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She loves it! (but it sheds sparkles everywhere)
on July 3, 2014
Like many other three-year-olds, my daughter loves Frozen. When looking through Amazon's assortment of Elsa dresses, she stopped, pointed and said, "this would look perfect for me!" so of course, this is the one we ordered. Of all the (under fifty dollars) dresses on Amazon, she seemed to think this was the most like "Elsa's Ice Dress" (as she calls it) from the movie: it has the long sleeves, the glittery bodice, the extra sheer fabric on the sides under the arms (they are two separate pieces, not a cape, though), and so on. The product photo as of today is an accurate depiction of the dress we received. Ours was from seller "Best Costume & Toy Deals", sold via Amazon.
It was (as would be expected) wrinkly upon arrival, but no other issues (no torn seams, etc.) with ours. The ONE thing I did have to do to it was to remove the plastic snowflake with Elsa's picture on it that is attached to the bodice. My daughter noticed it on there and said that Elsa's dress didn't have it in the movie, and she wanted it off too, so off it came. It's just held on with elastic and some thread - secure enough if you'd like to keep it on, but not a huge deal to remove.
Notes about things that you may not see in the photo: The front of the bodice has a shiny layer overlaid with a second layer of almost weblike material with silvery bits in it; it's very pretty, but I can imagine it getting snagged fairly easily. The arms have glittery snow designs on them, which were a nice touch. The back of the bodice is a non-shiny but soft fabric. The two closures in back are Velcro; they can snag on the sheer material, so do watch for that.
It does NOT include a tiara, shoes, wig etc.
The dress we received WAS an "officially Licensed Disney product". I don't know if that matters to you personally, I'm just mentioning it because I've seen reviews of other Frozen products where people mentioned the ones they received were knockoffs.
As others have said, you get what you pay for, but ours does not look any cheaper than a comparable Halloween costume/dress-up outfit does. My only complaint about it would be that it sheds sparkles (small sparkles, not larger glitter pieces) everywhere. Now there are sparkles on the floor, my pants, Daddy's shirt, her baby sister...
Size-wise, my daughter is three-and-a-half, and on the petite/small side. She's about 27 lbs., so we ordered the X-Small/3T-4T size. The dress is a bit loose on her. The sleeve are a little long, and it just about hits the ground when she wears it without shoes. However, as she is petite, we expected this and ordered it anyway - she doesn't seem to mind at all, and she has room to grow in it.
Overall it is as expected, nice enough quality for the price we paid, and SHE is very happy with it, which is the most important part anyway. ;)