Product Type: Zapf Creation Doll
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Not what you'd expect for the price
Zapf Creation Baby Annabell
Member Name: nteer09
Zapf Creation Baby Annabell
Advantages: I only paid half price for it! If I could give no stars, I would
Disadvantages: Not one out of the three worked properly
We recently purchased this doll for my eldest birthday and were really disappointed. I tend to be really impressed with dolls as they have come such along way from when I was a child.
Baby Annabell was one of those dolls which you have really big expectations of, but that fails to match up to. It was half price when I purchased it- £22.49. I would have paid full price if I'd needed too.
I believe the baby Annabell which I purchased was version 6. The previous version has some really good reviews, so they really should have left it the same. Version 6 is meant to babble, laugh, react to your voice, make sucking noises and burp. Pretty impressive hey?
The disappointment was etched on my daughters face when she opened this and the doll made dodgy, unrealistic sounds. It sounded half dead to be honest and didn't react in the slightest.
We took the first doll back as it didn't do anything which it was supposed to. We had high hopes for the second one, as when placed the bottle in its mouth it made sucking noises, and when we removd the bottle it made a slight burping noise. Yet again though, the doll sounded altogether unhealthy, so we contacted the manufacturers-Zapf creations. They were really good and told us to send in the naked doll, and to write a letter requesting our postage costs be refunded.
A few days later I contacted the manufacturers to be told that our doll had had a faulty unit and that we would be sent another one out. Fantastic-if it hadn't been that the third one was faulty too and did no more than the first and second ones. We now have a doll which we refuse to put batteries in, as the noises from its' so-called movements scare my daughter, and the other noises just drive us mad!!
A friend of mine whose daughter has version 5 is really happy with her doll. It retailed for the same amount as version 6 but came with a sheep which made noises, the bottle and a dummy. Version 6 is supplied with a soft sheep which has absolutely no purpose and a bottle. The dummy is no longer supplied and has to be purchased seperately. Baby annabell is a really attractive doll, measuring at 46cm, but the cheap quality sleepsuit which version 6 is supplied with lets it down even more. Previous versions came with an outfit of much better standard.
I would never buy this doll again, and if I thought my daughter wouldn't get upset all over again then I would have returned it and asked for a refund. I know of five people who have this doll-and only one person out of the four has purchased a fully working doll. When full priced, this doll really should be of better quality- next time I think I'll buy the chou chou doll!
Summary: Shame the standard didn't remain the same or get better than version 5
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