“ Brand: Flair / Type: Soft Toy „
This unusual Hello Kitty soft toy was bought in the US for Hollie when she was a baby, it's available on Amazon for just under a fiver but I've never seen it in UK shops. Available in a small choice of outfits, Hollie's is wearing a red dress and has a red bow on her head instead of the pretty pink flower.
She's just under 12cm high and has small magnets concealed in her hands and feet. You can either stick her to the fridge (or any metal surface) or stick her hands together around a bag strap. As a Hello Kitty she seems a bit out of proportion, thinner than other toys featuring this character and just generally 'flat' looking. I presume this is to keep the overall weight down enough for the magnets to hold the toy, something that wasn't actually done very well as this toy has been an epic fail from day one!
The magnets just aren't strong enough, that's the problem. They'll keep the hands and feet together but if you try and squeeze anything thicker than a piece of spaghetti between them the magnets will just spring open. This makes using it on school bag straps out of the question, if it didn't fall off before you left the house it'd definitely be lost on the way to school! It's not that the arms are too short, any longer and they'd be too floppy to be of any use, just that the magnets aren't really suitable for the purpose.
It's a shame really as the toy is nicely made; the stitching and seams are all tight and straight while the features (such as they are) are well proportioned. The fact that she's designed to be side-on makes her look slightly odd but this can't be helped given that when attached (yeah, right...) the arms and legs all need to be on the same side of the body. I've tried sticking her to the fridge but she just dangles there spider-like for a minute then slides down to the floor.
This isn't really a toy, it's a novelty that doesn't work properly. I suppose for die-hard Hello Kitty fans it'd be a decent buy, but Hollie just seems to think it's boring. She has NEVER played with it, apart from a few failed attempts to make the toy cling to something it's been pretty much left in the toy box - which isn't surprising really considering the shape and size of it. The minimum age of three years is neither here nor there as younger *or* older children aren't likely to be able to make this daft toy work any better or differently!
This is going into the charity bag as I'm sick of seeing it every time I have to dig to the bottom of the toy box, it's been a totally useless toy that even the general sweetness of Hello Kitty can't disguise.