“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Type: Doll „
The 'My Little Pony' Sweetie Belle figure from Hasbro toys has an RRP of about £5, though it's currently available for 99p (new) on Amazon.co.uk. Sweetie Belle turns out to be - rather improbably - a leg-warmer-wearing, roller-skating waitress horse. Like all 'My Little Pony' dolls she does have a fantastic mane of hair however (purple and lilac coloured in this case) which tumbles in cascading curls of cast resin / plastic down her back. She's about three inches tall, with big eyes and a brightly coloured costume, and is suitable for children aged four years and up.
Sweetie Belle is part of the 'Ponyville' range of 'My Little Pony' toy horses and accessories. I assume these figures are intended to be collectables for die-hard 'My Little Pony' enthusiasts, or perhaps as figures designed to be set up inside the 'Ponyville' range of toy buildings and vehicles, since on their own, they haven't all that much usefulness as toys, really. Other figures in the range include rainbow unicorns, bright pink horses sitting at dressing tables, disco ponies, etc. and they are all called flowery names such as Starsong / Rainbow Dash.
The Sweetie Belle toy comes with some tiny little plastic waitressing accessories: a burger on a plate, a portion of fries, a can of fizzy drink, and a billboard / menu advertising the cafe / restaurant that Belle works at (while - in the spirit of positive role model toys for girls - I'd like to think of her as the proprietor of the cafe, I think the outfit and in particular, the roller-skates seem to make this prospect unlikely.) As Belle is fixed in position, and more to the point comes with a tray of ice-cream permanently welded to her nearside front hoof, she can't actually be made to hold any of these food accessories - which is a shame because being able to get Belle to carry items other than her tray of ice-cream would increase the interest-value of the toy at least three-fold.
As it is however the toy looks pretty but is likely to only hold your child's interest for about two minutes maximum before he or (more probably) she moves on to playing with something else.
Best left to the My Little Pony collectors and real enthusiasts, even if you find it reduced to low low price.
My Little Pony with accessories