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After all her travels, Barbie realized that Malibu is where her heart is and has decided to stay there in a newly renovated Dreamhouse! The newly renovated Dreamhouse is three-stories, has 6 rooms and two elevators. And of course her new Barbie’s Dreamhouse features a few luxe details – like pink stainless steel kitchen appliances and a walk-in closet with its own elevator – a first for the fashion icon.
The first thing my 4 year old daughter noticed about the new 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse is how big it is. She stands just a few inches taller than the assembled house, which is life-size for Barbie dolls. We both love this feature because both of my girls can play side-by-side and I can even join in on the fun with plenty of room inside the house to explore.
Assembling any child’s toy is probably my least favorite “mom chore”. There’s always a dozens of pieces and the new 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse was no exception. The included assembly instructions really need an update. Currently they offer just photos with few written instructions making the assembly process difficult to understand. I found myself extremely frustrated and ready to wave the white flag several times. There is an online instruction video available that offers a great deal of help for some of the trickier parts – like assembling the main elevator. Unfortunately, that video doesn’t cover ALL of the steps. Using both you can probably assemble the Dreamhouse in about an hour.
Inside the Barbie Dreamhouse
The real fun begins as soon as Barbie walks through the double doors on the first floor. There’s a working doorbell that’s battery powered and a manually operated elevator that takes Barbie through each floor of the house. As she travels through the six rooms, each with a unique theme, you’ll discover fun features. In the kitchen there’s a blender button that makes noise, in the bathroom a flushing toilet, a flip screen tv in the living room and more. I don’t want to give away all of the secrets because they’re a lot of fun to discover on your own.
While there are so many features of the Barbie Dreamhouse that we love, there have been some issues along the way. Aside from the assembly instructions being difficult to understand, in the first week we had several parts break easily. The front doors tend to fall off quite easily and some of the white railings like the one in the bathroom and the balcony fall off. We also find that the main elevator get’s stuck between floors. While it’s not necessarily a problem, it should be noted that the Barbie Dreamhouse comes with a lot of smart parts and accessories (food for the fridge, hangers, dishes, cups, etc) . These can make imaginative play a lot of fun for kids but frustrating for parents when they small parts get spread throughout the house and easily lost.
Overall, our 4 and 6 year old daughters have had a lot of fun playing with the Dreamhouse. It’s a huge improvement over the 2012 Dreamhouse that I think most kids will fall in love with.
For more information you can visit the Barbie website. The 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse is available for purchase at Walmart and other retailers nationwide. You can also connect with Barbie on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.