“ Brand: Mattel / Type: Doll „
Another must have from the well advertised Barbie and the twelve dancing princesses.
These two little ladies are called Isla and Hadley, and I can presume only that they are two of the twelve.
These are difficult to get to! Open the packaging, and loosen up all of those fiddly ties, and there are two sticks, and sellotaped to these are to small clips- blink and you miss them!
The dolls themselves are quite pretty, (Barbie size), with their long flowing locks- one blonde, one dark, and their little tutu type short frocks and crowns- one aquamarine, one purple.
They come complete with a base each, and the two bases are designed to be clipped together, presumably so that they can dance in unison. To enable this dancing to take place, each pole has to be slotted into a base, the clip attached and then the doll attached by the leg to the clip.
~~What do they do?~~
They dance, obviously, because they are dancing princesses.
However, they are not very stable, and I think what they do more than dance is pose. They can, once stabilised on their base, be moved into different poses and can stand and look ballerina like and elegant with their perfect legs, hair and clothes.
There is a mechanism on the base which can be moved to make the stand turn, but unfortunately the dolls seem a bit heavy, especially because the base has to be lifted up, at which point the dolls tend to fall off, of get into some rather ungainly positions.
~~Who makes them?
As with the other Barbie products, these are made by Mattel, and this time they have excelled themselves with 12 of the dolls to buy, along with the carriage and the castle, and possibly umpteen other things.
~~Price and Availability~~
The RRP is £19.99, and these are available from amazon, and toy shops and supermarkets.
~~What I Think~~
Its not really what I think, but what Little Miss, the lady with the dolls thinks!
Obviously, she was delighted with them. Mum struggled with the packaging, got them all set up, and she promptly took them off the stands and put them into the carriage. I think the stands are altogether too fiddly for small people- they prefer to use their imaginations, and actually get the dolls walking and talking. As I mentioned before, the dolls seem a bit heavy for the turning stand, and we seem to have had a much smaller sky dancer put on the stand- she twirls rather nicely.
The dolls do look very pretty and are well co ordinated with their matching necklaces and ballerina shoes- this time, thankfully attached to the dolls so no more lost bits.
For Barbie fans who covet everything to do with the latest film, I suppose these are a must. Little Miss thinks they are beautiful, and they have met the other Barbies in the castle and the carriage. The one thing to remember is that on their stands, they dont do a lot, but for imaginative play, they are two Barbies, and will probably be used as such.
Recommended for Barbie fans!
Thanks for reading.
Dressed in lovely tutus with ornate bodices and dance together or individually. Each doll comes with a gem-inspired dancing stand, which girls push to spin the doll.