When I first saw the Disney Designer Villains, Queen of Hearts was my second priority after Malificent (love that doll). I actually preferred Cruella, but I what with the Alice connection and everything, I couldn’t afford to miss this one. As it happened I didn’t miss any of them (good old Mr Bat) but I made sure I had Queen of Hearts early on.
Now I’ve got her I’ll admit that I do feel kind of ambivalent about her – there are several things I’m not happy with. For starters, I’m just not a fan of the Cupid’s bow lip. I never bought CA Cupid from the Monster High line for this very reason. I do understand why it makes sense on this doll. As well as being a kind of visual pun on a heart, style-wise they are referencing a kind of Elizabeth the First look to go with that amazing ruff. I get it. But I just don’t like it, OK?
Second, there are some quality issues with this doll that don’t gel with the “Designer” label (or the price tag). There are loose threads hanging from her ruff and the raw ends are showing. The face painting is not perfect. The dress material photographs OK, but in rl it looks cheap – the machine-made black lace was just a bad idea. The plastic tie holding her crown on shows quite obviously through her hair. Finally, I can’t really make this into a quality issue as its something quite commonly seen on even high-end collector dolls, but I have a pet hatred of “mitten gloves”. For God’s sake just make them fingerless (which would have looked cool) or leave them off altogether.
Er. Right, now I’ve completely disrespected the Queen, I have to tell you that actually, I do quite like her despite her faults. Her sleepy eyes are brilliant, the rooted lashes beautifully done. The ruff is wonderful. I love the velvet of her bodice, they should have continued it throughout the dress. She’s got that “sweetly evil” vibe to her. Cool beans. Next time, Disney, let’s not scrimp on the lace, though, eh?