Now, Christmas is over, my daughter is not having a Tangled party, and I couldn't wait any longer to open these beautiful dolls! :) I took tons of pics to share with you all. :D
Here are Eugene and Rapunzel, still in their boxes:
And by the way, if you're planning on giving these dolls to a child, be sure you stick around to help with getting them out of the box. I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever get Rapunzel out. She had so many twist ties and rubber bands and plastic pieces and threads...it was insane!
Eugene came with Rapunzel's tiara and what is supposed to be a child-sized tiara to match. As you can see from the pic below, though, it's a little small. Hailey's excited to have her own Rapunzel tiara, though! :)
Now for some pics of the couple, much happier now that they're de-boxed. :)
I thought I'd give a basic overview of each doll and tell you what I like and don't like about each. We'll start with Rapunzel.
I'd give Rapunzel a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest). She has a cute face, although I wish they'd toned down the freckles a bit...they were much lighter in the movie. I may try removing them and adding my own sometime later. Because her eyes are looking to the side, it's rather difficult to make her look at Eugene directly (this may not matter to some people, but it's frustrating when you're trying to do pics). :) As a side note, I'd like to say how much I appreciate the fact that Rapunzel is not a drop-dead gorgeous princess in the movie. She's cute and perky, but not necessarily beautiful. She has a round face and freckles and *SPOILER* ends up with short brunette hair. I think she's a much more relatable and attainable princess than some of the others that Disney has dreamed up. She's still way too skinny, but hey, at least she's on the right track. :) Okay, moving on. :D
Rapunzel has articulated elbows and wrists, which make posing her really fun. Her legs are like regular Barbie legs, with the same type of bendy knees. The only downside to her poseable wrists is that they make her a bit more fragile. I'd be reluctant to let a child younger than 5 or 6 play with her.
Rapunzel's hair looks really impressive. It's very long, as you can see from the pic below. It even feels the way you'd imagine her hair would feel: thick and heavy. Her hair also has glimmery iridescent strands intermingled with the normal hair to give the idea of magic glowing hair. The downside is it tangles very easily. Appropriate, I suppose, given the title of the movie, but an unfortunate quality if you're planning on giving this doll to a child. Quite honestly, I wouldn't give this doll to my daughters unless I cut the hair or put it in a braid and made them keep it that way. And what's the fun of having all that hair if you can't style it? Rapunzel's hair was shedding all over and getting wild just from a few brushings and from posing for these pics. So, she's a great doll for a collector, but not so much for kids. It's really a shame.
Here's a close-up of Rapunzel's bodice. I applaud the Disney Store for their careful attention to details; the dress really is beautiful.
Now it's Eugene's turn. :)
I'd give Eugene a 10 out of 10. This is a great doll. I saw the Mattel version of Eugene/Flynn and was really disappointed with the way they painted his face. He looked a little goofy. I think this face mold does a better job of capturing his lovable roguishness. It would have been nice if they had made him with rooted hair, but then again, it might have been hard to do his particular hairstyle that way. Also, all of the Prince dolls in their line have plastic hair, so it's to be expected.
Eugene has articulated elbows, but normal wrists. He also has normal Ken doll legs that bend at the knees. I love having a male doll with bendable elbows, especially since I grew up in the era when most Ken dolls had straight arms. It always bothered me that they couldn't really "hug" Barbie. It was like Barbie was hugging a zombie, or some guy with rigor mortis. :} It's nice that Eugene can actually hold Rapunzel in his arms. Once again, this might be trivial to some people, but it's a big plus for me. :)
I don't see any reason why Eugene shouldn't be given to a child. He's well made and doesn't have too many small parts (maybe ages 3 and up because of the small tiara). If you're considering buying the Mattel doll, I would highly recommend going for this guy instead. He's only $14.99 at Disneystore.com (plus shipping), so it's not much more than you would pay for the Mattel doll...and his face is much nicer!
As you can see from the below pics, Eugene's knapsack is included. It even opens so he can put the tiara inside.
Here's a close-up of the rivets on Eugene's shirt. Once again, Disney did a great job with little details on these dolls.
I had some fun "playing" last night, posing Eugene and Rapunzel together. Here are some of the best shots:
Eugene, Rapunzel and Pascal: ready for a new adventure! :)
By the way, Tangled is supposed to come out in March! It's available on pre-order at Amazon.com and at Disneystore.com. At Disneystore.com, they said it would be available to own on Blu-ray on March 29th. I've already pre-ordered it thru Amazon. Unfortunately, I ordered it before Disney Store offered it with 4 free lithographs. :( Oh well, it's still going to be AMAZING!! I'm so excited!! :)
UPDATE (7/26/11): These dolls are no longer being sold at Disneystore.com. The newer dolls have a few changes. You can read all about them in my newer post here (the part about the new dolls is towards the end of the post). Thanks! :)