Have you heard the news? There’s a new princess in town. Eleven of them, in fact! Disney Princesses are some of the most iconic characters in the world, and over the next few months, I’m going to introduce you to the new Disney Princesses reimagined and redesigned by Hasbro to appeal to modern kids while still staying true to each Princess’s unique attributes and story.
Tangled is one of my girls’ favourite movies. They love to pretend they’re swinging from a tower on Rapunzel’s long hair, and little Kay likes to put her yellow hooded towel on her head and pretend that she has Rapunzel hair too. We appreciate Rapunzel’s curious and adventurous spirit that leads her to follow her dreams and leave her protected tower to discover what life is like outside in the big, wide world.
I really like the look of the new Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Rapunzel Doll ($17.99 CAD). She actually looks like Rapunzel from the movie – big green eyes, freckles, and all. The body type is still slim, but without the unrealistic teeny wasp waist and huge chest that most other dolls have.
She wears a pretty sparkly dress in her signature purple, and her silky hair is just the right length to be long (it is Rapunzel after all!) without being so long that it gets tangled immediately. Rapunzel has movable joints at the neck, shoulders, and hips. Unfortunately, she’s just a little smaller than other fashion dolls so she can’t swap outfits which is a bit limiting.
We also received the Disney Princess Little Kingdom Rapunzel’s Stylin’ Tower ($29.99) to play test. My girls really like this mini playset. It comes with a miniature Rapunzel figure with short brown hair underneath and two long blonde “wigs” so they can play with Rapunzel from any point in the movie. It folds shut and is small enough to fit comfortably inside Tee’s backpack and travel with her to Grandma’s or come along when she’s waiting for Daddy to finish his karate class.
The play set does have a lot of small pieces and accessories. The tiny snap-in flowers are kind of a pain to get in properly so they stay in. Right now we’re keeping the tower and accessories in a small bin, but I know it’s really only a matter of time before the little pieces disappear one by one into thin air.
Finally, we received this Disney Princess Little Kingdom Royal Sparkle Collection ($34.99) with five miniature 3″ figurines: Tiana, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Ariel.
Last Christmas, Kay received a similar set of mini Princesses with hard plastic clip-on dresses. She still plays with them on an almost daily basis so I knew for sure she’d love this set. She was really excited about these Little Kingdom Princesses, but it turns out they’re aimed at kids just a little older (the recommended age is 4+). Unlike those other dolls, each Little Kingdom doll’s outfit is made up of 3 separate interchangeable pieces of sparkly stiff rubber (bodice, peplum, and dress). Her six-year-old sister loves that this gives her way more options for customization, but at three years old the tiny pieces are too frustrating for Kay to put on the dolls.
Each doll comes with two tiny snap-in decorations and a snap-in head piece. Again, they’re challenging for the kids to manipulate and get to stay put in the tiny holes. Luckily, even when the snap-ins are inevitably lost, these adorable dolls will still be totally playable.
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