Princess Alexa Barbie Doll – Review

Princess Alexa is a newly released Barbie doll along with a range of other Barbie toys, especially for the soon to be released film, Barbie and the Secret Door.  The film follows Princess Alexa, a shy princess but during the film she discovers a whole new fairy tale world and along with two magical friends helps to save the kingdom.  Other characters include a magical unicorn, mermaid and a fairy.

Barbie Alexa doll 4Miss M’s face lit up when she saw Princess Alexa, she thought the Barbie doll looked beautiful and when I told her about the new film, she can’t wait to go and see it.  Princess Alexa is a standard size Barbie with the additional feature that she sings!  The dress on her bodice is solid and this flashes coloured lights as she sings.  Her skirt is satin like and can be removed.  It has some large flexible flowers on it which really help it stand out and look pretty.

Barbie Alexa doll 2The highlight of this Barbie doll for Miss M is most definitely Princess Alexa’s songs.  To play the songs you simply press gently down on her arm and a song plays.  There are clips of two songs, both of which become quite addictive and we all know the words now after hearing them endlessly each day.  Even Miss M’s little brother Mister B joins in, singing along.

See Miss M and Princess Alexa’s songs here:

Miss M has loved playing with the Princess Alexa Barbie doll.  She is a beautiful doll with great added features in the songs and lights.  We are looking forward to the film Barbie and the Secret door which is released on DVD on 1st September 2014 and it’ll also be screened exclusively in Vue cinemas.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the Barbie was sent to us in order to write the review.

Postman Pat Singing and Dancing Showbiz Pat – Review

Postman Pat Showbiz Pat has been released by Character Options in light of the first ever Postman Pat film “Postman Pat: The Movie” which will be in cinemas nationwide from 23rd May 2014.  In the film Pat auditions for an X factor style singing competition but finds that in his absence from work the postal deliveries do not run very smoothly.

Showbiz postman patPostman Pat Showbiz Pat stands at 41cm high and requires 3AA batteries to sing and dance.  Showbiz Pat has had a makeover from his usual postal costume and comes complete with a glittery blue suit, microphone and dark glasses.  He definitely looks the part and my children were both eager to meet him when he arrived.  Aimed at ages 3+, Mister B who is 3yrs, is the perfect age to enjoy Postman Pat in action.

showbiz pat 2Postman Pat’s main feature is his singing and dancing in which he performs to 3 different songs including the Special Delivery Service theme tune and Please Mr Postman song.  The songs are activated by pressing his left hand, a simple enough thing for 3yr olds to do.  Mister B has played with Postman Pat over and over and I have to say the Special Delivery Service song is stuck in my head now.  The children not only like listening to him but also have a little dance when I’m not looking!

showiz pat 3We like Postman Pat, the groovy, glitzy Pat has really brought him into the future.  I remember watching endless episodes of Pat with my brother during my childhood many years ago and now 30+ years later my children are enjoying the same.  They’ve seen the trailer for the new Postman Pat movie in the cinema and have already requested to watch it when it comes out, so the Showbiz Postman Pat just reinforces their interest and brings him to life for them.  It’s a slight shame he’s not cuddly too as they’d love to take him to bed but he’s a little too fragile for that!

Here’s a clip of Postman Pat showbiz performing for us – why not take a look?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the toys in order to write the review.