Enesco Disney Showcase Couture De Force Review
The Enesco Disney Showcase Couture De Force line of figures is a fun set of small collectible statues that would be an affordable choice for a starting collector. These pieces aren’t limited and can easily be found for MSRP from $65 to $75 or less. Each figure stands approximately 8 inches tall and is embellished with faux jewels and glitter, giving them a magical charm when displayed in a well-lit case. There are several pieces in this line, both Disney Princesses and Villains, we’ll take a closer look at the princesses that we have in our collection.
The first piece that we acquired was Ariel; we saw her at Disneyland and brought her home with us. This figure is playful, dynamic and fun! While she’s clearly recognizable as Ariel, she departs from her original animated movie look than more than any other figure of this line so far. While Ariel simply swims around in a purple seashell top and nothing else except her tail in The Little Mermaid, this figure is playfully adorned with gems, pearls and seashells. Her tail is glittered and decorated with seashells and the fin around her waist glitters. Her jeweled top is accompanied by a beautiful golden fishnet accent that Ariel holds in her hands. Her beautiful red hair has ribbons, pearls and seashells as she strikes a playful pose while riding a wave. Ariel was one of the first pieces in the Couture De Force, and as you’ll see in our photos and video, she not as detailed as some of the later pieces. She’s still beautiful nonetheless.
Next we have Jasmine. Her blue harem pants and off the shoulder outfit is recognizable from Aladdin, and has been accented with purple gems and gold trimming. She has a pretty golden headdress, earrings and a golden necklace. The design of the sleeves was creatively made of blue tinted acrylic to mimic the look of translucent flowing fabric. Her long black hair is tied back with 3 blue ribbons. She’s a beautiful figure, but she’s also one of the earlier ones in the line and not quite as well painted as some of the later ones. This is especially evident on her gold headdress, where the lines aren’t always painted as crisply as they could be.
Rapunzel is a beautiful figure and they did a really great job with all of her blonde hair. They chose to depict her with a long thick braid decorated with flowers and smaller braids. It’s so long that she’s holding it off the ground with her right arm. Her purple dress is accented with gems reminiscent of the paper lanterns released on her birthday in the Tangled film. The dress is also covered with vines and flowers shapes in relief and painted a darker purple to stand out. She wears several sun pendants, on a necklace, wrist and both slippers. This latter figure in the series has more details and fewer overall flaws in her painting.
Elsa is the newest release in the Couture De Force series and it’s evident that they’ve been improving the quality when looking at the details. The bottom of her blue dress is covered in glittering snowflakes. The top has one simple gem in the center and pearlescent straps going across her shoulders. They employed acrylic again, this time in her cloak, which looks fabulous. The barely blue tinted acrylic looks like a sheet of ice covered in glittering snowflakes. This was a really creative way of giving her the ice queen look she has in Frozen. She wears a blue crown and holds a blue snowflake, both with a gem in the center. She has the cleanest paintjob of these figures, although she also has less colorful details, especially when compared to Rapunzel.
All in all there are at least a dozen pieces in the Couture De Force series with more to come. The next release will be Anna from Frozen, scheduled this March. We’ll be on the lookout for more pieces and can’t wait to watch our collection grow. These figures aren’t going to have the sheer size or immaculate paint jobs that a high end collector would expect from a large statue, but as something fun and inexpensive to collect, they are very attractive. If you love Disney, they’re sure to please!