Princess Fake It - Buyer Beware

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Frozen Out: Value for money?
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Stop Buying this Junk!

Last Christmas I wrote an article on fake Frozen dolls which were flooding E-Bay. Sadly, they are still around and people are still buying them. They might be a fraction of the price than the originals but do you know what are you really buying?
Look great right?
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Originals vs Fakes

These products are often produced in China, as are the originals. However, the main difference is the safety checks which the toys need to go through in order to be sold on the European market. Original products are tested to rigorous standards, such as chemical levels in the plastic, flammability and robustness (how easily it can break). Fake products have no such checks in place. It is very easy to buy items from China as not all the shipments are checked coming through Customs in the UK, especially if the package is only small. This means that UK based E-Bay sellers are able to get hold of these products too, and some of them even seem to be under the illusion that they are genuine (either they are very stupid or they are lying to you).

Just got these in a Christmas cracker.
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Just got these in a Christmas cracker.

Poor Copies

These are so terrible you can clearly tell they are fake. Just to clarify, they probably haven't been safety checked either. They are likely to contain higher levels of dangerous chemicals that are linked to things like cancer, very small parts that can cause a choking hazard and rubbish quality plastic and material which would last even the most careful child about a week. And they look crap too.
Frozen Dolls purchased from a UK seller
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Why should you care?

I purchased these dolls from a UK based E-Bay seller, who tried to assure me they were genuine Disney products. I asked Disney. They confirmed these dolls are not one of their products. I haven’t been able to test the chemical make up or flammability of these toys, but I don’t really need to. I only carried out some basic checks, but you can make your own mind up as to whether these products would be suitable for your child or not. 

"As a manufacturer, authorised representative of a manufacturer, importer or distributor of toys intended for children, you must comply with the provisions of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 for toys placed on the [UK] market after 19 August 2011. "
Source:  Gov UK Website [Accessed 25/11/2015]

So let's see what these products are really like.

On opening the box, this is how the dolls were packed. Looks legit.
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On opening the box, this is how the dolls were packed. Looks legit.
Close up view of Elsa. You can just tell this plastic is of poor quality.
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Close up view of Elsa. You can just tell this plastic is of poor quality.
This was the most shocking discovery, the squeaker poses a serious choking hazard for young children or pets
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This was the most shocking discovery, the squeaker poses a serious choking hazard for young children or pets
Rubbish quality clothing and shoes stolen from Barbie. And an accident on the glitter line.
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Rubbish quality clothing and shoes stolen from Barbie. And an accident on the glitter line.
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Rubbish quality clothing and shoes stolen from Barbie. And an accident on the glitter line.
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Rubbish quality clothing and shoes stolen from Barbie. And an accident on the glitter line.
Manufacturers and importers need to put their addresses on the box. There is nothing on this one.
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Manufacturers and importers need to put their addresses on the box. There is nothing on this one.
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Manufacturers and importers need to put their addresses on the box. There is nothing on this one.
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Manufacturers and importers need to put their addresses on the box. There is nothing on this one.
£10 for 5 minutes of play. Bargain.
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£10 for 5 minutes of play. Bargain.

Available to buy now for £9.99

This product is available from UK sellers for around £9.99. Or Chinese sellers for around £4.99  Brilliant. They will last your kids about 5 minutes. Often described as Barbie, Fashion Dolls, Anna, Elsa, Frozen or any other associative name. Don’t buy them. They’re rubbish. Save your tenner for something that has been properly imported and tested and is unlikely to be a danger to your child.

NB. The dolls I bought have gone in the bin. Best place for them. Stay safe this Christmas.
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