I’ve tried so hard, but I admit defeat.
She has had blocks, bricks, cars and trains. She’s watched Cars and she’s watched Bob the Builder. She’s never been forced into pink. But all to no avail; My little girl just wants to be a Disney Princess.
It started with Frozen. The older girls at the childminder’s and her cousin loved it, and soon she was singing Let It Go. Not perfectly – she was only little, under two – but fairly tunefully. After listening to Lettigoooo solidly for a fortnight we decided it would be a good idea to expand her repertoire.
As a child, I wasn’t really one for dollies and dress up, but I did like Disney films.
|Just popping to the shops|
Of them all, The Little Mermaid was (and still is) my favourite. It was released in UK cinemas one week before my seventh birthday, incidentally 26 years ago today (I’ve given it all away there, haven’t I? Not long now…Better get that present sorted) and my parents took me to the cinema to see it. My little sister screamed when the sea witch came on the screen and I’m pretty sure threw popcorn everywhere, but I loved it. I still know all the words to all the songs.
So that’s the one we thought we would start with. We’ve since introduced her to the rest of the Disney classics, but Ariel (or ‘Air-Rah-Rul’ as she is known in this house) remains a firm favourite.
You probably don’t recall unless you’re some kind of blog reading savant or have had the misfortune to listen to me ranting about it, but we bought an Ariel doll for her to take on holiday, and we still have it, but the bloody thing falls apart as soon as you look at it so I wanted an opportunity to quietly dispose of the wretched thing.
We were delighted to be given the opportunity to review the new Disney Princess Colours of The Sea Ariel Doll from toy company Jakks Pacific.
|It’s a lovely day for a swim together, don’tcha think?|
I had a somewhat ridiculous notion that the doll would arrive, and we would say a cordial hello, maybe pose for some nice photos, before putting her back into the box and waiting for the big one’s birthday next month.
What a f!cking idiot.
The box arrived in the middle of the day. Knowing what it contained, I used opening it as a bribe to get the kids upstairs and dressed. I really do fail as a parent some days and I’m totally comfortable with that, however for that reason I don’t have lovely arty photographs of the box.
As soon as we opened up the box and freed Ariel from her plastic cage, the big one was in love.
This was her face upon meeting Gigantic Ariel, which is her name.
And this was how I came downstairs after putting the small one down to nap.
Gigantic Ariel has lovely long, brushable hair, she stands up on her fins, and she talks and sings when you press her necklace. She also talks and sings in Spanish if you press a button on her back but it makes my toddler cry and scream SHE’S BROKEN MUMMY so we don’t do that.
|Meeting the family|
Ariel is more than just a doll though – her tail lights up on contact with water and she can be fully submersed. She has definitely quelled the bath time battle for now.
Now, because my photographs aren’t really what the kids would call totes profesh, I thought I’d attempt some videos with this one, so here is Ariel in full flow, in the bath, with the big one singing along and the small one adding in his own sound affects at the end. You can see inferior Ariel bobbing around just next to her…
In conclusion, if we didn’t already own this doll, we probably would soon. I can’t say the repetitive music and sayings are exactly my cup of tea but the big one loves her. She has taken her everywhere. It’s going to be very tricky topping this for her birthday.
I’ll leave you with this one.
I’ve been thoroughly usurped. Toerag.
You can buy Ariel from Amazon (currently on offer at £25.43) and from all good stockists.
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