Friday, July 13, 2012

Another Road Trip!

Like Vanessa wrote in here post entitled “Disney Articulated Body Pt. 1” I too caught the Disney sale on princesses, but I got the sale price at the store! There is a Disney store in King of Prussia PA so I just drove over. I haven’t been to King of Prussia in a long time, not since I worked there part-time. I use to work at Penney’s in watch repair. (Another of those crazy jobs I had to pay off the house.) I don’t miss working in K of P. The traffic can be a hassle but a non-rush hour trip every now and then is OK!
When I worked at K of P there was an FAO Schwartz there! I loved that store! PRETTY!!! I purchased a few things from there but not too because of the prices. It was a great place to spend lunch! There was a TRU right across the complex. OMG, why didn’t I stop at the TRU while I was there? Bone head! I guess I might be making another trip. I got some really great stuff at that TRU. Yeah I’ll have to go back.

Any way I purchased two types of Tiana (3 dolls all together) and one type of Mulan. It is harder now to find the SIS Cara doll at a good price and I still have several medium dark brown dolls that need bodies. I also have a few paler dolls that need bodies too. The Sinatra is a little too costly for me right now!

The 2012 and 2011 Tiana

2012 Mulan She looks a little… constipated .

Vanessa promised us a really good comparison of this to doll with other body types! I'm going to be lazy and wait for that!  I would like to show a little of the two types I have. Like Vanessa I will be show the Tianas first. I will put both the Tiana head and the dress up for sale or trades on my blog so if you are interested, please contact me.

2011 Tiana-the one on sale for 7.99

Now lets see the goods!  The gown of this doll is covered with sparkles that get everywhere! I had to washer to get them off the body.

The 2011 doll has purple eyes!

I haven’t seen purple eyes on a person that dark since the last time I went to the contact lens store! I know the Mattel’s Tiana are brown and so is the 2012. We aren’t buying this doll for the head. We want her body! Insert cackle here!

Her body type is similar to that of the articulated SIS bodies. I would agree with Vanessa that the body does seem sturdier that that of the Mattel dolls. So that speaks to what Mattel could do. Her arms and hands are that of a better made Fashionista Barbie.

Tiana hand

Cara hand and Tiana hand and arms.  Kara is the darker one.

Warning-- Nude dolls!

Her torso is a cross between the Mattel Belly Button body and the Disney body that you might find on the newer Hannah Montana and friends.

It has the little smaller waist of the Hannah dolls and

she has high heel feet with toes (and not the club foot of Mattel dolls)!

club foot!
It all makes me wonder about patents! I hope we are not up for another patent fight!

Winning an articulated body of a medium dark brown……and the body goes too…

Stephanie Laurent!

She was the last of the sisters without an articulated body! The body seems smaller and that seems fitting for her!

2012 Tiana 14.99 or 2 for 22.00

Gloves!  I love have more gloves!

Brown eyes!

I like this face the best of all the Tiana that I have seen. Yes, even with the side looking eyes!  This is a head worth trying to shrinkThe gown isn't my cup of tea but it doesn't have all those sprarkles. This is the new doll you have seen used on the net in places like Van’s Doll Treasures and Flickr!


and feet!

The knees are like the first wave of Fashionista Barbies. Because of that, she also has the same issue of not being able to set like a lady that Vanessa mentioned.
I do think that she will make a great doll for dancing!

Maybe some costumes next time!

When I purchased these dolls, I had a “take that Mattel” feeling as I did it. We all need more of that. We need someone to give us body options if Mattel won’t. There wasn’t a name on the manufacturer of the Disney dolls on the box… won’t it be funny if it were Mattel???

Who will get the newest Tiana body?

I haven’t decided. You’ll have to wait and see.
With the second 2011 body went to one of my favorites and a dolls who was in great need a new body!

So that mean more play time for Imani and some blog time too!

Thanks For Looking!


Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Your comparisons are always wonderfully thorough. I appreciate that.

I love the face on the newer Princess T. If I ever purchase her, I now know that I'll need two: one to keep as Princess T. and the other to be a body donor.

Are there any Princess Tiana manufacturer's marks on the back of her head or on her back? I suspect it will probably just read "Disney" and the copyright year, if there are any, 'cause Disney probably wants all the credit for their products.


Ms. Leo said...

They just say Disney, China and a number on the head and body! It is great doll! I tell about Mulan next week!

limbe dolls said...

Thanks so much for this review. I really like the face and hairstyle on the fully articulated Tiana. The purple eyes on the first one make me see red. The articulated Tiana is a beautiful dancer. I really like the dress Imani is wearing!

Georgia Girl said...

Nice and thorough review. I like the one with brown eyes much better. I didn't have any plans to get any, but you guys are making it so difficult. I have Imani. She looks much better now.

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks limbe dolls, Yeah I don't know what made them think purple was a good eye color. I do think she will be a great dancer too! The dress Imani has on is Fashion Fever Desiree (Wave F) dress 2005! I has been on Imani since I purchased it!

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks Georgia Girl, The brown eyed Tiana is making me think about her. I might look up Muff's head shrinking post. Imani looks much better but anything is better than her original body with that flat as a pancake butt! LOL!

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Muff said...

I really like her face. I think I'd probably use her as is.

Vanessa said...

Great review as usual. I burst out laughing when you said you were going to be lazy and wait for my doll comparison review, because when I started reading your review, I started thinking maybe you would cover everything and I would just point people to your post. ROFL! Lazy minds think alike. Your rebodies look great. Her benefits far outweigh the sitting issue for me. The good thing is her legs spread enough to give more diorama leeway when she is sitting at a table, etc.

Onyyx said...

I have a few of the 2011 Tiana's, and while I am thrilled that so many of my darker girls can have some movement, I find the rubber the legs are made of is much softer than Mattel's. The ankles are a bit weak and my bodies don't stand well in shoes-even on the stand. I deal with it though. Maybe it is just the batch I got.

I am off to the store to buy a couple of the new Tianas and see if another princess will match any other dolls I have.

Miss_Lola_77 said...

I'll be interested to see what heads you pair with Mulan. I've got some pale barbies who are on the palest Livs right now but it's still not an exact match.

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks affandydesign Muff, Vanessa, Onyyx and Miss_Lola_77!

affandydesign, I'm glad you liked it!

Muff, The second Tiana does have a nice face. The first one, not so much. Here head is a little big for my liking.

Vanessa, Hey you can't get out of it that easy! You promised! LOL! I would like to see how she compares to other bodies(pivotal, Fashionists 1&2, Liv and Integrity) in a dance off!;} As for the knees, if I used a doll that won't wear many dresses this body would really work. I give more thought.

Onyyx, Welcome to my blog! Thanks for your insight! Yes, the legs of the 2011 are softer, like that of cheap dolls but better made. I wonder how well they will hold up over time. I also wonder if there will be any complexion changes in the legs or arms over time but I'm hoping for the best! At least Disney is trying different things. It may not be the final body stop for my girls but is there a final body stop?

I would love to see what you get. Please let me know!!!

Miss_Lola_77, I am trying out some dolls now. Stay tuned!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: congratulations on the comparisons between the different dolls. My favorite is Tiana with articulated body. Imani is very pretty now. Great job. Keep in touch

RoxanneRoxanne said...

Thank you for this thorough comparison! Imani looks great on her new body!