So basically, what I'm saying is that I haven't seen Brave. But... I'm already completely in love with it, because all the toys that have been taking over the Disney stores here (a whole month before we get the movie!) are brilliant. I decided to treat myself to the 11" Classic Merida Doll, which was very much a budget option. She's an absolute beauty.
She has a beautifully posable body, and comes with a dress, wrist bracer, shoes, cloak, quiver, bow, and one (unusually long) arrow. For £15, the quality of the clothes and accessories is pretty much what you'd expect. What really blows me away about this doll is her amazing face and hair.
She has an incredible amount of character in that adorable lop-sided smile. The £75 18" Limited Edition Merida was absolutely beautiful, but somehow, I feel like this one has more character. (Though I won't deny that I pawed at the 18" Merida's box for a little bit, whimpering pathetically. Oh, for £75 to drop out of the sky...)
Some other Brave toys I really rather like: Toddler Merida (to match the 16" Animator's Collection, I'm assuming), the Triplets (I have no clue what the bears are about, I expect I'll need to actually see the film...) and Queen Elinor. (Again, bears, what? This had better not turn out to be a major plot-point or I'll be very grumpy.)
Well, at least the joy of a pretty new doll has lessened the agony of waiting. Sort of.