In the wake of the popularity of Toy Story 3, The Disney Store released several soft toy versions of some of the new characters from the movie, the toys that live in Bonnie's room. These include Mr Pricklepants the hedgehog, Trixie the triceratops, Buttercup the unicorn and the Peas in a Pod. Disney store are selling these soft toys for about £7, which I feel is an average price to pay for a branded character toy like this and collecting them is a way of boosting our big Toy Story toy collection even more!
The toy I am reviewing here is Dolly, the rag doll. She is quite similar to Woody in that she seems to be the "head toy" in Bonnie's room and she is the one that shows Woody round and introduces him to the other toys:
Dolly: "Wow, cowboy. You just jump right in don't you? I'm Dolly."
Dolly: "Woody? You're gonna stick with that? Well now's the time to change it, you know, new room and all. That's coming from a doll named Dolly."
--Dolly's first encounter with Woody
The character is friendly, down to earth and sassy and also seems to be the most intelligent of Bonnie's toys. In Bonnie's imagination and role play games, Dolly is a witch, which is similar to Woody's owner Andy imagining the piggy bank Hamm as the evil dictator Dr Porkchop. She is voiced by Bonnie Hunt in the movie.
The Dolly toy is made mostly from very soft velour fabric, which makes her very cuddly and huggable. She is only 8 inches high, which makes her a perfect size to pop into an overnight bag or for a child to take along with them to a friend's house. The entire toy is safe for very young children, as there are no sharp bits or bits that could be pulled off and swallowed. Features like the eyes and buttons are embroidered on, making them safer.
Dolly has a large head in proportion to her body, and although she is wearing a dress, you wouldn't be able to slip it over her head! Her hair is made from purple velour fabric and made to look like she has pigtails. She has two butterfly-shaped "clips" in her hair, made out of stiff felt fabric. They are sewn on very tightly and would be difficult to pull off. She has huge wide eyes snd a small smiley mouth, with the slightest rosy blush to her cheeks. Her "skin" is a very pale brown colour. Her head is stuffed with very soft stuffing.
Dolly's body is stuffed with part stuffing/part plastic beans. Her arms and legs have very minimal stuffing as they are designed to hang limp, like a real rag doll. She wears an orange dress in a cottony fabric and has matching pants. The dress is a lovely bright shade of orange, which contrasts nicely with her purple hair and makes her look bright and cheerful. The dress has fake green stitching around the hem and the dress is covered in orange and yellow polka dots. On the front of the dress there is a large yellow embroidered button, a square shaped blue button and a brown circular badge that looks like a girl guide badge. The idea is to give the toy the appearance of a homemade doll that has been put together with bits and bobs from the cupboard. Her velour shoes are a slightly deeper shade of brown than her body.
Because of the beans in her body, you can sit Dolly on a shelf and she won't flop over. She looks great on display as a collector toy, or as a child's beloved plaything. My 8 year old daughter loves her and keeps her in a box undeer the bed with the other Toy story toys. I must admit, i have a real soft spot for Dolly, as she is just so cute and adorable.
At £7, this toy won't break the bank and she is completely irresistible. The contrastic fabric textures on her dress, body and hairclips make her an ideal tactile toy for a young child. Dolly is well made and unlikely to come unstitched, as this is a very high quality toy which will hopefully last for many years to come.