The Frozen Play-a-Melody Gown Elsa from toymaker Hasbro was a tricky toy to review, as it’s on my four year old’s Christmas list.
Combining her two loves of Disney Princesses and music, the Frozen Play-a-Melody Gown Elsa was bound to be a hit and practically leapt off the toy shop shelf at her.
Fortunately Christmas isn’t ruined, because the small one (who is also a big fan of both Elsa and making a lot of noise) was on hand to test it out for us! Now all he has to do it learn to keep a secret…
The Frozen Play-a-Melody Gown Elsa is the same size as any other standard doll.
Standing (propped up and not by herself) at just under 12 inches/30cm she has very similar proportions to other dolls we own.
Underneath her Elsa dress (which can be fully removed) is a solid plastic casing containing a touch-sensitive keyboard, which you play by pressing the snowflakes on Elsa’s gown.
You turn Elsa on by using the switch on the bottom and pushing to I (O is off and * is demo mode). You can activate her by pressing the button on her neck.
The Frozen Play-a-Melody Gown musical Elsa has three modes which are activated by pressing the button.
On the first press you’ll enter ‘free play’ mode and can press any of the snowflakes to make your own tune, or look at the guidance on the instruction booklet which shows you how to play part of ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’. This is great for younger children who just want to make noise and haven’t yet mastered the whole ‘instructions’ thing.
On the second press, you enter ‘guided mode’. Snowflakes light up and show you where to press to play ‘Let It Go’ at your own speed. My four year old will easily be able to follow this and the small one had a blooming good go.
Finally, if you press the button a third time you enter ‘music mode’ which shows you how to play ‘Let It Go’ along to background music. This is probably a bit tricky for the young ones, but will definitely keep a young school-aged child amused for ages!
She goes into sleep mode when you haven’t used her for 30 seconds and can be turned back on by pressing the button on her chest.
Disney Frozen Play-a-Melody Gown Elsa is suitable for ages 3+ but as mentioned above, a slightly older child (4/5) would probably get more out of it and be able to follow the notes properly.
I like the fact that she is the same size as our other Disney Princess dolls and can therefore be played with and dressed with them. It’s even tricky, but achievable, to swap clothes with similar sized dolls.