The final review of the three pieces from the latest announcement is Ariel with Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
When I read the announcement information and description of the piece (prior to seeing any images), I thought, 'Another Ariel' ::sigh:: and figured, I already have her under the sea on a rock and above the sea on a rock, do I really need another?
Then I saw the initial image and really liked the amount of detail to this piece and Ariel & Sebastian in more of an environment setting vs. previous releases (on the rock).
Now what to do? As I was pondering my decision, the additional angles came through and when I studied the close-up of her face and saw the lines of the piece from the back view, there was no hesitation. My decision was made, I pre-ordered and since they're arrival on Friday, have not had one regret. This piece is phenomenal!
As many know, over the years, am very much a face person. When it comes to the human characters, it's not easy to get that exact likeness to how you see them in the film. Characters like Snow White, Belle and Ariel seem to be the hardest of the lot. For me personally, studying this piece from every side, honestly feel the best likeness to Ariel of all the pieces done of her to date. From the roundness of her face, the wide-set eyes and of course, the signature hair, she is spot on!
Some have asked me, is it the same rock as the original 'Under the Sea' Ariel? If you look at both pieces together, it is. This version has more detail and more exact to the film. In the original sculpt, she is sitting on the same rock and you can see the coral and floral behind her (not as elaborate) and at her feet. The underside (where Sebastian is sitting) is there in the original but there is no depth. She is closer to the sea floor vs. elevated as in the latest sculpture.
Then there is Sebastian! I've noticed in the past couple years, the amount of detail that has gone into the miniatures (Timothy Mouse and Jiminy Cricket in two of last year's releases) and now Sebastian. His expression is priceless and you can almost hear him saying, "Someone's gotta nail that girl's fins to the floor!
Ariel and Sebastian are a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1,500, sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales.
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