Melissa & Doug Folding Princess Castle – Review and Giveaway

Well, it is that time of year. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids are asking for everything for Christmas that they see advertised. And almost all of them are plastic and commercially branded. Not particularly inspiring for imaginative play and not particularly earth friendly.

So, when I was approached to do a review of the Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle, I was thrilled. (So, yes, I was sent a free castle and doll set for review in the interest of full disclosure.) My daughter has been asking for a pink plastic Barbie castle, and I much preferred non-branded wood. So I accepted. The castle arrived, and it is PERFECT. My princess loves the painted pink accents and the castle’s flexibility. It includes two removable turrets, flying buttresses, and a working drawbridge.

My daughter loves it, and plays with it almost every night. At Thanksgiving, some of my daughter’s cousins joined us, and they were just as entranced with the Folding Princess Castle. Melissa and Doug also generously sent my the Royal Family Wooden Doll Set to review. The girls, my daughter included, love these as well. You should check out all of the Melissa and Doug Toy Castles.

The drawbacks – the drawbridge is a little difficult for my 5 year old doll to manipulate because it is stiff. And, my daughter thinks the painted features on the female royal family members is “too clown like.” Also, just expressed regret that the clothes cannot be removed from the royal family. 

From an environmental perspective, I do like that the castle and dolls are all wood. And, in my XRF testing experience, I haven’t had any lead or cadmium show up for Melissa and Doug Toys. I also love that the toys aren’t branded – I can escape the Disney Princesses or Barbie or any of the others for a little bit.

My daughter is so pleased with the castle, I’ve purchased for her the Princess Castle Furniture set to add to the castle for Christmas. You can check out all of the Melissa and Doug Toy Castles and accessories.

Now, bonus for my readers. I get to give away a Folding Princess Castle or Folding Medieval Castle (value $99 each – you get to pick ONE). It will be a random draw from comments. In the interest of trying (though no promises) to make this for Xmas, the contest is open until 11:59 pm on December 14, 2010. Leave a comment below with which you would prefer if you won. Winner to be notified by email.

If you want a bonus entry, follow Melissa and Doug on Twitter and let me know that you did or already do in a separate comment.

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  1. i follow Melissa and Doug on Twitter!nnenchantedtree (at) hotmail dot com

  2. Masonj6772 says:

    Folding Princess Castle

  3. Masonj6772 says:

    Folding Princess Castle

  4. the great thing is this is not branded! Kids are very particular with brands. They use Disney castles for Disney princesses only. They are that strict!

  5. I love how thorough your reviews are – we need more of these!nFolding Princess Castle and twitter followed….nThanks Smart Mama for using your background and experiencento follow your heart.

  6. Very cool. My daughters would love the castle!

  7. Eaglemac1981 says:

    I enjoy the site good ideas I have 2 grandsons that would really enjoy the wood castle thanks and again great site keep up the great job hunnybee

  8. Eaglemac1981 says:

    I enjoy the site good ideas I have 2 grandsons that would really enjoy the wood castle thanks and again great site keep up the great job hunnybee

  9. A wonderful alternative to all the Disney Princess and Barbie products. It’s challenging to keep kids from being over-commercialized in this day and age!

  10. Six_one_nine_girlie86 says:

    We’d love to win the Mideival Castle!nnnsix_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. Six_one_nine_girlie86 says:

    I follow M and D on Twitter pyrodamselnnnsix_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Six_one_nine_girlie86 says:

    I follow M and D on Twitter pyrodamselnnnsix_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Also follow Melissa & Doug on Twitter! My little princess loves their toys!

  14. Melissa R. says:

    I would love the Princess one.nnGiveawaymommy at yahoo dot com

  15. Melissa R. says:

    Melissa & doug Twitter Follower @giveawaymommynnnGiveawaymommy at yahoo dot com

  16. Amber Scott says:

    Because my son has an adventurous heart and will want to share with lil sister, the Medieval Castle, please. Thanks for the contest. Very cool site!

  17. Amysprik2006 says:

    Love M&D, too. My son would love the Medieval Castle. Thanks for sharing.

  18. It could be no other than the princess castle!nThanks for highlighting their products, my daughter loves them.

  19. I would love to have the Folding Medieval Castlennacouponaddict at charter dot net

  20. following Melissa and Doug on Twittern@nelrickyn

  21. Jill Wilson says:

    That castle is adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Great giveaway for the holidays! I am torn. I am not a princess fan, even though baby girl seems to be and her favorite color is pink… I must go with the Princess Castle. 😉

  23. Great giveaway for the holidays! I am torn. I am not a princess fan, even though baby girl seems to be and her favorite color is pink… I must go with the Princess Castle. 😉

  24. I follow Melissa and Doug on twitter (@clementinenw)

  25. Iselafeipel143 says:

    Aww i came a lil late jus heard bout dis website frm good day l.a. Its so amazing ma lil princess wld just love this.. hope u find one for her!

  26. Iselafeipel143 says:

    I meant i hope i find one for her!! Jus thot i’d clear dat up!

  27. She’s really enjoying it. Princess castle is one of the top wishes of young girls to have. This one looks perfect as what you said, anyone would love to play with a pretty castle like that.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Adorable! My kids love their cardboard house!

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