And now for the long-awaited DAC Kristoff review. :)
I have to say, I had no plans to buy an Animator's Collection doll when we went on our trip. I had already decided that I didn't have the room for another big doll (especially since I was pretty sure I was going to get an American Girl doll). However, I knew that Frozen dolls were scarce, and I knew that this particular Kristoff had already disappeared from the Disney Store's online site (though it had only been online for around a month or so, if that). So when we entered the Disney Store and I saw one cute, solitary, adorable DAC Kristoff sitting on the shelf, I caved. :} And I'm so glad I did. ;)
Here is Kristoff still in his box.
Views of the sides and back of the box:
As you can see, Kristoff's box is much like the other DAC doll boxes, showcasing fun rough sketches of the character.
His sweet little face with lots of freckles. :)
His outfit and gloves...
...and his boots.
I love this cute little sketch of Kristoff on the front.
More box details:
DAC Kristoff's hair is similar to the Disney Store fashion doll Kristoff's in that it has an almost metallic look to it.
A closer look at his eye and freckles.
My original thought was to keep Kristoff in the box, but that idea didn't last long. I don't regret opening him, though. He looks even cuter out of the box, and he looks great on my little Frozen section of my shelves with my other Frozen dolls.
Yet another look at his clothing. I love all the detail they put into his outfit.
His boots are plastic.
His gloves are a leather-look material and have suede-like brown strips around them.
The undersides of the gloves have blue polar fleece to match his outfit.
A word of caution on the gloves: they are pretty hard to get off and super hard to get back on! Keep this in mind if you get Kristoff for the little Frozen collector in your life. They will need lots of help getting them on and off. I've pretty much decided they will stay on his hands from now on (now that I've finished his review post).
Kristoff from the back. You'll see that his plastic boots are split in the back for easier removal. His shirt has Velcro closure in the back, and his pants are simple elastic waist pants with no Velcro.
I thought the molding on his hair was interesting. It looks like his hair was made in two different pieces.
"Wait for me, Sven!"
Another look at the Velcro on his shirt.
Much like the fashion doll-sized Kristoff from the Disney Store, DAC Kristoff's shirt and undershirt are all one piece, although they are sewn in such a way to look like two layers.
There's great detail on his belt.
A closer look at his cute little face.
Kristoff's head can hold all sorts of poses.
It can tilt to the side.
Unfortunately, it doesn't tilt as well as it should to the right side.
When I moved his chin up a bit, it helped...a little.
He can also look down...
Another attempt at looking to the side.
I think they did a great job at capturing little Kristoff from the beginning of the movie.
Especially in his profile. :)
Here he is with Middle Gal's Toddler Anna doll.
Don't they look cute together?
I actually have a Toddler Anna on her way for my own collection. The Disney Store had a 25% off promotion online and in stores over Valentine's Day weekend, so I had planned to purchase Anna online and get her at a discounted price. Unfortunately, when I went to place my order, I saw that she was no longer available. I called the nearest Disney Store (about two hours from here), just to see if they had any Toddler Annas left. They did. I didn't want to drive there, because the cost of the gas would completely negate the 25% discount. So, just on the off chance that it would work, I asked if they ever shipped product from their store to a home address. They said they did! I was so excited!! I was able to use the code from the 25% off coupon I'd gotten on our trip, so I even got the discount! :) Shipping was a little higher than it would have been online, so in the future, I would probably go in with Mom or Mimi on a purchase and split the shipping. Still, it's nice to know I have this option if this issue comes up again. :) I thought I'd share with all of you, too, just in case your local stores do the same thing.
I thought it would be interesting to compare both of my Disney Store Kristoff dolls. As you can see from the above photo, they're almost identical.
The main difference is the more detailed belt and shirt trim on DAC Kristoff.
The fur trim on this Kristoff is a little thicker, too. Also, DAC Kristoff doesn't have a hat, but that's movie accurate (he didn't have a hat until he was a grown up).
When I undressed Kristoff, I was slightly disappointed to discover that they'd simply used a regular DAC Princess body and put Kristoff's head on it. While this isn't as noticeable when he's clothed, it looks rather odd and would be very noticeable if he were in different clothes.
A view from the back.
My Kristoff had a few small stains: one on each wrist...
...some on his left ankle...
...and two on his shoulder blades. Staining seems to be pretty common for this line. All three of the DAC dolls and both of the two Toddler dolls that we have purchased have had stains of some kind.
In this picture you can really see how tiny and almost feminine Kristoff's hand looks.
Kristoff's arms can stay right next to him...
...or go out to the sides.
They can go up and out...
...or forward and out to the sides. He has lots of great posing options with his arms.
His legs move into an outspread sitting position.
Identifying marks on his foot.
I'm very glad I managed to snag one of these little guys. They were online in the US very briefly, so I'm grateful that I have one for my collection. He has a sweet little face, great detail on his clothing, and makes a fun addition to my Frozen shelf. I'm giving him a 4.5 out of 5, docking half a point for the minor staining, the slight head rotation issue, and the gloves that are so hard to remove and put back on. When he is in his clothing, his small hands and feet don't bother me that much, but in the future, I would love to see the Disney Store come up with a different body for their male DAC dolls (assuming they make more...please, Disney?). ;) I think it would be great if they gave the boys slightly bigger hands and feet, even if they kept pretty much the same body. That might just be me being too picky, though.
I would definitely love to see them do a line of DAC Prince dolls. It would be wonderful to have a little Eugene and a little Beast/Prince (as long as they made him the Prince and not the Beast...accuracy and all) to add to my collection. Then I might just have to grab a DAC Rapunzel, and then I'd have all three of my favorite Disney couples in DAC dolls. ;)
I hope you enjoyed the review. My next review post will be on the Toddler Anna and Elsa dolls my girls bought on their trip, so keep checking back! I'll also post links to interesting videos or pictures from the Toy Fair if I come across any others. :) Plus, I have a ton of reviews in my draft posts that I need to get through, so hopefully I can start going through those, too.
Have a great week, everyone! :)