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Although everyone in our family apart from my daughter usually tries to leave the room as soon as a Barbie DVD is playing on the TV, the Barbie Princess and the Popstar film is surprisingly good and one of our favourites. Princess Victoria (Tori) and popstar (Keira) both think the other has a cushy job and long to swap places but find the reality rather different when they actually get the chance to swap. We also like the fact that Tori and Keira are the heroines and save the kingdom while the well-meaning handsome prince tries to catch up with them!
The Princess Victoria doll comes in a ballgown but can transform into a popstar - Buck's Fizz style with the popstar's miniskirt underneath the ballgown.
Her hair transforms from being blonde to being pink and back again. I was intrigued as to how they could manage this on a doll and it's because the top of her head swivels round to allow either the blonde or the pink hair to be at the front. It seems a little gruesome to me but my daughter is very happy with it!
The doll sings when you press the necklace and we got a bit fed up with the same song over and over. We were very pleased when we found the plastic tag next to the battery had not been properly removed and discovered that she actually sang two songs when it was removed. She sings "Princesses wanna have fun' (to the tune you might expect) and also the catchy popstar song which summarises the ethos of the film: 'Here I am, being who I want, Giving what I got, Never a doubt now'. Happily our daughter now just gets on with playing with the doll and not pressing the button every five minutes.
The Tori doll comes with a microphone (the one that's the magic microphone in the film) and pink boots (which ar now lost). She is also wearing a pink tiara which is permanently attached - meaning it can't be lost :)
Please Note: This review is for the transforming doll and not the cheaper Tori doll that comes with a guitar rather than a microphone but doesn't transform.
The standard price is currently just under £25 although you can get it slightly cheaper if you shop around (e.g. at the time of writing is was available from Amazon for a little less than £20)
UPDATED: March 2014 - doll is still going strong and unfortunately, so is the battery!!! :)
My daughter is a massive Barbie fan and has watched the latest film, Barbie: Princess and the Popstar over and over again the last few weeks, so she was delighted to receive this Barbie doll from the film for her birthday a few weeks ago, and practically threw it at me in excitement for it to be removed from the box.
Well, that led to a massive problem in itself! I know toy manufacturers nowadays like to make sure everything is kept in its box, but the heights they go to to do so are ridiculous! It took me twenty minutes to remove barbie from her packaging, fighting through cardboard, plastic, string, those little plastic tags and tie wraps to remove it. I ripped, I cut, I did mumble a few expletives, too. In the end I sat in a little heap of shredded up packaging, daring the doll not to work, because theres no way a shop would let me return this mess!
Once that joyous task was done with, my little girl could not wait to try and transform this doll. And why? Because this is a 2 in 1 doll. What you see in the packaging looks like your usual, princessy Barbie doll, with flowing blonde hair, a pink, lacey gown, tiara and necklace. What my daughter then showed us was that the top of Barbies head turns (I know, it sounds really bad!) and her hair flips with it, and Barbie now has bright pink, funky hair! Also, you need to unclip the gown at the front, and pull a string at the back of Barbies dress, and the skirt opens and ruches up at the back, to reveal a shorter bright blue dress and big boots, giving us the second look of the Popstar, (complete with a microphone in hand!)
If you press Barbies necklace, the Popstar begins to sing! The doll comes with 2 songs installed, one which is a complete rip off of Cyndi Laupers 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'. with the lyrics changed to Princesses wanna have fun! Plus another song from the new Barbie film. Luckily for parents, the doll does not play the whole 2 songs, just a few lines from each one. While my daughter loves this and is constantly pressing that necklace to sing a long, as a parent I do admit it gets really irritating!
My daughter absolutely loves this doll and is always carrying it around with her. It looks pretty good, although Mattel could have improved the hair, when the head is flipped around to the pink hair, it looks really bad, scraggly and with a really dodgy fringe going on. This isnt the first Barbie any of my daughters have had where they could flip the hair around, but this one looks the worst. Other than that I have no other complaints about it, its thrilled my daughter for hours already.
At the moment, this doll is on sale in Argos, reduced from £24.99 to £19.99, or for a bigger bargain, if you buy it with the Popstar Prince doll, you can get them both for £24.99, instead of £30 if bought seperately.
"Girls can recreate quintessential moments from Barbie; The Princess & the Popstar with the Tori; feature doll. Magically transform her from a princess to a pop star by simply pulling the string on the back of her long, lace princess skirt to reveal a fun pop-star dress and funky boots underneath. Then rotate her blonde princess hair to reveal a pink pop-star do. Press her necklace, and she sings! Tori; doll performs two songs from the movie; a pink;microphone is included. Doll cannot stand alone. Ages 3 and older."