Barbie Skipper and Horse
- Inspired by the 2013 Barbie Movie, Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale
- Girls can recreate their favorite scenes from the new Barbie movie
- Barbie and her sisters head to the horse academy and make some new animal friends
- This set celebrates the friendship Skipper forms with her beautiful equine companion
- Collect all of your favorite Barbie in A Pony Tale Dolls & Accessories
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Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale Skipper & Horse Doll Set: Inspired by the new Barbie Movie, Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale. In this new story, Barbie and her sisters head to the horse academy and make some new animal friends. This set celebrates the relationship Skipper forms with her beautiful equine companion. The gorgeous chestnut horse comes with a saddle for two so Skipper doll can bring one of her sisters along for the ride. Skipper doll looks adorable in a chic riding outfit with a matching helmet (safety, first.) and a pocket for her tablet (connectivity, second.). Celebrate all the iconic trip moments from the movie. Girls will love recreating favorite moments from the film. Includes Skipper doll and horse.
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This cool Skipper & Horse equestrian set arrives with Skipper, her unnamed brown horse (removable bridle & reigns, but ATTACHED saddle and stirrups), a bale of hay, a bunch of carrots, a pink "Barbie" bucket (turquoise handle), a turquoise "brush" for the horse, and a pink "Barbie" brush...for both Skipper and the horse.
NOTE A: The colors that you see are pretty much the colors that you get. As I said before, you CANNOT remove the horse's saddle, OR her stirrups. Skipper's knees ARE jointed, but her torso is NOT, in any way, jointed, and her arms are straight.
WHO CAN RIDE ?: First of all, when you put a doll into EITHER "seat" on the saddle, turn the bottoms of the stirrups, so that the plain sides are facing towards you, and so that the detailed sides are facing away from you, and towards the back end of the horse; then, place the front ends of the doll's boots through the stirrups.
Skipper herself fits on either "seat", although she SEEMS to fit better as a "backseat" rider. Most modern Barbie dolls, INCLUDING the My Scene dolls, should fit fairly well in the back "seat", although they'll be able to ride more easily, and they might be able to fit the stirrups more easily...IF they have jointed knees. The My Scene boys can actually ride in EITHER "seat".
The reigns seem to fit SKIPPER'S HANDS, though, so please be aware of that. I cannot guarantee that the stirrups will DEFINITELY fit the feet/ shoes of any other doll BESIDES Skipper, so please be aware of that, too.
THE GOOD: There is so much to love about this beautiful gift set! First of all, if you're looking for a NON-princess-sparkled, BROWN Barbie horse, here she is! Secondly, if you love the slightly rebellious, punky, and ever so SLIGHTLY Goth (?) looks of today's Skipper, then you're going to LOVE THIS Skipper, hands down! Thirdly, you get some of the coolest accessories ever, AND, as a bonus, you can use the box liner as a backdrop, and as a storage space for both Skipper and the horse. If you wish to do so, you can re-dress Barbie, Skipper, etc. in plain, and/ or Western wear, and they can ride the horse to new, non-riding school adventures.
This Barbie Sisters horse is really, really cool! She can be paired up with Barbie, her sisters, and her friends, and, because her saddle and stirrups are NOT removable, they can't be lost by those small-handed, young beings who tend to lose Barbie items in various rooms of any given house. LOL! I personally think that the horse's turquoise and purple color scheme seems as though it's perfect for both riding school rides AND trips into "The Wild West"..."The Wild West" of TODAY, of course, because we all know that saddles and stirrups didn't look like THAT during 1885.
The horse's body is seamed down the middle, all of the way from front to back, and it's a pearlescent shade of brown that's actually attractive. The bottoms of the horse's legs, and her hoofs, are a dark shade of brown, and her mane and her tail are pretty (they're fairly silky, and they're even a little bit thicker than I thought that they'd be), and they're black...compared to Skipper's hair color, anyway. The horse's "bangs" are a shade that's much lighter than black, but which is darker than the almost red-brown color of her body.
The horse's lovely head is turned ever so slightly towards her left side (the same side over which her mane falls); she has lovely, kelly green eyes, and painted eyelashes, and the left side of her mouth seems to be turned ever so slightly upward...It's almost as if she's smiling ever so slightly. :)
It's fairly easy to put on, and to take off the horse's bridle.
Skipper is one spiffy-looking equestrian! She has the most modern (?) version of the jointed Skipper knees, and she arrives wearing a really smart riding outfit, which consists of black leggings (They reach the middle of her calves), purple riding boots, a shirt that's printed on the front...and a solid purple on the back, a cool riding cap, which is adjustable, and a pink hair band (Which holds her hair in a side ponytail).
In my opinion, her hair is the prettiest that it's been in awhile! I usually DON'T like Skipper's rebellious color streaks, but, this time, the pink color streak that runs down the right-hand side of her hair looks pretty. Her bangs make her look smart and traditional, and her hair falls to about the middle of her rear. Her pink lips and eyeshadow look sweet, not overbearing, and her irises are a lovely shade of lavender that's delicate and understated.
Skipper can carry the bucket over her arm, and she can hold the carrots in either of her hands, provided that the long, curvy piece of green leaf is placed over the OUTSIDE of whichever hand you want Skipper to hold the carrots in. She can also hold the turquoise horse "brush".
THE BAD: Let's start with Skipper herself. Her eyes can be wonky, and her top has a cheap feel to it; the printed design DOESN'T extend to the back of the top, AND the pink "belt" DOESN'T go all of the way around the top, but stops at the side seams instead. Skipper's rubber band can leave a major kink right across the middle of her hair, but that can always be fixed with a boil perm.
With regards to the horse, her irises can be missing tiny amounts of paint, and, since you can't see her right eye, it might turn out to be painted in a sloppy way; my horse's right iris is missing a bit of paint. The seam areas around said horse's "bangs" might be obvious-looking, too.
The horse's mane and tail look a wee bit choppy, but at LEAST the top of her TAIL SEEMS to be FAIRLY well-secured within her body; I don't know, though. I also wish that the saddle and the stirrups were removable.
THE UGLY: It's a PAIN in the BUTT to put Skipper's riding cap on, and to take it off of her; I'm going to recommend that whenever you want to remove Skipper's cap, you slide it up over her chin, and off of her head, and that you unfasten it after THAT. There's no WAY that a CHILD would have much fun messing around with Skipper's riding cap, because it's a frustrating piece of Skipper clothing, if ever there was one!
It's also a wee bit tough to get Skipper's booted feet into the horse's stirrups, and matters are NOT improved by the fact that the horse doesn't stand 100% flatly on any given flat, hard surface.
There are a few downright ugly aspects of this horse. First of all, she won't stand 100% flatly on a flat, wooden surface. Secondly, the section of the horse that contains her mane was never filled right up to the top of its limits; I mean to say that there's a big, empty space right up near the horse's ears, and that it SHOULD more than likely have been filled with some more hair. When I pulled some of the existing hair upward, in order to fill that empty space, the horse's mane looked space, so I'm not going to do that again, because it's useless; the issue with the mane and the empty space is a "lose, lose" situation. If more hair had been inserted, the gravity that keeps pulling the existing hair downward wouldn't be leaving an empty space at the top of the horse's head.
The choppy, possibly unstable nature of the horse's tail is a bit much for me, too! The top of the tail is contained within a coiled, silvery spring, which was inserted into the horse; I don't like to think about the danger that a small child could face, should another child accidentally break the tail free from the horse. The fact that some of the tail hairs are much shorter than others makes the tail look slightly unattractive, too.
I wish that this horse LOOKED more like she does in Amazon's promo pic. There, the insides of her legs are SOLID, and pretty, but in real life, the upper portions of the insides of each of her legs are hollowed out, and there are slightly indented, circular outlines on the insides of each of her hoofs. UGLY!
I think that since the saddle is NOT removable, Mattel could at LEAST paint it a little more neatly, because the turquoise paint that exceeds the limit of the saddle (in places) looks rather unrealistic.
RECOMMENDATIONS: This Skipper & Horse set would be perfect for...
* children 4+ (I wouldn't buy it for super young kids, because the turquoise horse "brush" is sort of small...maybe...and because I'm not certain about the stability of the horse's tail)
* any little girl who dreams of becoming an equestrian/ that little girl who just did a great job at a horse riding competition
* fans of Skipper, and/ or the "Pony Tale" movie (By the way, what a clever name for the movie!)
* that Barbie fan who desperately wants a NON-glitter-sprinkled, and/ or BROWN Barbie horse
* your favorite horse-lovin' 4H'er
* a horse-crazy/ Barbie-crazy girl who just completed her first day of Kindergarten, aced that tough test, survived a really trying time (a surgery, a divorce, a financially bad time) or mucked a real stall for the first time ever
* an Easter basket that's SO big that you will be BELIEVED when you say that no ADULT in the family could have found a basket that size, and that ONLY The Easter Bunny could have brought it.
* the creation of the BEST Horse Camp Care Package EVER! Pair this cool Skipper & Horse set with s'more fixin's, trail mix, and a snack for her horse, and she'll NEVER forget her Horse Camp 2015 experience!
* that Country/ Western/ Country Western gal who HAS to have EVERYTHING that reminds her of horses and the Western/ Southwestern lifestyle (I realize that Skipper's outfit is a bit posh, but, still...the HORSE'S colors ARE turquoise and purple...So, is this horse making YOU think about Western Fun Barbie yet? LOL!)
* the ultimate Western-themed party/ dance centerpiece
IN CONCLUSION: Skipper's sensibly-hued, yet pretty horse is already saddled up, so take Barbie, Skipper, and their friends and family from the riding school to "The Wild West"...and back, as many times as you wish!