You might have noticed my passing over a lot of dolls over my years of writing here at Tomopop, as I'm not usually a doll person. Sadly for my wallet, that has all changed. With the announcement of the Disney Princess Designer Collection, there became a few dolls I knew I'd have to have in my collection. Funny enough, Cinderella was originally not one of these dolls ... until the D23 Expo.
As both a D23 Expo exclusive, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Disney Store, they released a special Silver Cinderella doll that was limited to only 250 pieces. Of course, the toy collector in me wouldn't allow myself to pass it up after seeing how cool it was in person. Hit the jump to follow me on a fairy tale ride and check out this Silver Cinderella!
Figure Name: D23 Expo Exclusive Disney Store 25th Anniversary Edition Disney Princess Designer Collection Silver Cinderella
I have to admit, my story with this doll is pretty serendipitous. I, of course, knew of the Designer Collection, as I immediately fell in love with the fashion sketches. Though not being a doll person myself, there were only a few that I really wanted to put in my collection. Well, call it luck that I happened to be standing in line to get into the Disney Store at the D23 Expo when these were released and didn't know it. Call it love at first sight if you want, but when I saw her in the silver dress, I knew I had to have her.
Since I was obviously blabbing too much under the last picture, these were the bags that were given out when you purchased one of the dolls. Two of my favorites, Belle and Mulan, made it onto the front of the bag, while my other favorite, Tiana, makes her home on the back.
I'm not sure what it is about the silver that won me over, as opposed to the blue, but I've always liked silver jewelry, so we'll go with that! You can see that all of her packaging is based on a silver color scheme as well, including the base, which is gold in the original.
The fashion sketches were what originally drew me to the dolls at all, and to see them used all over the packaging really makes my day. The back of the cover slip actually shows specific details they wanted to include on the doll. You can also see the price tag, which was the same as the regular edition of the doll, US$59.50.
Here she is in all her glory! Her gorgeous silver dress, with all the small rhinestones strewn about it. She may look like a Barbie, but she's cooler than any Barbie I ever owned. It's hard to measure since she's in the box, but I believe the doll is around 12" tall, while the case is about 15" tall.
Now onto Cinderella's outfit itself! She has an awesome silver headband that has nearly as many rhinestones as her dress. There's also a black beaded necklace, which I am glad I am not in charge of making such a thing because those beads are tiny!
As you can see there are more rhinestones at the top of the dress, then they taper off and eventually just scatter here and there along the dress. Although it doesn't show as well in this picture, the gloves are a soft white, which offset nicely with the silver dress.
She also has an amazing carriage-shaped clutch, which is one of my favorite details of the doll. I love that they included that in the form of a purse.
Here's a side view of our princess. You might have noticed in earlier photos that there's a piece of plastic behind her. Well, it's there to keep it safe in transit and whatnot, but I'll make an assumption that there's a way to take it out. I'll flat out admit that I have NO idea if that case can be fully opened or not, but I know I don't want to open mine, and the plastic doesn't bother me since it keeps the pose, so I'll let someone else figure that out!
The back behind Cinderella is a solid page, but if you turn it around, that's where they've hidden the Certificate of Authenticity for the piece.
The font's a bit hard to read in the photo, but it says, "This Designer Collection Cinderella Doll, released in 2011 by Disney Store, was inspired by the classic elegance of the Disney Cinderella character. Disney artists worked meticulously to ensure every detail was captured. We hope you will enjoy this heirloom doll for years to come." We also won't get started with how happy I am that I got #88, and how lovely and symmetrical the number '8' is.
Although you'll probably have to search the likes of eBay to get this Silver Cinderella (which at this point it was going for nearly $200), you can still get the original Cinderella doll from the Disney Store for US$59.50. I would definitely suggest them if you like classic Disney Princesses, or fabulous dolls. Who doesn't want to bring out the little kid in themselves with a nice collectible?
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