Hello everyone, and happy tuesday!!! 😀
Yesterday, my mom, grandma, and I were shopping, and there happened to be a Disney Store nearby….. 😉 My birthday is less than a week away, so my grandma got me an early present: The Disney Store’s Classic Elsa! 😀 I was really excited. You all know that Anna is a recurring guest on the Doll Dimensions blog, but (until now) she was my only Disney Store doll. Elsa is really special to me, because I embarked on an Elsa costume journey earlier this year, and I now work at birthday parties and events as her. I also think that she has a great message–don’t let fear control your life.
I got my Elsa for $12, but sometimes the Disney Store has them for $10. I just didn’t wait because I don’t have a DS near me, and having to pay shipping sort of eliminates the bargain. I’m super pleased with this doll–keep reading to find out more! 😀
By the way, I apologize for not having my usual lighting–I’m at the Spring Hill Spa and Resort, aka my grandma’s house. 😉
Here is the lovely Queen of Arendelle in her box:
I especially like the back, with the little crown graphic over Elsa’s head. 🙂
(Side note: I love the crown here, but I’ve always wondered why so many stores sell Elsa crowns for girls? I mean, I’m all for crowns (I wore them a lot as a kid), but isn’t NOT having a crown a huge part of Elsa’s story??? I mean, she threw hers out the window, for goodness’s sake! Anyway, I digress. The Elsa crown that the Disney Store sells is really pretty, anyway, so I guess I can’t complain. 🙂 )
The deboxing process was fairly easy–and I didn’t even have scissors for most of it! 🙂
I just had to remove these little tape circles, pull out some tabs, and voila!
Under the cardboard flap, there were some things to wrestle with, but it wasn’t too bad.
The background where Elsa was attached has this pretty graphic of Arendelle.
There were two plastic ties in her head, but they were encased in a plastic shell, so at least there wasn’t much danger of accidentally cutting her hair.
I also had to de-shackle her hands, and cut some various ties holding her cape to her dress.
Here she is fresh out of the box!!! And, not surprisingly, she’s GORGEOUS.
I cannot believe that Target can get $12 for this:
I mean, she’s not AWFUL, but why pay $12 for an unarticulated, slightly spaced-out looked doll with a molded on top, when for the same price (sometimes even lower), you can get this:
An articulated, movie accurate doll with a gorgeous face (whose clothes you can actually change)!
Anyway, I digress. I’m not saying that I absolutely hate the Mattel one, because she can be kind of cute, but I vastly, VASTLY prefer the Disney Store one.
So here’s my Elsa! 🙂
And, keeping with the theme of all of the DS classic princesses this year, Elsa has some tiny jewels on her GORGEOUS cape!
I seriously love this cape (although I kind of wish that it didn’t have this odd slit in the back, and it is a bit wrinkled from the box).
Her dress doesn’t have a sweetheart neckline like in the movie, but I don’t mind too much…her dress is beautiful and has a movie-accurate slit up the side.
I kind of knew this was coming, because I had read about it on reviews of her past dolls, but it is a bit disappointing that the Disney Store didn’t make a greater effort on her shoes. The color is way off, and they’re flats, not heels. Since they’re revising the Frozen girls every year now, along with the other Disney Princesses, wouldn’t it make sense to fix this problem? I mean, they use the same high-heel mold on most of the other princesses (which I think is really pretty, by the way), so why not just make those in a pale blue? They wouldn’t even need to be sparkly, just high-heeled! Why not let Elsa borrow Cinderella’s shoes? I mean, these aren’t terrible, and I guess even our girl Elsa gets blisters in those heels (I know I do when I work as her 😉 ), but seeing as how she’s so movie accurate except for this, it’s a bit disappointing.
I’ll definitely be repainting some Barbie shoes to be her ice heels soon, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I do! 🙂
Here’s one surprise that I’m THRILLED with, though! The original Frozen dolls had hinged plastic knees, and articulated ankles, which were nice for standing, but not good for sitting. My poor original DS Anna has to sit like this:
But the new Elsa, thankfully, can sit like a lady! 😀 She has the same rubber knees as all of the Disney Princess dolls this year, and I’m pleasantly surprised at the mobility the click knees offer.
And here is her face! 😀 It’s absolutely gorgeous, and so movie accurate.
Her hair is pretty crispy with styling product, but I absolutely don’t care about that–I don’t think that the same windswept accuracy could have been achieved without it.
And that’s about it for the 2015 Disney Store Elsa! I absolutely adore her, and I’m so glad I got her. Here she is with my DS Anna! I love how they can look at each other. 😀
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