Disney Designer Dolls: The Basics

Like if this guide is helpful
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

2011

In 2011 Disney introduced one of their most popular adult collectors dolls, the Disney Designer range.
These dolls are an artist's impression of high designer fashion Disney princesses. Each doll features highly detailed dresses, individual hair styles and rooted eyelashes. They come in a perspex case which includes a cardboard dust cover/slip cover. They retailed at £50 and came in edition sizes of 4000-6000 worldwide.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Dolls released:

Ariel (Little Mermaid)
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Cinderella
Jasmine (Aladdin)
Mulan
Pocahontas
                                                                                               Rapunzel (Tangled)
                                                                                               Snow White (and the Seven Dwarfs)
                                                                                               Tiana (Princess and the Frog)
At D23 (convention in the USA) a Designer Princess variant was produced. D23 Silver Cinderella was on sale at the standard price of £50 (US$ equivalent) at the event. Only 250 were produced and this was the only place you could purchase them at retail price. She is the same as standard Cinderella (in blue) but with a silver dress, silver case detailing and the D23 logo on the box.
Let us take a look at one of the Designer Princesses in more detail. I have chosen Ariel who is the most popular and highest price (at guide publish date) aside from D23 Cinderella. These are my own photos.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

2012

2012 saw the continuation of the Disney Designer range with the Disney Designer Villains. These had the same concept as the original Designers; high fashion villain dolls.
The cost was £50 retail. 6 dolls were released with an edition size of 13,000 each.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Dolls released:

Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
Evil Queen (Snow White)
Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
Mother Gothel (Tangled)
Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)
Ursula (Little Mermaid)
Controversy followed this release as Disney had remade the Queen of Hearts and Ursula into slimmer versions of themselves. The edition size was also so large (due to the popularity of the Princesses) but the Villains did not pick up enough popularity to sell through. In the UK all dolls went on sale at 50% for Christmas and some were still in stock months after release.
D23 only occurs every 2 years so no variant was produced.
Let us see more of Maleficent.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

2013

Disney returned to the Princesses in 2013 but with a twist - their Prince was included too! The Disney Designer Fairytale Couples featured both dolls together in the same perspex box with them interacting together. Some like Rapunzel and Flynn also included an accessory - theirs was a renown lantern. Both dolls included beautifully designed and detailed outfits. The only complaint most of the fans had was that the male's hair was plastic.
These retailed at £100 each with an edition size of 6000 per doll set worldwide.
By this point the Designer range has been growing in popularity in the UK and a few dolls were sold out on day of release.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Dolls released:

Couples released were:
Ariel and Eric
Beauty and the Beast
Jasmine and Aladdin
Rapunzel and Flynn
Snow White and the Prince
D23 saw the introduction of the Snow White and the Prince variant which I have chosen to include a close up for. Note the silver Mickey on the front of the box which has D23 Official on it. This Snow White wears ivory rather than the classic blue and yellow.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Spring 2014

Disney surprised everyone with an announcement of the Disney Designer Fairies dolls. These supported the release of Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy film to blu-ray/DVD.
£50 retail price with a 4000 edition size per doll.
These were lovely fairies which included a pearlescent shine to their skin which added to their magic.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Dolls released:

Tinker Bell
Zarina (Pirate Fairy)
There was a big hope for Disney to release a line of fairies as there is so many in the series but at the date this guide was written there has been no more announced.
I have take close-ups of Tinker Bell.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Autumn 2014

The Designer Fairytale Couples were back with the remaining 5 couples to be released. Once again they featured their other half with stunning outfits and hair.
Retail price of £100 with an edition size of 6000 per couple.
Once again popularity had soured which saw most dolls sell out of day of release and Aurora being over-ordered with lots of displeased fans having their orders refunded.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Dolls released:

Aurora and Prince Phillip
Cinderella and Prince Charming
Mulan and Shang
Pocahontas and John Smith
Tiana and Naveen
I have decided to showcase Mulan and Shang.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

That concludes my guide on the basics of the Designer doll range from Disney.
All dolls have been available for sale via Disneystore. The Disneystore Blog and Facebook page will announce all the latest release dates for dolls.
Please contact me for links to websites and Facebook groups than can help you further.

I have created this guide as a bzzagent: I get access to free products and incentives as part of a promotion from the brand. I am however happy to write a more in depth picture review of each doll if this will help anyone.

Happy buying doll collectors!
Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides