Saturday, November 30, 2013

Disney Store Limited Edition 17" Anna and Elsa Dolls

Well if you've been reading my blog for a while you know I collect the Limited Edition dolls the Disney Store releases. So when Anna and Elsa were announced, I had to have them for my collection. They were put on sale on the website at 12 am Pacific time on November 20th, so like I usually do I set my alarm for 3 am Eastern time. They both sold out within 17 minutes of release and before they even officially appeared on the website. Thanks to some other doll collectors who know how to magically find their pages , I was able to get my set! They both are Limited Edition of 2500 each but when you factor in the amount they had to send to the physical stores and over seas market, there was far less than that on the website for sale.

The Disney Store also released a set of each of the sisters together for Harrod's in the UK. The set was Limited Edition of 100 and retailed for £500. There are minor differences between the set and the separate versions of the dolls. The Harrod's set has more embroidery on the gowns and the Elsa doll has a pearly finish to her skin and an extra crystal snowflake in her hair. Anna though only has freckles on her shoulders besides the additional details on her gown. You can see a picture of them here. Like other collectors, I'm not happy with Disney for releasing this set because it's like they think we will mindlessly buy anything even if they asking such a ridiculous price for minor differences in details. It also devalues the LE 2500 versions and makes me worry what they'll try to pull for future releases.

So I ordered my dolls and my order went through okay and I never received a cancellation email for my order. I was worried about this because of how quickly they sold out. So I was in the clear. So I waited and waited for a shipping confirmation as I read others were receiving theirs from the company. Well I never got one. So I was worried my order was screwed up but I decided to give it until after the weekend until I started contacting them. Well Monday evening rolled around and I still didn't have one, so I called customer service and talked to someone. She told me everything was fine and my order was still processing, which I already knew since I can view that myself. I wasn't expecting much since their customer service is located in California while their warehouse they ship from is in Memphis. Well Tuesday night I went to see the movie finally, and it was awesome! So I came home that evening to see a big brown box waiting for me! Elsa was inside and I was so relieved that my order really was fine. Anna arrived the next afternoon on Wednesday. I was so happy I had them, but my order still read as processing. Well low and behold on Wednesday night the Disney Store finally sent me an email telling me they had shipped! I was so angry that they told me so late! I spent around $260 on their merchandise because I also ordered some Christmas ornaments along side the dolls, and they couldn't have told me they shipped any sooner?

Anyways let's get to the dolls themselves.

Friday, November 22, 2013

American Girl: Kit's School Supplies

Last week when I visited American Girl in Boston, I made sure to pick up something for Kit, my first AG doll. My mom offered to buy something for me, so I picked out Kit's School Supplies because I heard rumors they might be retired soon.

Kit is a girl living in Cincinnati during the Great Depression and her stories deal with the hardships her family faces during it with her father out of work. Kit herself is a bit of a tomboy who dreams of becoming a reporter for the newspaper when she's older. Kit's collection is full of wonderful clothes that reflect the 30's.

Off to school!

Friday, November 15, 2013

American Girl Place Boston November 2013

Ever since I visited American Girl Place in New York City last August, I've been eagerly waiting to take a trip to American Girl Place in Boston. I only got to visit the one in NYC briefly because of the people I was with and didn't really get to spend the time looking around like I wanted to because I felt rushed. Not to mention it was on a weekend during summer vacation and I could barley move it was so crowded. So my mother and I decided we would take a trip together to the one in Boston once school started again because it's only about an hours drive from us. Well my mom had injured her back sometime after that and had surgery, so we had to put our trip off a little longer.

Now that my mom is feeling better we finally took our trip yesterday and I have to say it was honestly the most fun I've had in a while. We left at about 9:30 am and arrived at around 10:45 after stopping at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monster High: I Love Fashion Scarah Screams

So I recently went to Toys R Us to find my 5 year old cousin a birthday gift, and as you can guess I couldn't go into there without buying something for myself. While I was there, they had a discount on Monster High dolls so I thought it was a good time to buy myself someone new. After going up and down the doll aisles of Toys R Us, I finally settled on I Love Fashion Scarah Screams. It was a close call though since they had the Ever After High Ashlynn & Hunter set and a plethora of Winx Club dolls. I ultimately went with Scarah though because she was on sale and a Toys R Us exclusive and the others weren't.

Tapping into her telepathic powers.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Disney Store Anna and Elsa Toddler Dolls

When the Disney Store introduced their line of 16'' dolls of the Disney Princesses re-imagined as toddlers by the Walt Disney animators during the holiday season of 2011, they pleased not only princess loving girls but also collectors. With their adorable wide eyed expressions and tubby tummies, it's not hard to see why so many love the baby versions of the beloved princesses. Since they have been so successful, the Disney Store has also released Merida from Brave when her movie premiered and now they have released Anna and Elsa from Frozen, which is being released later this month. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a small girl carrying one with ratty hair while visiting Disney World, so it's no surprise they have decided to add the newest princesses to the line.

I was first introduced to line when I visited Walt Disney World in the fall of 2011 and saw them in the gift shops in the parks and hotels. I of course had to buy my favorite princess, Ariel, while I was there and the rest soon followed afterwards. Now I have thirteen 16'' adorable baby princesses crowded into my bedroom. The original line includes Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel. Merida was released in the spring of 2012 to coincide with the release of her movie in June, but was called a toddler doll instead of an animator doll because she wasn't designed by one of the animators. When Cinderella was released on Blu-Ray last fall, they released a deluxe gift set that included the doll and extra outfits and some plastic props. Creating a pattern, this fall they released a deluxe set with Ariel and a bathtub and extra outfits. They also recently retired the first wave of dolls and re-released them with glitter this time and without a plush of their sidekicks. Some have new outfits while others remain virtually unchanged, like Ariel and Pocahontas.

Now that you know the history of the line, let's move on to Anna and Elsa!

Excuse my wrinkled sheet.