For Christmas, my mother wanted to give our daughter her very first Mickey Mouse. She admitted that she had a hard time finding one that was an appropriately sized but was able to locate one at Toys R Us. My daughter is a year and a half and likes to be able to snuggle with her stuffed animals so we try to get her dolls that are not too big otherwise she pays them no attention.
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When my daughter pulled the Disney 15" Mickey Mouse Plush Doll out of the gift bag, the first then she did was bury her smiling face into his and gave him a great big hug. It was a hit! She talked to him briefly and gave him one more hug before she tossed him aside and was grabbing for the next present. Well, even Mickey couldn't take her attention off of all of her presents.
Since then, she cuddles with her Mickey Mouse all of the time and will take him with her on her naps. She has not done much imaginative play with any of her stuffed animals unless she is trying to feed them "imaginary food" but I anticipate that as her imagination matures, Mickey will be involved in many adventures. For now, she prefers to hug them and give kisses. She still likes to bury her face into his and is fascinated by the big black nose on his face. She will grab hold of the nose and give Mickey a good shaking. Occasionally she will chew on his nose for good measure.
The Disney 15" Mickey Mouse Plush Doll is large enough that she can give him a whole body hug but small enough that it can sit in her lap. He is wearing his standard apparel of red shorts with two large white buttons on the front. The shorts are attached to the body in strategic places to keep them on and aligned across the top. He has big bright yellow shoes on his feat and is wearing white gloves. He has a small tail peaking out the back and a great big smile on his face. Mickey's big eyes, nose, and ears are a replica of what one imagines when they think of him. The makers even included a pink tongue in his open mouth adding further detail. He is outer portions are made of polyester and he is filled with polyester foam, pellets, and fibers. The pellets are located in his bottom allowing Mickey Mouse to sit upright easier. Mickey is surface washable only.
I recommend the Disney 15" Mickey Mouse Plush Doll as a great first time Mickey for a toddler. The simple style will allow for the imagination to soar and there is a classic feel to him. This stuffed animal is appropriate for children 6 months and older. The only thing I would have liked to see different is that the shorts are attached to Mickey's body all the way around rather than in four places. There is enough room for a toddler to easily put their finger in the opening and potentially rip the thread holding them in place. The thread is pretty strong but it would not be impossible to do so. If the pants came off you would be left with a naked Mickey (not anatomically correct of course) but the loose shorts would not create a safety hazard.
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Amount Paid (US$): Gift
Type of Toy: Stuffed Toy
Age Range of Child: Whole Family