The interwebz are crazy with talk over the up and coming Ever After High, a doll line that focuses on the children of well known fairy tale characters, much like how Monster High focuses on the children of well known monster characters. In fact, EAH dolls will share the same body mold as MH dolls, so I can easily see myself picking up a few dolls and clothing packs for myself in the future. I must say even though the new EAH line looks really nice it doesn’t seem to be ‘just right’ for me, perhaps a little too ‘frilly’ and pink for me. So even though I may pick up a few of the rebel characters I cant see myself with a huge quantity of EAH dolls.
Of course, nothing is set in stone when it comes to doll collecting so in six months after EAH has been out for a while, I’ll revisit this post just so see how right or wrong I was about any predictions.
Now, I am completely aware that Mattel’s Ever After High has nothing at all to do with Disney, but all the recent discussion of fairy tales has certainly got me in the Disney mood – I’ve even been listening to some of the movie soundtracks lately. In my own doll collection I have only one doll based off of a fairy tale, and that is my Beauty and the Beast ‘Belle and Friends’ doll.
She’s an oddity in my collection, she doesn’t hang out in my doll display cabinet or in the doll room. She hangs out in the study on the same shelf as my one My Scene doll and my two Liv dolls, all three of whom were rescued from the Salvos. Even then, she sits apart from them on the shelf and she would be ‘forever alone’ except she has Mrs. Potts, Lumière and Cogsworth to keep her company.
I don’t even know why I bought her when I did last year, I had no intention of starting up a Disney collection. I do covet the designer villains, the newest deluxe doll set for The Little Mermaid has Vanessa in it which I cannot lie, is awesome, and right now Gaston is for sale in the Disney Store. He looks a little silly in doll form but hey, its Gaston!
So until I make up my mind if another fairy tale doll is coming my way, Belle sticks out in a doll collection full of the dark, sometimes macabre (looking at you Living Dead Dolls), kawaii, anthropomorphic, monster and controversial.