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on September 28, 2013
Dora fans will love this toy because it is cute. Dora's hair is rooted, but that is the only part of this doll that has any real play value. The monkey, Boots, is what makes this the cutest, but he is a hanger on. He doesn't do anything on his own. He can clasp Dora's hand or attach his skates to the front or back of Dora's skates to pull him along while Dora zooms around the room.
There are three settings on Dora, stop, dance, and free play. In free play, Dora talks and the music plays but she doesn't move. That's where the child can play with Dora by pushing her around on her wheels.
On the dance setting, Dora shouts, music plays then she spins around before shooting off across the room. Boots plays better when he's attached to Dora's skates than when he is holding her hand because the jerky motion of Dora when she takes off sends Boots whipping away and they both stop. When Dora hits an object she stops moving, but the very, very loud music keeps playing. If you turn her away from the object she does not take off again until the music stops and you push the button on her shoe to start all over again.
I can see this toy being fun for a day, then there's just not much to it. The fun part is watching them move on their own, so I can't see the free play part getting much action.
Dora comes with four AA batteries locked inside one shoe. You'll need a screwdriver to open the battery case, but the screws are secured to the lid so they won't Fall out and get lost, or swallowed. She stops when picked up so the batteries won't wear down if left on.
This is not a toy you want around on a Saturday morning when you're trying to sleep in. Or, the afternoon when you're tired of all the noise, or whatever. Or, any time I can possibly think of because it is LOUD!