Most helpful critical review
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2013
Update (April 8, 2014): I was able to "fix" the broken leg by splitting open the upper leg area at the seam where it's glued. This seam wasn't very strong and may have already been split, leading to the leg falling off. From there, all I needed to do was line it up and apply a lot of pressure, and the socket in the leg slipped onto the ball on the hip. I then used model cement (Tenax, a very thin, extremely toxic glue, rather than the thick, gooey Testor's stuff) and clamped the leg halves firmly together for the better part of a day. By clamp I mean REALLY clamped - using a bar-type clamp that has enough strength to squeeze the plastic halves together and cause some of the softened plastic out of the seam. Since then, the doll's leg has been fine. Shouldn't have to to this.
Original review (Nov. 12, 2013): My younger daughter, 5, loved this the moment I gave it to her. Within a week, the right leg had broken off, apparently bent too far which resulted in the leg separating from a ball joint at the hip. It appears to be irreparable, unfortunately. My wife points out that Barbie dolls have easily replaced legs because Mattel knows this is likely to happen. I've been messing with this doll for weeks now trying to get the leg back on, and the only way I can see is to split it at the seam, pop it back on, and attempt to glue it. I haven't bothered yet because I doubt even the nasty, caustic model cement I have will heal the split seam. My daughter love it, so I give the "fun" aspect 4 stars, but the problems force me to rate it 1 star: avoid, not worth the money or heartache when your child can't play with it anymore.
Another odd thing with this doll is that the boots are the ends of the legs. They are removable and swappable with other dolls, but it can't be played with minus boots like most other dolls, with just knobs at the ends of the legs. Not much fun unless there's an amputee theme going during playtime. Perhaps the manufacturer wants to enlighten the youth of today about sensitive issues such as this. A teachable moment, as they say.