Saturday, October 18, 2014

Frozen Mini Doll Set Review

In my last review post, we took a look at the new Frozen mini doll Wardrobe Sets from the Disney Store.  This time around, I'll be reviewing the original Mini Doll Set that was released around the time of the movie's theatrical release, and is still currently available at Disneystore.com HERE.  (There will be one picture of mini Kristoff in his undies in this post, so if that bothers you, you might want to skip this post.) ;)

(P.S. Sorry this post was a bit late, but among my other errands and duties this week, I was able to type around 1600 words on my book I'm writing...Whoo hoo!!) ;)

Ahem.  Now back to business. ;)

The mini doll set includes four mini dolls:  Hans, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff.  As you can see from the picture, Elsa and Anna are in their coronation dresses.

The back of the box features head shots of all four of the characters.

A closer look at some of the box details from the front:

And from the back:

The box opens on the side, and the inner cardboard holding the dolls slides out easily.

Here they are in their little individual compartments.

They are held in place by tape, rubber bands, and twist ties.

Each of the little cardboard compartments are held together by tape in the back and a fold of cardboard in the front (I had to cut the cardboard to get them apart).  They could technically be separated like this and given as individual gifts.

The dolls are attached to the cardboard by clear plastic pieces and the twist ties:

Elsa was the only one with one of the annoying plastic ties attached to her head.

Here are all four dolls free from their packaging.

As I mentioned in my previous review post, they stand at approximately 6" tall.


I thought I'd take a look at each of the dolls individually, but I realized as I was working on this post that somehow I missed getting individual full-length pictures of Elsa and Anna.  (Whoops!)  So here's a look at the two of them together:

Anna looks taller in this picture because of her large topknot. ;)

Elsa
Elsa's face is nicely painted.  She has her side swept bangs from this portion of the movie.

Her bun is ginormous, especially from the side. :}

It looks very nice from the back.

Here's the back of her dress.  She has a little gap in her skirt where the two pieces were held apart by the twist tie.  I think with time and a little effort they could be forced back together.

Elsa has tissue under her skirt to make it look nicer in the box, and also (presumably) to keep the blue fabric from staining her legs.  Her shoes are held in place by rubber bands, which I will NOT be removing.  I know from experience that these shoes fall off if you look at them sideways without the rubber bands in place, and I don't want to end up losing her shoes. :}

The only thing that disappointed me about this Elsa was that her blue bodice was really off-center.  Thankfully, I had a spare coronation dress from my other set.

I just realized this was the only picture I took of the other dress by itself. :}  It only looks crooked because Elsa's dress form is tilted.  As you can see, the bodice is much more centered.  As I mentioned in the last review post, even with the shorter sleeves it was still really hard to change her...almost harder, because these sleeves were a lot narrower.  (Sorry for making you change a second doll, Hubby!) 

One thing that really excited me about having both this set and the Elsa Wardrobe Set was that I could add Elsa's cape and tiara to her coronation dress.  I only wish they'd made her sleeves a little longer to look more like the movie dress.  The tiara is also a little difficult to keep on her head.  If you look closely, you'll see that there's a bit of space between the tiara and her head.  That's the closest I could get it.  Still, it looks nice.  Hmm, I wonder if I could make some tiny gloves? ;)


Anna
I love Anna's sweet little face.  Her bangs are a little wild, but I suppose it's hard to get bangs that small to cooperate. ;)  It would have been great if they had made her necklace more like the movie, but I appreciate that they at least made a necklace of some kind.

Her topknot is quite elaborate.  Not quite movie accurate, but still cute. 

Here it is from the back...

...and the other side.

Here she is from the back.  Lol, I'm not sure how I missed taking individual pics of the fronts of these dolls when I was so good at getting pics of the backs of them. ;)

Like Elsa, Anna has tissue under her dress and rubber bands on her shoes.

Just like the larger dolls, mini Elsa and mini Anna can look at each other because of their sideways glances.


Hans
Now we'll take a look at mini Hans.

His face is painted pretty well, although his freckles on this side of his face are a bit sparse and dark.

They look a little better on this side.

Here's a closer look at his outfit, which is surprisingly detailed for something so small.

Here it is from the back.

Hans' jacket is separate from his vest and shirt in the front...

...but it is attached together in the back.

His entire outfit is one piece and is removable from the back with Velcro closure.  I didn't take it all the way off because I saw the same sort of material in the sleeves which gave us so much trouble before.

I did want to show you the odd way that the Disney Store does the heads on their mini male dolls.  The heads are already a little large in proportion to the rest of their heads anyway, but having such a big size discrepancy between the head and the neck makes it even more obvious.

I would love to see the Disney Store redesign the mini male dolls someday so their heads match their bodies a little better.  At least it's not as noticeable when they're wearing their clothing.

Hans' hair has an almost metallic-looking paint, similar to the paint used for the larger Hans doll.

Here he is from the front.  His eyes seem to be looking in just slightly different directions.  He's still quite a handsome guy, though. ;)

I didn't do this with the girls since I only have the Classic Elsa and Anna in their other outfits, but I thought I'd include a picture of my Classic Hans with Mini Hans (and a little Mattel Hans from the "Complete Story Set" as an added bonus).  You can click on the picture to make it bigger if needed.



Kristoff
Now it's time to take a look at Kristoff.  Here he is from the front...

...and the back.

He has the same freckle issue as Hans on this side.

On this side he appears to have almost no freckles at all.

Unlike the regular Kristoff doll, mini Kristoff's hat is molded to his head and is non-removable.  This wasn't an issue for me.  However, I was disappointed with how they chose to paint his hair.  It was a metallic golden-blonde everywhere except for the back of his hair, where it was oddly painted a darker brown.  I wish they'd mixed the brown in like they did on the regular-sized doll.

Unlike Hans, Kristoff's clothing is made up of two pieces: his shirt and his pants.  His boots are separate too, but those don't really count as clothing. ;)

I noticed that Kristoff's clothing was made of a different material, so I figured I'd go ahead and undress him all the way.  The head/body discrepancy is even more noticeable on Kristoff, who is supposed to be a guy with a bigger build.  What happened to you, Kristoff?!

His head also has the odd, mismatched place at the neck.

As I was getting him dressed again, I was shocked to look down and see his plastic armature coming through his foot! :(  (This actually looks really gross, like he has a piece of bone sticking through.  Eww.  At least it's not bloody.) ;)

Thankfully, I was able to get the armature to go back into his foot.  I was really worried getting his boots back on, afraid I would damage his foot even more.  To my relief, it went back on without a hitch.  I think it's safe to say that I won't be undressing him again, though, or even bending his legs.  I don't want to risk breaking him.


Kristoff's face from the front.

As before, here's a picture of Classic Kristoff with Mini Kristoff.  Oldest Gal very graciously allowed me to use her Mattel Complete Story Set Kristoff for this picture, too. ;)  I really like how they padded Classic Kristoff's clothing to make him look bulkier like he was in the movie.  It would have been great if they could have figured out a way to do that for mini Kristoff, too.


So here are all of my mini dolls together (and Olaf, too).  They have their flaws, but I don't regret buying them.  They look AMAZING on my shelf. :)  As always, though, I need to wrap up this post with my overall thoughts.

Pleasing Qualities:
   Elsa: 4 out of 5
   Anna:  4 out of 5
   Hans:  4 out of 5
   Kristoff:  4 out of 5
      These dolls are adorable and an excellent addition to any Frozen fan's collection.  Their faces are painted nicely.  Elsa and Anna especially have great face paint, but they lose a point for having clothing that is not quite as detailed and accurate as it could be (e.g., Anna's necklace, Elsa's sleeve length, etc.).  Still, their dresses give the overall impression of the styles they wore in the movie.  Kristoff and Hans' outfits are more detailed than the girls' dresses (especially Hans' outfit), but they each lose a point for their weird-looking heads that are too big for their bodies.  Things I would love to see the Disney Store improve on would be more movie-accurate interpretations of the girls' hairstyles, more details on the dresses, and a better head/body design for the boys.  Other than that, I'm pleased with my purchase and glad to have these little guys join my other Frozen dolls.

Posability:
   Elsa:  5 out of 5
   Anna:  5 out of 5
   Hans:  5 out of 5
   Kristoff:  4 out of 5
      I went ahead and gave Elsa, Anna, and Hans the full score for this.  I'm sorry I didn't do much on posability this time around in the review.  (As a side note, if you want a really detailed post including the posability of these mini female dolls, you can check out Emily's review of the Mini Elsa Wardrobe Set on The Toy Box Philosopher HERE.)  For the size they are, they have a nice range of motion.  I did knock Kristoff down a point because my particular Kristoff had the problem with his armature poking through.  If he hadn't had that problem, he would have gotten a perfect score, too.

Playability:
   Elsa: 4 out of 5
   Anna:  4 out of 5
   Hans: 4 out of 5
   Kristoff:  4 out of 5
      With their small size and cute outfits, these dolls will provide lots of hours of play for little ones.  They're the perfect size to take along in a pocket for a tiny adventure to the grocery store or the local library. ;)  I didn't knock as many points off for playability on these dolls as I did for the Wardrobe Set minis.  Even though they're still difficult to undress and redress, these dolls don't come in a package with an extra outfit and therefore the main point of their marketing is not their ability to change clothing.  Anna and Elsa's shoes will be easy to lose, so if you don't want to keep the rubber bands on them, I would remove them before taking the dolls anywhere so the shoes don't get lost.

Price:  5 out of 5
   This set was priced at $24.95, which is consistent with the rest of Disney Store pricing, and not a bad deal for four mini dolls.  It works out to $6.25 per doll, a price I find very reasonable considering the overall appeal of these dolls.


I apologize, but once again I didn't get my daughters' thoughts this time around.  I just wanted to get this post up!  You'll hear more from my daughters in future posts, though. :)


In closing, I thought I'd leave you with a couple of pictures of my Frozen doll collection (so far). :)  I ended up ordering a set of the Coronation Elsa and Anna dolls from JC Penney's yesterday before they sold out, so I'll soon have a Classic-sized Elsa and Anna in their coronation outfits to go with the rest.  I'd love to eventually add a Singing Elsa to go with my Singing Anna, the Anna and Elsa Ice Skating Set (still unreleased in the US), and the rumored Singing Anna 12" doll that should be released in the spring. :)

All of my cute minis. :)

And here's a more complete collection, including my Frozen Funko Pops, my plush pull-apart Olaf from the Disney Movie Club, and my DAC Anna and Kristoff.  The picture does not include my Frozen books, stickers, and other such things.  I also have a Disney Store Anna still in her box, but figured I'd just stick to deboxed dolls for now (aside from my Comic Con Funko Pop Elsa).

Shortly after the pictures were taken for this post, I was able to find a Funko Pop Sven (at my local Walmart, of all places...I'd been looking for him everywhere!).  He's super cute, and the only Sven I have in my collection so far.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the Frozen Mini Doll Set.  Will any of you be adding this set to your collection?

13 comments:

Karina B. said...

Cute!! I love mini dolls. =) And I like your Frozen collection! Especially the Annas. =)

beastsbelle said...

Thanks! My Anna dolls are my favorites, too. ;)

Meritre said...

Oh, what happened to poor Kristoff? I don't know how these dolls are made so I didn't really get it, what that white thing on his foot is.
Otherwise they are really cute and I would like to get them but that's a bit difficult but I'm not giving up. :)
I've seen gloves on a mini Belle (real gloves, not ones like parks mini Belle and parks mini Cinderella are wearing) and I'm planning to make a pair to go with the wedding dress. I'm sure you could make them for both Elsa and Anna!
My favourite picture is theone which shows Elsa with crown and cape, so pretty!
And your Frozen collection looks great!

Farrah Lily said...

Yes, I hope to add this set as well! I love seeing the minis next to the 12 in dolls. Your collection is fantastic! I really, really love this mini doll craze that seems to be everywhere. Besides Belle and Rapunzel,, do you collect any of of the Disney classic dolls?

beastsbelle said...

Meritre, I'm not sure how Kristoff's armature popped through his foot, but I'm guessing that he's got an inner structure similar to the 12" Disney Store dolls (which you can get a look at on The Toy Box Philosopher Blog HERE). It just really looked like bone poking through, which was kind of gross. :}

I might have to try the glove thing...it could be an interesting challenge! ;)

I love the picture with Elsa and her crown and cape, too. Glad you enjoyed it, and my Frozen collection pictures, too! :)

Thanks, Farrah. I'm thrilled with my Frozen dolls and love seeing them on my shelf. :)

The mini doll thing really has gotten popular, hasn't it? I know that Emily at The Toy Box Philosopher has been featuring mini dolls a lot lately. It's been really fun seeing her reviews. :) I love mini dolls because it's a cheaper way to get a doll you love...at least, MOST of the time it's cheaper. ;)

I have had a few different Classic dolls in the past. I still have an original release Merida still in the box that I picked up when she was on a really good sale, and at one time I had a Tiana and Naveen. Even though I love ALL of the dolls, I decided a couple of years ago that I just wanted to focus on Belle and Rapunzel (and now Anna...with a few Elsas, too). I simply have too many doll and toy lines that I'm interested in to try to collect ALL of the Classic dolls. I'm already running out of room as it is with the dolls I DO collect. :) In some ways, it's kind of a relief. I can look at the other Classic dolls and enjoy them, but if they're not Belle, Rapunzel, Anna, or Elsa, they won't come home with me.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, especially when good sales are involved. And as new movies come out, I may have new favorites. For now, though, I've chosen to focus on my three favorite princesses: Belle, Rapunzel, and Anna. :)

Meritre said...

Thanks for the link, it is really interesting to see their inner structure. I didn't dare to bend my minis knees before and now I'm even less tempted.
I hope they will become popular enough so they will make mini Pocahontas, mini Mulan and mini Tiana again and I can get them at some point. I'm a little obsessed with those little gals and waould like to have all 13 girls.:)
I like all 13 girls but my favourites are the same as yours: Belle, Rapunzel, Elsa and Anna.

Farrah Lily said...

I know what you mean about selecting some to collect and decided to just admire others from afar...it can be very overwhelming when you think about all of the ones you WANT. Definitely a relief to just pick a few and "let yourself off the hook" for the others ;)

beastsbelle said...

I completely agree. :)

Mark Patraw said...

Your Frozen toy display has become quite impressive!

Here's an idea for making your mini Elsa a pair of gloves fairly quickly and easily, without any sewing: Get some adhesive tape in the appropriate color, wrap one layer around her limb, sticky side out, and then wrap a second layer over that, sticky side in--this should result in an arm sheath without any external sticky surfaces. Remove and trim/customize as desired. As hands are thicker than wrists/forearms, and depending on how tight you wrapped the tape, you may need to cut a slit in the sides to facilitate the gloves removal (similar to a tall boot on a Barbie doll). Typically, I see this technique used to create working custom sheaths for swords/knives for action figures in the 6-7" scale, but I see no reason why it couldn't be applied to clothing too (there are people that make life-size costumes out of nothing but colored duct tape after all).

Generally, I find that fabric gloves/mittens always end up looking too big and bulky, even on larger 11-12" dolls, but your mileage may vary. The optimal solution would be for Disney to make the dolls with interchangeable hands, similar to Monster High ghouls, one set painted/cast in the color of the gloves, and one set done in flesh, which, incidentally, would also completely solve the dressing problems you've had, as you could simple take the hands off when you swap garments.

Out of curiosity, do the male dolls have different dates on their heads and bodies? It's not unusual for toy companies to play Frankenstein with older molds when they're making new toys, which may account for the size difference at the neck/head connection point. I've also read that shrinkage can be an issue when casting plastic, vinyl, etc., so, in the pre-production phase of things it's possible that somebody didn't check their math and compensate for that at the factory.

That's a bummer about Kristoff's foot. I've got a Moxie Girlz Avery doll with a leg similar to that--the clicky knee joint pops out of a small tear in the vinyl when you flex it. Thankfully, it's hidden as long as she's wearing pants or a longer skirt/dress. I just told Avery, "Don't worry about it, my body's got defects too." :P

beastsbelle said...

Hi Mark! Thanks so much for the idea for the gloves. I'll have to try it! ;)

I actually have a hard time with dolls with removable hands...I'm always worried I'm going to break them! It does seem like it would be the solution to a lot of problems for the Disney dolls, though. ;)

The male dolls don't appear to have any sort of date on them. Their bodies say "Disney [copyright mark] China", and the heads don't have any markings that I can see.

It would be interesting to see if either of your ideas are what caused the difference. The first time I remember seeing these mini male dolls was with the mini Eugene/Flynn doll I got in my mini Tangled Ever After set. He was just the same.

I'm bummed about Kristoff, but at least he's just a display doll. It would be more detrimental if he belonged to one of the girls. :}

Lol, I think we ALL have defects of some kind. ;) It sure isn't a perfect world. I hope it made Avery feel better. ;)

Have a great day!

misspiggy=awesome said...

I would have such a hard time not defacing Hans. XD

Anonymous said...

I'm seriously in love with this version of Elsa. Her features seem a bit less pixie-ish, and her bangs, don't even get me started on them. I love them so much. I'm actually thinking about buying this doll and colouring her hair a different colour. Rainbows anyone? Time to experiment!

beastsbelle said...

She's really an adorable version of Elsa, I agree. :)

I'd love to see some of your color experiments if you try them! :)