If this dancing toy with unruly hair does not persuade your child to get a decent hair style I am not sure what will do so. This however should keep the youngster amused for a while and any busy parent knows that this is gold.

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A worrying trend is that there are six slightly different versions all do something slightly different in the way the ‘hair moves’ so at the age range aimed at, the possibility is that pester power is large on the scene.

They are not expensive and come complete with the four watch type batteries already installed – you need a Philips screwdriver to extract them - and a spare set is also supplied in the box so again at the age group aimed at move these well out of reach as otherwise a visit to A & E may follow when the child swallows them.

Like a number of recent toys you can use it while still in the box and that might be the best way as removing it requires some effort and patience so if you decide to remove it do so when the child is not around.

The idea is the same whatever the dolls colour and style, the ones I saw were ‘Tempo’ and ‘Dub’ in the box the doll stands around 20cm to the top of its hair at its widest part – the ears - its 7cm across and they come in a range of body colours and decorations.

Everyone has a set of sunglasses set just above the head and their actual job is to keep the hair fairly upright, so you have around five or so centimetres of upright hair displayed above the sun glasses.

Another advantage of them staying in the box is that generous helpings of jam or other foodstuffs are kept away from the doll and the plastic cover can be wiped clean.

You do need to turn them on and a tiny switch is at the back of the right arm, the belly button also has a purpose when left on for a while without any noise – the child must therefore be asleep – push the belly button to reactivate the doll.

The hair is said to dance to the beat but I found any regular noise worked not just music and it does not have to be that loud.

The two I had could not be more different ‘Dub’ had a dark blue body with yellow spots over the body from neck down and the hair was a turquoise blue colour. ‘Tempo’ was a porcelain white body with pink eyes and a logo on its belly with pink hair.

The stated age is 6+ but ‘not suitable for children under 3’ is also on the box. My own guess is that around 3-4 is age group who would like them the best.

The prices from Amazon seem to vary wildly according to the doll I have selected the most reasonably priced called ‘T C’ who at the time or publication, is available for £14.99 but others seem to be as much as £35.

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