Today I’m stuck at home as a major snowstorm blankets the East Coast. In honor of this snow day, I decided to unbox the Disney Store Anna and Elsa Frozen dolls that Ghoulia13 gave me for Christmas.
Anna and Elsa are not my first Disney princesses from the Disney Store. I have Merida and Queen Elinor. My experience with these dolls led me to believe that it is nearly impossible to debox official Disney Store dolls…until today. Today I finally figured out that, rather than opening the box from the top and sliding out the cardboard backdrops, Disney Store doll boxes open from the front. You peel off the stickers on the side and pull out the tabs, pulling the front of the box down.
Now onto the dolls. I’ll start with Elsa. I love how the Disney version of the doll is true to the movie. Her skin is very pale, with a purplish cast to it, as if she herself is frozen. Her hair is very blonde and is pulled back in a long braid, with several errant strands framing her face. She wears a beautiful blue gown with a sheer overskirt that starts from beneath the bust and stops at the hem of the dress. It’s made of a sheer fabric and covered in a voided-velvet-style design of snowflakes. It’s the dress that makes the Disney version of the doll stand out from both the Mattel and the J.C. Penney versions, neither of which have as much detail in the gown, particularly with the overskirt. It is, quite simply, stunning.
Anna also has wonderful detail in her clothing. Although she’s dressed more informally than Elsa, I think I love her costume better than Elsa’s because it has more details, including the heart-shaped filigree cloak clasps, her woolen mittens, the Scandinavian design on the bodice of her dress, and her amazing boots. It’s clear Disney put a great deal of effort into ensuring that the Frozen dolls matched the characters in the movie as closely as possible.
Like the Brave dolls, the faces of Elsa and Anna more closely match the movie than the Mattel versions of the dolls. Anna and Elsa have the stylized faces, with the huge eyes, that the characters in the movie have. In particular, I find Elsa has wonky eyes. Her left eye is higher than her right eye, which makes her look like she’s got a lazy eye, but she’s no less beautiful (there are corrective lenses for that, Elsa!).
Anna is equally pretty. I love that Disney included her freckles, and one of her red braids has the streak of blonde in it. This is a feature that’s integral to the plot of Frozen, but I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen the movie.
Both dolls feature the fully articulated Disney body, with joints at the elbow, wrist, knees, and ankles. This makes them very posable. To try out their poseability, I took them outside during the blizzard. I wanted to photograph Anna and Elsa in a frozen environment like in the film. And like the film, my fingers were Frozen to the bone, but it was worth it.
Disney has outdone themselves with the quality of the Frozen dolls. Anna and Elsa are really pretty, and their faces truly reflect the appearance of the animated characters. Their costumes are beautiful, with great attention to detail being paid to them. I loved the movie and I love the dolls. Now I might have to get the Frozen boys, Kristoff and Hans, to keep Anna and Elsa company.
Do you have the Frozen dolls? What do you think of them?