Product Type: Disney Fancy Dress
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I expected a bit more from Disney!
Disney Tangled Rapunzel Costume
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Disney Tangled Rapunzel Costume
Advantages: My daughter likes it.
Disadvantages: Very poor quality tat.
After seing the fantastic movie "Tangled", my 8 year old daughter was really keen to get a Rapunzel costume. There are quite a few on the market at the moment, and prices vary greatly. The official Disney store version, costs £30, whereas Asda do a more reasonably priced one at £12. Unfortunately, when I went to Asda, they only had the very small sizes in stock, so I looked on Amazon where I found the dress pictured above, for £12.99 plus the postage costs, which didn't seem that bad.
The dress arrived 2 days later in a flat parcel. At first I wondered how on earth the dress could be inside, but on unwrapping the parcel, I could see that the dress was quite basic and thin, and pressed against a thin sheet of cardboard. This was a bit different to the princess dresses that I have purchased in the past for my daughter, which usually had hoops or petticoats underneath, and were very high quality. This dress, in contrast looked a bit more like something you would get from a pound shop, and similar quality, too.
My daughter was really happy though, and has been dancing around the house in it since Saturday. Today is Tuesday, and as I sit with the garment in front of me ready to review it, the first thing I notice is a small tear in the bodice, which I am going to have to stitch later before it gets any bigger. I really don't think that this dress is going to last very long!
So, to a description of the dress itself. As I have mentioned, it looks very basic and poor quality. The one I saw in Asda was much nicer than this one. The label inside is an official Disney label, so I am surprised how shoddy this product looks. The main bodice of the dress is made from several materials. The front is made from two different shades of thin shiny satin polyester material, with the darker panel in the centre. There is a thin strip of lace on the collar area. Just below that is a picture of the Disney character Rapunzel, on a glittery background, surrounded by flowers. Two lined of shiny sequins criss cross over the front centre panel of the dress. The back of the bodice is made of a much more basic fabric, a plain purple stretchy fabric, that loks quite cheap and tatty in comparison with the shiny satin at the front. However, the advantage of the stretchy fabric is apparent when it is worn, as the garment is able to accommodate children of all shapes and sizes!
The skirt part of the sress is made from the same satin fabric as the cenrtre panel of the bodice. It is very thin, and not lined, and does not even have an underskirt layer. I imagine this could rip or catch very easily during play. The type of fabric that it is made from creases very easily and looks quite rumpled.
The sleeves are probably the nicest part of the dress. They are puffy, "Snow White" type sleeves, and have a thin, pink net material attatched to the bottom which extends doen to the elbows. The pink stripes on the sleeves look like ribbon, but are actually just printed on. The net part of the sleeves looks like it will also catch quite easily. The sleeves are elasticated at the top.
The dress is sponge clean only, which is also a bit ridiculous, as these things will inevitably get dirty. My daughter likes to eat at the table when she is wearing the dress, and I know it is going to get grubby at some point. Also, if a child was wearing it to a party, or school book day, it would also very likely get dirty, so for me, it is really important that these sorts of items are washable. If it gets dirty I will be inclined to give it a gentle handwash and hang it outside to dry and hope for the best. A sponge is not going to get this clean! It also states that the dress is not suitable for children betwen 0-3 as it is a choking hazard. I can't work out why, as I don't know many kids who would be inclined to eat this!
The dress also comes with a clip on braid, which is quite nice. The hair actually has a glow in the dark section running through it, which is a really nice touch (if you have seen the movie, you will know why). Again, I had quality issues with the braid, which was glued onto the clip. The braid came detatched really easily, and I had to glue it back on again. My daughter does really love the braid though, and wears it, even when she doesn't have the dress on. The clip has a cute yellow fabric flower on it.
It is hard to know how to rate this dress, as it is VERY poor quality. However, my daughter loves it, and has worn it most of the weekend, and put it on as soon as she came home from school yesterday. The price is cheap for a Disney Princess dress (they were 60 Euros at the theme park), but in my opinion, £12.99 was still too expensive for the quality of the dress I actually got. If anyone out there wants a Rapunzel dress, I would reccommend the Asda one over this one, which is a much higher quality for the same price. I will award it 2 stars, but only because my daughter loves it. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go and mend it before she comes home from school....
Summary: DIsney have failed me this time.
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