Product: Fisher-Price Swimming Mermaid Dora
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Join Dora for an underwater adventure! Wind her seashell necklace and Dora magically moves through the water like a real mermaid! Dora also features colour-changing hair! Use the included comb to brush warm water through Dora’s hair and watch as her hair-highlight changes to a pretty pink colour! Use icy cold water to change the highlight back to purple!
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: This bath toy from Fisher-Price is right up Georgie’s street; she is a huge Dora fan and really enjoys splashing around at bath time playing with the dozens of toys we seem to have acquired over the last three years.
Georgie instantly recognised the mermaid as Dora and she and Lydia were both very eager to get into the package! Thankfully Fisher-Price tend to stick to easy access boxes – it was quick to get into and almost all of the packaging was recyclable which is a plus. Instead of those plastic coated wires that are near impossible to cut and require five minutes of untwiddling to get into, Fisher-Price use clever paper string – easy peasy.
This mermaid Dora has long hair with a coloured streak, and comes with a comb so that you can do her hair. I had barely finished taking photos of Dora & her comb before Georgie grabbed it and started combing the long tresses.
The dolls arms can be moved up & down, and her head can be turned around. Her tail fin moves like a flipper when wound up – you twist the seashell on her necklace to get it going. This swimming action is a bit problematic though; our of the water it is very loud & Georgie wasn’t too keen on that, and in the water she is a little bit of a slow swimmer. James said that he had problems winding the seashell when it was wet & slippy, although I must admit I didn’t have the same issue when I was having a go.
Dora’s hair is very cool, as the purple streak turns pink in warm bath water, and then returns to purple with cold. Georgie and Lydia loved this, and I’ve never seen a bath toy with a colour change feature that has worked so well as this. The colour change is instant – the second the water hits the hair it changes colour. Also, the warm water needn’t be scalding hot to work. We have one bath toy that requires warm water to activate the colour sensitive patch, but the water has to be hotter than normal baby-safe bath temperature – not ideal. We were all very impressed with Dora’s hair after that particular disappointment!
Overall we are fairly pleased with this bath toy. Although she’s not the fastest swimmer, her hair is very cool and Georgie and Lydia are fans. They tend to just play with her in & out of the water, without using the swimming function at all – Georgie loves to wash her with their bath sponge, she’s always very caring to her dolls that way! 4 stars.