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A Great Idea That Turned Out To Be So AWFUL I Actually Returned It!,
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This review is from: Disney Sofia The First Royal Family Giftset (Toy)
My daughter like most little girls just loves Sofia, so I bought the Magical Talking Castle and the Royal Family Figurine Set to go with it. First of all the figures mostly DO NOT WORK with the talking feature of the Magical Castle. Only Sofia, and sometimes Amber and Clover, work at all, and everybody else just speaks as Sofia, which is such a disappointment. It is great that there are figures of Miranda and Roland that are not available in the Disney Store figurine set, and that those figures are nice and large, but as I said before, they do not work with the castle, and they are also difficult to keep standing with the way the feet are made to fit on the talking castle piece that doesn't work anyways (not Miranda, as she has a flat bottom). They would have been better off just making this a more poseable figure set without the non-functioning talking feature even being attempted. PLUS...the heads fall off of the little ones immediately and constantly, and that does not require any kind of vigorous play at all. Personally, I would also like to find a set that includes Bailiwick and Cedric, since I think that they are just as important to the show, but they got left behind, at least for now. It very much seems like these toys got rushed out the door to take advantage of the popularity of the show, because it appears that I did not just get a bad item, since everybody is having the same problems it seems, and I have no idea how this got through any kind of quality control testing at Mattel. I confess that this was all far more disappointing to me than my 5-year old, but still a total letdown compared to expectations. My daughter would still play with the castle and figures, but for the money spent on these items (especially in comparison to some of the other Princess castles available), it was just way too dysfunctional. Ultimately this set was so disappointing that I packed it all back up along with the Magical Castle and returned everything.