Dolly Review: Monster High Freaky Fusion Avea Trotter

Hey, hey, hey, it’s time to review a new Monster High doll!  For the past few months, the internet has been abuzz about the Monster High Freaky Fusion line, which features monster hybrids.

Avea Trotter is one of three new characters introduced in Freaky Fusion. She’s part Centaur and part Harpy.  We’ve seen Harpy’s before in the Create a Monster line, but a Centaur?  That’s completely new and very exciting.  Of the three hybrids introduced in the new line, she was the one I was most looking forward to.  A doll with four legs who can stand on her own?  Sounds perfect! For the most part, she didn’t let me down.

Avia Trotter

Avea Trotter

Let’s start off with the big thing– Avea’s body.  Is it jointed and how well?  Avea’s light purple torso is very similar to what we’ve seen on other Monster High dolls.  Her arms have the exact same jointing we’ve seen on other dolls, in fact. A nice unique features on this doll is the rough scale like design on her arms.  Her hands are black, which makes her look like she’s wearing gloves.

Avia

Avea

The main difference in the torso is that Avea has a chest joint that allows her upper chest to move forward and backward and to tilt slightly left and right.  It’s not the best joint and doesn’t give as much movement as I would have liked.

Avia

Avea

I had expected there to be a joint somewhere where the torso meets the centaur body, but alas, she has none.

Avia

Avea

Because Avea is part Harpy, she has wings.  They are removable.

Avia

Avea

Her torso is attached to a dark purple horse-like body.  The four legs allow this doll to stand on her own, which is fantastic.  Jointing is a little sketchy when it comes to the legs.  The front legs have joints that go forwards and backwards at the hip and knee. She also has a joint right above her hoofs, hidden by the black leg warmers.

Avia- front legs

Avea- front legs

Her back legs have large joints at the hips that allow her legs to move backwards and slightly forwards.  There are no other joints on her hind legs.  Her hip and leg are decorated with pink skulls.

Avia

Avea

Avea has a tail, of course, filled with bright blue hair.

Avia

Avea

Avea’s head is the same light purple as her torso.  Her eyes are decorated with lots of colors in a feather-like pattern,including a nice green and various pinks.  I’m a bit torn on my opinion of her eyes.  I like the bright colors and the feathery pattern, but it almost seems like too much is going on.  I really do like her dark purple lips, though.  They look great on the skin tones they chose for Avea.

Avia

Avea

One really nice feature on the head mold are Avea’s horse ears.  They’re so neat!  I love them.  They stand out a lot due to the hair style on this girl.  Speaking of styling, Avea has bright (and I mean bright) rooted hair in various blue tones.

Avia

Avea

The bright blue is a great contrast to the light and dark purple’s on the body.  The style is simple, just a high pony tail, but is rounded out with a cute steampunk’y style hat.

Avia

Avea

Avea is dressed in a very equestrian sort of way. Because she’s part centaur, the clothing only covers her torso. I must admit, I didn’t mess around with her clothing a lot.  Her wings are staying in really well at the moment and I didn’t want to ruin that.  She has a dark blue shirt, covered with a short sleeve pink equestrian style jacket.  Her belt is made of plastic and is molded to cover her horse body like reins.  Because she has hoof’s, shoes are not necessary, but she does wear some neat plastic leg warmers.

Avia

Avea

Finals thoughts?  There’s no denying she’s a neat doll, in terms of body type.  I think they cut some corners with the jointing in her back legs.  However, I love the fact that she can stand on her own. The color palette is vibrant and for the most part, I like it.

Avia

Avea

I really like the details on the wings and the colors they chose for them, too. The make up can be seen as being a bit over the top, but as I mentioned, I’m on the fence at the moment!  In a strange turn of events, after seeing all three of these new hybrids, she is no longer my favorite.  You’ll have to wait and see which of the remaining two is! Overall, though, I think Avea Trotter is a nice addition to the Monster High line.

What do you think of Avea Trotter? Share your thoughts below!

June 24, 2014. Tags: , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Zombie Shake 2 Pack Rochelle and Venus

It’s that time again! New Monster High dolls are hitting store shelves!  This review is about the new Zombie Shake two pack featuring Venus and Rochelle.  Venus and Rochelle are two of my favorite Monster High characters.

Box Image

Box Image

Box Image

Box Image

These two renditions of the characters are definitely unique.  I’ve found that my Monster High tastes have moved towards really enjoying these ‘over the top’ lines versus the slightly more safe Monster High lines of the past.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle is a Monster High character that I feel can blend into the background a bit when included in doll lines.  This one, however, stands out.  She has a ‘dark’ sort of look to her styling that is fantastic.  Starting from the top, she has rooted curly baby pink, teal and black hair.  It’s pulled up into a high ponytail.  Her bangs have the same pink, black and teal highlights.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Long time readers will know that I’m not a fan of super messy hair on my Monster High dolls, or any doll for that matter.  I’m going to cut this Zombie Shake Rochelle some slack, as the messy curls that top her head do fit with the Zombie theme.

Rochelle

Rochelle

A small detail I really love is the easy to miss headband Rochelle wears.  It has a small blue brain on it.  There’s just something about it that I really like!

Rochelle

Rochelle

The teal in Rochelle’s hair is carried over onto her face.  Her pink eyes, which traditionally look larger than other Monster High dolls, are accentuated with a thick layer of black, long painted lashes and lots of teal eye shadow.  There’s also some grey shadow above the teal.  That’s lots of eye make up!  I think it works really well on this doll, due to the over the top nature of the design.  Her lips are a slightly different shade of teal.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Her face has some awesome ‘cracks’ painted into it.  It gives her a neat look!

Rochelle

Rochelle

Her body has ‘granite like’ coloring, complete with light and dark freckles on her face and limbs.  Just like the ‘cracks’ on her face, she has the same sort of painted cracks on her arms and legs. She comes with two removable wings.  My wings stay in pretty well, actually!

Rochelle

Rochelle

Under the black of Rochelle's dress

Under the black of Rochelle’s dress

Her outfit is fantastic.  I really, really like it!  Like many Monster High outfits, it is a little shorter than I’d like.  Other than that, however, I find it super cute.  It’s a short strapless black dress with hot pink designs going across it.  That is covered by a black, sparkly layer of tulle that starts at her neck and moves down to the bottom of the dress. She wears a plastic belt in a blue tone.  The belt sticks out a bit, to be honest, but it adds a bit of needed color, I guess.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle comes with a molded black purse with a teal pattern on the front.  I’m not too keen on it, as it seems too small for her and doesn’t open.

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle

Rochelle’s shoes are black, just black.  They have a lot of detail on them that is easily missed because they’re only one color.  You’ll see little widows, columns and a gargoyle.

Venus

Venus

Zombie Shake Venus, in terms of design, is fantastic.  My doll, however, has a major body issue, which sours this two pack a bit.  Similar to Rochelle, Venus has a high side pony tail.  Her hair is, as usual, is 1/3rd flocked and 2/3rds rooted.  She has a handful of colors rooted in her head– two kinds of green, black and bright pink.

Venus

Venus

Her pony tail is curled at the end, again giving this look a bit of a ‘messy’ edge to it.  Her flocking is bright pink with green lines going through it.  She has green ‘vine’s shooting up from her pony tail.

Venus

Venus

Her face is awesome.  I love it!  She mostly has green embellishments on her face.  Her eyes are highlighted with green eye shadow and her lips are an earthy sort of green.  Her face has vine like elements painted asymmetrically on it.

Venus

Venus

Venus has (yet another) super skimpy outfit.  Mattel needs to start adding a little bit more fabric to these dresses.  Venus wears a short black and green dress covered by a layer of pink tulle.  She wears a plastic green belt.

Venus

Venus

Her accessories include vines that sit on her arms and legs, a green vine like necklace and bracelet and a super cool earring.  She also comes with a small green purse.

Venus

Venus

To be honest, I kind of feel like the purses in this line were an afterthought.  They don’t open and they seem just a bit too small for the dolls.

Venus

Venus

Her shoes a hot pink.  They have little teeth on them that remind me of a Venus Flytrap.  There’s not a lot going on with her footwear this time around, which is a surprise. Normally Monster High shoes are far more creative than these.

I mentioned earlier that my doll had a body issue that was surprising.  When the Monster High line first hit stores, limb problems were a common issue.  Over the past few years, though, Mattel has pretty much fixed that issue.  My Venus, however, has a limb problem that I haven’t seen for quite some time.  Her left elbow joint just plain doesn’t work.

Venus

Venus

Instead of bending like it should, it likes to pop out instead. I thought maybe it was just too tight, but even after I played with it for a while, it continued to not bend, but pop out instead. I definitely plan on asking Mattel for a new joint.

Rochelle and Venus

Rochelle and Venus

I wasn’t sure about these two from promo images, but seeing them in person, I like them a lot!  I wish a little more thought had gone into the messy hair design and that the dresses were a little longer, but overall, I find these dolls pretty cool!

I posted a video review for Venus late last week.  Rochelle’s is coming soon!

What do you think of this two pack?  Share your thoughts below!

May 5, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Art Class Skelita and Draculaura

New Monster High dolls have finally started hitting store shelves.  You would think it’s Christmas time or something!  For review today are two of the four Monster High Art Class dolls, Skelita and Draculaura.  Also in the line are Abbey and Robecca.  I’m surprised at how much I like the Art Class line!

Art Class Draculaura and Skelita

Art Class Draculaura and Skelita

Draculaura isn’t my favorite Monster High character, but I like this rendition of her.  She has the smaller eyes that we’ve seen on other Draculaura’s, which I prefer over the large eyes.  Her make up isn’t too over the top.  Instead of the usual over abundance of pink on her face, we have a nice bright yellow around her eyes.  It works strangely well on the light pink skin.

Draculaura

Draculaura

Draculaura has, by far, the coolest hair she’s ever had.  Her black hair is in a high ponytail.  It has a row of pink and yellow highlights that start in the bang area and weave their way down and into the ponytail.  I really like the addition of the bright yellow in the highlights.  The placement seems pretty perfect, too, unlike some Monster High, where the highlight placement is just strange.  Surprisingly, the curl in Draculaura’s ponytail stayed pretty well, considering she was in a box.

Draculaura

Draculaura

Draculaura is decked out in an adorable dress.  The bodice is yellow and bubble gum pink and travels down to a black skirt decorated in paint splotches.  The whole look is finished with a pink apron.  The element I like most about this outfit is the paint splotch skirt.  There’s something about it that is very cool.  This is one of my favorite looks on Draculaura.

draculaura

draculaura

It wouldn’t be a Monster High review without talking about Draculaura’s shoes.  As always, they are pretty darn cool.  These shoes are more tactile than the other styles we’ve seen.  The white and pink work really well with the colorful outfit.

Skelita

Skelita

I own the first Skelita, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not a huge fan of her.  She’s definitely an interesting doll, but something about how Mattel styled her just didn’t suit me.  This Skelita, though, is much better!  I love her look!

Skelita

Skelita

Starting from the top, Skelita’s black hair is highlighted with pumpkin orange and teal.  The combination looks really nice together, especially in contrast to her white skin and colorful face.  Like Draculaura, Skelita comes wearing a fun headband.

Skelita

Skelita

Skelita’s brown eyes are highlighted with a variety of colors including dark brown, purple and baby pink.  There’s a lot going on with Skelita’s face paint, but it works very well. With her stark white skin, Mattel almost needs to ‘fill the gaps’, so to speak, and they did it really well with Skelita.  Skelita’s mouth is really neat and completes the look.

Skelita

Skelita

Skelita’s outfit plays on the idea of color, just like Draculaura’s.  With Skelita, she has a pink bodice with rib cage like designs, covered with a fun teal vest.  The dress has a colorful skirt with pink, purple, orange and teal embellishments on black, very similar to the styling on Draculaura’s skirt.

Skelita

Skelita

Skelita’s shoes are up to Monster High standards. The bright orange definitely makes her bone white legs stand out.

Skelita

Skelita

Skelita

Skelita

If you’re are new to Skelita (and haven’t noticed in the pictures yet), Skelita has bone-like limbs.  They make for a pretty cool affect and work well.

Skelita

Skelita

Draculaura and Skelita

Draculaura and Skelita

Skelita

Skelita

Both dolls come with a comb, stand, art journal and prop/accessory.  Skelita has a very large vase, as seen above, and Draculaura has this Picasso-esc self portrait.  I’m a huge fan of useful accessories and these two fit the bill!  They should look great in a doll house or in the background for photo sessions!

Draculaura's prop/accessory

Draculaura’s prop/accessory

Skelita and Draculaura

Skelita and Draculaura

Skelita and Draculaura

Skelita and Draculaura

Draculaura and Skelita

Draculaura and Skelita

I think Mattel hit a home run with these two dolls.  What I like most is their colorful nature.  Both Skelita and Draculaura have great color pallets this time around! Add in their cool props/accessories and these guys are winners!

For those who like video reviews, why not check out the video above?

Draculaura and Skelita

Draculaura and Skelita

What do you think of Art Class Draculaura and Skelita?  Leave you thoughts below in the comment area!

December 9, 2013. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 11 comments.

Dolly Review: Mattel’s Ever After High Briar Beauty

I’ve reviewed a few Ever After High dolls and now it’s time for another.  Briar Beauty is Apple White’s best friend.  Part of the ‘royal’ party, she is Sleeping Beauty’s daughter and has a tendency to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere.

Of the dolls released so far, Briar has the darkest skin, which draws her apart from the rest.  I wasn’t completely sold on her at the beginning.  Of the original single releases, she was the least interesting to me.  She wasn’t bad looking– I liked the look of all four dolls– but she was just less exciting than the other three choice.

Fast forward a few months later to the Legacy Day releases, in which three of the first wave dolls were re-released in new outfits.  Color me surprised when my favorite of the line turned out to be Briar Beauty.  Why Legacy Day Briar? She looked the most different from her original first wave release, which is kind of important when releasing the same character twice in six months!

Briar Beauty Legacy Day and First Wave Briar Beauty

Briar Beauty Legacy Day and First Wave Briar Beauty

This post will cover both the first wave Briar and the Legacy Day release, which should make it easy for you to decide which is your favorite Briar!  Let’s start from the top.  Both Briars have chestnut brown hair, highlighted with pink.  First Wave Briar has a neat pretzel twist highlighting the pink hues, which I really do like.

First Wave Briar Beauty- Notice her hair twist!

First Wave Briar Beauty- Notice her hair twist!

Legacy Day Briar has a simpler style.  Her hair is done in your standard low ponytail.  The biggest difference is that her pink highlights are more apparent throughout her entire head.  The ponytail is a bit of a let down, but I think the brown and pink go well together.

Legacy Day Briar Beauty

Legacy Day Briar Beauty

The main thing that bugged me about the First Wave Briar was her make up.  In all honesty, I like the aesthetics of all the Ever After High faces, even if they come off as very similar to each other.

First Wave Briar Beauty and Legacy Day Briar Beauty

First Wave Briar Beauty and Legacy Day Briar Beauty

With First Edition Briar, though, I just feel like the color palette for her make up is just a little off.  First Wave Briar’s make up is very hot pink heavy, which I’m not a huge fan of.  I just don’t think it’s the perfect color for the doll’s skin tone, especially when you look at how pink heavy the doll is in general.

First Edition Briar Beauty

First Edition Briar Beauty

While First Wave Briar’s face has many deep colors, Legacy Day Briar has a much lighter color palette.  Legacy Day Briar’s eyes are embellished with a nice silvery/white and a much more toned down pink hue.  The make up makes her eyes look larger than the first edition Briar.

Legacy Day Briar Beauty

Legacy Day Briar Beauty

As far as outfits, Both dolls wear a mixture of pink and black. First Wave Briar has a dress that is definitely inspired by a rose.  All in all, it is a cute outfit.

First Wave Briar Beauty

First Wave Briar Beauty

Things I like about it?  I like the rose petal skirt.  It’s a cute idea and I love the black stenciling on it.

First Wave Shoulder Pads

First Wave Shoulder Pads

I also like the plastic shoulder pads they gave her.  They make for a cool affect.  Also, I love her fish net stockings!  I would totally wear those.

The downfall of this dress for me is that it is very ‘expected’, if you know what I mean.  The fact that it’s practically entirely pink doesn’t do a lot for me, especially when a doll is from Mattel.  Mattel gave us a lot of pink in this outfit and I think they over did it a bit.

Legacy Day Briar Beauty

Legacy Day Briar Beauty

Legacy Day Jewelry

Legacy Day Jewelry

On the flip side, I really like Legacy Day Briar’s look.  It has much more power to it than the her original first wave look.   It seems like a much more balanced look that doesn’t over due it on the pink. The outfit also has some depth to it, with the awesome rose collared cape and the long skit.

First Wave Briar

First Wave Briar

Legacy Day Briar

Legacy Day Briar

Of course, each doll comes with cute shoes.  Of the two, I  prefer Legacy Day’s shoes.  They have a little more to them.

I’m happy to say that both stands work quite well.  Sadly, that is now not something I assume will happen with all Mattel releases, based on the last few Monster High releases with stands.  These stands are both strong and stay together well.

Briar Beauty

Briar Beauty

Both dolls are good, well put together dolls.  If I had to choose between the two, I would choose Legacy Day.  Overall, I think the Legacy Day release is just a little more interesting than the first wave release.  The character still isn’t my favorite of the Ever After High gang, but they definitely improved upon her doll in the Legacy Day release!

What do you think of the two Briar Beauty’s released so far in the Ever After Line?  Do you have a favorite?  Share your thoughts below!

October 28, 2013. Tags: , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Catty Noir (with edits on bottom)

Catty Noir is in the house!

Catty Noir

Catty Noir

For the past few weeks, toy stores have been advertising a new doll to be released on the 13th of September with a graphic that looked like Catty Noir in silhouette.  Turns out that Catty Noir was being put on shelves as early as last week.  So much for the grand unveiling on Friday, September 13th…

Cattie Noir in Box

Cattie Noir in Box

Catty Noir Box

Catty Noir Box

Catty’s back story is that she’s a teenage popstar who is tired of the lime light and ready to experience the normal high school experience at Monster High.  It looks like Catty is also featured in the new Monster High special, 13 Wishes.

Catty Noir

Catty Noir

Catty has charcoal black skin and is decked out with lots of pink.  She has long pink hair styled in a high ponytail.  Her hair looks to be rooted in two different colors, one light pink and one raspberry.

Catty Noir- Hair
Catty Noir- Hair

Her eyes are highlighted with silver and her lips are pink.  Mattel, also, accented the nose to make it look ‘cat-like’.

Catty Noir- Face

Catty Noir- Face

I like the look of Catty’s face.  I think Mattel chose colors that look good on her black body.

Catty’s limbs are black.  Our Catty’s arms don’t have 100% posability, because the rubber bands holding Catty’s necklace on are stuck in her joints.  However, if I have to choose between securing her necklace or moving her arms higher, I’ll take the necklace.

Catty Noir

Catty Noir

Catty’s legs are strange.  They seem really hollow.  They definitely feel different than her arm’s.  I don’t remember other Monster High dolls having hollow feeling legs (maybe the guys?), but I do know that I don’t like it!  The shoes even make a weird clanking sound that I don’t think I’ve heard with other Monster High dolls.  (See EDIT at the bottom of the post for a few more words on the legs.)

Catty Noir- Outfit

Catty Noir- Outfit

Catty Noir- Outfit

Catty Noir- Outfit

Catty Noir- train

Catty Noir- train

Catty Noir- shoes

Catty Noir- shoes

Onto the outfit.  I actually love Catty’s outfit.  It totally fits her character.  It’s not too showy or pageant-like.  It is, however, very pink, which works with this doll.  What I like best about Catty’s outfit is the silver, spiderweb like top.  It looks  great on the black body.  EDIT:  Her hard plastic shoes are removable.  As someone on my YouTube channel described, they come apart like a plastic Easter egg.

Catty Noir- notice her tail

Catty Noir- notice her tail

Catty Noir

Catty Noir

Overall, I like Catty a lot!  She looks so much better in person than in promo shots.  Even my pictures don’t really do her justice.  Putting aside the strange legs, Catty is a doll that has character.

Catty Noir

Catty Noir

For thsoe who like YT videos, here’s a video review of Catty.

Catty Noir- mirror

Catty Noir- mirror

Catty Noir- autograph

Catty Noir- autograph

What do you think of Catty Noir?  Share your thoughts below!

EDIT:  Since posting, people have mentioned that the legs are the same as usual, but the hard plastic shoes Catty wears could make them seem ‘off’ or sound hollow.  I compared Catty to another MH doll and it seems that could very well be the case!  Goes to show how you change one thing and the mind can easily perceive it as something more!  :)

EDIT 2: Sorry for the typo’s in the original post.  Spotty internet decided to not save the corrections.  

September 2, 2013. Tags: , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 10 comments.

Monster High at Hot Topic

There’s a large range of Monster High related clothing for kids.  Kmart, for example, has a great selection of affordable Monster High tee’s for kids.  Walmart and Sears also have a number of shirts aimed at the young Monster High fans. But what about the adult fans that want to share their love of Monster High with the world by wearing cute clothes with their favorite characters on them?

Hot Topic is a clothing store that specializes in punk rock and pop culture related items. Why am I spending time on this blog talking about a clothing shop?  Because they have two really cool Monster High shirts for sale in adult sizes!

Frankie Tank Top

Frankie Tank Top

I actually bought one of these Frankie tank tops for myself.  It’s really cute!  I love the fact that they used a doll photograph instead of just a graphic.  It’s not a fitted tank, but it’s perfect for summer!

Draculaura Tank Top

Draculaura Tank Top

For all you Draculaura fans, here’s the tank top for you!  It isn’t a doll photograph like the Frankie tank, but it’s an interesting graphic.

Hot Topic ships in and around the United States, as well as internationally (it seems, though shipping is probably an arm and a leg). Those in the States may want to call their local Hot Topic locations to see if these fun tanks are in stock for local pick up!

Are you surprised that Monster High shirts are now coming in adult sizes? What kind of shirts would you like to see Hot Topic add to their selection? Share your thoughts!

July 24, 2013. Tags: , , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Dolly Review: Ever After High Madeline (Maddie) Hatter

Ever After High have it stores!  Well, Justice, at least.  When news first spread about these being out and about, my Justice had yet to re-open from a remodel.  However, as we drove through the mall yesterday to go to Toys R Us, we noticed the once empty Justice was filled with clothing– and people!  Needless to say, we dashed in and saw them.  Literally all four dolls sat on the shelf.

Apple, Raven, and Maddie

Apple, Raven, and Maddie

Now, I wasn’t about to spend $100 on all four, but I did pick up three.  Two are mine, one was payment to my Mom, who kindly picked up a Monster High doll (or two) for me this past week.  (Yes, we pay each other back with dolls occasionally!)

IMG_2281 copy

Look what I stumbled upon at Justice!

This first Ever After High review is on the doll that I most looked forward to– Madeline (Maddie) Hatter!  Seriously, she’s one of the most entertaining characters in the web series so far and her character design is fantastic.  To me, she’s a lot like the Pinkie Pie or Luna Lovegood of Ever After High.

Back of Box

Back of Box

A Bit About Maddie

A Bit About Maddie

A Bit About Maddie

A Bit About Maddie

Maddie Hatter

Maddie Hatter

What do Ever After High dolls come with?  As expected, Ever After High dolls come with a comb. The comb is kind of cool. It’s shaped like a key. Ever After High dolls also come with a stand (hidden inside the box).  I can hear you asking about the quality of said stand, seeing as Mattel doesn’t care about giving Monster High decent stands anymore.  Good news!  These stands are really good!  Much better than what we’ve seen on the MH front recently.  (Now give Mattel a few years with the Ever After gang and we’ll revisit this!)  The last ‘extra’ included is a bookmark/storybook that tells the story of the character.  Actually, the writing and storytelling within the storybook bookmark is pretty good and much longer than the MH journals, I believe.

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Comb

Stand

Stand

Maddie is a similar size to Howleen or Twyla, which was a happy surprise!  I love that size doll and didn’t know they were incorporating it so early into the Ever After dolls!

Maddie and Twyla

Maddie and Twyla

Notice the size difference

Notice the size difference

Unlike Monster High’s long faces that usually have exaggerated noses, chins or cheek bones, the Ever After High dolls seem to all have large, round, flat faces.  Maddie is no exception.  I love her round face!  It allows for a really awesome eye design.  They have that hand painted look, instead of the eye sticker look.  They’re also very large and over exaggerated, which I love.

Notice her round face

Notice her round face

See the differences between Venus (MH) and Maddie (Ever After)

See the differences between Venus (MH) and Maddie (Ever After)

Maddie’s colors seem to be purple and sea green (think Twyla green). Her hair is styled in tight curls.  Because her hair was pushed forward in the box, I had to do a bit of restyling in the back to remove some odd looking bald spots.  I don’t recommend using the comb on her hair unless you want to undo the curls.  If the sea green is anything like Twyla’s, it will be frizzier than usual if you decide to ooak up her hair style.

Back of Maddie's head

Back of Maddie’s head

It seems to me that Maddie has a similar body to her Monster High counterparts Howleen and Twyla.  She has the same amount of joints as those dolls and the limbs seem to be the same thickness.  I decided against comparing the dolls without clothing, as I like how my Maddie looks and don’t want to do something to screw her up.  Update: The Toy Box Philosopher went over the body differences in her review.  

Outfit

Outfit

2 Finger Ring on painted hands

2 Finger Ring on glove like hands

Tea Pot Shoes

Tea Pot Shoes

Headband Hat

Headband Hat

Maddie is decked out in a fun purple and teal dress decorated with gold embellishments.  It’s perfect for a tea party!  (And for future cosplayers!) Her outfit includes plastic cuffs that hang loose on her arms.  Maddie has molded hands that are designed to look like gloves.  She wears fantastic polka dotted leggings. To complete the outfit, Maddie wears spoon earrings, a large two finger ring, teal necklace, and tea cup headband. Her shoes look a bit like a tea pot, as does her handbag. Overall, a very fitting outfit for a quirky girl from Wonderland who speaks in riddles!

Ice Cream, anyone?

Ice Cream, anyone?

The only problem I see with Maddie is that my doll seems to have a wonky knee.  Her right knee bends, but it doesn’t bend as much as much as the other.  It’s because of this, I think, that her legs are actually two different sizes.  One is just a smidgen shorter than the rest which makes it a little harder to prop her up for photo ops.

Maddie and Apple

Maddie and Apple

The only other minor issue I found was that her tiny ring likes to slide off.  That worries me a bit, as I don’t want to lose it!  I wasn’t paying attention when I opened the box to see if I accidentally cut an elastic that I shouldn’t have, but keep an eye out when opening your doll.  It might be easier to just keep it on with elastic!

Maddie and Apple

Maddie and Apple

That being said, in the long run of possible problems, Maddie Hatter scores well!  If all the Ever After High dolls are as well made and creative as Maddie, then Mattel has a fantastic line on their hands!

New Meets Old

New Meets Old

Maddie Hatter

Maddie Hatter

Update: Here’s the video review!!!!

For all your YouTuber’s, the video review isn’t up yet, but will be soon!!!!   What do YOU think of Maddie Hatter? Share your thoughts below!

July 10, 2013. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 27 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High 13 Wishes Lagoona

I was on the fence about adding Mattel’s 13 Wishes Lagoona to my collection.  Why?  Because she looked so different from the other versions of her that I just didn’t know what to think.  Instead of the muted colors we usually get on our Lagoona’s, this 13 Wishes Lagoona is bright.  With bright blue skin and highlighter yellow hair, Lagoona definitely stands out in this 13 Wishes line.

13 Wishes Howleen, Lagoona, and Twyla

13 Wishes Howleen, Lagoona, and Twyla

In the end, I did buy her and while I don’t love her look just yet, she’s growing on me!  Let’s start off with the question on everyone’s minds– why is she so different looking? Read her journal and it becomes clear.  (I’ll admit it– I don’t always pay attention to every journal that comes with these, but this one totally explains the reasoning behind the massive changes to Lagoona in her 13 Wishes release!)  The short version of the story is that Lagoona makes a wish and slowly starts changing from her sea monster self into a  freshwater fish (like Gil).  Not only does this affect her coloring, but it also seems to influence her actions and thoughts.  I’m sure there is more to it than what we see in the journal, but until Mattel releases the movie, we will just have to speculate!

Had I known this back story, I might have not been so slow to decide on buying Lagoona.  She is essentially a different Lagoona than we’ve seen before, which is kind of awesome!  Now that we’ve covered that little bit of info, let’s get on to the review.

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13 Wishes Lagoona

Right off the bat, you’ll notice two things– her bold blue skin and her highlighter yellow hair.  Separately, those are strange choices, but together they actually look pretty good!  I don’t know much about fish, but I’m assuming the bright colors mean freshwater fish are brighter than fish found deep in the sea?  That would account for this trip back to the 80′s color pallet.

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13 Wishes Lagoona

Lagoona’s lips are done with teal and her eyes are brightly highlighted with pink, which with the blue skin tone, looks a bit purpley.  I’m not a huge fan of the color’s used on this freshwater Lagoona.  However, I do love her freckles!  (Which is usual for me and dolls!)  One strange thing about her face around the eyes is that it is textured. It’s almost as if they meant to put glitter on her and missed most of the forehead.  Honestly, I’m not sure what was going on there!

13 Wishes Lagoona

13 Wishes Lagoona

Once I got over the color of Lagoona’s hair, which I like quite a bit now, I decided the styling wasn’t too bad, either!  Lagoona’s hair is in a twirled ponytail that is heavily sprayed down and looped at the bottom.  It’s that reason why I find the fact that we get a comb with Lagoona so funny.  This is not hair you’ll find it easy (or necessary) to comb.

As far as Lagoona’s body, she is the first doll I’ve purchased in a long time that doesn’t have a loose limb.  Unlike the first set of dolls where it was expected that the majority of their limbs would be loose, the new releases haven’t had many problems on that front other than a loose wrist or elbow here and there.  Lagoona, however, is tightly put together all around.   The only major change they did on this freshwater Lagoona is to her fins.  They are different than the usual fins we see on her.

13 Wishes Lagoona

13 Wishes Lagoona

13 Wishes Lagoona

13 Wishes Lagoona

While I am a fan of Lagoona (the character), I am not always a fan of her clothes. 13 Wishes, however, has a very cute outfit!  Also included are some stylish turtle accessories (necklace, bracelet) and super cute earrings.  As usual, Lagoona is wearing stylish shoes that match her outfit well.

Neptuna

Neptuna

And we can’t forget Neptuna.  These 13 Wishes dolls all seem to come with their pets.  Neptuna has transformed a bit, as well, in this release with a new color scheme.

Don’t trust Lagoona’s stand to hold her whatsoever.  It just won’t happen.  (And if it does, count yourself very lucky!)  Be prepared to be super-gluing Lagoona’s stand together!  If you watch my video review, you’ll notice my Lagoona quickly loses the stand!

As far as cons go, I don’t have many.  I don’t think I’ll ever love her make up.  I wish they’d chosen a different color for her eye make up, in particular.   Besides her stand being useless, the biggest gripe I have is that I don’t think Mattel prepared us for this ‘new’ Lagoona.  And that might not work out her benefit.  Because the movie hasn’t been released yet, people might just look at her (like me) and think ‘wow, that’s a strange Lagoona’ and pass her by.  But, if they only knew it was a ‘new’ Lagoona from the get go, they might give her a second, well deserved look.

Sea Monster vs Freshwater

Sea Monster vs Freshwater

In the end, 13 Wishes Lagoona is growing on me.  I’m super happy to have her because she is, essentially, a new character.  A retelling, so to speak, of the first Monster High character I ever purchased.  That being said, I do hope that this is a one time event.  One freshwater Lagoona is enough for me!

13 Wishes Lagoona

13 Wishes Lagoona

As usual, I put together a video review on 13 Wishes Lagoona.

What do you think of 13 Wishes Lagoona?  Share your thoughts below!

July 2, 2013. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High 13 Wishes Twyla

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for Monster High 13 Wishes to hit store shelves.  I’m happy to write that the wait is over!  While I haven’t spotted all of the 13 Wishes line, I have spotted many and picked up a good few for my collection!  Without further ado, let me introduce you to the first of two new characters introduced in 13 Wishes, Twyla, daughter of the boogieman.

13 Wishes Howleen, Lagoona, and Twyla

13 Wishes Howleen, Lagoona, and Twyla

Twyla is the same size as Howleen, Clawdeen‘s kid sister.  Howleen needed some ghouls her own size and I, personally, love this size on Monster High dolls!  As a character who ‘hides in the shadows’, her color scheme is muted purple’s, teal’s, and pink’s. Twyla comes with her pet Dustin, a dust bunny, the traditional Monster High comb, and a Monster High stand.

A Few Accessories

A Few Accessories

Dustin, the dust bunny, is adorable and wins the award for cutest pet introduced in the Monster High line.  Seriously, he’s adorable!  He definitely needs a plush release!  I’d buy a big plush version of Dustin in a heartbeat!

Dustin, the Dust Bunny

Dustin, the Dust Bunny

Let me get right to the point on the stand– it doesn’t work.  The stick doesn’t like to stay in the base.  On top of that, the stand is sized for the traditional Monster High dolls and is a twinge too big for poor little Twyla.  Many people have mentioned gluing the stand together and that is a simple way to fix the problem. However, Mattel really shouldn’t be putting poorly made stands (or anything for that matter!) in with any of their dolls.  They’ve been around long enough to know that by now.

Twyla's Hair

Twyla’s Hair

Starting from the top, Twyla has sea foam hair with royal purple and blue highlights.  It’s fizzier and thicker than what we usually see on Monster High dolls. In truth, it gives Twyla a Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) sort of look.  I quite like the color choices used in her hair.  The royal blue and purple look really nice together.  A little more highlighting on the sea foam and her hair would have been nearly perfect!

Twyla-- strange how different they look from each other!

Twyla– strange how different they look from each other!

Twyla’s face is adorable.  Her skin is a light purple and her features are various shades of pink and teal.  While she wears some make up, her face isn’t over done and she looks age appropriate, I think.

Notice the grey hands

Notice the grey hands

Twyla’s body, as I mentioned, is the same size as Howleen‘s.  Her purple coloring turns into grey towards her wrists and hands.  In the same respect, Twyla’s legs are tattoo’d with a grey swirl pattern.  No complaints on my end about these, as they look really neat on her!

Leg Tattoo's

Leg Tattoo’s/markings

Like Spectra, Twyla seems to have a purple theme in her clothing.  She actually wears a pretty cute outfit, which is to be expected in Monster High at this point.  In particular, Twyla has some neat patterns in her fabric and the purple they chose goes well with her light purple skin tone.  Also included with her outfit are multiple bangles (bracelets), earrings, and some adorable shoes.

Don't you love this?  I would totally wear it!

Twyla’s Fashions

Overall, I really like this new release.  Howleen was in serious need of a friend and Twyla looks like the perfect partner in crime!  The only real con with this doll is the fact that her stand is useless, but that is the only thing that bugs me and is far more a Mattel problem  than a Twyla problem!  (Especially considering that Mattel upped the price by at least $5.00 for these new lines!)

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

I hope we see more of 13 Wishes Twyla in other lines!  She’s adorable and a fun addition to the Monster High line.  For those who would like to watch the video review, the review is below!

What do YOU think? Share your thoughts below!

June 24, 2013. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 18 comments.

Dolly Review: Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

The Headless Headmistress is in the building!  My Toys R Us exclusive Bloodgood arrived last week.  Of the three dolls hinted at during SDCC 2010, I was most excited about this doll.  How could you not love a doll that is meant to be headless?   Plus, she’s one of the few adult characters created for the Monster High line.  I’m a huge fan of the traditional gang, but I do enjoy when we get a new ‘first edition’ doll.  It’s refreshing!

Introducing The Headless Headmistress

Introducing The Headless Headmistress

Bloodgood, as a doll, is neat and screen accurate.  She is packaged as a two set, alongside her trusty stallion Nightmare.  They’re sold exclusively through Toys R Us and are priced around $40.00.  $40 is a lot to ask for a playline doll set, even one with two pieces.  Is it worth it?  For the most part, yes, but it really depends on how badly you want this doll in your collection!

Nightmare

Nightmare

Let’s start by talking about Nightmare.  Nightmare isn’t anything special.  Barbie has had horses before and Nightmare is pretty similar to those that have been released.  Ironically, while the dolls are heavily jointed, Nightmare isn’t.

Nightmare

Nightmare

Nightmare has no joints whatsoever.  He (or she?) stands relatively well, but has less weight to him (or her) than I would have liked.  In the end, Nightmare is just an overpriced prop for Bloodgood.

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She ain’t called the Headless Headmistress for nothing!

Now on to the good stuff– Headless Headmistress Bloodgood. I love idea that this doll is designed to go headless.  It’s probably the most macabre thing we’ve seen in the Monster High line to date.  In terms of her body. It’s constructed the same as traditional Monster High dolls.  The joints are no different than what we are used to.  Bloodgood is taller than your traditional Monster High doll, however.

The Duo

The Duo

Bloodgood, like the rest of the line, looks nearly identical to her cartoon counterpart.  Her head is easy to pull off and push back into place.  You’ll notice when she’s headless, you’ll still see the neck knob on her body, but I don’t think Mattel could have realistically done anything to cover that up.

Hair

Hair

Bloodgood’s hair is rooted and styled well.  I was a little worried, to be honest, because having pre-ordered this doll, I didn’t have the ability to select the ‘best’ doll on the shelf.  Hair is a huge thing for me and my Monster High purchases.  I’ve passed on many a Monster High dolls because the hair was unevenly cut or the highlights were terribly uneven.  Thankfully, this Bloodgood came styled well out of the box!

Riding 'Boots'

Riding ‘Boots’

Headless Headmistress' snazzy top

Headless Headmistress’ snazzy top

Fashion isn’t lost on Bloodgood. She’s decked out in a very chic horseback  riding style outfit.  I don’t love the fabric that Mattel used for the purple duster.  It’s a little stiff.  However, the stiffness works in a way to create the affect that Bloodgood, when riding Nightmare, is moving fast.

There are many things I like about Bloodgood. Mainly, what I like is that her doll does a good job of embodying the character that we’ve seen numerous times in TV specials and online in webisodes.

There is one slightly important issue that Mattel forgot when putting Bloodgood together, though.  And it’s kind of a big one.  Bloodgood’s character is seen many times holding her head in her arms.  This was, of course, the first thing I tried to do with my Bloodgood when I deboxed her.

Figuring Mattel had realized this, I thought they would have made allowances for the extra weight Bloodgood may hold in her hands, but apparently not.  While Bloodgood’s joints aren’t loosy goosy like the original releases, they don’t exactly love holding her head.  With a bit of guess and check, eventually you can get her to hold it so it looks okay, but it would have been great if Mattel had thought about adding a bit of support to the arm joints.

Bloodgood and Nightmare

Bloodgood and Nightmare

The weak posing ability while headless aside, I am glad I added Bloodgood to my collection!  She’s pretty cool. Do I wish she’d been released without her steed and offered for a better price?  Oh, yeah.  But, overall, I’m happy Mattel decided to go forward with releasing Monster High’s Headless Headmistress!

June 18, 2013. Tags: , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 6 comments.

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