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Children's Toy Reviews


Australian Girl dolls review

SingleMum.com.au Toy Reviews | Australian Girl dolls | 20 November 2013




Australian Girl dolls review

Are you looking for that one, perfect gift for a special child this Christmas? Or perhaps a stand-out birthday present?
An Australian Girl doll could be just the thing...

SingleMum.com.au was given the pleasure of test-running dolls from the Australian Girl Doll range this week...

From the moment you catch sight of the Australian Girl doll's box, you realise that this gift is the one that is going to get all the attention - a quality gift that any child would jump with delight to receive on a birthday, or tear the wrapping off on Christmas morning!

Australian Girl doll detail

Australian Girl dolls are certainly not your mass-produced, out-of-proportion and poorly made toy.

From top to toe, these dolls are stand-out gorgeous - an impressive 50cms tall, they are predominantly made from vinyl, with limbs that swivel in their sockets. This makes them perfect for posing, and they will even stand on their own without falling over.

Their faces are beautifully detailed, and their hair is silky-soft and flowingly glorious - so lifelike and thick that it can be washed, brushed and styled just like real hair - and don't the little girls love that!

Whilst there's much for doll collectors to love about these dolls - they almost look too beautiful to touch - these are dolls that are certainly designed to be played with. Their soft middles invite cuddles, making them the perfect bed-time friend, and their thickly-lashed eyes close when they are lain down to 'sleep'.

One of the great things about the Australian Girl Dolls is that they are not specifically targeted towards a particular gender or age - both boys and girls of all ages love Australian girl dolls - they can be played with so many ways - from baby-doll to best-friend-forever, these dolls become the constant little shadows (or mini-mes!) of their owners.

Australian Girl dolls clothes

Outfits to impress

Australian Girl dolls "arrive" dressed in super-cute outfits that are miniature versions of the real thing - stunning taffeta dresses, sleek swimsuits, denim skirts with matching ugg boots, glamour sandals and even Akubra-style hats - all with gorgeous detail right down to the snap-fastenings and buttons.

There's an Australian Girl doll to suit every child's taste. And of course, they wouldn't be Australian girls without the obligatory pair of thongs - a set comes with every doll!

But the dress-up fun doesn't stop there - Australian Girl dolls have a wide range of additional outfits and accessories available to meet the demand of their huge Aussie following, with Australian Girl doll independent clothes-makers springing up around the country.

The official Australia Girl doll range of outfits (including a popular sleepwear set and the flash new sports set, which can double for netball and tennis) and doll accessories can of course be found at the Australian Girl website here

Australian Girl dolls clothes

Australian Girl books

These dolls are made even more special by the fact that every one of the Australian Girl dolls is the star of her very own book!

The Australian Girl adventure series is a hugely popular Australian children's book series, and of course features the Australian Girl friends in every book! Australian culture at its finest, each book and doll has a uniquely Australian story.

The latest release and third book in the series is Annabelle and the Missing Turtles - available now, just in time for Christmas! As with each book in the Australian Girl book series, this was an eagerly-awaited book by the many avid young Australian Girl fans!

You can read the SingleMum.com.au book review of the second book in the series, Amy and the Wilpena Flood, here.

Current special offers and discounts

Australian Girl Annabelle doll

Australian Girl dolls are so adorable and in such demand that they are expected to sell quickly prior to Christmas - especially the newly-outfitted Annabelle, (right) in her 'meet' outfit with a sarong skirt, a new Australian Girl motif swimsuit, sun hat and nipper cap - all presented in a beautiful gift box.

If you're quick, you can even take advantage of the current introductory offer of a free copy of the latest book in the Australian Girl adventure series, which has been extended to the end of November (Book value $12.95).

But that's not all! Australian Girl dolls are offering all SingleMum.com.au readers an extra 5% off* their Australian Girl website purchases - just use the "singlemum" discount code at checkout!

Super-special Santa present? Done!

You can view and buy the Australian Girl doll range (Online recommended retail price from $119.95 to $129.95 plus postage), accessories and outfits at the official Australian Girl website here






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