Hey, guys! I'm so sorry, I completely forgot about the Belle and Beast review until now -- so without further ado, here it is.
This is a Mattel Beast/Adam doll. I'm not sure what year or anything, but he comes with a removable plastic Beast head and jacket.
I love the detailing on his shirt!
To show you how different his joints are, I pulled out the JC Penney's Hans and Disney Store 2013 Flynn dolls for comparisons.
His elbow joints can go straight forward like Flynn and Hans', but they can also swivel in towards him, which is pretty awesome.
May I just say? Ow. This is as far as his arm will bend the wrong direction.
His legs can't split at all, so there will be no horseback riding in his future.
This is how he sits...
It's bad when he sits in a more ladylike manner than the 2013 Disney Store Anna can.
Going back to his costume...his fabric boots are not connected to his blue pants, which is superb. I don't know how many Ken dolls have their boots sewn onto their pants, and I don't know about anyone else, but when I was little, once those things were off, I could never get them back on. Soo I was really happy to see that the boots weren't sewn to his pants -- makes life easier for little ones as well as the parents!
His shirt is also not attached to his pants, and has Velcro in the back.
Now for this horrendous thing.
The head and paws are made out of plastic and attached to the jacket/suit/whatever-you-wanna-call-it. I kind of wish that it wasn't, because then you could use the jacket without the Beast attachment, but I can also understand why it needed to be made that way.
Putting this sucker on is no easy task, and I could see little ones easily getting frustrated. First, you gotta squeeze him into the head, and not mash HIS head in the process. His head is made out of really, really soft, squishy plastic, so it mashes easily.
Once you have that on and the arms wormed into the sleeves, there are these two little plastic pegs sewn into the inside of the jacket: one on either side. These will have to be wedged into the holes on the Beast attachment's shoulders, and those things are incredibly challenging, both to get them in and then back out!
Once he's all put together, Beast looks like this:
Buuuut it makes him top heavy. Very, very top heavy. So if you have quick reflexes and a quicker camera, you can get shots like this
It's quite amusing, actually! :P
I now interrupt this review with a random Chip.
This came with the lot as well. I don't know where he's from, but he's cute! :P
And now we have Belle. She is a 2011 Disney Store Belle, but her dress is either from the Wardrobe set or from the 2010 Disney Store Belle--I'm not entirely sure which.
At first, I was a little concerned about buying the 2011 Belle doll, because her face looks worried. I didn't think I would really like her face, but she's actually very, very pretty and a lot of fun to photograph!
Her hair is VERY long, and definitely not realistic to the movie, but it's nice. It tends to get frizzy at the bottom, but it's nothing a good fabric softener spritz and a little bit of brushing won't fix!
Back of her dress
Front of her dress
And she came with these cute little shoes, but I don't know what or who they're from, if the 2011 Belle doesn't normally come with these style shoes.
As far as her body and articulation, it's just the same as the 2011 or 2010 Rapunzel model - Rubber legs, articulation at the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. Belle's head can bend to the side a little more than the 2010 or 2011 Rapunzel, though, which is interesting.
She's very photogenic, but I think Chip's a wee bit too big for her.
Annnd that's about it!
I would give Belle a 5 out of 5, despite the inaccurate hair, and would definitely recommend her!
I would give Beast/Adam a 4/5, docking a point because of the tricky Beast attachment and the top heaviness - though the top heaviness is completely understandable.
Do any of you have a Beast or Belle doll? If so, what year/brand, and what do you think of them? Or are you planning on starting a Beauty and the Beast collection sometime?
Coming up will be a 2014 Rapunzel and 2014 Ariel review, and various movie/book reviews.