Barbie Dreamhorse Review (Mattel)

Barbie Dreamhorse
What It Is

If you want the ultimate in Barbie real estate, you get the Dream House. If you want the ultimate in Barbie pet ownership, you get the Barbie Dreamhorse. This electronic horse is touch- and voice-activated with walking and more than 30 sounds and reactions.

To make the horse walk, touch either the rear right, rear left, or rear center of the horse. The horse will then walk either right, left, or straight. But the horse will also walk in the direction of your voice, so make a sound on one side and the horse will walk to you. You can stop the horse from walking by pressing its forehead button.

There is a doll clip on the horse so that the included Barbie doll can ride along. The ponytailed Barbie doll comes with a removable pink helmet (safety first!) that matches her pink flannel shirt and fleece vest. Blue jeans are printed onto the doll's legs, and she's got removable brown boots.

The Dreamhorse also likes to cuddle, so when you touch the left or right side of its chest, the horse will nuzzle in that direction. And if you insert the carrots into the horse's mouth, you'll hear eating sounds.

For playtime, press the smiley face button on the back of the saddle. You can make the horse dance to three different built-in songs, and even ask the horse yes or no questions and watch it shake its head no or yes to answer.

Is It Fun?

There have been walking Barbie horses in the past, but this one adds in a little more interactivity with the dancing, the eating, and the question and answer mode. Kids will like that they can activate the horse's features with just a touch or by talking to it, kind of like with a real horse. And there's also a lot of potential for creative hairplay as kids groom the horse and help Barbie care for it. For kids who like Barbie and horses, this is going to be a lot of fun.

Who It’s For

The Barbie Dreamhorse is for ages 3 and up. It's going to be fun for young Barbie fans who also like horses.

What To Be Aware Of

The horse comes with four AA batteries for the in-store try-me features, so it's recommended that you replace them before you play for best results.

This doll and horse set is available in Caucasian and African-American versions. Each is sold separately.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    4 AA batteries required