Any other Monty Python fans here? I thought this title was appropriate since I’m reviewing a product that isn’t readily sold in the US–or at least not that I’m aware of! While we were in Ireland, we spent a bit of time shopping in Tesco. Tesco is a retailer along the lines of Target, but their main focus is grocery with all of the other stuff added in. I’d been in Tesco’s many times before, both in Ireland and the UK and I have to admit, I love going there because you just never know what you might find. On this particular journey across the pond we came home with chocolates (sorry, I ate it all), 3 belts (for the hubby), socks (I didn’t take enough, oops!), and this set:
Let me give you a little background on Sindy–originally introduced in 1963, Sindy was an 11 inch doll that was comparable to Barbie. Sindy’s history has been interesting to say the least with the poor gal being bounced around, even involved in a lawsuit. In 2016 Tesco announced they would be relaunching Sindy as an 18 inch doll. I just wonder how much the popularity of American Girl influenced that decision… (things that make you go hmmm…)
I was really surprised at just how much stuff they had for Sindy, this particular Tesco store wasn’t a big one. They had several different dolls, quite a few clothes and several accessory sets. I was very tempted to buy one of the outfits, but I was concerned about them not fitting, so I opted for one of the accessory sets instead. I thought this one was especially cute, and I’ll be honest–I’m a sucker for a doll sized backpack. Plus Mimi needed stuff for when schools starts!
Here is everything out of the package:
I thought it was a nice assortment of items, all things kids these days would probably own. The phone even is made with a place to slide it on to the hand. I will say I struggled to get Mimi to hold it though, I suspect that Sindy’s hand might be a different size or configuration. But, it works, and I could always secure it with a clear hair band.
Here is Mimi modeling several of the other items as well:
The bracelet is elasticized so it slips on easily. I loved the messenger bag, it’s really well done and just slipped over her head easily. The glasses are a little bit big, but I think they will be nice to have for all of my Josefina mold dolls like Rebecca, Christine, Allie and Sophia since their faces are just slightly wider.
The backpack is also very well done, and fits nicely!
I thought it was finished well too, the only thing I wish had been different were the straps, they were made out of ribbon, I would have rather have seen them made of a more authentic looking material. Oh well.
The headphones fit very well, I was super pleased with these!! Mimi…Mimi…MIMI!!! You can take them off now!
I didn’t do anything with the hairbows for this review since Mimi doesn’t really have the right hair for it. 😉 They are very simple though, elastics run through them for pony tails. They will go into my rather full container of hair accessories.
I was very pleased with this set, and I’m really glad I picked it up. It was 12.99 Euros which is around $15 in US dollars, not bad at all. After I got home, I pulled up the Tesco’s website to see what else was available, and looky what I found… look familiar anyone???
Unfortunately not long after we got back, Tesco did a major revamp of their website and you can no longer pull up Sindy on it. 😦 I need to do some further research to see if Sindy is available somewhere else.
If you’d like to read more about Sindy, there is a lot of information on Wikipedia! I know my friends in the UK and Ireland regularly reminisce about their Sindy dolls and all of the things they had for them.