I was really, really sad to have missed out on the 2010 Pink Label Mattel Hatter, so when I heard about the new Disney dolls based on the upcoming Tim Burton film, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, I knew that he would be my primo target doll. Maybe I’ll pick up some of the others eventually, but for now I’m quite happy with this one.
I don’t think he has quite the uncanny resemblance to the character that the Mattel 2010 version had, but he’s pretty good for playline. His costume is wonderful – just perfect. Having looked at some film stills, I can’t fault it at all. His hat is a little annoying, though, as it’s attached to his head by a tag and I think that if this were removed, it would be pretty hard to get it to stay on (it actually falls backwards unless you push it on firmly as it is). I was a little disappointed to find that his articulation wasn’t everything that I’d hoped. He has jointed elbows and knees, but his head only moves side-to-side and he doesn’t have jointed wrists. Oh well. Maybe I’m just being greedy, it’s better than the articulation on many of these not-quite-collector level dolls, which I think are often destined for display rather than play.
His face is great from some angles, but I don’t think the sculpt is quite right somehow. The painting on my version is a little uneven, with heavier shading on one side of the nose than on the other. I will say this for him, though – he has that Hatter mix of eccentricity and scariness down to a tee.