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I purchased this product many years ago as a treat to my little sister on her birthday. The toy is based on the items and characters from the children's TV show 'Dora the explorer', including the main character herself, Dora, as a doll. The current retail price for this play set is £25-£35 depending on the store you purchase it from, as thr release of this toy was many years ago it can sometimes be hard to get your hands on, hence the variation in pricing.
The set includes backpack which is designed to carry the plastic camera, magnifying glass, bracelet and binoculars along side a paper map and a fabric backpack for the smaller Dora doll which is also included. The purpose or the plastic toys is just to play dress up and to help realise the dreams of young children becoming an explorer like Dora. The minimal functions of these additional accessories is slightly disappointing due to the price of the product. However the backpack and Dora doll does compensate quite a bit.
When the lips or eyes are pressed, the backpack quotes some of the common phrases that he says in the show and the sound quality is surprisingly clear and good for a children's toy. The doll is an exact replica of Dora, however I found that some aspects such as the clothing was cheaply made and did show signs of wear quite quickly. On the upside to that at least it meant she was being loved and used! Proof that fans of the show will love this product.
Overall I'd say this product is average, only a fan of the show will cherish this product with no complaints. I personally think that it is cheaply made with only a few functions for the price paid. I'd give this product 4/5 if the price was a bit lower, however at the current retail and the price I paid I can only give 3/4, for that price I'd at least expect to be able to see through the binoculars!
Average, but will make any Dora fan's day.
My little girl is Dora mad so when I spotted this set at half price at £17.50 I picked it up straight away. It all comes in a rather large rectangle box with a see through front so you can see what your getting. It all looks very appealing but maybe there is a little too much packaging for me.
In the pack comes some binoculars, a camera, magnifying glass, a map and a bracelet. These are all smaller items made of durable plastic that do not actually work or do anything and are more for show than anything. Saying that my daughter loves wearing the bracelet and of course Dora would not be without these things so why would any other budding explorer.
Also in the pack is a medium size purple talking backpack. All of the above easily fit inside and this is my daughters favourite part of all.On the front it has a big smiley face just like the character on TV If you press its lips or open the backpack it says lots of common phrase from the TV show like "Yum Yum Yum Delicioso or good thinking just like the TV show there is a mix of Spanish and English. To carry the back pack you carry it by a handle at the top rather than tradition style on your back.
The only item that does not fit in the backpack is the Dora doll that comes with it. She is the exact copy also of the TV character and has a soft body and a hard head. When you squeeze her belly she also says familiar phrases like swiper no swipeing.
My only downside is the map. It was a small flimsy bit of paper that soon ended up in the bin as it just snapped within 2 days. To be honest it was not missed but still a little disappointing.Over all I think it was really good value for money you get everything you need for your little explorer and its all well made and had lots of fun from my little girl. Its recommended for ages 3 + and retails at around £30 which even at that price I believe it would be great value for money.
Dora the Explorer Talking Backpack and Doll
My young daughter thoroughly enjoys the Spanish speaking Dora the Explorer as seen on Nick Jr and not only has fun watching the programme but has also started learning certain Spanish phrases which is great! Her obsession was certainly no secret and last Christmas not only Father Christmas bought her certain Dora toys but also several members of the family so now we are over run with Dora toys though I am certainly not complaining as my daughter has hours of fun with each of them, this particular one especially.
With all gifts I hate looking up the price people have paid, though for the sake of this review I had a sneaky look and was shocked. Prices online for this gift set range from £27.00 to £39.99 which amazed me. I later found out that my daughter's one was bought for half price which is a lot better as although my daughter enjoys this set, I personally do not think it is worth nearly £40.00!
LET'S GO EXPLORING
The set has a recommendation for three years plus though my daughter is only two and loves it. None of the parts are overly small and most are very durable so I had no worries giving it to my daughter and so far, months later, even with all the tantrums which have seen the toys being thrown around the toys have barely a scrape on them.
The set has many parts to it which include;
Talking Dora Doll
The backpack and doll are the main parts of this set which appealed to my daughter, probably due to the fact that each of them say various phrases from the television show. These phrases include such things as 'Swiper, no swiping', 'Hola, Im Dora' and many other Spanish phrases which my daughter copies really well now and also seems to understand what they mean as most are repeated in English unless they are used a lot on the show. The backpack is made of a hard, durable plastic and is not too heavy to carry, even with the items stored inside it. It is exactly like backpack on the programme with the lilac colour and big smiley face on the front. It is by the mouth that the phrases can be accessed so is very easy for young children to use. It has a thick handle to carry it with and clicks open and shut easily. The Dora doll stands about 26cm tall and carries a small removable soft bag on her back with a very small little camera toy (not real camera). Her head is plastic as is most of her body, though her legs are soft. The entire doll, though, is very durable and quite lightweight. The sounds are accessed via pressing Dora's stomach and is again, very easy to operate. The small camera is something and nothing really and probably the least durable in the whole set, though even saying that it has still continued to survive my toddler! Both the backpack and the doll speak the phrases in a very clear and concise manner without being annoying. There is no volume control on either though they are certainly not ear-splitting by any means. The battery compartments are in safe places (underneath on the backpack and in the dolls back) and both need to be unscrewed so no chance of little hands finding them. In all, six batteries are needed; 3 x LR44 batteries per toy. These last quite a long time and we have only needed to change the doll batteries once in the last eight months.
Apart from the doll, the other items all fit snugly into Backpack. Some of them are a little fiddly to get in and out and do cause some frustration with my daughter though these days she tends to put other non-set items in instead so she has worked around this problem!
The camera is shaped more like a video camera, though again is not a working one and has no noises or lights. It is made as a digital camera with a viewfinder which you can look through and a side piece which comes out like a screen. At first I thought this might be problematic, though it is secured tightly with no hope of pulling off or breaking - I tried! The front 'manual focus' also twists around which I think is a lovely added bonus.
The magnifying glass is smaller with a clear plastic circle inside to create the magnifying part though this does not really magnify anything to any large degree, as with the binoculars which seem to make things look slightly blurred though that could be me!
The bracelet is a thick plastic and is tiny. My daughter has very small arms and can only just force it onto her wrist which upsets her, though we have now put the bracelet on one of her teddies who she now names 'Dora's best friend'!
There is also a small Map included in this set though I have seen other sets which do not seem to include this. The map is a thin plastic which can be rolled open and shut and looks exactly like the one on the programme.
Overall, I think that this is a great little set with the added bonus of the Spanish phrases on the doll and backpack which continue to teach the child. The whole set is very durable and safe and although has a thick plastic to it, it is all very lightweight and perfect for little hands. The main negatives I have found is the RRP of the set which is very over priced (though I guess this is what should be expected from branded toys!) and the size of the bracelet.
Obviously, the main person's opinion is that of the child and my daughter thoroughly enjoys playing with this set. The main parts being the doll and backpack go everywhere with her, and the backpack has been used to transport many of my daughters toys on day trips. I think that even when she goes off of the television programme, this set may still be loved as many girls love their dolls and the Dora doll is just that, as with the backpack being used as a simple backpack to carry toys on day trips so it will last many years.
I fully recommend this set to all Dora the Explorer lovers though do look around for a better price. The set is great though £40.00 is a lot to pay. I am very glad that the person who bought this for my daughter managed to get it half price.
Dora the Explorer is the current favourite programme in our house (with some annoyingly catchy tunes that follow you around all day!). This toy was bought by my little girl who is three and a half with her Christmas money in the sale at Argos where it is reduced from £39.99 to 14.99. The recommended age for this toy is 3 years and over.
The toy includes, a talking Dora Doll, A plastic Backpack who also talks, Dora's bracelet, binoculars, camera, magnifying glass and the talking dora also has a fabric backpack which has a mini plastic camera in. I would have been disappointed if I had paid the full price for this item as although there is plenty to the toy it doesn't 'do' much for the money.
Dora says some of her favourite phrases from the TV show as does the backpack. The backpack is one of my little girls favourite parts as you can out the accessories in and out and interact with backpack.
In summary I wouldn't recommend you go out and pay the rrp for this toy but if you are lucky enough to find it on sale then go for it!
My four year old Daughter loves Dora the Explorer. When I saw this Fisher Price Dora the Explorer Talking Backpack and Doll in the summer sale online at Woolworth's I bought it instantly. The recommended retail price for the backpack was £29.99, Woolworth's had been selling it at £19.99 and it was in the sale at £12.99.
The set includes a hard plastic talking backpack that can be carried by a handle on the top. There is also a small 26cm tall plastic talking Dora doll wearing fabric non-removable clothing. Dora also has a small backpack that fits onto her back and there is a small camera that fits inside this backpack. There are bigger plastic pieces that fit inside the larger backpack and these include a camera, a magnifying glass and a pair of binoculars. There is a small plastic bangle just like Dora's for your child to wear too!
The doll and the larger backpack both speak and say familiar Dora phrases that your child will have heard when watching the television programme. When you squeeze Dora's tummy she says things like 'Swiper! No swiping' and 'Ola I'm Dora'. There is a big smiley mouth on the plastic backpack and when this is pressed it says things like 'I have lots of stuff' and 'Good thinking'. It also sings the Backpack song that features in every episode of the Dora the Explorer programme. The voices are quite clear and do sound like the characters.
Apart from the doll everything else you get will fit inside the big plastic backpack. The backpack has a small plastic clasp that has to be pushed to undo the top of the backpack. The two cameras are simply camera shaped plastic and do not click or flash or make any noise at all. The magnifying glass just has clear plastic in it and does not work as a magnifying glass. The binoculars make everything look a bit blurry but I don't think that they magnify anything either. The top of the backpack is quite small and I can only just fit my hand inside but this is obviously not a problem for a child. One thing that I think would improve this backpack would be to put handles on it so that it can be worn on the child's back. As it is it has to be carried around in their hand and so is not like the one that Dora wears on the programme. My daughter also complained that there was no map included. I believe her friend has a talking backpack that has a map in it. I have seen another talking backpack set available but you do not get a doll or some of the other accessories.
The backpack takes 3 x LR44 batteries that fit into a secure compartment underneath the backpack. Dora also needs 3 x LR44 batteries and these fit into a secure compartment inside her torso. This can be reached by a Velcro opening in her back. The doll and backpack are both supplied with batteries but you will need a screwdriver when replacing them.
I believe the toy is aimed at children aged 3 years and over and feel that this is about right as it is also the approximate age that the television show is aimed at.
My daughter was very excited when she opened the backpack on Christmas morning. Unfortunately the novelty of the backpack has worn of very quickly and she has hardly played with it. I appreciate that Christmas was only a few days ago so there is still time for Dora. My daughter and three year old son like role playing games and are often calling each other Dora and Diego (Dora's male cousin) and I felt that this toy would enhance their games. The fact that it was made by Fisher Price also influenced my purchase as I feel that they make high quality long lasting toys. I don't think I would have bought this item if it had been at the starting price of £29.99 but I have bought a similar set featuring Diego and I paid £19.99 for that.
This Dora Backpack and the Diego Backpack have been used constantly by my youngest son who just turned one. He loves the voices and presses the mouth every few minutes to make it speak. He also carries the backpacks around all day and will stop every now and then to press the button and then carry on his way!
Overall I am very pleased with the backpack and the quality of the toy. The backpack is getting some use even though that may not be by the intended recipient. I think that once all the fuss of Christmas dies down this toy will get more attention. I would recommend the backpack to any fans of Dora even though I do think it could be improved.
I brought this lovely little set for my daughter who's three from Woolworths originally priced at £19.99 but in the sales for £9.99, although she absolutely loves the set I don't think I would have paid the full price for it. It comes with 7 different items although some actually don't do anything. It is for ages 2 years and up and requires 3x LR44 batteries which are all ready included in the set
The back pack is quite good it's a large plastic lilac type bag with four talking phrases the back pack theme tune "back pack back pack" "yum yum yum delicioso" "good thinking" and "I have lots of stuff" it is not a bag that goes on your back like Dora's it is one you carry around with a handle on top
A plastic toy camera which doesn't actually take any photos or make any sounds or phrases but for some reason my daughter particularly likes to play with, also plastic, blue and yellow in colour.
Plastic binoculars and magnifying glass which don't actually make anything look bigger but she still pretends they do, the binoculars are light green and dark green where the glass is supposed to be there's see through plastic the same with magnifying glass, green and yellow in colour with see through plastic where the glass should be
a rubber bracelet yellow with a flower just like Dora's which has practically never left her wrist it doesn't join at the back its an open bracelet that the child couldn't really get stuck on
A Dora doll with a little fabric back pack, the bag is again lilac and has no use really its far to big for the Dora to wear and far to small for the child to play with. The doll is also a talking object saying three phrases mostly in English but with part Spanish added to the phrases "swiper no swiping" "hola im Dora" and we did it, Lo hicimos" she is wearing orange trousers and a pinkish jumper which is not attached to the body but you probably wouldn't be able top get it over her head anyway, she's about ten inches high with a soft body and hard plastic head
The set has kept both my daughters for many hours happily playing with the set as a whole. My girls loved this set so much I had to buy a Diego one as well (Dora's cousin an animal rescuer). For £10 it was well worth it but didn't seem enough there for original price of£20. I think to get my attention for the £20 there would have to be more objects that talk and defiantly some colours and flashing lights.
Dora, Dora, Dora The Explorer! How many of you are familiar with that little ditty? It is a regular occurrence in our house as my daughter seems to have pledged undying love for the little cartoon character called Dora, who explores far off lands with her trustee friend Boots the monkey and her magical backpack that holds all manner of useful things!
Browsing Woolworths a few weekends ago with money to burn in her pocket, my daughter spotted Dora The Explorer Talking Backpack and Doll. She sat on the floor in Woolworths for a full five minutes playing with it in the box before she made her buying decision, and I dutifully carried it to the till and handed over the £9.99 they were asking. It was half price that weekend, thankfully, but now it is marked up at £19.99 and I am not entirely sure I would fork out that much for it, although it is good quality.
In the set you get a large hard plastic backpack with the happy smiling face on the front. When you press the lips of the face it says one of four different phrases. Either Yum Yum Yum Delicioso which is what he says in the cartoon when he puts the items not needed back inside him. Or you get the little song that is sung when Dora needs something from her backpack in the cartoon. This goes on for a little while and is my daughters favourite phrase. The last two are either I have lots of stuff or Good Thinking!
The doll of Dora is about 10 inches tall and is a soft bodied doll with a hard head. When you squeeze her tummy she says Swiper no swiping, which is in reference to the naughty fox who steals everything in sight. Or Hola, Im Dora. We did it, "¡Lo hicimos!" is another one. As you can see, it is a mixture of English and Spanish and my daughter does actually repeat the words in Spanish. I do try and tell her what she is saying so she understands she is speaking another language but at three years old she is more interested in playing than understanding the mini Spanish lesson I am trying provide.
Also in the set is a collection of explorer items, like binoculars, magnifying glass and a camera. None of these things actually work or do anything spectacular but they do all fit inside the large backpack so at least they have a home when not in use.
So far, we have found this to be a good buy. Dora is much loved anyway so anything associated with her is going to have a good head start in the popularity stakes but this does seem to have overtaken the Barbies and babies at the moment. For me this is a good thing as Barbie and baby playing does usually require a certain amount of parental participation whereas talking Dora and Backpack let her become an Explorer all by herself and she seems content to play on her own, which is a bonus for me as I can get on with housework or other computer work while she is happily talking to backpack!
The doll and the backpack are obviously not designed to be used together as backpack is much too large for the doll. Dora has her own small fabric backpack, which comes with a small magnifying glass that fits into it. The larger backpack is meant for the child to use as her own. It doesnt, however, fit onto their back like a normal backpack. Instead it has a carry handle, which I did find a bit strange but my daughter has not mentioned anything about it so far be it for me to complain about such things. She seems perfectly happy to carry backpack around and open him every now and then if she spots a coloured ball volcano or a blue nosed butterfly, in her imagination of course!
One of the gripes I do have though is the size of the opening on backpack. As the whole bag is made of hard plastic the area to get the items out of it is exceptionally tight. I can only just about get my hand in there, and my daughter can get her hand in but once you have an item in your grasp it is nearly impossible to get your hand and the item out of the hole. We end up tipping it upside down to retrieve items, which is obviously not ideal, as you have to put back everything else that you didnt want. The clasp however does seem to be easy to open and close and does not require parental help, which is always a bonus on these types of toys.
The Dora doll is pretty good quality as well. Her hair leaves a little to be desired as it seems to have sections falling over her face a lot, but that may just be how my daughter carries her. It is long enough to allow the girly side of my daughter to come out and she gets her brushes and hair clips out to do Doras hair. Doras hoody top comes off but I havent shown my daughter how to do this as it will be mum, can you take Doras top off/on, 24 hours of the day.
Overall, for the tenner I paid for this I think we have got a bargain and it is showing longevity in its playing appeal which is a good thing. However I am not sure I would pay the £20 they are asking for it now, and would maybe seek it out second hand or wait for another sale. My daughter has certainly grown to love this set and backpack and Dora take regular outings in her toy pram to take my son to school. The other children do come round and want to have a go at making them talk, something which worries my daughter a lot, (she doesnt want to share anything at the moment) although I think this proves that electronic toys are a source of amusement and fun for children around this age (3 years) and now I just have to stop my daughter taking Dora to bed as I dont want to be woken in the night to Dora chatting away in Spanish!
Get ready for an adventure with Dora The Explorer and her Talking Backpack. Press Dora's mouth to hear favourite phrases and a song. Stash everything you need in the talking backpack - compass, binoculars, 'magic eye' and toy camera ready for your travels.