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Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid Doll

A few weeks ago, I included the Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid doll in my article about mermaid dolls for the bath, but I felt she needed a bit more attention. In my opinion, she’s a fascinating doll. Not only does she light up, but because she’s both bath-safe and very colorful.

Woven throughout her hair are beautiful streaks of pink, and a pink tiara gracefully sits on top of her head. In addition to strings of pearls from head to tail fin, she also has a colorful top and necklace painted onto her body.

I want to make sure you know what she is and what she isn’t. She’s not a fashion doll. That lovely fishy lower body isn’t removable and doesn’t have a pair of legs hiding beneath. Her waist and hips don’t articulate.

She won’t swim on her own, either. Though her tail fins do come off, the only real reason is to keep the size of her packaging down. Even though she doesn’t move or swim on her own, she still promotes pretend-play. And I love the pretty rainbow colors!

So, how does Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid work?

You’ll notice that her tail is somewhat translucent. It’s because this is where her lights are hiding. To turn them on, press the button on her necklace. Her lights still don’t turn on, though, until you place her underwater. Sensors located on her body control the lights, and only when wholly submerged does her tail sparkle with a little light show. She automatically turns off to save power, too.

Her batteries will eventually drain, and when they do, you will need 3 x LR44 button cell batteries to replace the old ones.

Will she make a good gift?

I’ve taken a look at a lot of reviews about Barbie Rainbow Lights, and I’ve come to a couple of conclusions.

She makes an excellent gift for girls older than 3, and probably no older than ten years of age. At this time, she is widely available for less than $20, which I think is a reasonable price. She isn’t a noisy doll, and although it is common to see the lights stop working, she is still fun for girls to play with without the lights. Also, a good bath doll is never a bad gift! The only real downfall is that her batteries can be an extra expense.

All in all, I love Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid, and I’m sure that any little girl would, too.