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28 March 2012 @ 10:44 am
Limited Wedding Rapunzel and Cinderella Dolls  
Are there pearls on Rapunzel's veil on the limited edition wedding doll? My box describes her as having pearls on her veil as well as the dress, but I don't see them. Is it a mistake in the description? Has anyone opened theirs up that can tell me? Also, what do her shoes look like? :)


Someone posted that a designer designs in the hopes that people will debox their dolls so I started reading the designers comments to her designs. I noticed this:


She writes "I wanted to create a doll that looked as close as possible to the film - so this is the only Cindy with strawberry blond hair!"

This IS one of the only dolls I have ever seen with the right color hair (or close to, I always thought it was more of a light brown with a touch of red, not reddish blond, and not cinnamon red. I think the doll's hair is a touch too red). We all see things differently I guess. I do wish the Disney company would realize Cinderella is not a regular blonde.
Flying Mint Bunny: Moviesharo on March 28th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
There are no pearls on the veil. I noticed that too and found it strange.

As for the shoes, they're not anything fancy. They're the basic plastic slip on shoes like the singing dolls have, and they're creme colored.

Lol yeah, poor Cinderella. Even Aurora is more of an ash blonde, but in the princess pictures her hair is always... yellow (although it usually looks okayish on dolls).
shivatopiashivatopia on March 28th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I agree that Cinderella's hair in the film never was golden blonde or platinum blonde as she is always portrayed by Disney in dolls, promo pictures, and other merchandise. Like you, I also always saw her hair as a light brown/sandy blonde color with a minor reddish tinge (in any case a very hard color to describe), but Disney seems to officially want to identify her as the first blonde princess, so they seem to be going with what is easy. Look at the Designer Cinderella doll's totally platinum-blonde hair! I am sure that the rise of Barbie ever since the 1950s did not help.

On that note, the Signature Series Cinderella doll from the late 1990s made by Mattel for Disney has Cinderella with a more proper hair color. Unfortunately, her face is a bit too "Barbie" and not "Cinderella" enough, but keep in mind that it was made by Mattel... The gown is gorgeous (even though it is in blue and white). I kind of hope that the 17" LE Cinderella doll that hopefully will come out later this year will be dressed in proper white and silver and not so much blue.

As for Aurora, I don't mind her having golden blonde hair (even though the film does lighten it to a more ash-blonde color), since Flora's gift was supposed to give her sunshine-gold hair. =)

Edited at 2012-03-28 09:50 pm (UTC)
Abigail: Say Lovemdmbrightside on March 28th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I kind of hope that the 17" LE Cinderella doll that hopefully will come out later this year will be dressed in proper white and silver and not so much blue.

I took it as a good sign that the D23 Exclusive Designer Cinderella doll was dressed in silver/white - it at least shows they're aware of the need for the canon colorization - so my hopes are high that the dress color will be right. The hair I don't hold much hope on, what with the official color being "acorn" (I still don't how that describes orangey-blonde).

Edited at 2012-03-29 05:30 am (UTC)
wardah_ahmar on March 29th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
What doll is that Cinderella doll? I have never seen it before.
dark_rapunzeldark_rapunzel on March 30th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure! I think it was a one of a kind doll sold for a charity auction, but I could be wrong.

btw, I love your name. Wardah is so very pretty.
Geeky Mint: Ariel-stolen voicemintbunny on March 29th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Aww, I feel like I'm letting doll designers everywhere down, since none of my dolls come out of their boxes.
shivatopiashivatopia on March 29th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I'm also very hesitant to release any of my dolls from their boxes. It's not so much a matter of the resale value thing, but these days, the dolls are packaged so neatly in the box that they look like works of art as they are. That said, I guess from a designer's perspective, they ultimately want their work to be appreciated from all angles. I suppose for a doll designer, the idea of keeping a doll in the box is similar to a clothing designer being disappointed if a person were to keep a brand new outfit they designed only on a hanger and never actually wear the clothes. So it does makes sense. Such a dilemna!
dark_rapunzeldark_rapunzel on March 30th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
They really should make them like they do for porcelain dolls. Place them in a box that you can open, untie the doll, and lift it out. Then you can place them back in and re-tie the ribbon and they are as good as new.

Then again, it might not let them retain as much value long term. Some of the value of these boxed dolls come from the fact that you haven't removed them. Porcelain dolls and some Madame Alexanders and Genes (all easy to remove and replace in box) do not gain the same kind of value a boxed collectors Barbie gains.

Although even there, some Barbies loose all value.
shivatopiashivatopia on March 30th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you: I would love it if these dolls could be taken out of the box and replaced neatly with satin ribbons. That way, one could rotate which dolls to display with no guilt and also without having to display the actual boxes all over the house.

As far as I know, for 11.5"-13" dolls, there is at least one vinyl doll designer, Jason Wu's Fashion Royalty line (with Integrity Toys), who does allow his dolls to be removed and replaced into their boxes with only satin ribbons holding them in. These dolls actually seem to only get more expensive as time goes on. Of course, his dolls are LE 1000 or less and the dolls and clothes are incredibly well made (although I think his female dolls' faces look too "hard"), so those are probably major factors in desirability.
wardah_ahmar on March 30th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I think part of the reason a MIB Barbie (even the "collector" Barbies are still considered a playline doll) gains value is because it is assumed playline dolls that are removed from their boxes are played with and often being played with causes damage. That said there are playline dolls that go up in value even if they are not still in their box as long as they are in good condition.

Edited at 2012-03-30 09:12 pm (UTC)