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Last year my (then) nine year old daughter was massively into all things Disney Princess, she particularly loved the film Beauty and the Beast which she was watching on a regular basis. So, she was over the moon to receive this large soft Belle rag doll for Christmas. I bought it in the Disney Store, but forget how much I paid for it, the updated version currently costs £16.00 (delivery costs may apply).
Belle is 53 cm tall, so she is rather large, she is completely soft and well padded inside. She is wearing her trademark gold dress which is long coming down to her ankles, with matching gold gloves, shoes and earrings. All of the clothing is sewn onto the doll so cannot be removed or lost!
The doll has big green eyes and pink lips, she is smiling and looks happy and friendly. She has very long brown hair in a bouffant style with a partial bun at the back kept in place by a small crown. The hair is made out one one piece of thick fabric rather than single strands, so it cannot be brushed or styled.
My daughter absolutely loves this doll and she takes it everywhere with her and she sleeps with it every night. During the past year it has gotten a little mucky, Disney advise hand washing only but I have put it through the washing machine on numerous occasions, it does come out clean but the material has gone a little bobbly. The dress has a few pulls and snags, there is also a small hole forming on the bodice, but this is not surprising considering how much this doll has been played with.
This Belle doll is exclusive to the Disney Store, although I am sure a second hand one could easily be picked up on eBay. It is a lovely soft doll that Disney Princess fans will love, my daughter certainly adores hers so its the full 5 Dooyoo stars from us.
I bought this doll on sale, for £5, just after my daughter and I had enjoyed watching Beauty and the Beast together, and put it away for Christmas.
The doll is a soft, rag doll type. She is very slim with large breasts and twig shaped legs and, to a lesser extent, arms. This means she's not really shaped like any humans we know, and she's much slimmer for her height than any adults I know. Her face is very flat, and I'm not sure my daughter recognises her as the character as a result.
The hair is soft and full, and is sewn in a loop, so there are no ends to get frayed or caught. This seems very practical, as well as giving extra volume.
For clothes, the yellow dress, gloves and shoes are pretty and do look a lot like the film dress, it could do with an extra ruffle half way down. My daughter's favourite colour is yellow, and she loves that the dress means it matches with a hard hat!
The big test for me, though, is how often she gets played with... and Belle got played with once. I think my daughter just didn't recognise her as being from the film. If your child is a big fan of Disney Princesses or rag dolls, it might be worth buying, but I wish I hadn't bothered.