Saturday, 26 May 2012

Japanese Best Friend Dolls Review

We were very excited when this box was handed over recently by our ever-overloaded-but-always-cheerful Postie.

Paint Your Own Japanese Best Friend Dolls is, happily, exactly what it says on the box.
It is aimed at girls aged 8 plus and this product allows girls to make and decorate their own Japanese ‘Kokeshi’ Doll. Kokeshi is an enchanting Japanese tradition whereby you hand paint dolls to give to friends. This product is great for creative girls who like to give gifts that their friends will love and treasure forever. You can even write a secret message to store in the base!

The contents are: 3 wooden doll blanks, 4 pom poms, set of 5 acrylic paints, paint brush, face and dress stickers, double sided sticky tape, greeting cards, secret message slips and thread.

Also included are step-by-step instructions, which proved most useful for daddy who had unusually found himself in charge of the quality crafting time.

Tamsin has just had her 7th birthday, and I'd say she did find it a little tricky and certainly needed help with it. The dolls need about 4 coats of paint, so having to wait inbetween for them to dry is a little time-consuming. She loved the idea of the dolls though, and has written lovely secret messages to go in them. Stickers for the faces and dresses are a great idea.

Our finished dolls:

Makes a lovely gift or an activity for your own child - the retail price is around £10 which is great value for money.

We were sent the above toy for the purpose of this review, but have not received payment. All the views expressed here are our own.


  1. Ah they're sticker! I thought that painting was rather excellent! GG would love those

    1. They are very cute. Make good gifts I'd say!!


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