Dolly Review: Monster High Recharge Station and Monster High Howliday Post (Sponsored Post)

As this is a sponsored post, there are certain things I have to point out.  All opinions stated, however, are my own.  If you’d like to know why I do sponsored posts like this occasionally, read my ‘About Me‘.

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One of the neatest Freaky Fusion items released has to be Frankie’s Recharge Station!  I joined my mother last month in her video review of the Recharge Chamber, but haven’t actual reviewed it here on the blog.  Times are a’changing!  It’s about time this Recharge Chamber got a review of its very own.

Recharge Chamber

Recharge Chamber

Recharge Chamber

Recharge Chamber

As far as the concept goes, this is one of the best play sets Mattel has released.  It uses static electricity to allow Frankie’s hair to ‘magically’ fly up towards the sky.  The effect is pretty awesome.  Her hair raise and falls slowly when you press the on switch on the chamber.  The Frankie included has special hair, so unfortunately, you can only use this one doll in the station.

Classroom Frankie vs Recharge Frankie

Classroom Frankie vs Recharge Frankie

That being said, this is a fantastic Frankie.  To me, the past few Frankie releases haven’t been terribly exciting.  This one, however, has a great look to her.  Her rooted hair, center parted and fringe-less, is a bright blue with a handful of electric yellow and black highlights.

Frankie

Frankie

Black, Yellow and Blue hair

Black, Yellow and Blue hair

Frankie getting recharged!

Frankie getting recharged!

It has a very ‘light’ feeling to it and isn’t sprayed down whatsoever.  It has a nice ‘bounce’ to it. It is much shorter than in the promo shots, but still looks neat when it gently floats up.

Earrings

Earrings

Hiding beneath her hair are blue lightning bolt earrings.

Recharge Frankie's Neat Face

Recharge Frankie’s Neat Face

Frankie has some equally bold face paint.  Her eyes are hooded in a fun candy blue color with heavy painted eyelashes.  She has lightning bolts going across her right eye and just under her left eye.  Her lips are a bold blue.

Eye Decoration

Eye Decoration

Cheek Decoration

Cheek Decoration

Overall, I like the ‘in your face’ look to her facepaint.  I don’t think I’d want to see it on every Frankie, but with this hair, it is perfect.  The coloring on this doll really does stand out amongst other Frankie’s.

Outfit

Outfit

She wears a simple, tight, sleeveless dress decorated with yellow and blue lightning bolts.  One really neat feature of her dress, which could easily be overlooked is the lightning shaped neckline.

Neckline

Neckline

I love it, though I would have preferred the dress to be a little bit longer.  Frankie wears a chunky silver belt to top off the look.

Shoes

Shoes

It seems like Monster High shoes are getting simpler every release.  This Frankie wears yellow heels with lightning bolt decoration.  Because this doll is more of an accessory to the play set, I’m okay with that.  If it were a regular release, though, I would expect more in the shoe department.

Base

Base

The Recharge Chamber itself takes 3 AA batteries, which are not included.  It has flashing lights that move between 8 to 60 cycles per second.  If you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, this may not be the set for you. There is a bit of a hum when Frankie is ‘recharging’.  While still a little noisy, this isn’t at all as bad as Lagoona’s sleep tank from a few years ago.  I think the noise level is much improved, actually!

Set up was pretty simple and shouldn’t be a problem.  The most important thing to talk about– does it work?  Yes. It works amazingly.  Even though I know how static electricity works, this play set still amazes me.  My 7 year old cousin was amazed, too.  She kept opening the doors, trying to feel the ‘wind’ that was pushing up Frankie’s hair (of which there was none). She just couldn’t wrap her head around how Frankie’s hair was levitating off her head.

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

I really do like this Monster High Freaky Fusion Recharge Chamber.  It’s one of the most interesting things to come out of the Freaky Fusion line, other than the new Hybrid characters.

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

I was asked to create a fun, creative story based on a number of scenarios featuring our favorite Monster High ghouls and the howlidays.  Since I usually don’t have time to do creative posts like this,  I thought, why not give it a try! Below is my attempt!  The goal was to make a short video featuring Frankie and her first ‘New Fears Eve’.

Below are some other products that are currently being featured at Toys R Us.  Remember, Toys R Us allows customers to shop online and pick up in store.  I’ve used this service before and it was pretty handy!

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Last March, I reviewed the Toys R Us Exclusive Picnic Casket Doll 2-Pack, which includes one of our favorite couples Jackson and Frankie. A number of accessories are included to get the most out of their picnic!

Another two pack that is exclusive to Toys R Us is one that is on my Christmas list, the Mansters Gil and Deuce 2-Pack.  This set features two male dolls, which is always welcome in this line where boys can be in short supply!

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Also exclusive to Toys R Us is the Clawdeen Wolf doll with Fashion Outfit. Clawdeen comes dressed in the outfit above and comes with two extra, complete outfits.  I like these fashion sets, because they seem like a great value when compared to a dressed doll with no extra’s. I Love Fashion Wydowna is a great example of a stellar release with extra outfits.

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This is the Sprayffiti Fashion Portfolio . Instead of the usual fashion book, which you could paint or color, this book includes 15 pre-printed posters and six spray markers to give designs a grafitti/street art look.  Mattel really stepped out of the box with this print product!

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I am really looking forward to the Monster Maker.  Mattel has made great strides in the ‘Create a Monster’ line since they debuted it.  This set allows you to create you own look for your monster on your android or IOS tablet (not included), as opposed to being stuck with the pre-designed looks we saw in the last incarnation of the Create a Monster series. For Mac or Windows users, a USB is required (not included). This set is not compabitle with phones. When the design is ready, send it off to the printer and boom, you have a one of a kind monster!  This set includes wigs, fashions and accessories.  I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on one of these to test it out!  Currently, it is for sale online only.

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Don’t forget to enter the Monster High Bike & Gift Card Sweepstakes for your chance to win some amazing prizes!  This contest is being offered through Lunchbox and Gleam.

Do you own the Recharge Chamber? What do you think of it?  Are you hoping for a Monster High product under your Christmas tree?  Which one?  Share your thoughts below!

November 26, 2014. Tags: , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Monster High Casta Fierce

Monster High introduced a new singing star to their doll line and her name is Casta Fierce.  Rumored to have been inspired by Beyonce’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce, Casta oozes coolness.

Casta Fierce

Casta Fierce

Casta

Casta

Casta is the daughter of Circe, the greek goddess of magic.  She’s the lead singer of ‘The Spells’.  Casta has one slight problem, though, as she has been known to mistakenly turn her listeners into animals due to her uncontrollable magic.

Hair

Hair

Hair

Hair

Hair

Hair

Casta has a head of long rooted black hair.  It’s done up in two center pony tails and highlighted with thick chunks of orange and purple.  The front of the pony tail is styled in a buffont shape.  It is a simpler look than some Monster High styles, but looks good on Casta.

Casta

Casta

She has mint green coloring on all her limbs.  It works surprisingly well with the color palette Mattel chose for her!  She has the same number of joints we’ve come to expect from Monster High dolls.  She is, however, a little taller than the core Monster High dolls!  She’s the same size as Nefera, Cleo’s older sister.

Casta

Casta

Her eyes are intense.  With lots of heavily painted liner and thick painted lashes, she’s ready for the stage.  Orange and dark purple highlight her eyes.

Face

Face

Her lips are a dark purple.  The orange and purple color scheme work really well on Casta’s green skin.  She has one small beauty mark right above her lips.

Casta

Casta

Casta wears a really neat outfit.  However, it’s not without problems.  Her dress starts out orange and moves into a  purple.  It’s made of a very stiff fabric and is very tight to her body.  She has plastic embellishments that encompass her shoulders.  The bottom of her dress is finished with some sparkly black tool.

bracelets

bracelets

Ears and Earrings

Ears and Earrings

Armband

Armband

While I like the outfit and think it looks really good on Casta, it limits her movement a lot, especially in the shoulder and hip area.    It even hinders her knees a little.

Shoes

Shoes

Casta has a number of accessories, including bracelets and an arm cuff.  Her shoes are fun, stylish purple heels that go high on her ankle.  The neatest accessory, hands down, is her microphone stand.  It is shaped like a broomstick.  It’s one of the more useable props to come with a Monster High doll.

Casta with Microphone

Casta with Microphone

Overall, I really like the look of Casta.  Her orange and green highlights work remarkably well, considering she has mint skin!  The biggest issue I have with her is the tight outfit.  It constricts her movement more than I would like in her shoulder and hip area.

Casta

Casta

What do you think of Casta? Share your thoughts below!

November 1, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly Report: Monster High Freaky Fusion

By now, you’ve probably seen some of the newest Monster High line to hit store shelves, Freaky Fusion.  There are a lot of dolls in this line, which features four new hybrid characters, four fused characters, four characters who are ‘playing’ fused and finally, three Walmart exclusives.  By far, the most interesting of the characters in this line are the four new characters, Bonita Femur (Skeleton/Moth), Avea Trotter (Centaur/Harpy), Sirena Van Boo (Mermaid/Ghost) and male doll Neighthan Rot (Unicorn/Zombie).

Those characters by themselves would have made a fine line, but Mattel took it a step further by fusing eight of our favorite characters together to form four unique Monster High Students.  The prettiest of them, in my opinion, is the fusion between Draculaura and Robecca, who form Dracubecca.  Her look is adorable.  Mattel kept Robecca’s riveted skin, gave it Draculaura’s pink coloring, gave her a head of dark hair and a fun steampunk outfit.

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Another standout fusion is Cleo and Torelei, forming Cleolei.  Just the idea of these two being forced together like this is awesome.  The standout feature on Cleolei has to be her face paint.  The gold eye enhancements look so good on the tabby skin.

Venus, one of my personal favorites, merges with Clawdeen in the this line to form Clawvenus.  Clawvenus is, well, interesting, to say the least.  She’s definitely a doll you’ll either love or hate. The mixture of Clawdeen and Venus’ traditional hairstyles is pretty rad, but I’m not sure Venus’ coloring was the best choice on this doll.

Lagoonafire, a fusion of Lagoona and Jinafire, falls in line with Clawvenus, for me.  I’m not sure what I think of her, actually!  On one hand, I do think she’s a pretty cool doll.  On the other hand, she could easily come off as very strange looking.  Jinafire’s eyes are very distinctive, even on a Jinafire, which makes them stand out even more on a doll with Lagoona’s coloring.  The effect is different and startling, but strangely interesting!

Freaky Fusion

Freaky Fusion

These four basic dolls are ‘playing’ like they’re fused, meaning they aren’t true mixtures of two characters, but one character who is inspired to dress like another. Ghoulia is decked out in a Draculara-esc look. Her dress and headband are adorable.  Frankie‘s look is inspired by Clawdeen.  Slowly, but surely, I’m warming up to this Frankie.  It is nice seeing a Frankie with volume to her hair.

Operetta is my favorite of these four dolls.  She’s adorable in her Frankie inspired look! I love seeing Operetta with straight hair and Frankie’s outfit looks so cute on her!  Last, but not least, is Scarah wearing a Toralei inspired look.  I think Scarah, in general, is a cool doll.  This is a fun look for her.

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Exclusive to Walmart are three basic ‘Save Frankie’ dolls: Jackson, Clawdeen and Draculaura. I have yet to see these in person, but the Draculaura looks like she could be a winner.  Even Clawdeen looks pretty neat.  I will need to see her in person to make a real assessment, but I like the ponytail and the face paint.  And Jackson, well, he’s Jackson.  I still prefer Holt.

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Mattel created a neat three story Catacomb playset to go along with the Freaky Fusion line.  I have a few of the smaller Monster High playsets and they do add a nice backdrop to photoshoots.

As expected with a line this large, these Freaky Fusion dolls tie in with an all new movie release. Here’s the synopsis. “The Monster High Freaky Fusion ghouls go deep into the catacombs of Monster High to help Frankie look for clues about her past and learn more about her family scaritage. There, they inadvertently set off a time machine that takes them back to the year 1814 where they meet Sparky, a misguided, teen scientist obsessed with the creation of life. Sparky follows Frankie back to modern day Monster High, causing a lab accident in which eight ghouls fuse into four new monsters!”

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By choosing between “this” or “that” pictures, you can find out your Freaky Fusion percentage.  There are four questions per quiz and one quiz for each fused character! Find your results by taking the fun quizzes on the Monster High Freaky Fusion page.

What Freaky Fusion girl (or guy) is your favorite?  Did you take any of the quizzes? What were your results?  Compared to other Monster High lines, how does Freaky Fusion rate? Share your thoughts below.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated here are my own.  To find out why I occasionally do sponsored posts, read my About Me.

September 22, 2014. Tags: , , . Category: Articles and Doll Histories, Category: Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Dolly Review: Monster High Freaky Fusion Sirena Von Boo

Part mermaid, part ghost, Sirena Von Boo is one of the three new female’s who made their debut in the Freaky Fusion line.  While not my favorite, Sirena is a nice addition to the Monster High line.  Sirena has a head of rooted dark blue and light purple hair.  Styled in two pony tails with two braids hanging down one side. Her look is what I would expect from a mermaid themed doll.

Sirena

Sirena

This hair seems to be closer to the texture of Twyla‘s, thicker and frizzier than other Monster High dolls.

Sirena

Sirena

My favorite thing about Sirena is her coloring.  Her skin has an iridescent white tone to it which I love!  It is both fish like and ghostly. She has fin shaped ears. Her earrings are different on each side, one being a simple ball, the other being a cool loopy chain.

Sirena

Sirena

Sirena’s face is much cuter than expected.  Her sea blue eyebrows are, again, done in the shape of a fin.  Her bubbly eyes are very colorful, with yellow, green and pink highlights.  She doesn’t have cheek color.  Sirena doesn’t really need any, though, because of the cool reflective look of her sparkly white skin.  Sirena’s lips are a nice light purple/pink tone, that works really well with her color palette.

Sirena

Sirena

Her arms are mermaid like in look, but ghost like in coloring. She has fins on her forearm that have a nicely done gradient, that moves gently from white to dark blue, and black webbed hands.  Her arms have the traditional jointing we’ve seen on past dolls.  She, also, has a fin that runs down her back.

Sirena

Sirena

Sirena

Sirena

There isn’t much to talk about when it comes to Sirena’s outfit.  Because she’s part mermaid, she only wears a top.  In this case, her top is nice.  It’s nothing to write home about, but I do think it looks good on her.

Sirena

Sirena

It’s a one shoulder shirt with black fringe, reminiscent of fish net, that covers a green, octopus like design.  Sirena wears a wrist band on each hand that has looped black thread, which emulates chains.  She also wears a chain necklace.

Sirena

Sirena

Now, the big thing– her tail.  I love her tail for a few reason.  First, I love the texture of her tail and the added chain details around it.  Second, the gradient that goes from white to grey to dark blue to black is done so well.  It’s a nice, gradual change, which makes her tail rather life like!  And the third thing I love about her tail?  Her tail is what allows her to stand, making the less than stellar stands Monster High dolls tend to come with not necessary!  That will always be a plus in my book!

One let down in regard to the tail is that it doesn’t tilt left or right, it just moves forward and backward.  The same goes for her dark grey fins at the base of her tail.  I wish Mattel had jointed her waist in a way that she could tilt in other directions, for photography’s sake.

Sirena

Sirena

Overall, I like Sirena more than I thought I would.  Her coloring, especially on her tail, totally won me over.  What do you think of Sirena?  Share your thoughts below!

September 20, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Freaky Fusion Bonita Femur

My favorite of the three new Freaky Fusion girls is Bonita Femur, which is surprising, seeing as her promo shot was my least favorite.  Part moth, part skeleton, she’s pretty awesome.  Like the other three girls (Avea and Sirena), she has the ability to stand on her own, due to her large wings.

Bonita

Bonita

Starting from the top, Bonita has long rooted white hair, highlighted with streaks of pink and black.  It’s styled in a pony tail. When compared to other Monster High dolls, this style is very simple. However, it works for Bonita.  Any other style would cover up her wings, which are the standout piece on this doll.

Bonita

Bonita

She has a plastic hair accessory, that, honestly, I don’t feel does much to add to the outfit or hair style.  It also looks a little fragile.  If you are giving this to a child who plays around others who might put small things in their mouth, you may want to keep an eye on this hair piece.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita has pink skin and moth like ears.  I love her ears.  They look great on her and are a nice change from the usual ear molds.

Bonita

Bonita

She has purple features, including purple eye brows and eyes.  She has heavily painted eye lashes, highlighted with a light yellow eye shadow.  What I love about Bonita’s eyes are their size and shape.  They are bug like, but not too bug like.  Bonita has deep mauve lips, with purple liner.

Bonita

Bonita

Being half moth, half skeleton, Bonita has a very interesting body.  Her torso is all skeleton.  It’s wrapped in a clear plastic binding to help her outfit fit properly.  Her arms and hands are, also, skeleton-like.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Her legs, however, are all moth.  They are molded to look fur-like.  The mix of creatures is pretty interesting and works well.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita is dressed in a black dress with dark pink lacing embellishments.  Colorful moth designs finish the look.  Bonita wears a plastic yellow belt that matches her yellow shoes.  It’s a nice outfit choice.  I like the uneven cut on the skirt.  The colors look great on her light pink skin.

For having a huge pair of wings on her back, the outfit fit well and seems to stay on as it should.  Mattel did a good job at designing an outfit that shows off her neat spine and wings and covers what it should.

Bonita

Bonita

By far the coolest feature on Bonita are her wings.  They look so neat in person and, while they do take up more space than usual, they allow her to stand on her own without the usual hit or miss Monster High stand.  Her yellow wings are outlined in a bright pink that moves into a black towards the bottom. The wings are one piece and are removable.  I, personally, don’t plan on removing them.  The center of the wings is very spine-like, bringing in the idea of her being part skeleton.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita may take up twice the space on my shelving, but she’s totally worth it.  She’s a great edition to the Monster High line with her cool wings and unique eyes.

What do you think of Freaky Fusion Bonita?  Share your thoughts below.

September 4, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High I Love Fashion Wydowna Spider

Oh, what a great new character!  In 2013, Mattel released Wydowna Spider as a San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) exclusive.  I wasn’t completely over the moon about her, so I decided not to spend the outrageous second hand market prices on her.  This new I love Fashion release, though, is awesome!  This set comes with three complete outfits (shoes included), all of which are winners!

Wydowna

Wydowna

Wydowna

Wydowna

Wydowna is a fun, new Monster High doll. She has a head of fiery red hair that is done up on a ponytail.  While simple, it is made a little more stylish with a bouffant-esc front.  The color looks great on Wydowna’s matte black skin.

Simple hairstyle

Simple hairstyle

Wydowna’s face is pretty neat.  She has four evenly placed red bumps on her face to make her look more spider-like. Because of the dark skin, blush would look strange on this girl, which means she can have more elaborate eye make up!

make up

make up

Right above her eye is a layer of yellow shadow which is topped with a light blue, done up in a winged shape around her dark red eyes.  Her lips are a fun teal blue, which look equally as great on her dark skin.  Because she’s a spider, she has two little black fangs on her lips.

3 pairs of arms

3 pairs of arms

Her body is neat.  The obvious difference between Wydowna and other Monster High dolls are her many arms!  Being a spider, Wydowna has three pairs of arms (six arms).  Amazingly, they all move fluidly and don’t make her terribly hard to dress!

joints in arms

joints in arms

Another great thing about her arms is that there’s a variety of hands used on Wydowna.  We have the casual hand, the gloved hand, the rock n’roll hand and the waving hand.  I love the variety!  Her legs are typical Monster High legs with your traditional jointing.

Hands

Hands

hands

hands

The outfits in this set are fantastic.  I really like the comic book theme that runs through all three outfits.  One look features a one shoulder sleeveless yellow shirt paired with fun comic book strip themed leggings.  It is paired with yellow heels embossed with spiderwebs.  I added the silver belt from another look to top this off.

Yellow Outfit

Yellow Outfit

The second outfit is a white hippy style shirt that says ‘splat’ in comic book style writing, paired with a short striped skirt.  The skirt could be a little longer, for my taste.

Splat Outfit

Splat Outfit

The last outfit is a halter dress with red ribbon cutting in down the center with comic book panels featuring different Monster High scenes. They’re definitely worth taking a closer look at.

Comic Outfit

Comic Outfit

Closer Look

Closer Look

Shoes with working spurs

Shoes with working spurs

All three outfits fit Wydowna’s multiple arms just fine.  She comes with multiple bracelets in yellow, grey and teal, which work with all three outfits.  She also comes with a necklace and grey spider web earrings.

Accessories

Accessories

Besides the yellow heels, this set includes silver boots with red spurs (that really spin) and white books with red highlights. Finally, she comes with a purse that actually opens and closes!  A useable prop is always welcome!

Wydowna

Wydowna

Her stand is disappointing.  It isn’t the stand that goes up the dress, but the one that attaches to her waist.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay together on its own.

The Set

The Set

Overall, I love this release and am glad I held out for the worldwide release of Wydowna. She’s pretty awesome! Mattel chose the color scheme well for this doll and her style is fantastic.  What do you think of Wydowna?  Share your thoughts below!

September 3, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 9 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Inner Monster Starter Set

You’ve all seen Monster High Create a Monster sets by now.  Mattel is taking a slightly different approach to the concept with the Inner Monster series.  Sold in starter sets and expansion kits, Inner Monster kits allow you to create your own monster from the inside out.  The idea is that you use charms called emoticons and face plates to flesh out your character.  The starter set comes with one complete doll, one outfit, one wig, a handful of charms (ie emoticons), two pairs of shoes, two wings, a purse and a face plate.

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Besides the face plates, which have a very Hexadecimal quality to them, the neatest feature of the Inner Monster dolls have to be their eyes. On top of the hard plastic Inner Monster head is a ‘brain’.  When you press down on the brain, the dolls eyes change.

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

There are three sets of eyes to choose from, all unique.  Her face paint is pretty simple, but I’m sure Mattel expects people to use face plates.

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Unlike most Monster High heads, this is a very hard plastic. It will turn left and right, but won’t tilt forward.  The Inner Monster torso is pretty neat.  It’s see-through.  Inside the torso is a spine and rib cage.  That’s the reason the head doesn’t tilt.  The spine attachment, being a different color, leaves a bit of a collar on the doll that is noticeable on my particular version.  The rib cage has little holes that you can fill with emoticons.

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Getting to the spine is a bit of a hassle.  I find it easiest to take the limbs off before prying the torso open.  You, also, have to double check to make sure you have the emoticons in perfectly, or else the torso won’t close properly.  The joints, though, work well.  None seem too loose or too tight.

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

My Inner Monster wears a cute little outfit.  It’s a black halter with pink polka dots and lots of fun designs that will allow your character to be whoever you’d like! I have two issues with the outfit.  One is relatively minor.  I wish it had been designed to cover the neck attachment.  The second issue is slightly more subjective.  I don’t see much point in the outfit covering her entire torso.  I wish there had been some cutouts on the dress that might have shown off the emoticons a bit.  I think it would look pretty neat!

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Just like the Create a Monster wigs, these Inner Monster wigs need work.  As usual, there is a huge rim around the outside of the wig, which is totally noticeable on styles without bangs. The style is kind of wild.  I love the blue, though.  It reminds me of Stormer from Jem and the Holograms.  The wig stays on very well, even when the doll is held upside down.

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Her faceplate stays on well.  It fits perfectly into the ridges on the sides of her plastic face.  It makes her eyes look a little more deeply set, but still has a nice effect!

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

Inner Monster

This Inner Monster comes with an extra pair of shoes, a useable purse (great for holding the emoticons!) and two wings (blue and pink).  She also comes with a diary that allows you to create many characters, and a comb.

Expansion packs are available.  They feature a complete outfit and a face plate.  For more on the extra packs, check out my moms video review below.

The Inner Monster line is pretty interesting and is a nice take on the whole ‘create a monster’ idea.  It can definitely be improved upon though, especially in the neck joint.  I would like to see her have the same poseability as other Monster High dolls one day.  However, I love how easy it is to change the eye color and the face plate idea is neat!

What do you think of the new Inner Monster line? Share your thoughts below!

September 2, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Walking the Toy Aisle

It’s time for another installment of ‘Walking the Toy Aisle’!  For the past few months, the toy aisles have looked like this:

Current State of Many Toy Aisles

Current State of Many Toy Aisles

Finally, new product is hitting store shelves, albeit mostly aimed at the preschool market.  Here are a few things that I thought looked new, interesting or just plain strange.

MiWorld Sketchers

MiWorld Sketchers

MiWorld Mrs. Fields

MiWorld Mrs. Fields

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MiWorld extra

Looks like MiWorld did well enough to get some new stores!  I’m excited! The Sketchers?  Love it! And the mall accessories, like the vending machine and photo booth? Awesome! Have you guys in other countries seen these in your stores?  Have the released any stores specific to your country?

Barbie Styling Head

Barbie Styling Head

This Barbie Styling head is here, because every time I see one of these, the hair is crazy. At first, I chalked it up to being returns, but I have yet to see a styling head in good shape. I mean, look at that poor Barbie head on the right.  Hey, Mattel, don’t forget about quality control.

A New Skipper

A New Skipper

New Skipper promo image

New Skipper promo image

The back of the box featured this Skipper

The back of the box featured this Skipper

I’m always excited to see new Skippers, even if they all look the same.  The Tiki Hut Skipper has (and I fully admit, I could be reaching here) darker, slightly more intense eyes than usual.  The Skipper advertised on the back of the Tiki Hut box is what excites me the most, though.  Her hair is in a ponytail!  That’s different and new and stylish!  (She is, once again, saddled with a Kelly, er, Chelsea doll.  What do we need to do to get her paired with a Stacie?!)

Girl Scout Barbie

Girl Scout Barbie

As a former Girl Scout, I really want this Girl Scout Barbie.  I really wish they had come out with the other sisters in uniforms for Brownies, Juniors and Cadets.

Disney Anna and Elsa dolls

Disney’s Frozen 18″ Anna and Elsa

These were shelved right next to the 18″ Princess and Me line at Toys R Us.  That, and the inset eyes, made me believe they were part of that line.  Currently, though, they’re being marketed as Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa, with no mention and a slightly different price than the Princess and Me line.  I think this Elsa looks great, don’t you?

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

Monster High

I was happily surprised to see some movement on the Monster High shelf.  It’s been a while since new products have found my local store shelves!

Moxie Girls

Moxie Girls

I have to give Moxie Girlz a lot of credit. They survived a toy season that left a lot of other lines in clearance bins, very much to my surprise.  Think about the number of doll lines we lost this past year– Pinkie Cooper, La Dee Da, Liv (though it seems they were officially discontinued back in 2012!) to name a few.  The fact that these guys are still on shelves, even if in dwindling numbers, is a positive thing!

Adorabble

Animal Babies

How cute are these plush Animal Babies?  Look at their humungous eyes!  They remind me of large Beanie Boo’s.

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

I will always be nostalgic about the original Pound Puppies packaging.  The current box is a lot like what I remember my Pound Puppy coming in.  Of course, this new Pound Puppy seems to be half the size of the original line!

Little Lalaloopsy

Little Lalaloopsy

Lalaloopsy Baby

Lalaloopsy Baby

There were so many new Lalaloopsy items!  By far, they have expanded the most out of any line I  saw last shopping trip! First off, Spoons Waffle Cone is adorable! I’ve always liked the large Ice Cream themed Lalaloopsy, so I love that they have made a baby version!  I thought I’d share this Diaper Surprise Lala with you, too, because there is just something really adorable about the design!

Really little Lalalooopsys

Lalaloopsy Tinies

Lalaloopsy Tinies houses

Lalaloopsy Tinies houses

I shouldn’t be surprised with this Lalaloopsy Tinies line, as we’ve seen a lot of different lines branch out into ‘Squinky‘ sized toys.  The houses for these very mini Lala’s are pretty neat!  I don’t think I’ll be buying any, but I’m sure they’ll find an audience.

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy Girls

Lalaloopsy vs Lalaloospy Girls

Lalaloopsy vs Lalaloospy Girls

Lalaloopsy just amped up their cuteness level! These 1/6ish scale Lalaloopsy Girls are adorable.  I want one– actually I want all four!  My favorite is the blue girl, with the winter theme.  Seriously, I love these!

Laloopsy

Lalaloopsy Color Me

Cute and totally novelty, but I’m sure some of you have wanted to design your own Lalaloopsy!  This Color Me Lalaloopsy is perfect for crafting your own doll!

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

Mooshka

I am so glad Mooshka survived their first run.  While I don’t own any, I always admire them.  My new favorite might be Glory, the red haired ballerina/fairy in the first photo.  The animals are really cute, too.

So that’s it!  I am happily surprised at the number of new-ish items I saw this time around.  What new things have you seen while walking the toy aisle?  What are you looking forward to from this list? Share your thoughts below!

August 19, 2014. Tags: , , , . Category: Introductions & Reviews, Category: Uncategorized. 6 comments.

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. 9 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.

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