I've had a post in draft since February or so, reviewing the Princess Celestia and Pinkie Pie set that was released at the beginning of the year (a review that will be a later part of this month's post lineup). This set was very exciting because it was the first time that a small Princess Celestia with show-accurate coloring was produced. All the previous Celestias had been pink (which really drove me crazy!). Even though I already had this Celestia, I was interested in adding the newer version to my collection. I thought it would be fun to do a comparison of the two ponies.
As you can see from this picture, although they appear to be from the same (or a very similar) mold, there are several differences between the two Celestias. The one on the left is from the Pinkie Pie set and the one on the right is from the Costco set (henceforth to be referred to as Celestia A and Celestia B).
First off, Celestia A has deeper blues and purples in her mane and tail and blue tinsel in her mane. Since she was released as part of the "Crystal Empire" line, she has gem-shaped sparkles in her eyes. Her eye color is a very thin band of lavender. Her horn is plain white.
By contrast, Celestia B has more green and pinkish-purple tints to her mane and tail (which is actually closer to the coloring from the TV show), as well as gold tinsel. Her sparkles in her eyes are round and oval-shaped. Her eye color is a thicker band of pinkish-purple (which again, is closer to the color of her eyes on the show). Her horn is covered with iridescent glitter.
I was thrilled that they included her golden hoof ornamentation on Celestia B. It always kind of bothered me that Celestia A had raised, patterned plastic in the places that were supposed to be golden but had just plain white legs and hooves.
The only complaint I have is that Celestia B's hooves are almost a bit too bright yellow. I think it would have looked better if the shade of yellow would have matched her crown and necklace.
Another difference between the two is that Celestia A has blush on her cheeks...
...while Celestia B does not.
The more I look at them, the more their face molds seem a little different. I'm wondering, though, if part of it is just the placement of the eyes. Celestia A's eye is much closer to her profile than Celestia B's. I'm not familiar enough with the G4 molds to really know. Not only that, but Celestia B seems to be just slightly taller than Celestia A, but it's so close that I second guess myself each time I look at the pictures. Any thoughts on this? AJ? Anyone?
The crowns and necklaces on both appear to be pretty much identical.
I have to say that I definitely prefer Celestia A's tail to Celestia B's. The annoying gold tinsel that refuses to curl just looks tacky. :( I'm hoping to be able to fix that in the future.
One other difference I noticed between the two Celestias is that Celestia A's wings are tinged with a slightly lighter shade of pink than Celestia B's. My Celestia A also has her wings spread slightly farther apart than Celestia B's, but I don't know if that's a mold change or just a variation that could happen with any of the Celestias.
For those of you interested in a Princess Celestia, there are things to be said for both versions. Celestia A, though not as accurate to the show, has lovely coloring and a better tail. I actually like the blush on her cheeks and I like the way her eyes are placed. She also is just $12.99 and comes with a Pinkie Pie pony. If you prefer this Celestia, though, you might want to snatch her up quickly. She's getting harder to find.
Celestia B is an excellent choice for a collector or little girl looking for the most show-accurate version. She is another beautiful rendition of the ruler of Equestria. However, the fact that she only comes in a huge set that costs almost $30 might make some decide to stick with the original.
Honestly, I think both versions could work in the same collection. I was a nice mommy (it happens every once in a while) and passed my Celestia A on to my girls, since they didn't have a Celestia yet, but I could very easily have held onto both. :}
Which version is your favorite?