Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Disney 17 Inch Doll News And Rumors
As of 2016 almost every Disney Princess has their own 17 inch doll in the official Heirloom Collection, with the exception of Pocahontas and Mulan. They are the only two Princesses who have not been made, and it has not gone unnoticed. As of now, all of the major Disney Animated Classics have been released on DVD and either a doll was released alongside it or skipped over. However, the 17 inch Heirloom Collection, which many thought may have reached the end of the line, will be reinvigorated by releasing a Princess who already had a doll in 2010. The strong rumor is that Belle will have a second 17 inch doll released in October (with pre-orders beginning in July). The doll release will coincide with a Signature Collection DVD, The Art of Belle Collection, and more.
Joining Belle is The Beast and, the villain of the movie, Gaston. These will be the separate dolls sold individually but these two will not be available for pre-orders. The last addition to all of this will be the Beauty and the Beast Platinum Collection Set. Since there is also the second Fairytale Designer Collection Heroes and Villains set this fall, it leaves everyone to speculate on what the characters will look like and what they will be wearing. The Fairytale Designer Collection last year based the doll sets off of an important scene between the hero and the villain. This is why we see Snow White with the Witch instead of The Evil Queen. So Belle should be in her blue dress in her Designer Collection set with Gaston. When they are on screen together she's wearing blue, but it's possible they could be wearing the capes from the end of the movie, with Gaston holding either the bow and arrow, the spike or possibly a dagger. Another possible outfit for Gaston is from the scene when he proposes to Belle.
The Belle doll released in 2010 was wearing a version of her ballroom gown, and it's doubtful they would remake it - except for the Platinum Collection set. This set will be at the $750 price point like the others, with a very low edition size. The dress may be made different with better materials and embellishments. It appeared this set had more of a wedding theme until this years live action Alice Through The Looking Glass set, so it may not be a wedding theme. I also think it's more likely that this set will have The Prince in human form. For the single dolls many people would like to see Belle in the pink winter dress. This would make sense as the stand-alone Beast doll could have him in his matching winter shirt and cape. His body can either have real fur, be sculpted, or more likely a combination of the two.