Speaking of princesses, I put C's name forward to review the Colours of the Sea Ariel doll from Jakks Pacific because of his love of princesses and I was pleasantly surprised to be chosen. It's quite sad that I expected him not to be chosen just because he's a boy but I love that it wasn't an issue. When she arrived, he was literally bouncing up and down and couldn't wait to get her opened out.
Colours of the Sea Ariel is a bath toy but can also be used out of the bath. She comes with a little Flounder squirt toy for bathtime use too. The doll itself is made of sturdy plastic with the lifelike red hair - it is amazing! She says 14 different phrases that can be activated by pressing her shell necklace. She only says a set amount of phrases but once you submerge her tail in water, it activates the rest so you have two different sets depending on where you're playing with her. There is a little button on the back of her neck which makes it easy to switch the language from English to Spanish.
C loved the fact that her tail lights up and especially thinks it's great when we turn the lights off in the bath and let her light the water up. He loves clicking through all the phrases so he can get to the part where she sings 'Part of Your World." We dug out our Little Mermaid DVD when she first arrived and he had to press it to make her sing at the point where she sings in the film.
I've included a little video below of her lighting up in the water:
I have to admit that I was a little worried about taking a battery operated toy into the water but of course, it's meant to be a bath toy so I trusted Jakks Pacific! I also didn't want her beautiful red hair to get ruined so I was a bit apprehensive about that too. I remember taking my own Barbie dolls in when I was little and they'd get all matted. I needn't have worried though. We had no problems with the batteries and although I probably don't need to, I've been brushing her hair whilst wet then leaving it to dry and it hasn't gone horrible - success!
The doll is recommended for children aged 3+ but C's younger sister has just turned 2 and loves it and can use it just as well. Both of the kids are utterly in love with her and I truly believe that she would make a fantastic Christmas present. I can see lots of little ones being very happy!
Colours of the Sea Ariel retails at £34.99 (but at the time of publishing, is currently on sale at Amazon) and is available from all good stockists.
(We received this item for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)