Roo and I love watching Chloe’s Closet on TV. I love the fact that the stories are based on a real little girl whose imagination for adventure is simply endless and every adventure Chloe goes on is about getting kids into role play (something that Roo adores). Plus, what little girl doesn’t love dressing up? Even now I still remember dressing up in my nanna’s silk scarves, hats and shoes and going off to a magical world and so when we heard about the new release of the Chloe’s Magical Dress Up Closet I was really keen to see if Roo and I could re-create some of Chloe’s magical adventures at home.
Showing on CITV since January 2011, Chloe’s Closet is all about Chloe, a delightful little girl who can turn dressing up time into an amazing world of adventure and fun. Whenever she wears one of her magical outfits, Chloe and her friends are transported to some amazing worlds such as outer space, the jungle or even fairytale lands. Unsurprisingly, Chloe’s Closet toys reflect many of these wonderful places and include several of her special companions. The new range of Chloe’s Closet toys are manufactured by Golden Bear and we’ve always been impressed with other Golden Bear toys as they are well made and realistic to the characters.
We were offered the Chloe’s Closet Magical Dress up Closet to review and Roo had seen this on the TV and had immediately been intrigued. Watching the advert you are slightly misled in that it implies that by shutting the doors and pressing the button that once the music plays Chloe will have transformed into a new outfit for an adventure. I want to make it very clear that this is not what happens.
You put Chloe into her closet, press the heart shaped button and listen to some nice twinkly music and watch some flashing lights and then turn the two columns at the side of the closet to reveal Chloe’s outfit for her adventure today. It is then up to your child to dress Chloe in the outfit and create their own role play adventure with the plastic Chloe from this. Roo was somewhat disappointed that it didn’t all happen before her very eyes and it took a while to explain that she had to choose the outfits for Chloe and make her own game. To be honest although Roo loves role play games she was at a bit of a loss of what to do with one Chloe doll on it’s own and I feel that the set could have done with additional items such as Chloe’s duck comforter that she takes on adventures or one of her friends. In fact the cardboard backdrop for the closet would have been much better if it could have folded out (like the Playmobil boxes do) to create a landscape to form ideas and a play scene for a bigger adventure.
Priced at a penny under £30 both Roo and I did enjoy playing with Chloe’s Magical Dress Up Close, but it is a toy that requires more to keep kids engaged longer and be a toy that they can play on their own without adult assistance. That said it is well put together and was easy for Roo to master herself with putting Chloe in and out and changing the outfits.
Chloe’s Magical Dress Up Closet is available online from a number of retailers including Amazon and Toys R Us and Goldenbear Toys. Full product details are below, and you need to remember those batteries as we didn’t have any supplied and had to beg, borrow and steal from another game to get it working. You will also need a screwdriver to insert the batteries.
Chloe’s Magical Dress Up Closet Facts
- Suitable For Age: 3 Years +
- Batteries Included: No
- Batteries Required: 3 x AAA
- Depth: 13 cm
- Height: 27 cm
- Width: 27 cm