With the new movie coming out on May 30, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new Maleficent dolls! The Disney Store is being slow to release theirs, so I had to opt for the Jakk’s Pacific doll that just arrived at my Toys R Us this week.
Read my full review below:
I chose the Jakk’s Pacific Dark Beauty Maleficent doll at TRU. My store also had the Beloved Aurora doll for the same price point ($19.99) as well as the Royal Coronation Maleficent, Royal Coronation Aurora (sold separately for $39.99), and a two pack of the Royal Coronation Maleficent and a male character with whom I am not familiar.
Maleficent stands over 12-inches tall!
Her beautiful face is well sculpted! The doll features the high and prominent cheekbones that the character in the movie has. She has eyes that are multi-colored and very red lips. My doll appears to have her right eyebrow raised depending on the angle you approach her.
Her dress is one solid piece. Her sleeves are attached to the sides of the dress with a tiny bit of stitching near her wrist to create a pocket for her hands. While the ends are finished, the little bits of thread get caught in her fingers and snag when dressing/undressing her.
This dress is a glittery mess. There was glitter all over the insides of every box at Toys R Us. When I deboxed her, there was glitter all over me. You’ll notice in several shots that there is glitter on the floor of my photos, and on her. There is glitter on my hand and now in my eyes. This dress is a glitter factory!
Maleficent has a painted-on under-garment that covers most of her front. It scoops down her sides and just covers her rear end.
The edges of the undersuit have little molded details like stitching. The middle has a stitching detail that may just be a continuation of that, but I think it looks like Maleficent’s horns. (Also, notice her cute belly-button)
The doll has a very limited range of motion. Her elbows only allow her to touch her horns or her thighs. No shots of her looking coy with her hand at her face or looking fierce with her hand on her hip.
This is the point in the review where I would normally compare this doll to another. The first one that came to mind was Briar Beauty, the Ever After High doll whose character is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty. I was the only one that thought this would be a good idea. Briar split the minute she saw Maleficent!
So Ashlynn agreed to take her place.
The Maleficent doll has fewer points of articulation than the EAH dolls. She has NO motion in her knees and no wrist joints. Her elbows do swivel, but don’t allow much bend.
Being the daughter of Cinderella, Ashlynn felt it necessary to try on Maleficent’s boots. Remarkably, they fit her! Although in the second shot it doesn’t appear that way, remember that the backs of these boots clung to Maleficent’s calves in the back, too.
Ashlynn cannot, however, wear Maleficent’s dress. This thing is just huge on her. I couldn’t get a picture to accurately portray just how large this looked on her, but her hands can’t even stick out the sides.
Overall, I am happy with this purchase. I will be purchasing the Disney Store version when I find her and doing a full review/comparison. I will also be purchasing an Aurora doll later on, but will probably also opt for the Disney Store version here, too. If you don’t have a Disney Store near you, this is a good option to get in on the Maleficent Movie Madness!