Dress-up Dresses, New and Improved with Batteries

I like a toy that teaches parents a few lessons. Acting Out Musical Dress-up Skirts are a line of ballerina-type dresses with motion-activated battery-powered music boxes. Your 3- to 6-year-old child dances around while music plays. Each dress contains a different music recording.

Marketing photo of a girl wearing a pink Acting Out Musical Swan Lake Skirt
I know what you’re thinking. My, how far we have come since the days of Thomas Edison’s phonograph princess gowns. Edison was a visionary, but no toddler wants to dance while turning a hand crank. Even the most graceful of dancers could not escape causing the needle to skip or having the wax phonograph cylinder crash to the floor in pieces.

Here are a few perceptions I’ve gleaned from reading about 21st century music dresses.

Lesson #1: Dresses that don’t play music are boring.

Lesson #2: Stereos, boom boxes and other home audio players are obsolete. Dancing should be conducted with a personal audio player attached to your body.

Lesson #3: Playing a music CD on an obsolete boom box or home stereo while dancing, or worse, playing no music at all, is to disrespect the inherent, unique inner music of your garment.

Lesson #4: Toys that don’t use batteries are suspect. Check the box’s fine print or the product’s web page before spending cash on outdated technology.

Lesson #5: Organizations that issue toy awards are experts. Just look at the various awards this toy has received.

Of course, what do I know? I don’t own one of these dresses. My daughter plays with mute ballerina skirts purchased at garage sales and then dances to music from any CD we choose to pop into our CD player. One must wonder how long before un-electronic dresses are a thing of the past.

See previous: Cranium’s Giggle Gear: Dress-up Play with Batteries

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4 Responses to “Dress-up Dresses, New and Improved with Batteries”

  1. STL Mom says:

    My daughter, who LOVES to dance and has taken 2 years of ballet, has received TWO of these dresses as gifts, and does not use either one. She almost immediately removed the plastic music box (from the hidden inside pocket) and uses the skirt and music box separately. She dances to different music when wearing the skirt (a CD or her own singing) and plays the music box when doing other activities, like seeing how long it takes mommy to go crazy when she hears the same, tinny tune over and over and over again…

    November 21st, 2006 at 10:06 am

  2. Asha says:

    My daughter received one of these as a gift, and, I have to say, she absolutely loved having the music. I’m not saying ALL TOYS MUST BE INFUSED WITH ELECTRONIC GOODNESS and I kind of agree with everything you’ve written here. But I also can’t deny that this particular gimmick worked for my daughter.

    November 22nd, 2006 at 7:37 am

  3. thordora says:

    My kids would immediately seek and destroy the doodad playing the music, perhaps put the skirt on their head, and then go back to their trucks and dolls. of course, my kids aren’t the girliest girls.

    I’d never spend the money on something so ridiculous, but that’s just me.

    November 22nd, 2006 at 10:07 am

  4. Carrie says:

    My respect for the toy awards just went WAY down.

    November 27th, 2006 at 11:04 pm