I just got an e-mail from Barbiecollector.com that they released new Wizard of Oz collector dolls. They look fantastic, and are each Pink Label so they are decent addition for general collecting. I might have to get my hands on the Wicked Witch doll, but I am biased because I love Witches. I think they also used the original actresses’ faces as a guide to sculpt the faces of the dolls. Though I feel that the only one that looks really close is the doll of Glinda. If you would like to see the dolls, click the links below:
To celebrate the re-release of Disney’s Cinderella in Diamond Edition they have come out with a few limited edition items, unfortunately they are a little pricey.
The first being the Limited Edition Cinderella doll and this one is pricier than some they have had in the past: $99.50. The doll is currently only up for pre-order and will be released in October. You can pre-order the doll here. To me, the best part of the doll is that she is even wearing glass slippers. Just don’t let her lose one!
The second is a limited edition figurine set. They had these when they released Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray. I haven’t seen these figurines in person, but I did see the Lady and the Tramp and they were very nice quality. The set theme is “getting Cinderella ready for the ball” and has a figurine of Cinderella in her torn pink dress, the Fairy Godmother, Gus, Jaq, the pumpkin, a coach horse, Bruno as the footman, and Old Major as the coachman. These figurines are all handpainted and made of ceramic. They have kind of shiny gloss paint over them that I can see in the pictures. If you would like to see more about them, then click here. This set is still a bit pricey as well, costing near $80.
The third is a figure of Gus and Jaq in a teacup. It is also hand painted and made of ceramic. If I could purchase any of the limited collectibles, it would be this one because it’s my favorite. I also like to collect tea related items and this would be so fun to have sitting on top of my tea hutch to decorate it. If you would like to see the item, click here. The figurine costs $39.50.
The last is a pin set for you Disney pin collectors out there. They come in a box made to look like the Cinderella storybook in the intro of the movie. They are actually very pretty looking pins, made of a silvertone finish cloissone and enamel. The characters included are the Stepmother and Stepsisters, Jaq and Gus with the key, Fairy Godmother with Pumpkin, Cinderella and Price Charming, and the Pumpkin Coach. My favorite of these is the Pumpkin Coach because it actually has chain reins going from the driver’s hands to the horses’ bridles. If you would like to see them, check here. These are the most costly out of the bunch of limited edition items, costing $129.95.
So when I first saw a picture of the new line of the Disney Animator Dolls – I was very interested. No, it wasn’t really something I would rush out and buy for my collection….but I was certainly interested. What are the Disney Animator Dolls? They are dolls of each one of the princesses re-imagined as Toddler aged children. What makes them so special is that two Disney animators were asked to design them – Mark Henn and Glenn Keane. These dolls retail at $24.99 versus the usual $15.00 that I see most of the Disney toddler dolls run for in stores.
I was pretty excited by the concept art for each doll, to the point that I even debated on purchasing one to save for my future children. Each doll is even supposed to come with a companion animal from the movie as well:
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as thrilled with them as I thought that I would be when I saw the actual dolls. The first image is how the doll is presented to you on the website, the second one is what you will be getting in the actual box.
I feel that the Rapunzel doll is one of the cuter ones and I love the hair – but to me, her face doesn’t look very yearning at all. Her face looks timid or even a little worried. My sister felt she was looking at someone like they were crazy or something. I just don’t feel that it instills the same feeling that I get from watching the Tangled movie. I would prefer the doll to look just as bright and bubbly and ready to take on the world as Rapunzel looks in the movie. I feel that the Belle one is pretty cute but it’s still not one of my most favorites. Her face is pretty cute and she is at least smiling – though I am not thrilled with what looks like a Superman spit curl on her forehead.
The Ariel doll is my most favorite out of the set – I think she looks adorable. I would buy her for one of my little cousins. She has such a cute face and everything about her is adorable. The Aurora doll kind of freaked me out a bit, I mean her eyes are huge! She has this very mischievous look on her face as well. Then, look at the picture of what you actually get in the box. Look at her face, her eyebrows are furrowed a bit to the point that she looks a little mad. She looks like she wants to go kick someone in the shin!
The Cinderella doll is pretty cute, though it seems to have the same expression on her face that many of the other dolls have. I love the Jasmine doll though, she is pretty cute and I love that they put her in an outfit that fits her culture. Though, still looking at her one way – she doesn’t look like she is smiling either. Where’s the smile Jasmine? Or she could have at least sported her “Uh huh, sure” look that she gets in the movie – with one eyebrow up and one down. I could see her starting that expression at a young age.
I really don’t have much to say about the Mulan doll, but it really isn’t nearly as cute at the concept design. Now, the Pocahontas doll – I just couldn’t believe that one. Sure, Pocahontas is the most serious of the Disney princesses. I mean, few times do you see her really smile in the movie. I really don’t think they had to do that with the doll though, she looks like someone kicked her puppy! Out of curiosity, I went back and read some of the reviews on the Disneystore.com website to see if anyone even bought the doll. The people that did were of coarse, huge Pocahontas fans. One even went on to say that she looks sad because this could have been around the time her mother died. That is just plain sad and I would not want to give this doll to one of my little relatives looking as sad as she does.
I feel like Snow White is one of the cuter dolls as well, she looks happy. She has big chubby cheeks and her eyes are beautiful. Though, she seems to be sporting the same looking away, half smile that a lot of the other dolls do. I also don’t get what is up with the little pigtails they put on her. Tiana is one of my top favorite princesses, and I think the doll is pretty cute. I love her hair with the pigtails and the little girls. Though again, the same look away, half smile.
The companions that each doll comes with, I thought were going to be little plush toys – but they just seem to each be a flat piece of embroidered fabric. So I was a bit disappointed with that aspect as well.
All in all, that is my opinion of the new line of dolls. I love Disney, I’m a huge Disney collector – but I wanted to give my honest opinion. I am just disappointed from what was given through the concept art. I still have yet to see the dolls in person – so they may be much better looking in person. If I ever do get my hands on one, I will review an actual doll, though I doubt that will happen because I am not planning on purchasing any of them.
I’ll be posting these on my tumblr, not on this blog – but I am going to use the list to link over to the tumblr posts.
DAY 1: Favorite movie
DAY 2: Favorite princess
DAY 3: Favorite prince
DAY 4: Favorite song
DAY 5: Favorite kiss
DAY 6: Prettiest princess
DAY 7: Favorite castle
DAY 8: Saddest moment
DAY 9: Favorite couple
DAY 10: Best hair
DAY 11: Favorite animal sidekick
DAY 12: Favorite non-animal sidekick
DAY 13: Favorite outfit
DAY 14: Favorite villain
DAY 15: Favorite romantic moment
DAY 16: Favorite singing voice
DAY 17: Best eyes
DAY 18: Favorite name
DAY 19: Favorite soundtrack
DAY 20: Funniest moment
DAY 21: Favorite quote
DAY 22: Bravest princess
DAY 23: Favorite dance scene
DAY 24: Favorite parent
DAY 25: Favorite lyrics
DAY 26: Most magical moment
DAY 27: Best wardrobe
DAY 28: Favorite sequel
DAY 29: Favorite overall moment
DAY 30: Favorite happy ending