“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Dolls & Accessories „
Rosie's World is a fabulous range of dolls and accessories which is available from the Early learning Centre. Over the past few years my daughters had often played with such toys at their friends' houses, but never actually owned any themselves. This is why when letters to Father Christmas were being carefully written last year, such items started appearing on the list. Father Christmas obviously took note as on Christmas Day, one of the presents he kindly left behind was Rosie's World Cupcake and Ice Cream Cart.
My youngest daughter was thrilled as this really is a charming toy which has inspired hours of creative play. The set consists of a cute character doll called Cupcake who is the driver of the ice cream cart. She is dressed in a lovely little outfit complete with a pretty apron to keep the ice cream off her clothes and a head scarf to keep her long hair from her face. These clothes can be taken off and put on again but they are a bit fiddly and it is a bit annoying that her shoes keep falling off!
The ice cream cart is quite something to behold too and is very likely to appeal to small girls. At the front it looks like a moped and this is attached to the cart. The cart has a stand with a couple of shelves of lovely confectionery and behind this there is a parasol to keep everything cool. It is very clever in its design and because of this my daughter loves it. Cupcake sits very easily on the scooter part and it is easy to push the ice cream cart around on the carpet so that she can stop and sell her wares at different locations. There are also a couple of fun things that happen when you push the cart around which really delight my daughter. Firstly the parasol rotates as you push the cart and also if you press the cakes down you will hear music to tell everyone that the cart is on its way. My daughter loves both of these features and does not seem to tire of them - not even after almost a year of play!
All of the cart is made out of sturdy durable plastic and is bright and colourful with great attention to detail. There are lots of great little details on the cakes and ice cream and it is all wipe clean if sticky fingers do get on them.
The suggested age range is between three and eight years. There are some small fiddly bits so it is probably best not for younger children. My five and seven year old daughters love it especially as they are really in to making up their own stories and games to go along with it and the other Rosie's World toys they now have.
The complete toy costs £16 from ELC which makes it one of the more expensive Rosie's World toys but you do get quite a lot of toy for your money. Also if you belong to the ELC birthday club you do get a 20% discount leading up to birthdays and Christmas.
Overall I think this is a great toy and one that I feel sure that lots of little girls will love.
My daughter laready has a few of the Rosies world dolls and we got her this beacuse she is always playing with them.
Rosies World is a series of mini dolls in different situations or on their own Their clothing is fully removable and they have fully flexible arms and legs. They aren't very big in height, the same size as a barbie doll but their bodies are quite chunky and easy to hold.
In the ice cream and cupcake cart Cupcake ( the name of the doll) drives the ice cream cart around. The cart itself is made of a good, strong plastic and the detail on it is amazing. It is attractic looking, the main colour is blue but it has pink and purple bunting and a purple umbrella. The carts are decorated with lots of swirls and love hearts.
There are 2 carts. The first one is for the cupcakes. It has shelves of them in a cabinet and has a work surface to place them upon. There are pictures of cupcakes on the wall and each cupcake is well made. There is realistic looking icing and sweets on the cakes- they look good enough to eat! If you press down on any cupcake then it plays music, which is a good volume. It is a tinkly type of tune.
The second cart is for the ice creams. Again these are realistically made, with different colours and each ice cream has a stand to put it in. There is an umbrella above the ice cream cart and as you push the cart around the umbrella spins round.
The doll Cupcake is driving the cart in a scooter which pulls along the other carts. She is strapped in with a seatbelt and wears a helmet. She is also wearing an apron so she does look like an ice cream seller. All these items are removable.
My daughter will play with her Rosies World collection for ages. She is 5 and the age range is 3-8 years. It encourages her to use her imagination in creating scenes and stories and also her role playing skills have come along well as she gets the dolls to act out her stories. She loves playing it with her friends and this helps to improve her social skills.
The ice cream cart is well made and is brightly coloured. The only thing I would have changed is that the cart doesn't move by itself. It's a shame there is no button to start and stop the cart. Maybe a remote version would be better? My daughter doesn't seem to mind- maybe it's just me!
The pricing was good, I think it was around £17, not bad for the whole thing when you consider that a single Barbie costs around £8.
I have found this to be a good buy, my child has had a lot of use out of it.