The term ‘collector’s items’ jumps to mind almost immediately upon looking at these Elsa and Anna dolls from Frozen 2 that have been created with real jewelry and are apparently worth $30,000 to the right buyer. Mull that over for a minute as Jessica Fisher from GeekTyrant has done and think about what happens when you buy a kid a doll. An average kid will lose accessories, will toss the doll here and there and possibly try to change their clothing a dozen times and begin losing items left and right. That’s all well and good for dolls that cost less than fifty dollars, still yikes, but with dolls that cost more than many people spend on their car it’s enough to give someone a serious case of anxiety since losing ANYTHING from these dolls would be like losing a year’s pay to some folks. That’s why it’s such a quandary as to who these dolls are really for, though collectors would be about the only people that you can imagine would be willing to drop this kind of cash on the trio of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. It kind of feels as though Kristoff didn’t really warrant any expensive frills doesn’t it? After all he’s just the Ice Master of Arendelle, nothing big to see there, no, nothing at all. Anyway, the price of these dolls, DOLLS keep in mind, is enough to think that someone was looking to create a masterpiece that fused something they really cared about with a price tag that those with deep pockets could afford. Seriously, a lot of people would see this as a down payment on a home, not something that needs to be kept up in a cupboard or a display case for everyone to “ooh” and “aah” at when they come to visit.
Personally I’d rather use the money to buy a new car or put a down payment on a house, but for those that have this kind of money to toss around it might be something that could interest them, especially if they’re big Frozen fans. The thing about putting actual jewelry on dolls however is that to many it seems a bit nutty since not only is it a lot of work and a lot of painstaking detail to put into something that will likely never see any real use outside of being a showpiece, but it’s something that seems to be tossing money away in a rather frivolous manner that’s hard to fathom. Maybe it’s the more practical side of my mind talking but as gorgeous as the pieces are and as impressive as the work is, putting thousands of dollars of jewelry on dolls that are probably worth barely a fraction of the price that their jewels could bring is kind of silly. To collectors and the artist this might seem like an insult, though it’s not meant to be. It’s an observation at best of something that seems less than practical since spending this kind of money on something like these dolls would definitely indicate that a person is either out of their mind and doesn’t care about much else but the beauty and glamour on display, or has enough money that tossing thirty grand in the direction of the artist could be seen in the same light as an average person spending $100 for a Frozen doll set at Walmart. Oh yes, I went there. Andrew Liszewski of Gizmodo has more to say on the matter.
There’s no denying that a lot of work went into this and that’s great if a person has that kind of passion and loves what they do, but asking for $30 grand for these two seems excessive. The jewelry is real and expensive? Great, a person had the gumption and the desire to make jewels that can fit dolls, now what? It’s not a criticism of the artist per se since again, the desire and the love to make these pieces isn’t worth mocking considering that a passion is great to have. It’s the practicality of it, the idea of making something that no one will ever use and then stamping an enormous price tag on it that doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. It probably makes sense to the creator, to collectors, and to fans in some regard, but at the same time it makes no sense to anyone else since even asking several individuals about this was met with a widened stare that was followed by the word, “That’s crazy”. Go on and ask the person next to you, or your relatives, whether this seems like a sound investment. Some might actually say yes and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong given how popular Frozen is. But likely as not many will reply that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to ask for thousands for dolls when the only expensive part about them are the jewels they’re wearing. Sundi Rose of CBR has another take on this subject.