Dolly Review: Mystixx Vampires by Playhut
A few months back, I did an introduction post regarding the new Mystixx Vampires. Here for your viewing pleasure is a review of one of those dolls, Siva.
The Basics: While similar to Monster High in build, Mystixx Vampires stand apart due to their transformational attributes. They’re designed to be one girl by day and another by night! Unlike other dolls that you can ‘change’ by popping off one head and sticking on another, Mystixx Vampires have two faces on one head mold. To change their face, you just turn their head around.
Each Mystixx Vampire is packaged with two complete outfits and two wigs. Mystixx Vampires are about an inch taller than Monster High dolls, have similar bodies, but have larger head molds.
If I recall correctly, the doll was fairly easy to debox. On the topic of the box, the artwork is fantastic. It doesn’t look anything like the dolls, but I really, really liked the artwork!
Articulation: These dolls have very little articulation. Their arms and legs move up and down, but not side to side. There are no joints in the elbows, wrists, knees, or ankles. Their heads turn left and right, but do not angle in any way.
At first, I thought the arms were going to be stretchy to hold poses, but in reality, the arms can’t hold any sort of poses. If you bend the arms, they pretty much bounce back to their original placement.
Clothing: Each doll is packaged with two complete outfits composed of separates. In Siva’s case, one of the outfits passes the test, namely the purple outfit. It seemed well enough put together. The gold lame outfit, however, was poorly put together. I don’t think she’ll be wearing it–ever.
What I Like: I’ve had many a doll who wears wigs and most of the time, the pre-packaged wigs are not very good. Mystixx Vampires are packaged with fantastic wigs. There’s a good amount of hair plugs and almost better, the wigs fall just right on the dolls.
I also must give kudo’s to Playhut for an interesting concept. I like the idea that you can just turn her face around to get another character. The character design (on the actual doll) isn’t too shabby. I’d like to see the others before making a complete judgement, though. On Siva, I like her ‘regular’ face far more than her vampire face.
Finally, these could be a nice companion to Monster High. They’re not as posable, but for those who just like the ‘look’ of the Monster High line, these are similar enough to join the party!
What I Would Like to See: I’d love to see more articulation on Mystixx Vampires in the elbow and knee area. Nowadays, people are looking for dolls they can photograph and do creative things with and dolls who are more articulated are far better at posing.
The quality of the outfits needs to get a little better, as well. The white collared outfit looked a little too unfinished for my taste.
Overall: I see promise in Mystixx Vampires. They may not be perfect now, but with a little tweaking, Playhut might have something really entertaining on their hands!
I’ve said my peace, what about you? What do YOU think of these dolls? Share your opinions below!
If you want more, check out my video review!
Note: Playhut was kind enough to send this my way for a fair and honest review. All opinions stated here are mine.