“ Brand: Mattel „
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My 5 year old daughter loves Jessie of the Toy Story films and this Jessie and Bullseye Partner Pack was bought as a birthday present for her last summer. Jessie has since been a frequent companion, travelling around with us on trips out, sleeping in my daughter's bed, even becoming a multi-contestant, (complete with homemade swimming costume, diving board and gymnastic equipment), in the 2012 Back Garden Olympics,(BGO). Sadly for Bullseye, he has not been so favoured and despite brief glory in the BGO show jumping event, his whereabouts are currently unknown.
*How Does Jessie Look?*
She is well crafted and characterful, with typically crazy eyes, (these are painted on). Her hair is made of wool and tied back into a plait with a yellow bow. Her hair stays as it is; the bow holds it tightly into place and is not meant to be removed, because under that ponytail she sports a bright red bald patch. Her hair went a tad bobbly quite quickly and I did think she would soon look a sight, but it's actually fine, still a bit bobbly but okay. She has a big head, just like in the films. She has well-made hands, nicely detailed clothing and looks very much like her character in the film.
Jessie has four items of clothing; all in one outfit, belt, boots and hat. The suit she wears is removable and being light-coloured tends not to stay clean for long. Ours has been washed two or three times; the flyaway collars soon curled up and the 'buttons' ( these look like little iron-on transfers) have almost washed away. The belt holds the suit in place and needs to be removed before the suit can be taken off. Our belt spent most of the winter in a plant pot in the garden and has been recently re-discovered in good condition. It has two little pop in and out fasteners, which don't always stay in place and are a bit awkward for little hands. Jessie's boots are easily removed and put back on; unfortunately ours disappeared soon after Jessie's arrival. (One was recently recovered which resulted in a hopping party, but that's not really relevant.) It would be good to have replacement clothes easily available.
Jessie's hat doesn't stay on. This is probably the thing that has most irritated my daughter, who really wanted her to wear that hat, but has had to become resigned to the fact that it's not much use.
*Movability - Jessie's Joints*
Jessie is reasonably pliable and has jointed knees although not elbows. Her legs arms and head are all in sockets and she can wobble her head about and nod. The legs occasionally come out of their sockets if played with too enthusiastically, but are easily righted due to being attached to each other by sturdy elastic, (and it has had to be very sturdy).
It's difficult to get her to sit on the horse unless you hold her on. Her feet won't go in the stirrups. It can be done, but not easily and once on, if you want Jessie to ride around the room you'll have to hold her in place. This not staying on properly is possibly part of the reason our Bullseye was abandoned.
Bullseye looks just like Bullseye in the films and is in proportion with the Jessie doll. It seems durable enough, made mainly of hard plastic with a slightly softer more squeezable neck. Only Bullseye's front knees are jointed, it would be better if he were a little more pliable. He falls over easily. I don't have as much to say about Bullseye, possibly because after a few weeks he was chucked to the bottom of the toy box and forgotten about.
The Jessie doll is of excellent durability. Despite major number one toy usage she has only a couple of minor chips and marks, her woollen hair is a tad bobbly and she has slightly chewed fingers. Her clothes aren't so durable, but I suppose that's to be expected. The Bullseye is as good as the day it was bought.
*Price and Availability*
This is currently available for £59.99 on Amazon, I bought mine for closer to £40.00 on Ebay, although it would probably have made more sense for me to buy Jessie without Bullseye. I think it's probably a bit expensive for what it is; it doesn't talk or do anything special, just a doll and a horse. On the other hand it is a much loved doll and worth the money just for the excitement on my daughter's face when she opened the box, as well as the many, many hours of play she's had with it since.