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DOLLHOUSE REVIEW

Top  Pick

Open, accessible layout offers great play possibilities.  Decent (not overwhelming) assembly.

MSRP:  $199.99 (typical retail $130)

Adjusted Price:*  $150 (typical retail + doll family)

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+

Assembly:  45 minutes

Size:  Medium

Furniture Included:  Yes (sort of – enough for four rooms)

Dolls Included:  No

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THE SCOOP

The Fun​

  • Openness

  • Simplicity

The Frustration

  • Minor quality issues

Overview

The Hape All Season House excels when it comes to play potential.  There are plenty of rooms and play space, and its features tend toward the understated, which allows the child’s imagination to take center stage. 

 

Accessories

Partial credit.  The All Season House comes with primarily wooden dollhouse furniture for four rooms:  the master bedroom; bathroom; kitchen; and a media room. 

 

There are two other rooms you may want to furnish.  (We recommend checking out the dining room set and either the kids room or the baby room set.) 

 

You’ll have to buy dolls separately (check out our guide to doll buying here).

 

Assembly 

This was a speedier build than anticipated.  You’re probably looking at around 45 minutes. 

 

Everything you need is included.

The directions are entirely visual and easy to follow. 

 

The bulk of the assembly involves screwing the wooden connector pieces into the two wooden frames. 

 

Not-so-expert tip #1:  The artwork is different on the two sides of the dollhouse’s back frame. Make sure to orient the pieces so that the correct side of the frame faces into the house. 

 

The screws go into the wooden connectors just fine until the last half-inch or so, at which point things get a bit tight.  Our testers had a hard time getting some of the screws flush with the wood.

 

You’ll also have to slot in the floors for the various rooms, which is pretty simple once you figure out which floor panel should go in which spot.

 

Not-so-expert tip #2:  Make sure you have the floors in the correct spots before you screw in the final house frame and lock them into place.

 

Play Value

One of the strengths of the All Season House is its openness.  Every room in the house can be approached from more than one angle, which allows little ones to engage with the house in different ways.  It’s also a helpful feature if two or more children are playing with the dollhouse together.

 

This Hape model has six different rooms, all of which are spacious enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture.

 

We love the simplicity of the design.  There are two movable wooden staircases, which kiddos can use to connect various rooms to one another.  And the roof is reversible—there’s a summer green and a wintery white, both of which have solar panels.

 

There are no batteries, electricity, or sound effects.  There’s a bit of color and some pattern to the flooring and two of the back walls, but otherwise the dollhouse is a blank slate.  This gives the child’s imagination free reign and puts the child’s storytelling front and center—exactly where it should be.

Quality 

Very good.  The All Season House is a primarily wooden dollhouse.  The components all arrived intact. 

 

The dollhouse gets a minor quality ding because some of the wooden pieces weren’t completely smooth.

The house is stable.  Added bonus that despite being a fairly generous size, it’s lightweight and easily movable.

THE PRODUCTS

Hape All Season House Edited Compressed.

All Season House

Hape

MSRP:  $199.99 (typical retail $130)

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+

 

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Dining Room Set

Hape

MSRP:  $19.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+​

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Children’s Room Set

Hape

MSRP:  $19.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+

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Baby Room

Hape

MSRP:  $19.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+

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Hape Happy Family African American Dolls

Happy Family Dolls

Hape

MSRP:  $19.99

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 Years+​

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