I fell in love with the 2003 Princess of Ancient Greece before it occurred to me that she might be a Lea – when I read somewhere that she was a Lea, that put the icing on the cake, and I bought her. I love her combination of pale skin and dark almond eyes so much that I don’t even mind her sewn-on outfit and glued-together curls, although I do think it would be great to get hold of another version so that I could try some guilt-free restyling.
Isn’t she beautiful? Even her jewellery and her outfit are nicely done.
Here’s the thing, though. I had my doubts about her Lea-ness – sometimes I thought yes, sometimes no. Not that I mind – I like her regardless of this issue – but I did wonder if she might actually be a Goddess sculpted doll, as these look similar. I then did some reading about her and it seems to me that opinion is pretty divided on the Princess. I was planning on asking your opinion in this post, but then (duh) after I deboxed her earlier today it occurred to me to check her head stamp. It seems a bit smartypants to ask you when I already know the answer so I’ll just tell you – she’s stamped 1998 and that makes her a Goddess (Lea has a 2000 stamp). I can see why so many people seem to think otherwise, though. Here’s some comparison pictures:
With a Lea on the left (Amazing Nails) and a Goddess on the right (The Enchantress):
Princess and Enchantress:
Princess and Shakira (Lea):
Princess and Basics Collection One Model Four (a Goddess):
Strange that with some Goddesses (like Edeline, for instance) I can tell instantly that she’s not a Lea. On other dolls, like this one, I get confused … Well, at least the riddle is solved. And in future, I’ll be checking head stamps a bit more often 🙂