Do you have your very own Disney Princess to buy for this Christmas?
My daughter is Princess-crazy and when Jakks Pacific offered to send me some of their top Disney Princess toys for Christmas 2018, I couldn’t resist a peek!
We were sent the Tangled Rapunzel Playdate Doll, Beauty and The Beast Belle’s Enchanted Tabletop Kitchen and Disney Sing & Sparkle Ariel toddler doll for review. My son was happy to step in and test the new Disney Princess toys out on his sister’s behalf – now let’s see how long he can keep them a secret!
Tangled Rapunzel Playdate doll review
First up, the Tangled Rapunzel Playdate doll!
Standing at 32″ (80cm) tall this almost-lifesize Rapunzel doll is probably not the toy for you if you have storage issues. However if you want to see your child’s eyes light up then this will certainly be one of the biggest gifts under the Christmas tree!
Her hands are slightly rubbery which means she can hold on to things without them slipping – including her hairbrush.
Wearing the purple dress from the film, she comes with removable shoes and a tiara and of course she has very long, brushable hair.
Getting Rapunzel out of the package is tricky so I would advise doing this before gifting her to a child. She is tied into place with several paper ties and some plastic, and her hair is held into place at several places on her dress with brown thread, and at the back with a plastic strip.
I found the best way to remove the plastic strip was to rip it off firmly, like you would remove a plaster. The hair is tied with small elastic bands which you can remove to brush and plait the whole length.
The thread needs scissors; don’t be tempted to pull on it or it could make a hole in Playdate Rapunzel’s dress.
Although the Playdate Rapunzel life size doll is suitable from 3+, I would actually suggest that she’s perfect for a slightly older child of 5 who can understand the importance of keeping her hair brushed – after all if it gets tangled there’s a lot of it to de-tangle.
The doll feels good quality; she is not hollow and although she’s not heavy, she is sturdy. The joints can be a little tricky to pose straight from the box but I imagine these will loosen up.
She is certainly a gift with the WOW factor and any small child will be blown away with their own lifesize pal!
Playdate Rapunzel doll has an RRP of £59.99 and can be purchased from national retailers including Amazon through the link below.
Belle’s Enchanted Table Top Kitchen review
If your child is a fan of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast then Belle’s Enchanted Kitchen will appeal, particularly if they have Belle dolls to use with it.
The Table Top Kitchen is in yellow and pink and decorated with classic Beauty and the Beast roses. On the background, Cogsworth and Lumiere make an appearance.
The top of the stove has a touch sensitive pad; place the teapot or pot on top of the stove and it will light up red, and make cooking or bubbling noises. Belle’s enchanted kitchen has a ‘try me’ mode, but once you have it out of the pacakaging you need to switch it on for the full range of cooking sounds.
There are other hobs on the stovetop and hooks for the cups and spoon.
The cake can be compressed down and when placed inside the oven, will start to rise when the oven is closed and then ping when it’s ready.
In itself I don’t feel that the playset doesn’t contain enough to hold the attention of a preschooler for very long, and the RRP of £34.99 seems high when compared to the Playdate Rapunzel doll which I can imagine being loved and used often.
However if you already have dolls and accessories it is a nice little addition to a play kitchen, and I very much hope my daughter will enjoy making her dolls cups of tea and cake.
Buy from national retailers or online via Amazon.
Sing and Sparkle Ariel toddler doll review
Last but not least, it’s my personal favourite Disney Princess, Ariel!
This Ariel doll is very similar; she is the same size standing at 14 inches or 36cm tall on her tail fins. She has long red hair, and you put her in the water or press the button on her clam shell necklace to make her sing!
Ariel comes with a Tiara but no other accessories. She’s dressed in the classic purple clamshell bikini and has a sparkly tail which is filled with water and glitter like a snowstorm.
When you first get the Sing & Sparkle Ariel doll out of the box, she is in ‘try me’ mode and you need to press down on the green clam shell necklace for 5 seconds to turn her on.
She can be turned on and off via the skin coloured button on the back of her neck; press and hold down for one second to turn her on and off.
Ariel has over 20 phrases and two songs. When you first turn her on, she’ll say ‘Hi, my name is Ariel’ and then work through random phrases.
On the third press she will sing a snippet from Part of Your World. When she is in water or the contacts on the top and back of her tail are both pressed, she will say more phrases and sing part of Under the Sea.
The main difference between the Ariel dolls (apart from one working and one not!) is the tails. The Sing & Swim Ariel doll has a glitter-filled tail that lights up different colours when she is put into water or her button is pressed. Shake her to see the glitter swirl in the tail.
Ariel has been a much loved doll and my children will think it’s magical that she’s now working again and with a dazzling glitter tail!
My top tip would be to ensure that you take her out of the water to dry and drain after use and remove batteries when they’ve run out to keep her in working order!
The Disney Princess Sing & Sparkle Ariel doll from Jakks Pacific has an RRP of £34.99. She is perfect for children aged from 3, and takes 3AAA batteries in the compartment on her back. You can purchase her from national retailers or online via Amazon using the link below.