Why does there need to be a part 2 to this post? Would you believe part 1 is one of my highest viewed posts?! Anyway both my knowledge and my collection have grown since then.
We had a huge influx of dolls at Christmas. through my e-baying and the helpfulness of the Grandparents, she got 3, one from each couple. Cinderella and Snow White are first generation e-bay finds and Elsa is a third generation straight from the store. She is my only third generation doll (and her sister is my only second generation) but realistically the only change between the second and third generation of Elsa is the addition of the nose-less Olaf. It took me a second to realize that he must be nose-less because, if you look carefully during the scene at the beginning of the movie, when Elsa first creates him, he doesn't have a nose.
Cinderella and Snow White went through similar generation changes. Cinderella lost her mouse and changed into her ball gown in the second edition and of course they add the hideous glitter glue. In the third addition they added her pink waist ribbon back but kept the hip flounces. Thankfully she lost the glitter and Jaq is back! In her second generation Snow White gained sparkles and a cape and lost her bird. The third version kept the cape but ditched the sparkles.
Just today another baby arrived for us. She is a first generation Tiana. She was one for which I would definitely not settle for another generation. Second generation has a hideous glitter on her dress and no Naveen stuffy. The third edition is better, but I really like how the first has an authentic twenties drop waist, and the third has a natural waist, though Naveen is back. I also love the hair of the first generation, it is much cuter than the subsequent ones in my opinion.
Now our collection is close to complete. My DISO is a blue dress Belle.I think the gold dress of the later two editions is eye glaringly ugly. I also want the first edition Pocahontas. I had thought I would be ok with the third edition, but I was recently informed that the hair in the first was miles better, and she seems to have a slight expression change as well. I also am strongly considering getting the new Aladdin, since he is my husband's favourite, and maybe even Tinkerbelle (gasp!).