Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fa La La Lalaloopsy

I first saw these adorable faced Lalaloopsy dolls a year ago when my then two and half year daughter was watching her favorite show, Max and Ruby, on Nickelodeon.  

I forgot all about the doll until a trip to the toy section at Target.  My little one ran as fast as she could trying to spit out the word - Lalalalalaloooooopsy.  The doll looked fun  - cutesy name, fashionable outfit, and each had a little toy pet.  

I didn't realize how heavy the Lalaloopsy doll was until I picked up the box.  Whoa!  The head is like a paperweight.  The legs are like jelly and do not seem in proportion, weight wise, to the rest of the doll.

The age range on the box says 4 to 104, but my little one wanted on so bad, that Santa Claus left it for her under the Christmas tree last year.  She was so excited and her beaming face made me feel we made the right choice buying this for her.

Then we opened the box.

As soon as the doll was out, she gave it a BIG hug and clunked herself on the forehead.  She cried. Then she tried to get the doll the sit.  It kept falling over.  She cried more.  

The little pet it comes with a hard plastic.  What?!  What fun is that?  

If you are looking for a cuddly doll for your daughter, this is NOT it.  If she sleeps with it, she will either roll over a stiff doll or get poked in the eye by the long, unbendable arms.  My daughter is now a year older and does not play with it at all.  It has been banished to her doll bed - and it stays there - all. the. time.

And trying to get clothes on and off it is a challenge.  I had a difficult time doing it, so a little kid is going to have even a harder time and get frustrated.

Fast forward to this October.

We were at Target again and my little one noticed the Lalaloopsy mini dolls.  Essentially these are tiny versions of the doll that come with a teeny tiny pet (the size of a fingernail) and a cardboard box that serves as a mini house.

So, we bought one.  I thought she could also use the mini doll in her Fisher Price Grand Dollhouse, but this little doll is just as frustrating as the larger version.  Even though the legs are bendable, it doesn't sit.  My daughter looked at me and said, "I don't know how to play with this."  She threw it across the table and began to cry.  She was frustrated, again, by this Lalaloopsy doll.  

I think these dolls are the cutest little things, but the weight of the original Lalaloopsy is mind boggling.  It is too heavy for kid and they are not bendable like a Barbie doll.  If you want a doll that just lies around, this is it.   

No more Lalaloopsy dolls in our house.  Never ever. 

If you want a soft, cuddly doll for your daughter go for the Pottery Barn Kids dolls - Chloe, Sophia, Anna.  They are super soft, they have bendable legs and arms, a ton on accessories and are just a much better alternative to a 3 pound doll.  In my opinion, the Lalaloopsy would be a bigger hit if they were a actual rag doll - soft and plush.  

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