Mine were pre-opened because I got them from eBay and I wanted specific ones. That being said, I will preserve the surprise for anyone that might read this that doesn't know which ones I got already.:)
|Elsa looks like she's about to play a prank on Anna or Olaf...|
The other sides of the box...(mine is torn open because, as I mentioned before, my figures were pre-opened. One of the sellers sent the box flattened with the little figure wrapped up safely in tissue paper and the original black plastic bag, which I do not have pics of.:P The other seller just sent my figure in a small baggie inside a padded envelope. Both arrived safely.:))
|Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven|
|Grand Pabbie and mad Marshmallow|
There are five Elsas and only four Annas, one of whom is frozen!Anna. This is dumb. There should be an Anna in her green dress she wears to the coronation! Also, why isn't there a little!Elsa in her blue dress she wears at the beginning of "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman"? One of the little!Annas is in her nightgown and the other is in her green dress from the beginning of DYWBAS. There are two little!Elsas. One of them should be wearing her blue dress from the beginning of that song.
Okay, enough fussing! Here are the two figures I got, with a book and a DVD for size reference:
I'll look at little!Elsa first. She is 1/12, so she's (supposedly) one of the easier figures to find.
She cannot turn her head at all. I'm not sure if this is because of her braid or her neck is stuck or she's simply not supposed to be able to. I don't really care, to be honest, because I am probably just going to set her up next to my TsumTsums and Funko Pops.:)
Little Elsa's hair is molded nicely, and her braid looks just like animated little Elsa's did in the movie.
We'll peek at little Elsa again at the very end!
On to coronation Elsa!
Here's coronation Elsa up close. She is 1/24, so she is (supposedly) harder to find than little Elsa.
|She doesn't look much like her picture, really!|
I love the details on the back of her cape! The blue ribbon painted in her hair is a bit big in scale, but I really like that it's included.
The scepter is a little warped. I could see it getting snapped off if Elsa belonged to a younger child. The arms too, for that matter. That being said, look at all the tiny details in her skirt! The rosemaling pattern looks spot-on to me, and is painted very precisely.
This Elsa can turn her head from side to side, unlike little!Elsa.
And looking the other way...
|She looks preoccupied with something off-camera...|
I like that little Elsa is shorter than her grown-up self. Not to scale, of course, but I still like it. You can see the small differences in their expressions, too.:)
Also, I think they would make great toys for American Girl or similar sized dolls.
I personally LOVE these little figures. They are super cute and would make a great addition to anyone's doll, collectible, and/or Frozen collection. That being said, I would not give these to a little kid. I think they're too fragile for that. Also, for people like me that love the idea of blind bags/boxes but really really want particular figures, buying them "new" (aka sealed) will most likely end up being a disappointing purchase. With this series, I like all of the figures, but I gotta admit I would be very disappointed if I ended up with Grand Pabbie. I don't like the trolls in Frozen, lol. You are also running the risk of buying multiples of a character or figure you already own buying sealed blind boxes...which then means you'd have to bother with trading or selling the doubles.
All that to say go check eBay for pre-opened figures! The original cost for these was $5.95-$7.99 depending on the store. It's easy to find at least most of the figures for equal or less than that on eBay.
I do think the original prices were a bit high, but not horribly so.
FINAL GRADE: 8.5/10
(As much as I love them, their original prices are a little high, and both of my minis have 'defects'-little Elsa's nightgown has a smudge, and coronation Elsa's scepter is warped. It's possible they weren't really new aside from being unopened when I bought them, but I really don't think so, since I bought my little sister grown-up Anna and Kristoff from the same seller as I did little Elsa, and my sister's figures are fine:P)
Still, I definitely recommend the Frozen Mystery Minis! They make adorable souvenirs from the movie, and quite honestly I tend to like most anything that's cute like these. They make me smile.
Signing off for now, over and out!