When I was given the chance to review a Mini Lalaloopsy Doll, I snapped at it, because, well they look so darn cute! How could I say no?
The Mini Lalaloopsy Dolls are small all plastic versions of the Lalaloopsy Dolls. The main difference between the Minis and their larger counterparts is that instead of removeable cloth costumes they have plastic molded clothes. They are hard plastic, with jointed legs that swing and arms that move. Their heads also rotate. Each Mini Lalaloopsy Doll comes with several accessories. The accessories are small solid plastic pieces.
I received the mini version of Peanut Big Top. Both the doll and her accompanying bits are bright, colourful and very cute. She comes packaged in a cardboard playhouse, along side a flag, a ball, a container of popcorn and a tiny elephant. The cardboard is very thick and sturdy and I could actually see this wee house standing up to a fair amount of play. There was at least a dozen pieces of clear tape holding the plastic packaging to the cardboard house. I was concerned about tearing the house while opening the packaging, but whatever tape they use is truly magic. I was able to safely remove it all without a scratch. One look at the tiny choking hazard sized accessories, and I knew this one going to be one of the special toys that only comes out when the baby is sleeping.
Now, G-Girl is about 3 months shy of the suggested age of four and up. I am guessing however that an older child, one that likes to collect and display cute things, would really enjoy this set. The low price point (suggested retail of $6.99) puts it in the range where a kid could easily pick this up with their allowance, or receive it as a between occasions treat.
I still think the Mini Lalaloopsy Dolls are adorable. They just weren’t a good fit for G-Girl. Another child might really enjoy the set. I’ve set Peanut aside to give to my friend’s daughter who is a little older. I’ll report back once I’ve got a second opinion. (Second opinion received and posted here if you’d like to take a look.)
EDIT: July 2012, Review of the new Lalaloopsy Littles Dolls.
Disclosure – I received a doll, as described above. As always, my opinions are my own and were not influenced by the company, or by the product received.