The past few months have been great as far as acquisitions go. In September I got to go back to my local Disney Store, where I was looking for more of the men. Unfortunately, all they had were three Hans dolls from last year (this year they changed his clothes to his white suit from the coronation scenes)-there were no other men left, and Corporate had given my store no indication as to when they’ll receive another shipment. I went ahead and bought one of the Hans (I like his old clothes better), as well as an Elena of Avalor 3-outfit wardrobe set that was marked down to 40% off (which permanently sold out about a week after I made the purchase) and this Olaf’s Frozen Adventure tote to carry them in. Elena came in her Christmas gown and was packaged with her original dress, her Day of the Dead dress, and their corresponding shoes and accessories. She’s beautiful and looks stunning in her Day of the Dead dress.
I’ve had an idea for a while of an OMC to add to my doll collection-Prince Marius Westergaard of the Southern Isles, Hans’ 9th brother, whose diplomatic skills get him sent to various countries by his father to smooth out disputes and his brother’s awful behavior. When the Frozen dolls were first released, Heather at The Doll Grotto and Casey Robin at Casey Robin’s Dollyanna did terrific, thorough reviews of the men-Heather of both and Casey Robin of just Kristoff. Casey Robin mentioned that Hans looked like “a cross between Mr. Darcy and Eddie Redmayne,” which is where I got the idea to name my OMC Marius (the film version of Les Mis is the only thing I’ve seen Eddie Redmayne-who played Marius-in). The doll I chose has a slightly softer expression than the other two Hans did-perfect for my Marius.
I created a photostory centered around Marius and the sisters.
At the end of September I ordered two more men from the Disney site (note: the website is no longer disneystore.com, but shopdisney.com)-Kristoff and Prince Phillip.
The back and sides of Kristoff’s box:
It took Kristoff about 2 years to get here, so naturally Anna was very excited to see him.
Phillip is very handsome (even when my flash derps out).
Sides and back of his box. I love the appearance of Aurora and the fairies on the sides, especially how everyone else seems pretty happy but Merryweather’s in fight mode!
Aurora chose a new outfit with colors that please all 3 of her fairy godmothers (dress: unknown and untagged, but I believe it might be a My First Barbie dress from the ’80s; shoes: Barbie with 7 pairs of shoes, brunette version, which I got during Kroger’s big Barbie discounts, along with the current blue-plaid-jacket carded Ken suit and the current carded gray Barbie dress with blue leopard spots)
for her portrait with Phillip.
In the last week of October I finally completed my Disney Princess collection! (Now I just have to finish acquiring the men.) The 2012 Snow White and 2015 live-action Cinderella came up for reasonable prices on eBay, so of course I pounced on them-especially Ella, as she was the first of her kind to come up for less than $80 (thanks to having been previously deboxed) in a long time.
And here’s Ella unpackaged!
Her gown is 2 pieces
and the skirt has 4 layers.
The glass slippers are gorgeous.
A lot of people said the doll’s face looked too masculine, but in real life Lily James has a similar square jawline (Lily photo found here).
This Cinderella is a bit of an underrated doll in my opinion. She’s beautiful and I can’t wait to find her best angles.
Now, on to Snow White! The 2012 version has probably the most gorgeous Snow White face I’ve ever seen, so she was the only one I could stand to get.
I love the patterns on her box-the red circular ones are almost like mandalas.
She has the same problem as Elena, where her left knee bends too far inward, but it’s barely noticeable with the right combination of position and the occasional clear rubber band.
And here are some photos of my complete Disney Princess collection, grouped by Disney era and redressed.
The princesses of the Golden Age…
the Disney Renaissance…
and the Disney Revival.
My birthday came in the first part of November, and with it some new additions to my haul.
I can’t look at Duchess without seeing Mila Kunis in her face. To me, the resemblance seems strongest in the forehead, eyebrows, lips, and chin.
And my Ever After gang.
In the middle of the month, I bought one of the rebooted Monster High dolls-Party Hair Draculaura.
The MH reboot has caught a lot of flak for softening the ghouls up too much, but this Lala was too pretty to resist.
Lala was incredibly happy to be reunited with Ghoulia, and Saturday night the two were busy discussing the pros and cons of Svengoolie’s Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein show.
Do you have any new haul stories to share? Since Thanksgiving was yesterday here in the US, what were you thankful for this year?