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My daughter is not really into baby dolls or any dolls that are baby like - she does like Polly Pocket but apart from that is more of a Lego fan. Last Christmas my brother got the three young girls in our family (my daughter and my two nieces) a LalaLoopsy doll each. All three girls are very close in age and like to get the same things hence the dolls. My daughter got the Bea Spells a Lot (the others were all very pink and girly which she does not like).
I have to say she liked the doll as her cousins all had one to but since then it has stayed in her toybox. I personally think this is a shame as it is a lovely doll and not at all baby like but other than play with her myself she does not get much use in our house.
A Little About what LalaLoopsy Dolls Are
The dolls originally come from America in 2010 and are actually a plastic rag doll. They were originally called Bitty Buttons but soon changed name after their launch. Their tag line is "Sew magical - Sew cute". Each doll has a theme that reflects the fabric that they were 'sewn' from. The idea behind them is to show children that everyone is different and that being different is a positive feature.
The blurb about the dolls is:
'Lalaloopsy dolls are dolls that magically 'came to life' from the fabric that was used to make them.'
The Doll - Bea Spells a Lot
Bea Spells a Lot is made of hard plastic - including her hair!
She is 33cm tall and weighs 1.4kg (the head is quite heavy!)
The information with the doll says:
'Bea Spells-a-lot is a real smartypants, because she's made out of pieces from a school girl's uniform. She always follows the rules, apart from when it's time to be quiet - she's a complete chatterbox! Lalaloopsy dolls come to life, taking on the personality of the fabrics they were made from. The Lalaloopsy Bea Spells-a-lot Doll is made from plastic and fabric and comes with a cute pet owl.'
The doll does look very pretty and is easy to hold even though her head has a habit of flopping from one side to another. Her hands and feet move and you can almost make her sit down - her legs do not angle enough to make her sit properly. Her clothes are removable and you can now buy different outfits for her.
Her features are quite eye catching and although she seems to be missing a nose she stills looks endearing.
Her pet owl is also quite cute but in our house is prone to get lost!
Play in our House
As I've mentioned my daughter does not play with this doll as she's just not into this type of doll (however, she does love the mini lalaloopsy dolls and accessories). This does not mean that the doll is not a good toy as I think it is. It can be played with just as you would play with any other doll. The only main limitation is that she does not sit properly which is a bit annoying when she is invited to a tea party as she keeps toppling over.
My daughter did like the fact that you could take her clothes off and replace them, hence the clothes are still used.
A well made doll which has a lovely little story behind it. The doll is attractive and had an endearing face. The clothes are removable so they can be washed and as the doll is plastic it can stand up to some heavy playing. The doll is a good size at 33cm and can be held easily my small hands. The legs and arms do move and have to look of 'dangling' just as a rag doll dangles.
The main con is that the doll does not sit down. The doll is quite expensive really and had my daughter liked it I would wait until they are in a sale or on offer as they retail for around £25 give or take. Other than that nothing really!
Would I recommend?
I would recommend this doll to anyone who has a child who wants something a little more grownn up from their dolls. She's not a baby doll which may put some children off. However, I think that she is lovely. The doll is sturdy and well made. It is nice that she has her own personality and her own identity. The plastic is very thick and will withstand some accidental falls.
Overall, despite the fact that my daughter does not really take an interest they are lovely dolls and would make a great addition to any child's toybox.
Bea Spells-a-Lot was made from a school girl's uniform. She is a real smartypants, who always follows the rules and loves to talk...A LOT!!! She has a pet owl.Sewn on Date: October 16th (Dictionary Day)