Of course, you knew I'd have to start with my favorite. ;) I really like the new Belle doll. I love her packaging (although I love all of the new packaging for this line). Her face is painted similarly to last year's edition, but seems to be a bit softer with a bit more color. She doesn't have her gloves this time around, but honestly, that's probably a wise choice. The gloves from last year were really hard to get on and off and looked a little bit silly once they'd been removed. :} The dresses are still super glittery this year, but at least the glitter has a really cool pattern instead of just being plastered all over the dress. It's also nice that Belle's hair is closer to the movie length, but not quite as overwhelmingly curly. I think that will be nice for the kiddos who purchase and play with this doll. :)
And oh my goodness, I'm LOVING this year's Rapunzel! Her dress is pretty accurate, aside from the shorter sleeves. What I love most is her face. They really went back to her movie coloring instead of a more glamorous look like last year. Her freckles are much lighter and natural-looking this year, too.
Another interesting thing I noticed in this picture and some of the others is that it appears they have gone back to regular Barbie-type legs this year. I'm not really that surprised, since the bendable legs they did last year had some definite problems. I'd love to see them try the fully posable legs sometime again in the future. Hopefully they would take a look at some dolls with better articulation, such as the Liv dolls, and come up with a better method of articulation than the 2012 Princess line.
Here's Ariel. I think they did an excellent job on her face this year. It's soft and young and pretty, just like it was in the movie. Too bad they couldn't have her come in her pink dress instead of her seashells. A doll dressed like this doesn't get to come to our house. ;)
I love the detail on Princess Jasmine's outfit this year. Her face is similar to last year's but my girls think she looks closer to the movie this time (and prettier). Once again, not a doll that can come home with us because of her attire, but we all enjoy looking at pictures. :)
Aurora's dress is lovely. I think her face paint is better this year, but her face still seems too thin to me.
Cinderella is beautiful and already on Little Gal's wish list. ;) I really like the detail on her dress.
Mulan doesn't seem to have much that has changed. I can't remember everything about what they did last year, but her dress is definitely simplified from the movie design. Her face is pretty, though. :)
Pocahontas is much simpler than the other dolls of this line, but I appreciate that. I don't think glittery patterned buckskin would look quite right. ;) Another pretty doll.
I LOVE what they did with Snow White this year, too. Her dress is short and accurate like the movie but looks quite pretty with the glittery pattern on it. I like that she has her cape as well. Her face is quite similar to last year's, but almost looks a bit softer. Middle Gal is hoping to add this one to her collection. :)
Tiana's face is just beautiful this year. Her dress is simplified to the point of being almost too understated, especially considering the fancy editions of some of the other dresses. I wish they'd made her skirt a little poofier and given her glitter a pattern as well.
Ah, and poor Merida. While at least her dress isn't off the shoulder like some of the concept art, they certainly glitter bombed it! Somehow I don't think she'd be too thrilled getting stuck in such a sparkly dress. ;)
They've also added a classic Queen Elinor doll, which is nice if you just want the doll and not the bear shell that came with the first Elinor. I'm sure from previous experience, however, that this Elinor's dress will be much lower quality than the first edition's.
And he's not exactly a princess, but look who showed up along with some of the new products. I wonder what Belle would think if I brought him home? ;) She shouldn't be too concerned. I think his face is pretty gruesome, and not just because it's supposed to be. I don't really have any plans to bring a Gaston home at this point. I'd much rather have the new Belle and the new Rapunzel to add to my current collection. :)
One thing I wish is that they'd do new editions of the prince dolls, too. I think it would be fun to have a new edition of each prince to go with each princess. Of course, I'm very happy with the current prince face molds and face paint, so maybe I shouldn't complain. ;)
To see all of the 12" Princess line at Disneystore.com, click HERE.
So, what are your thoughts on the new line? Which dolls are your favorites this time around? :)