I don't normally do product reviews on toys, but since Lily just loves this doll so much, and since there are other little girls who I'm sure enjoy The Little Mermaid as well, I figured I should inform parents a bit about this doll before they decide to buy it.
First of all, I just found out it is now discontinued, so you may only find it on sale at stores that have a few left, or on Ebay. I got it at Toys R Us for super cheap, a) because it was on sale for $9.99, and b) because I had a gift card with $6 left on it. Lily recently got introduced to Disney's The Little Mermaid after I borrowed the DVD from my sister and I allowed Lily to watch it on a rainy day. She was instantly in love, and decided to I picked her up the doll since she also could use a new bath toy. I have already illustrated in a past post how much she likes this doll.
The doll itself is just as well made as any other Mattel toy, no complaints there. The water drains out of it very well too. She has cute sparkles on her eyelids and bathing suit that Lily insists looks like a bow. I try to avoid buying too many plastic toys, but like I said, I had a gift card, Lily needed a new bath toy, and she is really into what she affectionately calls "Mermaid". All in all, it's a very nice doll and Lily loves it, so that makes me happy.
The one thing I don't like about it is the "washable" crayon it comes with. It comes with an extra soft, retractable green crayon that sort of looks like a little wand or scepter. The issue I have with it is it's not the most washable crayon. It comes off okay with some soap, but not really on Ariel's face. I really have to scrub the face to get it off. AND, Lily likes to color on the tile and walls of the tub with the crayon too; it comes off easily enough with just some water and rubbing, but it also leaves a yucky green ring around the tub once it's drained! Mommy was not pleased by this. I took a picture of this, but it didn't come out very well, so just trust me on it.
Furthermore, it takes a bit of scrubbing to remove the crayon from skin. You'd think that would be the least permanent seeing how it's obvious the kid is going to want to color on herself. But, no. Lily hates it when it comes time to clean it off of her, so I greatly discouraged her using her own body as a canvas, and she has seemed to learn not to after quite a few scrubbing sessions.
To my relief, Lily broke the crayon a few days ago after having bought the doll a couple weeks before that, so I got to throw it away. She doesn't seem to miss it which is good, and is totally happy playing with just Ariel. In fact, she is getting into the habit of taking Ariel with her everywhere- on car rides, to the dinner table, in the pool, on walks, to bed, even on chariot rides...
So, if you have a little sweetie who is a Little Mermaid or Disney Princess fan, I'd say the doll overall is good, but just keep the crayon away from her unless you want a rainbow ring around your tub that tales a lot of scrubbing to remove!
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