Today I am doing a review of Elsa and Rapunzel from the Disney Animators’ Collection. The Disney Animators’ Collection is a series of 16″ dolls, designed by Disney, that portray the Disney Princesses as toddlers.
Those who know me know that I am partial to teeny, tiny, fairy-sized dolls and not usually interested in dolls over 12″, but the Disney Animators’ Collection has definitely won me over.
Of course, my first Disney Animator doll had to be Tinker Bell:Isn’t she utterly adorable!
And now I’m pleased to announce that Elsa and Rapunzel have joined our dolly family! Just so you know, Elsa came from the Disney Store while Rapunzel was purchased through Amazon. I’m telling you this because I’d heard that some of the Disney Animator Collection dolls bought from Amazon were (somehow?) not legit and, therefore, one should only buy directly from the Disney Store. So far I have not found this to be true–Rapunzel seems just as authentic as Elsa.
So, without further ado, meet Elsa and Rapunzel:
A close up look at the sketch on Elsa’s box:
On the back of the boxes, there is a bit more info about the illustrators and some additional drawings:
For the most part, the boxes looked identical, except that Rapunzel’s box did have a little damage at the top:
Okay, enough with the boxes—let’s free the dolls!
They are able to stand on their own fairly well, especially if they’re wearing shoes. Their dresses are made from satin and have lots of detail.Elsa’s outfit consists of a jumper, undershirt and a pair of tights. The shirt is an “icy” blue color with a small collar and puff sleeves. The jumper is a darker blue and has lots of detail. I believe the design printed on the dress is considered a “fleur-de-lis”.
Underneath her dress, Elsa wears light blue tights and little black shoes:The same flower that is printed on the fabric of her dress is also painted on her shoes.
*Warning–naked doll pictures coming up! I don’t usually photograph my dolls without clothing (why embarrass them unnecessarily?), but I feel that in order to have a complete review it is unavoidable.
I was impressed when I saw that tissue had been wrapped around her body to prevent staining. Then I took a closer look and saw it:Yep, the dark dye in Elsa’s dress had prevailed. There is a small blue spot where the dress was touching her vinyl body. Oh well, I guess a stain isn’t life threatening so I won’t fret too much about it.
Here is poor Elsa with all her clothing removed. Besides the little spot on her torso, the staining really isn’t bad. In fact, I believe that spot is her only stain.
Finally! All dressed again!
Before I move on, let’s take a quick look back at her outfit. Her satin dress with puff sleeves and flowery detail:
The undershirt and jumper are sewn together so the dress comes off in one piece. A strip of velcro is sewn to the back of the dress to hold it closed.
The tights are a light blue, knit fabric and cover Elsa’s legs and feet:
And of course, the shoes:
Her plastic shoes are solid black with a single blue flower painted on each one.
Now, back to Elsa:
Elsa’s face looks slightly more mature than the other Disney Animators’ dolls which I think is nice. You really get the feeling that she is older than the others.
Here is a back view of Elsa:
I have her dress undone so you can see the dress’s velcro closure.
Her hair is braided into a simple braid:
The braid is a basic three-strand braid–no fancy French braid, which I am fine with. However, I feel that at some point I will tie a little bow or ribbon tied at the bottom just to fancy it up.
Elsa’s headband can be removed (it also secures in the back with velcro), but comes loosely attached to her hair with black thread. I haven’t decided yet whether I will cut the thread and remove her headband. I’m sure at some point I will. It just seems so perfect right now I hate to ruin it.
One last point on Elsa is her skin tone:
Here is Elsa’s skin compared to Tinker Bell’s and you can see that Elsa’s skin tone is a bit lighter. I think this is kind of neat and keeps with her “ice queen” theme.
Now, my Sister (the Rapunzel aficionado) insists that there is a lack of Rapunzel love going around and requests I do a thorough review of her for all the Tangled fans out there.
Again, here is Rapunzel out of her box:
Check out that hair!
Rapunzel’s hair is obviously the longest of all the Animators’ Collection dolls. It actually goes past her feet. Although I like the way Rapunzel’s hair is done, it did have a few flaws. After de-boxing Rapunzel, Sister disappeared with her and didn’t come back for a while. Since I was busy taking pics of Elsa I didn’t think too much about it. When she came back though she informed me that, apparently, Rapunzel came with a significant amount of gel or glue or…something?…in her hair. While she was able to brush most of the “gunk” out, I feel at some point we will still need to wash it.Unlike Elsa and Tink, Rapunzel does not have shoes. She comes barefooted, which I think is utterly ADORABLE!
Her dress is a pink satin material:
The bodice has light pink ribbon sewn to the front with gathered, pink and purple striped sleeves. The skirt of the dress has two layers and is a magenta color. Like Elsa’s, this dress also has a strip of velcro in the back.
Sadly, Rapunzel had a bit more staining than Elsa:If you look closely you can see the faint purple marks laced across little Rapunzel’s tummy. I cannot remember if Rapunzel had tissue wrapped around her or not, but I feel like she probably didn’t and that is why her stains are worse than Elsa’s. Like the other Disney Animators’ dolls, Rapunzel has purple undies painted on.
Now let’s get Rapunzel redressed so we can start styling that beautiful hair!
At this point in the photo shoot Rapunzel’s hair was getting a bit unruly so Sister put it up in a fishtail braid.
Since I can’t really style Tink’s hair (it’s in a permanent bun) and I don’t have the guts to take out Elsa’s braid yet, Sister allowed me to have some fun with Rapunzel’s hair and attempt a waterfall braid.
I got a little carried away…
…and added a fairy bow much to Sister’s chagrin 😉
I just love the Disney Animator dolls’ expressions. Rapunzel looks curious yet shy in my opinion. Her little freckles are absolutely adorable!
Of course, we can’t forget Elsa and Rapunzel’s little friends:
Both Olaf and Pascal are lightly stuffed and sewn from satin fabric. I hate to be overly picky, but part of me thinks they could have done better on these guys. I mean seriously, where is Olaf’s nose? He seems….incomplete. Even though I’m not crazy about either plush, between the two I like Pascal better.
Well, I guess it’s time I wrap this post up with a few final pictures!
Tink is thrilled to have sisters!
Doesn’t Elsa look pretty!
Oh, what’s that?
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