“ Brand: Playmates / Type: Doll „
When my daughter was around 2, she was very much into dolls and prams but i could never find a soft bodied doll that was right for her.
Hard bodied dolls were no good as she had only just found her feet and being very clumsy, would fall with them or enf up poking her eye with the fingers.
Soft bodied or rag dolls, allthough lovely, just didnt have that baby doll look and she seems to become very bored with them. i think she may have thought they were more like tedies.
Then when we were out one day, i saw the bell version of this doll and its perfect. it only cost me £5.99 and was well worth the money. she has a soft body but a hard head so is perfect for this age range aswell as older children. they come dressed in good quality clothing and have long hair that doesnt get tatty as easily as a lot of dolls. we later went on to buy beauty and cinderella. they all come in different clothing to match the fairytale and are very well made dolls. A lovely doll for any princess, (or prince).
My little girl is very much Yin and Yan, at 2 years old she's half WWE wrestler and half pretty princess mixing some of the most convincing headlocks I've seen with frilly dresses and pony tails. When she's not tom boy mode she's quite a fan of the Disney Princesses and being a Sleeping beauty fan myself I like to get her a nice mix of Aurora's (Sleeping Beauty's real name)and Belles (from beauty and the beast) as that's her nickname, although she does have quite a variety of other styles too. Earlier in 2008, when we were on our holiday, visiting relatives treated my little ones to a new toy each, Elsa chose a Soft & Sweet Sleeping Beauty doll so must have been in girly mode that day!
Sleeping Beauty is designed to look like a child version of the character from the movie with softer more youthful features and proportions, her ballet style slippers and knee length dress are more suited to a younger version of the princess then her older movie counterpart. She stands approximately 12 inches tall and has a soft fabric body, arms and legs, her head is moulded plastic though which creates more definition for her facial features and she has beautiful soft blonde hair gathered into a low ponytail.
She's a very pretty doll but I can't help but feel that Disney have taken inspiration from the Bratz toy line in order to achieve larger, younger looking eyes. Thinking of the doll in child proportions she's correct, so the larger head isn't out of place, but it is the shape and angle of the eyes which makes her features more edgy and less cutesy, at least the rest of the doll follows the cute path which leaves me happy for my little girl to play with her, often the clothing an style on other dolls is too grown up but Sleeping Beauty is dressed in a simplistic version of her famous movie dress, almost altered to look like one you'd buy for your very own little girl to wear to a party, although I do feel like it could do with a little extra detail just to lift it a little and make it look more special.
The soft body obviously means that she is not poseable like a Barbie or a baby doll, she cannot be sat down and her limbs are pretty fixed in place, this makes her a great doll for cuddles though, soft and gentle like a rag doll but with the plastic head to give her more "lifelike" features. Elsa is just as likely to play with the doll making her walk and talk to other toys as she is to take her to bed for cuddles, although Christopher isn't too happy when Aurora walks through a group of his transformers, kisses them all on the head and leaves a trail of destruction in her wake!
She really is a soft and sweet doll and is very good quality, suitable from 18 months of age she doesn't have any "small parts" and all her features are moulded from one piece so there's no risk of beaded eyes coming off etc... her hair is well threaded into her head and can stand up to the over eager brushing and styling of a 2 year old, although being synthetic hair applying heat to it could damage it. You can wash her in the machine on a cooler wash which is brilliant as we all know that 2 year olds aren't the cleanest most careful human beings on our planet but you can always surface clean her too with a warm damp cloth.
The Soft and Sweet dolls cost around £7.99 although where ours was purchased charged £10.99, I personally wouldn't have paid £11 for her but £8 isn't too bad and I've recently seen her on sale in Mothercare at £5.95 which is even better. She's available from Toys R Us, Mothercare and other toy stores as well as at Butlins which is where ours came from. Elsa loves her dolly and plays with her often, she's one of Elsa's favourites and has a place amongst a select few other dolls and teddies in Elsa's bed on a night time which is quite an honour. If you can pick up the doll at the cheaper end of the price scale then she's definitely worth getting as an introduction to Disney Princesses for your toddler.
Other dolls in the range include Cinderella, Belle and Snow White.