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Still on the Barbie and the twelve dancing princesses them, this was another huge box, and of course Little Miss loved it- size not quality seems to be her motto!
~~Setting it up~~
I often judge the success of a toy on the level of frustration I will have reached by the time it is set up and ready for play.
This was surprisingly easy- already done for me, and although the instructions show me how to attach the bridle, there is no need. This is one big box which won't have me tearing my hair out.
~~What is it?~~
Since this is supposed to pull 12 princesses, I had thought there would be several horses. However, they must, being princesses, be very light, because there is only one horse, and a very pretty horse it is too! The horse is white with a long flowing white mane and tail- very silky until it gets put in the bath or something, and she even has pink hooves. Even the bridle is pink, which coordinates beautifully with the pink, purple and white carriage.
The carriage is the clever bit. Because there are a total of 12 princesses (apparently Barbie's sisters_, the carriage needs to be big. So, it arrives out of the box as a normal size carriage with seats at each side. However, pull gently at each end and hey presto, a double seat magically appears in the middle with room for 6 more very slender princesses. There is even, on the front seat, a space for Shelly (another sister of Barbie) to be slotted; because she is small she needs to stand up, so best thing is to put her feet into the seat.
~~Price and availability~~
A snip at £29.99- these Barbie makers really know how to have parents' lives!
Available from www.amazon.co.uk, toy shops and supermarkets and probably much cheaper now Christmas and pink frenzy is over.
~~Other products along the same theme ~~
The theme of this year's film is the twelve dancing princesses, so there are lots of toys to chose from, such as the twins, the triplets, light up Genevieve, the castle and a pack of three of the dancing princesses. I seem to have a great insider's knowledge of this!
~~What we thought~~
This was certainly a hit, and is getting lots of air time. The princesses are in and out of the carriage and sometimes the California surfers join them.
The mechanism to expand and contract the carriage is easy to use, and there is no need for an adult to be constantly changing it young children can do it themselves once they have been shown.
The horse and carriage themselves are pretty and pink enough to appeal to Barbie fans, and from an adult point of view, one horse is a blessing as there are fewer bits to lose (only one bit of tack). The whole thing is quite sturdy, and because there are no really fiddly bits, I would imagine that it will be quite difficult, in normal play, to break.
So, although I wouldn't recommend it as a rule for myself, for Barbie fans it's great. It does what it is supposed to do, is easy to use, not fiddly, and looks pretty.
Pink frenzy people will love it!
Thanks for reading
It can expand to hold all twelve dolls at once. Dolls not included.