“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Doll „
My grandchildren love watching this television show of Ben and Holly. We have watched it many times, have the DVD and even some books. I recently bought my granddaughter the Holly doll which I bought from Tesco for about £6. I thought £6 wasn't a bad price to pay really considering it is a branded toy.
It looks very similar to the character. It has a little pink dress on and is holding a wand. Its quite small, I have seen a much bigger version but this one is about 6inches high which I think is a more appropriate size for young children. I think this television show is aimed at preschool children mainly so a doll this size is good for them as they can hold them easily.
It is a soft toy, it doesn't have beans inside it. My granddaughter has grown rather fond of this dolly. She takes it to bed with her and likes to carry her around. The main problem, however, is that this doll is hard to clean. She has been thrown out of the pram a few times and has had some grubby fingers holding her so she is rather worn. I have sponged her down with a warm sponge to help take the dirt off her but it is a doll which is well loved so has got a few stains on.
I think it's a quite, friendly doll and even if you don't watch the television show it will appeal to little girls with it being a fairy princess and wearing pink. It is a nice, soft toy which young children will love.
My little girl loves Ben and Holly's little kingdom, and so when I came across these soft toys in Tesco I decided I would pick the three main characters out for her. There are only the three characters available and they are Princess Holly herself, Ben Elf, and Nanny Plum. As these are the main characters in the programme my daughter would have been happy with any of them. It is a soft toy but some of the materials are a little rough. Not so much so that it can scratch or irritate little but there are different textures.
The doll does resemble Princess Holly so that my daughter can recognise her. I do think the hair could have been a little better thought out as even from the moment we purchased her they looked a little worn and tangled. Princess Holly of course has perfect hair in the program as she is a Princess. As this is mentioned so many times in the show you would have thought they would have made this part perfect. Other than that Holly is a good resemblance with the detailing of her face and body well thought out so it is instantly recognisable to little one. Of course she is dressed in the same clothes she wears in the program and my daughter knew who it was straight away. There is a slight sparkle to the toys so they are eye catching, but not so they look overly cheap.
She has her crown and her wand stitched to her hand and head so there is no way it can be lost by little one which I think is a good idea. She is also the perfect size for small hands. It is recommended from three years plus but I cannot see why it would not be suitable for younger children as there is nothing they can hurt themselves on. The entire stitching looks perfect at first but over time they have began to droop a little and loosen. There are no loose pieces coming away from the doll but it does look a little scruffy.
There are no interactive features so it relies on your child's imagination to make stories, and my little girl does give this doll some play. The thing is it sits with her teddies most of the time in her room without being used as it is just so simple. She will pull it out if she is using her other Ben and Holly sets, but compared to other toys it is just lacking its appeal. We do find having the other characters in the range helps as she makes up stories with the three of them, but the toy can be used independently so this is not essential. They are very small soft toys only just bigger than my little girl's hand, but she loves this. It means the elf and fairies are tiny in comparison to her which of course is the same in the programme. The size does work in its favour to some extent, but then it just isn't substantial enough to hold her attention.
The legs and arms can be moved around a little but as it is a soft toy it is limited in what she can do. With it being so small she is not great for hugging. Now my little girl does give her cuddles but as there is not much to hold on too she much prefers her larger soft toys. This toy is wipe clean only and because she is so small she seems to always fall on the floor, or be the target of grubby hands. This means over time not only does the hair looks scruffy but now her beautiful dress and body have mucky prints over them. Wiping it down does help to a degree but it is still looking less than perfect. It is a soft toy which makes it perfect for younger children and also light to carry around.
These toys retail at around £4 which for a soft character toy is around average. We found ours in Tesco but I have since seen them in home bargain and B & M for around £2 which is much more reasonable. The quality is good and it has lasted the play it has received from my daughter. We find it to be more of a decorative piece for her bedroom as she just finds it too simple but she does enjoy Holly and her friends being in her room. This is definitely suited to someone who is a fan from the programmes otherwise it is just lacking in appeal.
WHAT IS IT?
A mini doll from a television programme called The Adventures Of Ben And Holly. This doll is of Princess Holly and it is about 6 inches tall.
This doll is made of a very soft material and it looks like the bigger Princess Holly dolls that you can buy. Holly is wearing a pink dress and she has got wings and a crown like she wears on the television. The doll is holding a wand because she is a fairy princess. It is about 6 inches tall and will sit down if you lean it against something. You can buy Ben Elf and Nanny Plum in the same size doll so you can collect the set if you want to.
WHAT I THINK
I only paid half price for this doll when it was in a sale and I think it is worth that but not the full price. It is not stuffed very well so the body has a lot more stuffing than the head, the wings are not sewn onto the doll very well so they hang messily and the wand weights the hand down a bit so it's not held upright and flops down at the side of the doll. I do not like the hair either because it is very messy and it is just strips of yellow material instead of something that looks like hair so it is not very effective. I do not think it looks very much like Princess Holly off the television programme even on the face.
I do not think the quality is very good and the best thing about it is that the doll will sit up because that helps my daughter to play games with it. It does not talk or move because it is only a soft toy with no batteries in it, that is ok because I knew this when I bought it and I would not expect that it would talk for the amount I paid for the doll.
It does not matter if you've got the rest of the set but if you only buy one you should get Ben or Nanny Plum because both of those dolls are a lot better in looks and quality than Princess Holly.
This doll cost £3 when Toys R Us included it in a less than half price sale but the normal price is £6.49 and I think that is very expensive for such a small and bad quality toy.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
About Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom:
The programme airs on Nick JR and is about Ben who is an elf and Holly who is a Fairy princess. Holly is just learning how to use her magic wand properly with the help of her housekeeper in the Little castle "Nanny Plum". Ben lives in the great elf tree where he goes to school and the other elves live and make toys for Father Christmas.
HOLLY SOFT TOY:
Holly is a fairy princess with blonde hair, crown and a pink dress. She always has her wand in hand and her fairy wings flutter when she flies. This soft toy is just a soft toy. It has no electronics or movement, it's just for the child's imagination.
My Hollie loves this soft toy. She watches Ben and Holly religiously and tend to want her toys by her side when watching it. She has Holly, Ben and the fetch stick Gaston I have also previously reviewed. This Doll is approximately 8-9 inches tall and is made from mostly felt. In the photo her hair is nice and flat, but that is not the case for these soft toys.
The hair on Holly is standing on end and instead of falling down, it's revolting gravity and is standing up. I've tried almost everything to get it to come down, but either they were packed wrong once made, or they have been sewn wrong.
I thought maybe it was just our toy and when I was in town next, I went to do some investigating taking the toy and receipt along with me, in case I found one hadn't endured an electric shock. Out of the 4 shops which sold these soft toys, all of them had hair standing on end. I didn't find one doll which was worth getting a refund on the one we had and going to buy it from somewhere else.
The crown is terribly made, it looks baggy and horribly sewn on. As a seamstress I tend to pick out the faults and notice they could have been avoided.
We paid £3.75 for this Holly doll and we bought Ben at the same time. They were on 50% off in Boots so half their usual price of £7.50 EACH. I would no way have bought this doll at full price. The workmanship is terrible and obviously made abroad with the cheapest materials around.
Hollie really likes to play with her Ben and Holly soft doll toys. She tends to play with them more when the TV programme is on in the living room or when she goes to bed. Her cot bed is covered in soft toys as she can't handle to not have them all in her bed. She always has Ben and Holly tucked under her arms and her other favourite toys go all around the bed. It takes us about 10 minutes to arrange it all, but we get there in the end. Hollie is almost 3 is has had these soft toys since she was just turning 2 and is still very much excited to watch the programme and also play with the toys which is a first for her as she has no Attention span most of the time.
With Hollie's Fetch stick Gaston toy, she prefers to play with him that much more as he makes noises and vibrate unlike her Ben and Holly soft toys.
As you've read on the hair issue and poor quality fabrics used to make this, I can't say it is worth the money you pay. I have seen them in discount stores for £5 and Tesco sell them for £5 each too. You can buy taking Ben and Holly characters which I would suggest as the better option to go for. Each talking figure is around £10-15 and much more enjoyment could be had. As i only paid £3.75 each for them, I wasn't too miffed about the quality, but if I had paid the full price, then they wouldn't have even left the shop with me.
thank you for reading my review.
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom is a pretty new Nick Jnr show, but thanks to the name of one of the main characters (Princess Holly) she instantly loved it and even wanted to call her little brother Ben when he was born so we'd have the set! I bought her the Princess Holly mini soft doll as soon as I saw it, Tesco have a decent selection of Ben and Holly toys but this one came from Toys R Us and cost £6.99.
This isn't a beanie, more a miniature version of the full sized Princess Holly doll. She's 6 1/2" tall, losing an inch when sitting as her legs will then poke out in front instead of dangling down. The body of the doll is quite rounded, more than it should be in my opinion as it always seems a bit out of proportion to me although that probably isn't something a small child would notice.
Anyway, this is the least of your problems once your child has started playing with Princess Holly. I really, really hate writing negative reviews about a toy Hollie loves - and she really does (did, but more about that later) love this little doll - but in this case I've got to tell you there are more negatives than positives. The fact that she's so out of proportion is matched by the doll barely looking like Princess Holly at all. The stringy felt strips that make up her hair are all wrong and the character has lost any semblance of her usual sweetness, I suppose you can never get the facial features of a toy spot on to how they appear on the tele but with this doll it's like they've hardly tried and it all looks a bit distorted.
After about a month of play (probably equating to an hour every couple of days) I noticed one of the wings was hanging at a funny angle, these wings were already a nuisance as they only had to be in the same room as dirt and they'd show it up. The wing wasn't ripped or anything so I couldn't work out what had happened - until a few days later I watched Hollie messing with a tiny thread that had appeared from nowhere. This thread eventually pulled so badly that a hole developed underneath the wings, causing tiny bits of stuffing to start poking out. Not good when being played with by a small child. I stitched it back up but the wings and back of the doll have never been the same since, which is hardly surprising considering I'm useless at sewing!
The hair (which I mentioned above) is appalling; horribly ratty and completely impossible to tidy up again once it's been messed up. It makes the doll look cheap and nasty and within just a few months has faded from the beautiful golden colour it was when I bought it to an insipid yellow/orange shade. I ended up pulling the hair awkwardly back into two piggy tails just to neaten it up bit!
When the wand became unattached and one of the legs completely split open I decided enough was enough and binned Holly. My Hollie was really upset but no way was I going to buy another of the dolls as I'd been so totally unimpressed with this one - I'd thought at the time actually that the Ben and Holly range had been out a bit too quickly after the programme first aired, and now I think I was right with the marketing people at Nick Jnr rushing to make a few quid on the back of a popular kids programme. Again.