We were sent a Princess Alexa Barbie to review. With hindsight, at 7 nearly 8, maybe Miss L may be a bit old for this particular Barbie, but as you will see, well maybe not.
I’ve blogged about why I don’t worry too much about Barbies, we can see her representation of women as negative or we can use her as a tool to explore the representation and role of women and celebrate femininity. Femininity and feminism can coexist.
As you can see from my daughter’s doll collection, she has customised them, one got a chop and ended up with a blue pixie cut, and the doll on the right got a rather neat bob. Sometimes they are naked, sometimes they wear ball dresses, sometimes they hang out with Ken, sometimes they are busy being scientists.
The Barbie and the Secret Door movie is all about Princess Alexa Barbie meeting Romy a mermaid who has lost her tail and Nori, a fairy who has lost her wings. They team up to save the kingdom and restore the magic. Alexa learns to be confident and to have the courage to stand up for what is right. It doesn’t come out until 1st September, although the doll is available now. A lovely story to encourage play scenarios in younger children.
Alexa is a particularly pink princessy Barbie, but again I have no problem with celebrating femininity, as long as pink princesses aren’t the only role models on offer. I listened in to Miss L playing with her, Alexa sings two songs from the forthcoming Barbie movie when you waggle her arm and her dress lights up which is pretty cool.
My daughter was overheard saying to Alexa ‘Oh you think you are so cool don’t you?’ Which made me snigger. I am not sure how long Princess Alexa Barbie will keep her ballgown or her hair, no doubt she will get a dressing down or a make over. But that’s part of the fun I remember from my own play.
As I was taking the photos I was struck by how quickly the dolls encourage you to re-enact scenarios and to play. I was soon rearranging their outfits. ‘Let’s make a pop video with the dolls,’ I found myself saying out loud. Both kids were in immediately.
It took a bit of convincing Ken to behave.
The result wasn’t perfect, but it shows what the doll can do, and both kids got really into the idea of movie making too. No doubt Princess Alexa will have had a few new adventures before the movie comes out in September.
I have a Princess Alexa to giveaway, just follow the rafflecopter instructions! What do your kids’ Barbies get up to?
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