Did you think you were done hearing about Frozen? Did you think anyone was done talking about Frozen? Well, think again. The movie whose soundtrack outsold Adele's and became the highest-grossing animated film of all time has reached yet another milestone, if it can even be considered a milestone. Frozen merchandise is flying off the shelves at a rate much faster than Disney anticipated. In fact, most of it is sold out everywhere, leaving desperate parents to complain on Disney's Facebook page, then search for alternate ways to make their children happy.
Parents who can't wait for more merch have been looking to online stores like eBay to get their hands on what's quickly becoming the Holy Grail of children's toys. However, the prices on eBay have spiked due to the bidding war, forcing people to shell out almost $2,000 for a limited-edition Elsa doll or $150 for a regular one. Even if you head to Amazon, an Elsa costume is going to run you over $200.
"I can't afford to spend over $100 on eBay for a $16 doll," said one parent on the Disney Facebook page. "This whole situation makes me so sad and angry. Thank you Disney for killing the magic for my 6-year-old."
A Tumblr has been set up to help desperate parents, but from their frustrated comments it's clear that even that much is not enough. Disney dropped the ball on this one and it's time to get creative with some do-it-yourself Frozen projects.
1. Transform an Old Barbie
What is an Elsa doll, but a Barbie doll that looks like Elsa? If that Barbie your child stopped playing with ages ago isn't white-blonde, dye her hair white-blonde, give her some purple eye shadow, and sew her a blue snowflake dress. Maybe by the time you're done with that, prices will have gone down so you can buy Anna, too.
2. Make Your Own Coloring Book
There are plenty of online sources for coloring pages featuring characters from Disney movies and pretty much every printer comes with the option to print a double-sided sheet. Use that to print out every Frozen coloring page you can find and then have it professionally bound into a book to give to your child if they're into that kind of thing. It's a lot less stressful than trying to hunt down an official Frozen art book right now.
3. Give Your Kid an Early Economics Lesson
Supply and demand is clearly a terrible thing, but the kids of this generation are supposed to be smarter than the old one. Imagine how invaluable it will be to have a child with a perfect understanding of economics before they ever reach high school. What would they find more relatable than a lesson in supply and demand as illustrated by the fact that they didn't get an Elsa costume for their birthday? Education is its own reward, people.
Good luck out there, Frozenaniacs.