I was in high school when Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast first came out. Even though I might not have been the target audience, I loved it anyway. As another smart, bookish girl, I identified with Belle. I loved the music, the animation, and who wouldn’t be charmed by walking, talking, wisecracking furniture? My kids have seen the animated movie countless times and even attended a live performance at Theatre Under the Stars last summer.
So believe me when I say we’re all very excited for the new live action remake hitting theatres on March 17 and starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson. I mean, Emma Watson as Belle sounds like spot-on casting to me! Knowing she’s playing the title role makes my Harry Potter and Hermione-loving kids even more excited to see this movie. We can’t wait!
Beauty and the Beast Make and Take Play Event
To celebrate the release of Beauty and the Beast, Disney has partnered with Hasbro and Toys “R” Us to host a fun in-store Make and Take Play Date event on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Kids can create and take home a Play-Doh rose, build and take home a LEGO Mini Cogsworth, and enter to win a Beauty and the Beast Prize Pack in store.
I have a special bonus for you too: until April 30, 2017, use promo code OliviaL to get 15% off regularly priced Beauty and the Beast Live Action Movie products at Toys “R” Us!
New Beauty and the Beast Live Action Toys
We recently had the chance to check out some of Hasbro’s new Disney Beauty and the Beast toys, and I figured we’d give you all a sneak peek!
The flagship toy of this new line is the Disney Beauty and the Best Grand Romance Beauty and the Beast Set. These premium dolls have a truly impressive level of detail. Beast’s head, arms, and legs are hard plastic covered with soft flocking to simulate fur. His silky blue outfit is gorgeously decorated with gold foil and touches of real lace. He even has tiny painted claws on his hands! Everything comes assembled except for the tail which is simple to pop in.
Belle is also fantastically well done. Her dress is decorated with gold foil and comes with two sheer overskirts. She comes with pretty spool heeled shoes, a necklace, and matching hair accessory. In addition to the usual neck, shoulders, and hip joints, she has extra points of articulation in her elbows and wrists that most Hasbro dolls don’t have. The face mould is supposed to resemble Emma Watson in the movie, but to be honest I don’t really see it. The box is a nice little bonus – be careful unboxing and the kids can use it as a ballroom backdrop while they’re playing.
Then there’s Enchanting Ball Gown Belle. This is the same doll that comes in the Grand Romance set, but in a slightly different dress. On this dress, the gold markings are glitter instead of foil, and there are an almost unheard of five layers of fabric in the skirt. Another deluxe outfit!
As soon as we opened up the Castle Friends Collection, we noticed the unexpected texture of the figurines. We’re used to Hasbro’s hard plastic Little Kingdom toys, but these are made from soft and pliable plastic. (Tee thought they felt kind of like gummy bears.) As you can see, they’re very detailed for their size and my girls have really enjoyed posing them and playing with them. Most are easy to pose, but Lumière needs a small plastic stand (included) to allow him to stand upright, and the feather duster has a slightly rounded bottom which makes balancing her upright a bit challenging.
The second miniatures set has Belle, the Beast, a table, and the magic rose under glass. Belle measures 4.25″ tall, and the Beast is 4.75″. Both characters are solid one-piece plastic with no moving parts. The glass does come off the base and the rose can be removed.
Here are all the mini figures together so you can see how the sizes compare. The castle friends are not quite to scale with the Belle and Beast figures, but my kids don’t mind. Any smaller and they’d be too easy to misplace. My girls love these new Beauty and the Beast toys and they can’t wait to see the movie!
Win a Beauty and the Beast Prize Pack!
One of my Canadian readers will win the same assortment of Beauty and the Beast live action toys we reviewed above: a Disney Beauty and the Beast Grand Romance Doll Set of Belle and Beast, Enchanting Ball Gown Belle doll, the Castle Friends Collection, and Enchanted Rose Scene set.
Enter to win this amazing prize pack worth $160 in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, 18+. All the winner’s entries will be verified.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Toys “R” Us in-store Play Date event on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm! And while you’re at it, grab my promo code OliviaL for 15% off any purchase of live action Beauty and the Beast toys.
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