Saturday, October 17, 2015
Disney Platinum Dolls, Limited Edition Dolls, And More
2015 certainly worked its way to being one of the most expensive with the amount of dolls we have seen. The live-action Cinderella movie had both Limited and regular edition dolls, the new Heroes and Villains Fairytale Collection added five new sets of couples this year (with speculation it will continue next year), new Classic version dolls of the Princesses and Princes were released, new 17 inch singing dolls, a D23 Exclusive Once Upon A Time Doll Set, D23 Exclusive Minnie Mouse Signature Collection Doll, and a park exclusive Disneyland 60th Aurora. The Diamond Edition of Aladdin knocked everyone over by summoning up a 17 inch doll of Jasmine in teal, a D23 Exclusive of Jasmine in red, Aladdin, Jafar, and the new Wedding Aladdin and Jasmine set.
The Wedding Set of Aladdin and Jasmine is unique in that it is in the special display box, has more embellishments and is a very Limited Edition of only 250. The price is the highest we have seen here in the states for dolls, $750 for the set. This is something that had been previously tried overseas in London. A Disney Store was opened in Harrods department store and to celebrate the occasion a special Frozen 17 inch doll set was created. It was in a larger box and included more embellishments. The set retailed for $800. There was also a special set of Sleeping Beauty dolls released which included both the blue and pink dress version of Aurora with more crystals and embroidery (photos of which were published online and was thought to be the version to be released in the US).
There has been a mixed reaction to the new Platinum Collection dolls. Many people were hoping for more screen-acurate versions of Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding outfits (as seen in Aladdin: The King of Thieves sequel). Most have noted how Jasmine's dress is simply a variation of her other two 17 inch dolls. The price was the bigger issue, with many people not able to justify buying such an expensive set. Yet, it sold out, and has many people wondering if their favorite Disney Couple might one day be released in this exclusive style. Since all Disney Animated Features have been released in Diamond Edition, there is no official word on what, if any, dolls will be released 2016. Both Pocahontas and Mulan have been skipped over in the 17 inch series, something people are rather upset about. Cruella DeVil was not released as a doll with the Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatins, and since Snow White was the first ever doll to be made there never was an Evil Queen to go with her. Ariel in human form is another often requested 17 inch doll.
Alice, Anita, Maid Marian and Jessica were photoshopped by me. Wendy is by vintagedollmx, and Eilonwy is by Kitten_Blue_777.
Although we are left wondering what will happen in 2016, and still wanting a variety of new characters, the fun isn't even over yet! There are two more Fairytale Heroes and Villains sets, Ariel and Ursula, and Elsa and Hans - and on November 3rd there will be three more Limited Edition dolls released for the year, 17 inch Frozen Fever Anna, 17 inch Frozen Fever Elsa and Fairytale Collection Anna and Kristoff.