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18 April 2012 @ 07:03 pm
Gem Styling Merida Doll Photos!  
So I managed to get an early copy of GEM STYLING MERIDA, and I was so excited that I had to share it. This is one of Mattel’s releases for Pixar’s Brave (their other doll releases will be a basic Merida, a Merida and Elinor set, and a Merida and Angus set). This is the ‘fancier’ single Merida, and I believe she’ll retail for 20.99.

The first two images are just her in the box, but since I’m a deboxer, she didn’t stay that way for long. You can see the hair pick (which really is a better choice than a normal doll brush for hair like hers. I appreciated that) and the extra jewels not already on her dress in that image. One of the jewels looks like it’s missing, but it had actually just fallen into her hair.

Permit my ugly couch in the next pictures.

This is how she looked straight out of box. Her hair doesn’t look as nice as it did in the promo images (which is unsurprising), but it’s still pretty good. The ‘gems’ have velcro on the back, so they are removable. I thought that Mattel captured the character pretty well, certainly better than they have a lot of the previous princesses they’ve done. It’s not as spot on as the Disney Store mold, but it’s still a good representation (and I love her freckles).

FYI this is the only Mattel Merida that comes with a bow and arrow, I believe. One arm is actually molded into a bent position to hold the arrow.

You can see that the reversible cape has a bit of a Celtic knot design on it, which I thought was quite pretty.

Her without the cape.

The lighting is really bad here, but I wanted everyone to see her shoes! I really liked them.

Merida without any of the gems on the dress and the cape reversed. I’m not much a fan of the gems to be honest. They’re a bit cheesy looking, and they suggest putting them in her hair but I can’t imagine that not just making her hair frizzier. Also the ‘clear’ gems (only visible in the box photo) are so see through that you can see the velcro. But hey, kids might like them so who am I to judge.

The doll is really adorable though, and I’d definitely recommend it. I’ll be looking out for the other Merida dolls and snagging them when I can, so here’s hoping that’s soon! I was so thrilled when she came in the mail today. :D
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Flying Mint Bunnyharo on April 19th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Yeah I've seen her. It used to be way back when they started producing their own dolls that the Disney Store dolls were pretty terrible and the Mattel ones were better, but in recent years the Disney Store ones have been better. They just work harder on matching the character. I actually like the Mattel dress a lot, but it would be nicer if it didn't have the panel for the gems up front imo. I LOVE that the DS one has an arm guard though. An extra detail I didn't expect they'd include.

As for prices-
The one in this post retails for 20.99, and the 'basic' one which is here (yikes that's overpriced) retails for 14.99, I believe.
wardah_ahmar on April 19th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
The Disney Store "play" dolls tend to have better faces but lately their dresses have been boring unless you are just looking for an almost exact replica of their movie outfit (except for the expensive Designer ones but those were limited "collector" and not "play" dolls). DS used to experiment and create really unique outfits that were very different from their movie outfit but still based on the character. Now it seems Mattel is taking over and a lot of their outfits are more interesting than the DS ones and they would be the best ones if they didn't do that only patterned in the front of the dress thing half of the time.(ugh!)

Edited at 2012-04-19 04:49 pm (UTC)