LIBERATION 4: THE QUEEN FROM MOSES, PRINCE OF EGYPT WITH BONUS LIBERATION KWANZAA KEEYA!
June 15, 1999
Despite their fondest hopes, Moses, Prince of Egypt did not turn out to be the picture that put Dreamworks Studios on the map. Hasbro made the toys, which came and went with barely a ripple of interest. As far as I have been able to determine, these dolls were only available at Walmart, and then only for an extremely limited time. A total of four dolls were produced: the Queen (with Baby Moses), Tzipporah, Prince Moses, and Moses. If you’re interested in any of these dolls, check out eBay- they show up periodically.
I absolutely adore this face. It’s very iconic, with an extremely pointed chin and those fabulously over the top eyes, and yet it still manages to convey a sense of beauty and compassion. The skin color is also a nice warm copper that is very different from that used on any other doll I’ve seen. If you collect ethnic dolls, this is definitely one you’ll want to have in your collection.
If you’ve already checked out our past Liberations, these body molds may look familiar. Hasbro used very similar molds for their Queen Amidala doll. The arms and legs appear to be identical, with four solid clicks on the legs. The torso and abdominal pieces are different, and show more detailed molding than Amidala. The neck is reallllly long, which looks quite unnatural here but keeps her from looking strange with her large neck piece on. Her hair is fabulously thick, with a wavy texture and rooted part. Unlike Mattel, Hasbro has no problem getting hair even. To prove it, the hair here is even, with seven evenly spaced locks that are tied with gold thread and are precisely half an inch longer. Her feet are soft enough that she can wear some of the Teen Skipper shoes, and most of her clothes as well. Without a face repaint, though, she doesn’t look ready for anything but a costume party!
Doll Scorecard Face: A Body: B+ Hair: A Overall: A
This outfit is proof that the classics never go out of style. The gown fabric is lush with micro pleats, and has been carefully hand-stitched between pleats on the sides to ensure graceful draping. My only complaint is that it is fastened with the dreaded velcro! The robe fabric is even more impressive- whisper thin, sheer and shiny, yet solid enough that it drapes out gently at the bottom, appearing as though the wearer is walking briskly. There’s not much to talk about, but what there is is wonderful!
Outfit Scorecard Fabric: A Style: A- Execution: B (note: one letter grade was lost because of use of velcro) Overall: B+
As you can see, the accessories here are almost exclusively jewelry. She has two bracelets, two armlets, one really big necklace, and a crown. All the jewelry comes on and off easily, and looks really cool. There is also a ‘baby Moses’ doll in his own little blanket. Much to my relief, instead of having a white rear they gave this lady underwear, in a nice bronze color that doesn’t shout out ‘here I am!’ underneath the thin fabric of her gown. Their stand idea is more than a bit strange. There is a slot in the back where the box liner can be used to provide a movie background, BUT the liner has all kinds of holes in it from securing the doll in place. A nice idea, but not fully thought through.
Okay, she’s a little out of season. But at least she’s finally shipping!
This little doll is an absolute delight. She uses the standard Kelly face, with really tight nappy hair in a short Afro. Her dress is a kente print in black, orange, and pink *sigh* with gold trim, and a built in diaper. Her twist-style headband fastens in back with velcro. She also has black shoes and a cheesy plastic ‘present’. But hey, it’s the thought that counts.
Bonus Scorecard Concept: A- Style: B- Playability: A Overall: A-