First up is my French It's a Small World doll from the Disney Animator's series. I saw these dolls during the D23 Expo when they were only available to pre-order the entire set, and I really loved them. I promised myself the French girl once she was available, and this past week, I found her!
These dolls are a really sweet set! Each one is 14 inches tall and sings "It's a Small World" both in her native language as well as English. What I love about these dolls is they are the first I've seen that really resemble the figures on the theme park ride itself- which was my favorite Disneyland attraction as a little girl. Look at these big eyes with the realistic lashes! She has such a sweet smile.
Next, we have the Disney Store versions of Anna and Elsa from the new yet-to-be-released Disney film, Frozen.
Here's Elsa on the left and Anna on the right. These are beautiful dolls! They were available as a set at the D23 Expo, but I bought these at the Disney Store. Now some people are claiming that the D23 set is different, but I've seen both in person, and they look very much identical to me. My friend who bought the set can't figure out any differences either, so if you missed out, just go to the Disney Store and pick up these girls.
As all Disney Barbie-type dolls seem to be now, Anna and Elsa are fully articulated including ankles and wrists! They feel so nice and sturdy in your hands. It used to be that the Disney Store brand dolls didn't look that great, but in recent years, they have really improved. In fact, they've improved so much that for Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and now Anna and Elsa, I have opted for the Disney Store version over the Mattel dolls! They just seem to do a much better job at capturing the faces of the characters.
For my birthday, I got the Mattel version of the Anna doll. She wears the green coronation day dress with a design that magically appears on the front of her dress when you get it wet.
Here are the before and after pics.
Finally, here's my last new Disney doll treasure. I stayed up until midnight so I could order these when they first posted on the website:
There is one bizarre thing about the Beast doll. The bulk of his body is the cotton sewn into his jacket...so he looks really weird if you pull down his collar!
But on the whole, these dolls are some of the loveliest in my collection. And yes- like the Anna and Elsa dolls from the Disney Store- this Belle is fully articulated. She also, oddly enough, wears painted on panties...you'd think with a doll this expensive they would have given her real underclothes!