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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2010
I have very mixed feelings about this product. My little girls love it because it's Barbie, pink, and has lots of fun features, at least potentially, since we still don't have all of the features working. However, from the point of view of the parents, for the money spent, it is not worth the cost at all. We still have not been able to get the shower working despite every effort, thus Barbie doesn't sing. Also, the fireplace doesn't crackle. My kids are content to believe these features will soon work, but I have my doubts, at this point.
Will your kids love this gift? They probably will, the advertising is obviously effective. Is it worth even $100? No. This was what my daughter wanted most for Christmas, but I wish I had gone with a good quality wooden dollhouse that would last through the years. The features were the selling point on this product for my kids, and I caved in.
Also, the instructions are the worst I've ever seen. They are a cheaply runoff black and white single sheet of poor quality. A $30 set of Lego blocks gets you a beautiful color booklet and explicit instructions. Everyone I showed these instructions to, just shook their head. Since the directions were so unhelpful, we had no choice but to put it together using the picture on the box.
We spent [...] for this dollhouse. For that money, I expected better quality and better instructions. Your kids will probably be elated with this dollhouse, as mine were, but, then again, they are too young to be discerning about quality.