One of the most exciting things about this year's selection is that some of the prince dolls finally got some significant changes. And for those of you who really wanted those awesome limited edition dolls and couldn't afford them, now you can get some of the same face molds in the Classic Dolls! :D
But I'm getting ahead of myself. :}
Here are the new dolls for this year:
Beast (original image HERE)
Of course, I'm going to start with my favorites. ;) Here is the Beast doll for this year. As you can see, he has the legs, paws, and the head of the limited edition Beast doll. The weird thing is, in his description, it still says you can take the head off and reveal the prince underneath. My question is, can you really hide a prince in those legs? Is it just a Prince head on a Beast body? Did they just forget to change the description? I'm tempted to get this guy just because he's new and different, but I REALLY don't want a doll that has the same empty, crazy neck as the limited edition doll. What do you guys think? Should I risk it? I guess I could just keep him as a Beast...
Belle (original image HERE)
I am SOOO excited about this doll!! At last we have a Belle doll that doesn't look angry! :D This is the first time in several years that I'm genuinely excited about bringing home the newest Disney Store Belle doll for my lineup. :) Her face is so sweet.
Eugene (original image HERE)
I think this is the other doll I'm the most excited about. :D I loved the face sculpt on the limited edition Eugene doll. (Yes, I know they still call him Flynn at the Disney Store, but that irritates me. His name is Eugene!!) Now I can take a doll with the same face mold home without spending a ton of money. :) I love that the Prince dolls have more definition to their hair this time around.
Rapunzel (original image HERE)
I LOVE Rapunzel this year, too! Kudos to the Disney Store for giving her a super detailed dress and a sweet new face. It looks to me like they painted her face similarly to the limited edition Rapunzel doll. What do you guys think?
My one hope is that the Disney Store didn't skimp on her hair like last year. I hope she has the same thick, luxurious hair of the earlier dolls. I'll soon find out! :D
Aladdin (original image HERE)
Here is the new Aladdin, also in the new face sculpt from his limited edition counterpart. I think he looks great...although perhaps a bit too serious. It's fun that he got a makeover the year his movie will be released on Blu-ray, too. ;)
Princess Jasmine (original image HERE)
As far as I can tell, Jasmine appears to have the exact same face mold but a modified outfit. She's got a very pretty face. :)
Prince Eric (original image HERE)
Prince Eric seems to have his LE face sculpt, too. I'm pretty sure he's in a different outfit as well, or at least it has slightly different coloring. I feel bad...I normally don't pay much attention to the prince dolls because they're always the same, so I don't really know for sure how different they are. Those of you who collect the other dolls will know just by looking, though. ;)
Ariel (original image HERE)
Ariel looks exactly the same to me, but I'm sure there are subtle differences. Most of the princess dolls seem to have slight changes to their face paint, so maybe Ariel does as well.
Prince Phillip (original image HERE)
Prince Phillip has his new LE face sculpt and a new outfit. Honestly, I kind of preferred his old face sculpt, but again, for those of you out there who loved his limited edition doll, now you have a chance to at least have the same face sculpt. :)
Aurora (original image HERE)
Aurora seems pretty much unchanged as well, aside from a new dress. Still very pretty, though.
Prince Charming (original image HERE)
Prince Charming has his LE face sculpt. It also appears that he's had some updates to his outfit. Again, not my favorite doll, but I'm thankful they're giving Prince Charming fans a chance to have a new mold.
Cinderella (original image HERE)
Cinderella also appears to have the short end of the stick on the whole update process. She has a modified dress, but honestly, it looks a little plain compared to some of the others she's had. It makes me wish I'd picked up last year's version for Little Gal.
Prince Naveen (original image HERE)
Naveen is another doll who ended up with a slightly modified face sculpt. In this case, though, I wish they'd stuck with the original. I felt that the LE Naveen doll's eyes looked too small and beady, especially when he was next to Tiana. I loved the older Naveen's large eyes. Now I'm wishing I'd grabbed him when he was $6. :( Oh well...maybe he'll turn up at Goodwill sometime.
Tiana (original image HERE)
On the other hand, I love this year's Tiana. I'm so happy that they put her in her blue dress. This is my favorite of her movie dresses. :) It's too bad they didn't put Naveen in his newsboy cap, vest, and slacks to match. That would have been really fun. :)
Captain John Smith (original image HERE)
I'm pretty sure this is also John Smith's LE face sculpt.
Pocahontas (original image HERE)
Pocahontas is another doll that seems virtually unchanged, aside from a few subtle differences in her face paint. I wish they'd found ways to update each doll so that every collector would have something to be excited about.
Li Shang (original image HERE)
Shang also has his new face sculpt. This would be exciting for Oldest Gal, except for the fact that she decided she didn't want to have a Mulan collection after all. ;) She had always loved the Mulan dolls, but she just saw the movie for the first time this year. While she really enjoyed it, she decided it wasn't her very favorite. She actually told me that she's not sure she has a favorite princess, which I told her was absolutely fine.
Her current fave is Disgust from Inside Out. ;)
Mulan (original image HERE)
Mulan is another doll that seems to have no changes whatsoever. Kind of a bummer for Mulan fans. :(
The Prince (original image HERE)
Snow White's Prince has a new face sculpt, too. I have to say, while the sculpt itself is nice, this really doesn't look like Snow White's prince to me. He's a bit too angular in his face. Snow White's prince had a very soft face. What do you guys think?
Snow White (original image HERE)
Snow White doesn't appear to have all that many changes either, aside from an updated dress (which I do prefer to last year's).
Merida (original image HERE)
And finally, we come to Merida. Poor girl. Someone must have hogtied her and forced her to wear mascara. ;) She seems a lot more made up than previous versions. My favorite Merida doll is still the original one that was released when the movie came out, without glitter and with her cool bow and arrows. ;)
There are no Frozen dolls listed in the "what's new" section, but the regular Frozen dolls are listed as "Classic Dolls". They still appear to have their movie-themed packaging rather than the more generic Classic line packaging. You can see them HERE.
The Classic Dolls are $16.95 each, which is a bit more than I prefer to pay. However, they are currently part of the "buy 2 for $10" promotion, which is much nicer.
I'm thrilled that the Disney Store decided to pay attention to the prince dolls this time around. It's smart marketing, too. I haven't been motivated to buy a prince doll for years since they always looked the same. But that's changed this year. ;)
I will definitely be purchasing Belle and Rapunzel, in keeping with tradition. ;) Especially since they're so darling this year. Eugene will have to come home with me too. I'm still waffling on the Beast. I'm super curious to see if he really still is a prince underneath or if he's just a Beast doll.
Middle Gal likes Snow White, Snow White's Prince, Rapunzel, Eugene, and Belle the best. Little Gal likes Aladdin, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Eugene, and Prince Charming. Oldest Gal is at her first day of camp, so she wasn't able to share her opinions. ;)
What are your thoughts on the new releases? Are you excited? Disappointed? Will any of them be coming home with you?
You can check out all of the new arrivals from the Disney Store HERE.
I didn't mention all of the new Classic Dolls last year, but if you'd like to check out last year's post and do some comparing, you can see it HERE.
More blogging fun to come! :)