Wednesday, April 27 2016 13:38

Mermaids and Mantacorn Horns - It's National Princess Week

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There's a lot of different ways we could go with this, the royally regal National Princess Week being officially upon us. With two girls, my wife and I are well-versed in the ways and needs of young Royals in 2016. As a King of sorts myself, I can throw-down plenty of knowledge when it comes to the trade partners of Arendelle or the allies of Enchancia. Having just visited Walt Disney World as a family for the first time this month, The Rock Daughters met many a Princess first-hand, and while the traditional likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel are certainly prevalent both there and at home, it's a much younger Princess - one whose mother married into Royalty - that maintains the top spot here at Rock Father HQ: Sofia the First. Indeed, the title character from the Disney Junior hit his held in high regard  - a highlight of our visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, and a character that both of our girls played in a Broadway Beginners production of SOFIA & JAKE: A PRINCESS & PIRATE ADVENTURE. All that said, for National Princess Week I'm featuring the new Sofia the First Mermaid Magic Princess Doll by Just Play Products.

The Rock Daughters and Sofia the First at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sent here for review earlier this Spring, this new doll features mermaid version of Sofia - first appearing in "The Floating Palace," and later back in "Cool Hand Fluke."  As you might know, young Sofia befriended some mermaids, eventually revealing that The Amulet of Avalor had a previously-unseen power - that of turning the human into a mermaid for undersea adventures. Like that time she encountered The Mantacorn (not to be confused with the Devilish Manticore), a music-loving creature that was part Manta, part Unicorn. In fact, after a recent visit to the beach, the girls collected a few "Mantacorn Horns."

Sofia the First Mermaid Magic

This new doll is a great representation of Sofia as she appeared on the show, and in many ways similar to a Little Mermaid Ariel doll we already had here at the house. Pressing Sofia's Amulet of Avalor prompts the doll to play a song from the show while the tail lights up in a variety of colors thanks to some LED lighting inside. The best part is that the bottom of the tail fin can be wound by hand, and upon pressing the button will spin. 

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The caveat here - and we run into this a lot - is that this is an electronic lights & sounds doll that is advertised as being for play in the water... but just the tail. Like the aforementioned Ariel doll (made by JAKKS Pacific), you can't submerge the entire Sofia doll in water without risking damage, so I have to point that out. 


Overall, this is a great doll that's lots of fun, but without supervision, we keep this as a water-free toy. An added bonus? We bought the girls some of the smaller Sofia mermaid figures and they all play well together. Have you heard about when Mermaid Sofia became GIANT Mermaid Sofia? That's a story we made up right here!

The Sofia the First Mermaid Magic Princess Doll is available now at retailers everywhere, for a suggested price of $24.99

You know what we still need, though? A Mr. Cedric action figure and a proper Baileywick. Also, Doc McStuffins still needs The Wicked King. Someone needs to get on that...

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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