Scheduled to make their debut at the 2011 Disney D23 Expo, the Disney Store exclusive Princess Designer Collection brings haute couture to the world of Disney Princesses. Designed by Disney Store artist, the collection consists of all ten princesses, styled and dressed as they might appear walking down the runway at the next great fashion show.
The dolls will be released on a weekly basis, beginning on August 22, at which point, all of the dolls should be on display at local Disney Store locations. We are told they will retail for $59.50 each and, according to the literature now being distributed at Disney Store locations, they will be released in varying edition sizes and will each be available in extremely limited supply. As a bonus, Disney D23 Expo attendees will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the entire collection ($595).
There will also be a limited edition 10 piece pin set (pictured above) featuring representation of the collection. It will be limited to an edition size of 150 sets and each set will retail for $200.
Below are images taken from the brochure for the collection currently being distributed at Disney Store. Click on each thumbnail to enlarge and click on the resize arrows to see the images in their original sizes.
Update #1: 8/10/11 – Added additional images from Disney Store including the box for the 25th anniversary Designer Cinderella doll which is in addition to the full collection. The doll is exclusive to the Disney D23 Expo and will be limited to 250 pieces, also retailing for $59.50.
Hat tip to Disney Pin Forum
Perhaps inspired by the success of bringing Duffy back from overseas at Tokyo Disneyland where he is a phenomenon, Disney Consumer Products has made a gesture that indicates plans to bring another Japanese bear-exclusive, this one from Disney Store Japan — UniBEARsity. The company has recently applied for a trademark for the use of UniBEARsity for ‘Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes.’
The UniBEARsity line focuses on Mocha and Pudding, teddy-bear versions of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse respectively, as created by Mickey and Minnie as part of a homework assignment from Professor Ludwig von Drake at Disney University. A translated version of the UniBEARsity backstory can be found at fan site Duffy’s Closet. The entire current UniBEARsity products available in Japan can be viewed online at the Disney Store Japan website.
If nothing else, it appears that Duffy has also recently become an alumni of the school with a brand new UniBEARsity outfit, according to this forum thread.
Building on the tremendous success of the Tiana and Rapunzel toddler dolls over the past two years, Disney Store has taken a giant leap forward with the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection,’ so named because they enlisted the services of two of Disney’s leading animators — Mark Henn and Glen Keane. The end result of nearly a year’s worth of work is one of the most gorgeous sets of dolls imaginable aimed at both the children’s toy market as well as the adult collector.
I had the opportunity to meet with Mark Henn earlier today who was gracious enough to give an overview of the process which included rattling off which of the dolls he had designed and which Glen Keane had done, but unfortunately technical difficulties prevent me from being able to share that information. What I do recall, however, is that while Henn served as supervising animator for each of the princess from Ariel through Tiana (with Keane focusing on the male counterparts), the lines weren’t drawn that way, so to speak, when it came time to which animator designed which doll.
In any case, the duo set out to determine how the eight princesses who had never been seen as toddlers in a feature animation would have looked as a toddler and the result is nothing short of amazing — photos do not do the dolls justice. I, for one, had an incredible time taking my eyes off the dolls at any point in time, they’re just absolutely captivating, despite the fact that most of them are looking off in the distance, giving them the appearance that they had just literally stepped out of their respective films.
This was a key point for Henn, who made sure to point out that the goal was to make them as true to their grown-up counterparts in the movies as possible. This meant that every aspect of the dolls required special attention, from the head and body sculpts, to the hair, right to the paint. Also of high importance was the individual costume design, although a couple of the dolls aren’t in their traditional outfits, as their age was also taken into consideration when possible.
The design team used digital models during the design process so the animators could instantly review and correct each iteration. And, if at first glance, Tiana and Rapunzel look just like the previously released editions, look again — the bodies have been resculpted to match those of a toddler’s more.
Each of the dolls, which will retail for $24.50 when they become available this holiday season, comes complete with an imaginary friend in the form of a plush/doll of their own. Each doll will come in a box that features her respective animator and will feature actual sketches that were used in designing her (see the photo gallery below for some samples).
Additionally, Disney Store has combined forces with Disney Theme Park Merchandise to make the dolls available both at Disney Store and the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with the box co-branded as such.
Below is our gallery of photos of the dolls, but I can promise you that no photo can do these beauties justice, so be sure to be on the lookout this holiday season.
Later this week, we’ll be spending some time with Disney animator Mark Henn who has served as supervising animator for most of Disney’s most memorable characters over the past few decades, including all of the modern Disney princesses through Tiana. Now Henn, along with Glenn Keane, who was supervising animator for Rapunzel, have teamed together to design a brand new of collectible dolls available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, appropriately titled the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection.’
In doing some routine research for our upcoming conversation with Henn, we managed to stumble upon this photo of the collection recently posted on Flickr, where the poster also mentioned the dolls have a price tag of $24.50 each.
The collection re-imagines the entire Disney Princess line as toddlers (although both Rapunzel and Tiana were featured as toddlers in their respective films and Ariel was seen as a toddler in the direct-to-video sequel, Ariel’s Beginning). It comes hot on the heels of other successful lines, notably from Jakks Pacific, including the Tolly Tots and Princess and Me collection, which imagines the princesses as tweens.
The collection will be available in fall 2011 and we hope to have some more information as well as some hands-on encounters later this week which we will be happy to report back on.
Just a couple of days ahead of New York’s International Toy Fair, Mattel has previewed just some of its new products for 2011 centering on Disney’s hottest properties: Cars 2 from Disney/Pixar and the Disney Princess collection.
We are pleased to be able to report that we will be on-hand at the show and hope to bring you news on many more great Disney products from Mattel and Fisher-Price soon.
Cars 2 Die-Cast Collectibles
With new cars premiering each month, Mattel continues to produce its popular line of 1:55 die-cast assortment of Cars 2 characters. Here we get a look at Lightning McQueen detailed for the World Grand Prix as well as new characters Finn McMissile and Holly Shiftwell. The die-cast cars retail for $4.99 each.
Cars 2 Tokyo Spinout Track Set
Little racers will speed, jump and spin with the Cars 2 Tokyo Spinout Track Set and be part of Lightning McQueen’s stunt defying race just like the movie. Load up two cars into the sets dual launchers and the action begins! Watch as the launched cars race toward the elevated spinning platform attempting to be spun high above the roaring river below and speed to safety. Only one car can claim victory while the other gets spun out of control and off the track. Set includes one die-cast Cars vehicle. Available March 2011. ARP: $29.99.
Disney Princess Swimming Ariel
Water play is a splash away with the most iconic mermaid of all – Ariel – as The Swimming Mermaid Ariel doll. Little girls simply turn the seashell at her waist then place Ariel into the water to watch her really swim! Bath time becomes playtime as Ariel’s tail moves up and down as she swims through the water just like in the movie! Available June 2011. ARP: $16.99.
Disney Princess Transforming Doll
One of the most memorable moments from each Disney Princess fairy tale is the magical transformation into a Disney Princess. These special moments are now captured with beautifully detailed dolls that make a complete fairy tale transformation just like in the movies. Each of the four Disney Princess characters in the assortment makes a dramatic change from girl to royalty with a simple twist and turn to reveal their royal ball gown. Available June 2011. ARP: $19.99.
Disney Princess Cinderella’s Carriage
Girls and their Cinderella dolls will arrive at the royal ball in style with the Disney Princess Cinderella’s Carriage. The intricately decorated carriage captures an elegant “pumpkin”-inspired” décor with pink adorned seats and beautiful sparkly details. Of course, the carriage is pulled by a royal horse to make sure that each princess get to the ball on time! Includes horse and carriage. Doll not included. Available June 2011. ARP: $39.99.
Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle
The quintessential Disney Princess castle that every little girl will want! A fairytale in itself, the castle stands three stories tall, featuring iconic rooms themed to each Disney Princess and more than 50 different play pieces to bring the fairytales to life. Features and areas of play include: Tiana’s kitchen, where she can whip up a pot of “gumbo;” Belle’s dining room where the dolls can “eat” and watch Lumiere and the napkins come to life; take a ride on Jasmine’s magic carpet elevator to the second floor; Ariel’s under-the-sea bathroom has a seashell tub that even has real bubble sounds; while Snow White’s vanity room is an area to get ready for the ball; each girl can get her beauty rest in Sleeping Beauty’s bedroom where her fairy godmothers are watching over or wish upon a star on the balcony and waltz the night away to enchanted music. Explore all the rooms for royal fun! Dolls not included. Available June 2011. ARP: $149.99.
New Build-A-Bear Workshop arrivals for February 8, 2011
Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Build-A-Bear Workshop in another window.
Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.
|16 in. Wizards of Waverly Place Bear – $22.00
Any fan of the Disney Wizards of Waverly Place TV show is sure to love this officially licensed teddy bear. Plus personalize it even more with stuffed animal size Wizard of Waverly Place clothing and accessories to make the pawfect unique gift.
|It’s Magic Sound – $6.00|
|Wizards of Waverly Place Scarf – $3.50|
|Wizards of Waverly Place Outfit 2 pc. – $13.50|
|Wizards of Waverly Place Bag – $6.00|
Build-A-Bear Workshop has recently debuted a line of Disney-licensed merchandise centering on the Disney Channel hit comedy, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ which stars Selena Gomez, David Henry and Jake T. Austin in the title roles.
Pictured here is the #1 Fan Wizards of Waverly Place Bear which consists of the 16″ Wizards of Waverly Place bear itself, a 2-piece Wizards of Waverly Place outfit, silver sparkle flats, the Wizards of Waverly Place scarf and the Wizards of Waverly Place bag, all of which are also available separately.
For more information or to purchase the new Wizards of Waverly Place-inspired collection from Disney and Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit BABW online.
Ahead of the 2011 International Toy Fair in New York City, Tonner has announced a partial list of its new releases for this year, amongst which are several Disney properties including Rapunzel from Tangled, several dolls from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Muppets and Tamina from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Rapunzel ($189.99, LE 1000) from Tonner features a 16″ body and comes dressed in a custom-printed satin blouse with lace trim and lace-up detail, paired with a matching custom-printed satin skirt. Matching ballet slippers also included.
Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to reserve now, see here.
Tonner’s ‘Um from Umbridge’ ($299.99, LE 250) features Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with a 22″ tall body adorned with the curtain-inspired dress she sported after crashing the Red Queen’s party. She features a meticulously detailed costume consisting of an extravagant dress with layered tiers of tulle and custom printed chiffon overlay. Her arm is bandaged with a matching ribbon trimmed wrap, while her slender waist is wrapped in a tasseled belt. Pantyhose and shoes also included.
Shipping date is in mid-February. For more information, images or to reserve now, see here.
On the flip side, Alice gets very small in Tonner’s ‘Tea Party Crasher’ ($149.99, LE 500) with this 10″ body and her custom-made dress courtesy of the Mad Hatter. The Tea Party Crasher comes in a chiffon dress with fine lace trim, ribbons around the bodice, and perfectly coordinated fabric flower. Matching ribbon bandage, pantyhose, and ribbon shoes also included.
Shipping date is scheduled for mid-January. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
‘Voyage of Wonder’ ($199.99, LE 200) features Alice post-battle with a 16″ body. Alice seeks to discover the wonders of her own world, setting sail in soft chiffon blouse with a printed tie under a patterned vest and tiered rick-rack skirt. A finely tailored coat, mesh fingerless gloves, pantyhose, and faux-leather lace-up boots also included.
Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner’s ‘Futterwacken’ ($249.99, LE 300) features Tarrant Hightopp (aka the Mad Hatter) as he celebrates defeat over the Red Queen army with the beloved Futterwacken dance. The 16″ body features a dickie under a gold trimmed vest, plaid kilt with tasseled belt, striped stockings, custom-printed necktie, intricately trimmed jacket, resin ‘spool’ bandolier, faux-leather boots, and signature hat.
Shipping date to be determined. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Saving the most interesting of the Alice in Wonderland collection for last, Tonner’s ‘Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum’ ($374.99, LE 100) features five points of articulation, dressed in a striped knit top with black pants held up with red suspenders. Their socks and shoes are hand-painted.
The set of two is scheduled to ship in early February. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Moving right along, perennial Tonner favorite Miss Piggy prepares to hit the road (or at least dress like it) in ‘Hog Wild’ ($199.99, LE 300). This fierce biker-pig comes dressed in a gleaming faux-leather pant suit with faux -fur collar and cuffs over a shimmering knit bodysuit. Matching hat, faux-pearl necklace, gloves with ring detail and faux-leather zip-up boots also included.
Shipping date is scheduled for early February. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner knows every wild hog deserves a ‘Wild Frog’ ($69.99, LE 500). Here, Kermit the Frog proudly touts himself as a member of the biker gang the ‘Wild Frogs.’ The daring amphibian comes dressed in faux-leather jacket with stud detailing. The back of the jacket features the ‘Wild Frogs’ logo.
Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner’s ‘Princess in Disguise’ ($189.99, LE 200) features 16″ tall Tamina from Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as she disguises herself slave girl style in a richly beaded top with flowing chiffon drapes and equally ornate harem pants. Gilded crown, ‘Sands of Time’ necklace, and slippers also included.
Shipping date scheduled for late February. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner Doll Company, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high-end collectible dolls and figures, will team up with Marvel to create character figures based on classic Marvel characters.
“We were fortunate enough to work with Marvel a few years ago and I am thrilled to be back working with them,” Robert Tonner, CEO of Tonner Doll said. “We are looking at all of the classic characters like Captain America, Storm and Jean Grey,” he added.
Tonner Doll Company, best known for its unique ¼ scale, will offer MARVEL characters that are approximately 16″-17″ tall with multiple articulated joints for expressive movement and mobility. In the wide world of collectibles, the ¼ scale is highly sought after for it’s unmatched distinction and posing ability.
In keeping with the fine detail and high-end quality of Tonner’s other popular product lines, they will feature hand-painted facial features, rooted hair; and authentic costuming inspired by the character’s life from origin, and secret identity to hero.
Fans can expect to catch the first glimpse of Marvel licensed TONNER CHARACTER FIGURES™ in early 2011. For more information, go to www.tonnerdirect.com.
They’ve only been around for about a month, they’re consistently highly rated in customer reviews and best of all, they’re absolutely adorable. They are the 16″ tall Disney Princess Toddler dolls and if you act quickly, you can get them for $10 each, a savings of nearly 60%.
Even if you don’t intend to use them as gifts this holiday season, you should definitely seize this opportunity to stock up on the dolls as future gifts for any occasion. At this price, they simply will not last.
Plus from now through December 8 only, you’ll get free shipping on your entire DisneyStore.com order with any toy purchase using coupon code TOYMANIA, for which these dolls qualify.