Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Disney Animator's Collection (DAC) Belle Doll Review

One of the dolls I've been wanting to review for a while is Belle from the Disney Animator's Collection line at the Disney Store.  Another of my purchases from my recent trip, this doll is a total cutie and a great addition to my Beauty and the Beast collection.

Here she is in her box (I took her boxed pics in the hotel so I could open her on my trip!). ;)

Side view

Back of the box.

The boxes are so detailed and interesting!  I took a few extra pics so you could enjoy the box too. :)

Another side view.

The front label.

Here she is, free from her box. :)

Some of you may be surprised at how long it took me to purchase and review one of these dolls.  They were released around a year ago, so I'm a little late joining the bandwagon.  

Well, to be honest, like some of my other dolls, I didn't really care for this line at first.  I mean they were cute, but not really something I was interested in.  I didn't care for the stock photos, and some of the dolls I didn't like at all. (I'm still not a fan of DAC Aurora or Mulan, just because of the way they did their faces.  I don't think they look like themselves.)  But slowly, they started appealing to me, especially Belle.  This was largely due to the adorable photos taken by Holly of Holly's Dollys.  She has all of the DAC dolls and uploaded tons of adorable pics on Disney Doll Lovers.  So thanks, Holly, for making me realize just how cute these dolls really are! ;)

Speaking of which... ;)

Side view of Belle.

Back view.

And the other side.

A closer look at her cute blue village dress.

Her hair bow.

Lacy socks and black Mary Janes.

She comes with this adorable stuffed Chip.

Belle's head can move up and down and tilt from side to side, so this allows for a lot of expression in her photography:

Her body is all vinyl, and she is 16" tall.

Her arms move out as well as up and down.

She even has cute little dimples in her elbows, just like a toddler would.

When I undressed her, I did notice a bit of faint blue staining around her chest from her dress.  It was so light I couldn't capture it on camera.  I just wanted to mention it in case any of you get one of these for yourself.  I'll probably change her clothes from time to time to avoid worse stains.

Speaking of changing her clothes, one of my readers commented that she wished there were more outfits for the DAC dolls.  As it so happens, the fairly new clothing line released by Jakks Pacific for their Disney Princess toddler dolls also fits the DAC dolls.

I picked this outfit up at Target.  The pajamas were cute enough, but I LOVED the adorable little stuffed Beast that came with them. :) 

I love the way they package these.  When you remove the clothing, you have a cute little Princess "paper" doll to play with (although it's actually made of thin cardboard).

Here is Belle in her new jammies. :)

A closer look at the shirt...

...and pants.

The slippers are made of plastic and stay on really well, even though you can tell that the Jakks Pacific doll feet are a little differently shaped than the DAC dolls.

Here's a view of the back.  

And here's a closer look at the adorable little Beast. :)

There are outfits for almost all of the princesses (although I haven't seen any for Rapunzel yet), and there are dresses as well as pajamas. :)  They retail for around $10 each, if I remember correctly.

If you're looking for other clothing options, keep an eye out on eBay and at thrift stores for the older toddler dolls released from the Disney Store.  My girls and I have two different Belle dresses from these dolls.  I think the doll it came from was called "Little Belle".

This dress has a lot of sparkle!

And here's another version.  I actually prefer this dress because it has more yellow in it.

Less sparkle, but still a lot of detail. :)

The back is just a bit snug, but it works. :)

I thought I'd include some side-by-side pics of my new (to me) Disney Princess and Me Belle doll to see how compatible the lines are.  (And don't worry, I'll have a review of just this doll coming up soonish.) ;)

As you can see, DAC Belle's head is a lot wider and more stylized than DPandM Belle's head.  DPandM Belle also has glass-look eyes, while DAC Belle's are painted on.

Here's a height comparison.

I love how this picture turned out! ;)

I would definitely recommend this doll.  She's pretty affordable for a collectible, especially right now as all DAC dolls are on sale for $20 (and don't forget the free shipping with the purchase of any Disney Parks product that's currently being offered!).  These dolls have sweet, expressive faces and are super fun to pose and photograph. :)

Hope you enjoyed the review!  More to come. :)

UPDATE:  After a reader's question, I realized I didn't do a comparison shot of Belle next to an American Girl doll, which some of you might find helpful or interesting.  So, without further ado, here is a piccy of Belle next to Jenna (fka Rebecca Rubin):

Personally, I probably wouldn't use these as siblings just because they're so different.  Belle is a very stylized doll with an overly-large head, while Jenna's proportions are closer to accurate, and she has a more realistic quality to her.  I tend to be pretty picky about such things, though, so feel free to have a different opinion. ;)  

Hope these pics are helpful! :)


Bama said...

These are my favorite of all the Disney dolls. I have resisted temptation to buy them, but I think they are so cute.

Congrats on your Belle and thanks for the review. :o)

Claire said...

Aw, she's adorable! I just saw her recently at the Disney Store in my hometown and she would have leaped into my shopping bag if I hadn't already spent a bit of money that day. ;) Thanks for the tip about using Jakks Pacific clothing for the DAC dolls!

PS -I know I'm sidetracking, and sidetracking drives me nuts, but I just had to tell you and Maggie and Rachel ;) that Marvel has just put out the trailer for Iron Man here:

I just figured I'd tell you since you three love the Marvel movies just as much as I do. :)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks for the comments, gals. :)

Good to hear from you Bama! The DACs are super cute and definitely hard to resist. ;)

Claire, thanks for the info. I actually just watched the trailer for Iron Man 3 yesterday (Maggie and Rachel haven't seen it yet, though). I can't decide if I'm excited or looks so sad!! :( I'm definitely curious to see how things end up for Iron Man and Pepper, though...

Glad to help with the Jakks Pacific tip. :)

Anonymous said...

What does the little Bella look like up next to an AG .. I am thinking about a Merida for Jayd's little sister??

MulanFan_95 said...

I've been wanting to tackle either Rapunzel or Ariel from this line, thanks for the great review! It's cool to know they have more clothing options than switching dresses with other princesses.

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beastsbelle said...

Thanks for all of the comments.

TracAn, I'm so sorry I haven't gotten back to you about the DAC line with the AGs...this week's been super crazy! :( I think they would probably work, but to be honest, I haven't had the chance to compare them. I was hoping to get you a pic so you could decide for yourself, but haven't gotten around to it. I'll try to get to that in the next day or so. Sorry! :{

Michele said...

Enjoyed your review. These dolls have been on my want list, and now I want them even more! :)

beastsbelle said...

Glad you enjoyed it. :) I'm so glad I bit the bullet and got her. :D I hope you get one for yourself soon!

Bumblebee said...

Looking through Google for Belle's hairstyle reference photos (I'm making myself her gown) and I stumbled upon this. Thanks for the info on the pjs! I saw them at Target and wondered if they'd fit my belle.

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome, Bumblebee...glad to help. :) It's nice having some fairly inexpensive extra options for clothing for them. :) I'm hoping my Target gets Belle's pink dress back in stock, too. I think it would look really cute on my DAC Belle. :)

beastsbelle said...

P.S. How fun that you're making yourself her gown! I'd love to be that talented. ;)

Anonymous said...

She' s so cute. I love that little curl that hangs on her forehead

Anonymous said...

you can get some really cute clothes for the disney animator dolls on etsy. try
my girls love these dolls but were bored with them until we found a place to buy clothes for them.

beastsbelle said...

Thanks for the link! :) It's always great finding extra clothes for these, especially since they aren't compatible with the bigger 18" doll lines. :)

Rachie Plunch said...

I really love Belle from DAC dolls. It's true that there're not official clothes for them available.

You are invited to my blog aswell :)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, Rachie Plunch. I couldn't find the link to your blog, just to your Google Plus (I'm still trying to figure out the whole Google Plus thing). ;)

Anonymous said...

Are there any sewing patterns out there which fit the DAC dolls?

beastsbelle said...

Hi Anonymous,

I can't think of any off the top of my head. Have you tried There are usually plenty of doll clothes patterns there. Maybe someone decided to design one for the DAC dolls. Hope this helps! :)

Fa Khairaruni said...

Hello! I just buy my own animator's collection doll, Ariel :)
personally it was so hard to open from the box! That i was so hesitant in opening it. it was beautiful.
Now that I open it, I hope to have a doll stand for it. Where do you get your doll stand?

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Hi Fa Khairaruni! Thanks for stopping by. :) Congrats on your DAC Ariel. :)

Unfortunately, I can't help you much with the stand. It's one I found at a yard sale. :} I would suggest looking at a craft store like JoAnn's or Michaels. They might have doll stands there. If not, keep your eyes open at thrift stores or yard sales. :)

Hope you find one!

Tenley J. said...

Aww, so cute! I just got the Lilo DAC, and I'm super excited to open her! I love he DAC dolls, because they have such sweet faces! I hope to get others besides just Lilo.

Crafty Wanda said...

What is the arm length and waist size of Animator Collection Belle doll?

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Congrats on getting Lilo, Tenley J. :) I just got to see her in person at the Disney Store, and she was so adorable! :D I hope you're able to add more to your collection soon. :)

Crafty Wanda, I'll have to get back to you on that. I actually don't have this doll anymore, but my mom has several DAC dolls. I'll have to get the measurements from her.