** A Geek Daddy received the featured products for free to review **
Spending more than $100 on a doll for a child can be out of reach for many family budgets. Fortunately there is a great alternative to expensive brands in the Our Generation dolls available at TARGET for cost conscious consumers. These 18" dolls cost between $20 and $35 each and come dressed in themed outfits aimed to delight the girls that play with them. All of Our Generation's dolls, clothes, and accessories are made with safe, high-quality materials that are carefully-chosen by Battat, a family-run company that has been in business for over 100 years. Our Generation dolls have been one of my daughter's favorite toys to play with for the last several years.
She's been struggling recently with some assignments at school and worked extra hard to do well on a reading and writing evaluation test. When she exceeded our expectations on the test, I wanted to reward her for the diligence put into improving on those skills. Knowing my daughter's an Our Generation fan, Battat generously sent A Geek Daddy some dolls and their brand new Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck to provide her with a super special surprise!
To say my daughter was thrilled to get a Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck would be an understatement. This vehicle for these dolls is truly amazing! It includes 128 pieces ranging from doughnuts and sundaes to the miniature dollar bills needed to pay for these treats. Spoons, cups, bowls, even a napkin dispenser are included to spur on imaginative play. To further encourage creativity, one side of the ice cream truck features a chalk board. Kids can write up their own menus or decorate the side of the truck with the included colored chalk.
In addition to lots of wonderful accessories and a nice layout, the Our Generation Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck has some really great interactive features:
Turning the steering wheel left or right will activate turn signal lights. It also has working headlights and windshield wipers. Plus press down on the brake pedal and brake lights at the rear of the vehicle will flash. Of course you can't have an ice cream truck that doesn't play music to attract the neighborhood kids to flock to it. Press the music button on the dash board to play 3 different songs. The ice cream truck comes with 3 AA batteries to power these features which I really appreciated because it is always a drag to unbox a toy for a child then have to run to the store for batteries. The toy comes in "sample" mode and to get all the features to work properly you need to flip a switch located on the bottom of the truck underneath the front license plate to put it into "play" mode. For example the wind shield wipers won't work if you don't have that switch in the proper position but some of the other features work so that people can try them out at the store without wearing out the batteries too much in sample mode.
My daughter's ice cream truck actually had a Tex-Mex theme to it as she played with it alongside her Our Generation Arizona doll. Wearing a lace shirt and a denim blouse she completes her rodeo look with cowboy boots and a hat. Our Generation really does a nice job in providing extraordinary detail when it comes to their dolls, clothing, accessories, vehicles, and playsets. After finishing her shift on the Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck, Arizona rode off into the sunset on the Our Generation horse that Santa Claus left under the Christmas Tree last year.
For more information about Our Generation products, please visit ogdolls.com