It Really Does Have Everything
Monday September 30, 2013see more by jen
New Barbie Dreamhouse Review
Barbie has new digs, did you know? Yes, it’s true, after a summer of travels, Barbie realized her heart will always belong in Malibu where she returned to move into her newly renovated, ultra-glam Dreamhouse. Which, like Barbie, really does have everything.
My girls, ages four and seven, love Barbie. It is one of their favorite things to play, so when I was contacted about receiving this new Barbie Dreamhouse for review, I jumped at the chance.
I grew up playing with Barbies with my sister. I always longed for the Dreamhouse back then, but we never got one. Sometimes I wonder if my girls realize just how lucky they are!
My Girls’ Favorite Features:
Accessories: The set comes with many little fun accessories including plates, cups, food, utensils, laptop, hair dryer, soap, hair brushes, puppy, pet bed and bone, etc. It wasn’t until I was playing Barbies with my girls one day that I noticed that all the kitchen pieces were designed to be “plugged in” to all the surfaces so they stay in place in the cupboards and on the table. Brilliant!
Sounds: All throughout the house, there are buttons you can press for very clear, loud sounds, like a ringing doorbell, blender, hair dryer, flushing toilet, and our favorite, Barbie singing a very catchy tune in the shower, la la la la la la la la la. It will stay in your head, believe me.
Elevators: Perhaps the most intriguing and magical part of the new Barbie Dreamhouse are the two, yes, two working elevators. The Dreamhome can be expanded so the elevator can goes up the middle to the three different levels. There is also a wardrobe elevator that goes from Barbie’s walk-in closet to the bathroom below.
Six Rooms for Playing Fun: The home includes six rooms for different Barbie play scenarios. There is a kitchen with pink stainless steel kitchen appliances, walk-in closet with desk/vanity, bathroom, dining room with light up chandelier, bedroom with extra bed for sleepovers, and a living room with a flatscreen TV that changes channels and a balcony for indoor/outdoor living.
Things to Note:
Assembly: Luckily I have a handy hubby who can assemble because that is not one of my strengths. I can barely put a battery into something. He said some of the instructions were a tad confusing, but he was able to figure it out. Assembly was time consuming but not terribly difficult.
Lots of small parts: This toy is definitely not for little ones as there are a lot of small parts. For my girls ages, it is perfect.
It’s plastic: It’s plastic construction, so some things will come apart with play. Periodically I will have to reattach the front door, or the balcony, or some other piece. It doesn’t break – but things can come undone. And sometimes the elevator sticks. No biggie, but want you to know.
It’s big: The new Barbie Dreamhouse is big. Bigger than life big, and actually taller than my 4-year-old. It’s about 4′ wide, when expanded, is about 1 1/2′ deep and 43″ tall. Just something to keep in mind when you thinking of where you will keep it.
Case of random flushing: My husband and I think this is quite hilarious. There have been a couple times when the toilet has flushed when no one is playing with it. It is Halloween time. Maybe a Barbie ghost has come for a visit?
What Mom Loves the Most
For little girls, I think playing Barbie is so wonderful for imaginary play. I will overhear my girls coming up with all sorts of funny scenarios when they are playing with Barbie, and this new Dreamhouse is so wonderful for igniting the imagination.
The other day, I caught my little one above going through all of our Barbie shoes to organize them in Barbie’s walk in closet. She then decided that the drawer below should be for all the purses. Disregard bed placement in the closet, for some reason she likes it in there, and with Barbie, there are no rules.
Where to Buy
The new Barbie Dreamhouse is available at Walmart and retail stores nationwide; MSRP = $184.99. However, when writing this post, I noticed several retailers have the Barbie Dreamhouse on sale now, so it might be a good time to buy if you are thinking of it for a holiday gift!
I highly recommend this product; it has provided hours and hours of entertainment for my girls (and mom too!) I hope you have found this new Barbie Dreamhouse review to be helpful.
Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own, of course.