I am so excited!! I've been wanting to see one of the Disney Store 17" Singing Princess dolls in person for a while now, and my mom just found a Rapunzel at Goodwill last week! :D My mom is amazing! ;)
When Mom found her, she still had the original plastic packaging attached underneath her skirt, and her dress was in excellent shape except for a small stain, but her hair was a huge mess:
Her skirt stain
The hair didn't appear to be dirty, just tangled (hee hee...no pun intended!), so I opted for brushing it out instead of doing a downy dunk. We covered her speaker in the back with scotch tape and then I spritzed and brushed out her hair. I used a wire brush like I use for my AG dolls, figuring this would do the least amount of damage.
She looked a lot better after her hair was all combed out and nice. :)
(Note: I've updated this portion of the post thanks to some helpful information from MulanFan_95. Thanks so much!) :) There were two different versions of the Singing Princess dolls that were made. The first ones came out in 2010. The original versions had hair that was more accurate to their movie characters and had the same face molds as the 2010 12" princess dolls. Then in late 2011, a second wave of Singing Princess dolls were released. These ones had the newer face molds of the 2011 12" princess dolls, and most of them had long, straight hair, even if their movie character did not. Apparently this change happened because the dolls with longer hair were selling better than the short-haired dolls like Tiana and Snow White. I understand their reasoning, but it was still a bit weird to see the regularly short-haired dolls with long hair!
It sounds like this particular singing doll was called "Tangled's Rapunzel", so she was set apart from the other Singing Princess dolls, although she was also released in 2010. She has the more detailed dress that matches my 12" Rapunzel and does not have eyelashes, matching the original 12" Rapunzel face paint.
By the way, I tried to remove this Rapunzel's freckles like I removed my other Rapunzel dolls' freckles, but I couldn't get them to come off! Thankfully, Singing Rapunzel's freckles are lighter brown and more subtle, making them closer to her freckles in the movie.
As I mentioned, her dress is incredibly detailed, and matches my 12" Rapunzel's dress exactly. I love how beautiful the bodice is!
Here's a close-up of one of her sleeves.
Her right hand has two silver metal bumps on its palm. You push these to make her sing. She sings the chorus of "When Will My Life Begin" in about 4 segments. I've heard reports that some of the Singing Princess dolls don't work very well, but Rapunzel's had no problems so far, in spite of being a used doll.
Some of the lovely detail on her skirt.
The skirt has a removable netting underskirt that helps the dress poof out.
Back view of Rapunzel.
Here is the speaker where the sound comes out. It's actually really loud. In fact, it's almost physically painful to listen to the song if the speaker is facing you.
Rapunzel takes 3 button cell batteries. Sigh. I wish it was AA or AAA...they're much cheaper!
Rapunzel is articulated at her elbows and can move her arms up, down, and around. I found that her range of motion was more limited than the 12" Rapunzel's, though. Her wrists are not articulated and her elbows don't bend as easily.
She has hard plastic legs that are jointed at the knees.
So here are all of my regular Rapunzel dolls in their various sizes: 17" Singing Rapunzel (Disney Store), 12" Rapunzel (Disney Store), 5 1/2" Mini Rapunzel (Disney Store), and 3 1/2" Rapunzel (Mattel).
Fashion Doll Rapunzel
Really Mini Rapunzel ;)
It's amazing how small my 12" Rapunzel looks next to my Singing Rapunzel! It makes her seem a lot smaller than 12" tall!
A few parting shots of my newest girl:
This was truly an amazing find on my mom's part. Not only are the 1st wave of Singing Princess dolls no longer being made, but even the second wave has been phased out. The only one left on the Disney Store website is Singing Tiana (on sale for $12.99). These dolls originally retailed for $29.99 each. Mom got my Singing Rapunzel for $3.99. (Yay Goodwill!) :D
If you get a chance to snag one of these dolls on the secondary market, I would definitely recommend them. They are lovely, and most of them have their original movie voices (there's nothing worse than a singing doll with someone besides the original voice artist doing the singing!). It's also fun displaying them with other Disney dolls. :)