Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) - Comparing Disney 12'' Poseable Dolls - 2011-2012 - Full Front View
2011 Parks, 2011 10-Pack, 2011 Classic and 2012 Classic Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) 12'' Dolls compared.
Ranking of features:
Face: The 2012 Aurora wins, being the prettiest, liveliest (due to her side-glancing eyes), and most youthful. They have reduced the size of irises, made it a little deeper shade of violet, and deepened the pink of her lips, all of which enhance her appearance. The added painted eyebrow and silver eyeshadow make her eyes more glam. The other faces are pretty too, but are duller in appearance. I like the 2012 Aurora's face even better than that of Designer Aurora.
Hair: The Parks Aurora has by far the best hair. I just shook it out and used my fingers to even out the hair in the back, and the gentle curls were not disturbed at all. It is shiny and silky smooth, and is very movie accurate. The 10-pack and 2011 Classic dolls have essentially identical hair styles, and needed combing out to make them even in the back. After that, they got a bit frizzy, and were not as neat looking as the Parks doll. The 2012 Aurora is the least movie accurate, with the iconic front curl being replaced by a sideways bang that has to be tied in place. And after combing it out to make it even, it become a big frizzy ball of hair.
Outfits: The Parks Aurora has the best looking a most elaborate gown, and includes velvet bodice, collar with gold trim, full length sleeves, two layered peplum, and a voluminous skirt with front panel, all in bright pink. There is a petticoat underneath to keep the skirt poofy, and she even has white cloth panties over her pink painted ones. She also has shiny gold necklace and crown as in the movie. Although much simpier, the 10-pack Aurora has the most movie accurate gown, made of white, light pink and dark pink satin. It looks and feels great, although there is no petticoat to keep the skirt poofy. Then comes the 2012 Classic Aurora, where they made the dress a far too deep shade of pink, but it looks far better than the 2011 Classic Aurora, with the glitter tulle overskirt and cheap looking collar and peplum. The latter two dolls are also missing the gold necklace.
Shoes: Once again, the Parks Aurora wins with the best looking shoes, although being polished gold high heels, it is not movie accurate. The 2011 10-pack and Classic dolls, with pink high heeled shoes, have the most movie accurate shoes. For some reason, Disney decided to have the 2012 Classic Aurora wear flats.
Articulation: The 2012 Aurora wins, with the addition of fully articulated knees and ankles over the previous model.
Overall Ranking: This is a tough decision, as there is no clear winner. I love the 2012 doll's face and articulation, but the Parks doll has by far the best outfit, and the 2011 10-pack is the most movie accurate, with a glitter free outfit. The only think clear is that the 2011 Classic doll is the worst of the group.
Comparing various versions of the Disney Princess 12'' poseable dolls, from the years 2011 through 2012. They are all from my collection, and for each of the 10 Disney Princesses, the different models are posed side by side in group photos. They are viewed from the front, the back and with their skirts lifted to show their legs and shoes or feet (for those with skirts). I also include short reviews of the dolls.
The models shown are:
2011 Disney Parks Collection Princess Dolls (Pocahontas and Mulan not included). $18.95
2011 Disney Store Classic Film Collection Princess Dolls - 10 Doll Set for $99.50
2011 Disney Store Classic Princess Dolls - $12.50
2012 Disney Store Classic Princess Dolls - $14.50
The 10 Disney Princesses and their movies are:
Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Cinderella (Cinderella, 1950)
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Ariel (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Jasmine (Aladdin, 1992)
Pocahontas (Pocahontas, 1995)
Mulan (Mulan, 1998)
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)
Rapunzel (Tangled, 2010)