Comparing the two newly released Disney Store Belle poseable dolls, the 17'' singing doll and the 12'' Classic doll. They are very close in look to each other, but with a few differences (besides the fact that the 17'' sings and the 12'' doesn't).
They share the same redesigned faces, which are very pretty, and have side glancing eyes that are greener than the previous Belle dolls. There are a couple of minor differences between them. The singing doll's eyes have a more uniform color hazel (green-brown) color, whereas the Classic doll has a large arc of light green color in her right eye. The Classic doll's eyebrows have a uniform brown color, whereas the singing doll's eyebrows have a color that gradually fades towards the inside.
Their hair styles are very similar, but differ in the way the free part of the hair is curled. The singing doll's hair has tight tubular curls in her great mass of medium length brown hair, whereas the Classic doll just has gentle curls in her hair. Thankfully both have very soft, resilient hair. The only parts having hair product are the side curls hanging from their foreheads, and a bit of the hair above the singing doll's forehead. The Classic doll's hair is a bit frizzy the back, and I'm afraid that combing out the tangles will make it even more frizzy, so I just evened it out with my fingers. The singing doll's hair has very little frizz, and was easy to even out in the back with my fingers.
They also have similar outfits, but here are the differences. The most obvious difference is that the 12'' Classic has long golden yellow gloves, whereas the 17'' singing doll doesn't any gloves since her sound button is in the palm of her right hand, that requires touching with your bare finger, rather than pressing it. It would been nice if the singing doll had gloves anyway, since I only feel the need to hear her sing occasionally. The dresses are of almost identical design, but for some reason the 12'' has a mix of larger and smaller golden glitter particles. In most lighting, the larger particles look black rather than golden, and detract a bit from the look of the dress. The 17'' has glitter that is uniformly made smaller particles, and is more densely applied (especially in the bodice). They look much better than the 12'', and make her dress look like it is made of gold. The other difference is that the 12'' has elastic thread gathering up the fabric of the skirt, to make the ruffles, whereas the 17'' has regular inelastic thread. Also the threads go all the way down to the hemline in the 17'', whereas they stop about 3'' above the hem in the 12'' doll. The slight irregularity in the stitching of the ruffles make the hemline of the 12'' doll's dress irregular too, so it doesn't have a clean line at the floor. The dress of the singing doll has a uniform hemline, and dress has just enough stiffness to keep a poofy, round shape from the waist down to the hemline, even though there is no petticoat.
The 17'' has angled feet that are wearing yellow high heeled shoes, of hard plastic, that are identical to those of the singing Snow White. The 12'' is wearing flat yellow shoes of flexible plastic, which are actually more movie accurate. The 17'' can stand on her own with no additional support, but is not that stable, being top heavy. The 12'' cannot stand on her own without a doll stand, as her joints are not stiff enough, her feet and shoes are too small, and her dress doesn't quite reach the floor.
The 12'' doll has more articulation, with wrist and ankle joints. She has new knee joints that similar in design to the 17'' doll, being external hinge joints. The 17'' doll's right elbow cannot rotate, due to the wiring from the sound button in her right palm.