Product Type: Fisher Price toys
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Moora Dora Please!
Fisher Price Dora the Explorer Talking Backpack & Doll
Member Name: wendybull
Fisher Price Dora the Explorer Talking Backpack & Doll
Advantages: Good price if you can get it in the sale
Disadvantages: Opening to backpack not very big
Browsing Woolworth’s 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 Woolworth’s 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 daughter’s 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, I’m 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 Barbie’s 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 doesn’t, 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 didn’t 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 Dora’s hair. Dora’s hoody top comes off but I haven’t shown my daughter how to do this as it will be “mum, can you take Dora’s 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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 don’t want to be woken in the night to Dora chatting away in Spanish!
Summary: RECOMMENDED for Dora fans!
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