in keeping with the ethnic slant she has multi-coloured locks but these tend to look silly on the dolls - although are totally fab when watching Upsy Daisy going about her jovial business on the tele!
I love how well the doll has been stuffed and over the course of almost four years Upsy Daisy has lost none of her shaping at all, her neck has always been slightly on the floppy side but this is true of other Upsy Daisy dolls so I wouldn't say it's a specific problem with this one - my mum fixed it with a few cleverly placed stitches and now Daisy's head sits nice and straight on her shoulders. I love how chunky and well stuffed her legs are as in her stripy tights they remind me of chubby baby legs, and I do love baby legs! The doll Hollie has features arms which jut out straight from her sides, but a friends little girl has a slightly older doll and that one has floppier arms due to a poorly stuffed join where the arms meet Upsy Daisy's torso. I'm glad Hollies isn't like this as it makes the doll look extremely tatty and badly stuffed even if the body is done well.
All of Upsy Daisy's clothes are attached to the doll and are non-removable, even the filmy skirt which appears to be detachable isn't - something I'm extremely grateful for as frankly I'm sick to the back teeth of finding body-less dolls clothes all over the house!
These days Upsy's main purpose is as a bedtime companion, and she's absolutely perfect for this role. Because she's doll shaped (as opposed to teddy bear shaped) she fits in Hollie's arms perfectly when it's time to snuggle down and go to sleep, and because she'd completely soft bodied there's no irritating (and heart attack inducing!) crash when Hollie invariably chucks her out of bed when she's in a fidgety sleep mood! The softness also means that Hollie isn't going to inadvertently hurt herself while sleeping with Upsy Daisy, even if she rolls on her the worst that can happen is that she'll get a bit of a sweaty face through sleeping so close to such a synthetic fabric!
This particular Upsy Daisy is suitable for babies of twelve months and above, which is useful as this is around the age they'll start taking notice of the mildly hallucinogenic In the Night Garden television show. It's a very soft doll with the face and body having a light fleecy feel so it could be a highly comforting toy for a young baby in place of a comfort blanket, in relative terms however it's quite a large doll (I mean relative to the size of a tiny baby) so I wouldn't want to put it into the cot with a child younger than twelve months or even a child OF twelve months if they were small for their age. This is mainly because I'm a total worrier about my babies accidentally smothering themselves when they're asleep that I don't tend to put soft toys of any description into bed with them until they get to around two years, but obviously the choice is yours.
I highly recommend this very basic Upsy Daisy plush doll. It's cute looking, has become a 'friend' for Hollie and is just an all round excellent choice for any In the Night Garden fan - she even goes through the washing machine successfully on a cool wash and dries absolutely perfectly, there's not many character toys you can say that about (Peppa Pig in spacegirl suit, I'm thinking of you!).
Summary: A gorgeous doll for your little Upsy Daisy fan!
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