This is the first part of my three-part blog series talking about the new Disney Princess American Girl dolls in-depth, focusing on the Belle doll.
Belle is from the 1991 Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the French fairy tale of the same name. In the movie, Belle is a young woman living in France who loves to read, who's life changes when she is imprisoned in the Beast's castle in exchange for her father's freedom. To break the curse, the Beast must learn to love Belle and earn her love in return before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose or else he will remain a monster forever. The Beauty and the Beast story has spawned numerous direct-to-video spinoffs, TV series, and a live action movie that released in 2017.
American Girl describes Belle as someone who "adores adventure stories that introduce her to new places and people." Belle is the first American Girl doll of French nationality who doesn't live in America.
The Belle doll has the Josefina mold, light skin, hazel eyes that open and close, and long wavy brown hair styled in a twisted half bun wrapped in a golden metal tiara. She has a soft cotton body, and her movable head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. She arrives in a gold-colored satin and sparkle-knit gown featuring a glittery knit-drape neckline, foil-print detailing, scarlet rosette accents with embedded topaz Swarovski® crystals, and more than 100 crystal moonlight and light Colorado topaz Swarovski® crystals on the bodice to the skirt.
The Belle doll also comes with a golden metal bun tiara embellished with crystal moonlight, scarlet, and crystal golden shadow Swarovski® crystals and featuring a sculpted red rose at the center, a pair of golden metal stud earrings with crystal moonlight Swarovski® crystals, a pair of glittery gold-colored kitten-heel shoes with open toes and rosette details accentuated with light Colorado topaz Swarovski® crystals, a pair of satin elbow-length glove and a pair of cotton underwear.
Only 4,000 Belle dolls were produced as part of the exclusive Disney 100th anniversary collaboration with American Girl. As a mark of authenticity, a certificate with the doll's production number and a "signature" from Belle similar to the ones she "gives" at Disney theme parks. She also comes in a exclusive box with an image of Belle.
Stay tuned for posts about Jasmine and Rapunzel!