If you ask Little Miss C what her favourite film is then I can tell you that she would answer within a heartbeat that it was Frozen. Heck, even if you asked two year old Master C you’d probably get the same response. There’s something about the magic that Disney have created that has made it a huge huge hit with children and with the new Frozen Fever film due out on the 27th March, and promises of Frozen 2 to follow, there’s no doubt that this obsession is going to run and run.
LMC jumps on absolutely anything Frozen related and at the moment her bedroom looks like a shrine to Elsa and Anna (or Honour as she insists on calling her – not yet understanding the concept of an American accent!). I therefore jumped at the opportunity to earn extra mummy points by agreeing to review the new Frozen Magic Snow Sleeve from Flair. The sleeve fits on a child’s arm and by just raising their hand they can fire out snow or water as if by magic. We were also sent an Elsa dress from Rubies to complete the Frozen review experience.
I know when I first read about the Magic Snow Sleeve I was somewhat confused as to exactly what it was and how it works so here is a bit of an explanation that I’ve put together.
With LMC all dressed up in her Elsa dress and ready to go I put on the sleeve for her. The elastic bit was really useful to ensure that it fitted even her very slender arms and the plastic clip round clasp meant that there was no danger of it falling off with the weight of the magic ice can or water bottle attached.
To operate the magic snow sleeve all you need to do is lift your hand up and out it squirts by pressing down on the top of the can or bottle. LMC found this really easy to operate with the magic ice, but with the water bottle you didn’t really get the same effect as not as much water squirted out as you might expect.
The magic ice itself is actually just silly string which comes out in long pieces, therefore not really representing snow that much. That didn’t seem to matter to LMC but I thought it would have been more effective if it had instead sprayed out a mist of white stuff. To be honest I think the magic snow sleeve is the sort of toy that children love and parents hate. Luckily we tried this out in the garden, but had we done so inside the house I daren’t think about the mess it would have caused. As it was it took me a fair while to go round the garden and pick up all the long pieces of “snow” that were decorating the lawn, flowerbeds and trees by the time LMC had finished.
I can see that the water bottle and ability to fire water will probably come into it’s own come the summer when children are playing outside, but we couldn’t get the sleeve to fire water as well as I would have wanted it to to be on a par with firing a water pistol at someone. The magic snow will obviously run out at some point, but replacement cans can apparently be bought, although I’m yet to find any for sale online. At the rate LMC was going I don’t expect it to be long until the can that came with the sleeve runs out, but I’m not sure I’ll be letting her use it when her brother is around as I can’t yet trust either of them not to get it in someone’s eye.
The Frozen Magic Snow Sleeve has an RRP of £29.99 which seems high to me for what it is, but I note that it is on a par with so many other Frozen branded products. With it being an outside toy I expect that it will be popular in the summer months with all the Elsa fans out there.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Frozen Magic Snow Sleeve and the Elsa dress for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. This post contains an affiliate link.