Luvabella interactive doll review: Love comes to life (with video)

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You must have heard of Luvabella.

She’s been all over TV and the internet and is something of a celebrity. Everyone has an opinion on Luvabella although not many people have actually met her. But we have.

Yes, we got to review the Luvabella interactive doll. Made by Spinmaster who are the toy company behind last year’s runaway Christmas success the Hatchimal, Luvabella (and her brother Luvabeau) are tipped to be the must-have children’s Christmas present this year.

However shes doesn’t come cheap, and I was keen to see whether Luvabella was worth her £99.99 price tag.

The big one was SO EXCITED to meet her.

Luvabella interactive doll review: Love comes to life (with video)

She arrived whilst we were playing in the garden. There was nowhere to hide; the big one knew what was in the box and so out she came.

Luvabella interactive doll review: Love comes to life (with video)

I’ll be brutally honest here, I wasn’t over-enamoured with her looks, but it was love at first sight for my daughter.

I tried to video this, but you know the saying never work with children and animals? They’re right. Here is my unboxing…

Note to the wise: Luvabella takes 4 ‘C’ batteries, and typically we did not have these in the house so Doug popped to the shops to get some which is why she looks so grumpy in the above video. I would recommend you get them in long before this, it’s a painful 20 minute wait.

Out of the box she was bigger and heavier than I had imagined. 

She didn’t have the pink lips and cheeks which had put me off when I’d seen pictures online.

Although her body is much like any other doll, albeit with sensors, speakers and a button on the back, her face is rubbery, a bit like the dolls that you practice CPR on in first aid class. It emerges that this is because there are a lot of ‘robotics’ inside the head which make it move and create various expressions. You can hear it working away; it’s surprisingly loud. It’s an almost scary amount of technology for a children’s toy.

Luvabella interactive doll review: Love comes to life (with video)

The rubber does mean that she can become grubby quickly, although muck easily comes off with a damp cloth or wipe.

Luvabella is truly interactive and my daughter is delighted at the number of things she can do, and how lifelike she is.

Luvabella will babble, chat and laugh, and gradually she learns words and phrases (we have a lot of ‘me love you’ at the moment which pleases the big one no end).

She comes with four accessories which she interacts with. It took a little bit of practise to work out how to get them to work; holding the tip of the toy above her lip seems to work best.

Luvabella interactive doll review: accessories

She’ll open her mouth and interact with the bottle by sucking and making sucking sounds,

If you can get her to open her mouth and say ‘aaaaaaah’, put the spoon in her mouth and she’ll eat and even tell you what she’s eating (so far we have strawberries and spinach…). Yummy yummy in my tummy, apparently.

She interacts with her lambie toy by blowing a kiss and at first, making a baaaaa-ing sound. Now she will make other animal sounds too and name the animals! It works nose-to-nose, but points for effort.

Luvabella interactive doll review: accessories
Luvabella interactive doll review: accessories

She also sucks on her dummy and it can be used to soothe her when she’s unhappy.

Luvabella interactive doll review: accessories

You don’t need the accessories to play with her though.

Once awake, she’ll happily chat and giggle to herself for a while, and you can play ‘peekaboo’ with her by covering her eyes (took a while but we got the knack) tickle her feet and hands, hear her heartbeat by touching her chest while she’s asleep. If you lay her down, she goes to sleep (without two hours of screaming preceding it, so not that lifelike really).

This is how the big one put her down for a nap… Just a little concerning, then.

Luvabella interactive doll

How long do the batteries on a Luvabella doll last?

Currently we are still on our first set of batteries, but when they go I’ll update. You should make sure to switch her off at the back for better battery life.
Luvabella interactive doll

Whatever your opinion on Luvabella, the children have spoken and they love her.

The day after we first had Luvabella, my daughter woke up at 6am (this is a good deal earlier than she usually wakes) and said ‘I love my new dolly that talks, mummy’. She refused a soft play adventure when she was told that Luvabella couldn’t come. We’re several weeks in now and Luvabella has been by her side the entire time.
Luvabella interactive doll

Here is a video of me showing you how to use the accessories with Luvabella.

I thought this might be more useful than a half hour of my daughter talking rubbish at her. Apologies for the rubbish sound and light quality, did I mention I’ve lost my phone? Yea. That.

Luvabella is suitable for children aged 4+. 

We received the doll for free for the purposes of this review but all the words and pictures are mine. 

If you want to buy a Luvabella, she is expected to sell out fast so make sure you sign up to alerts for online stockists! 

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