Lottie Winner

As it turns out, Lottie was quite popular here on the blog!  Big congrats go out to Connor, the winner of this giveaway. Enjoy your new Lottie!

Smile!

For those who didn’t win, why not try your luck at the Monster High giveaway that runs through December 8th?

November 29, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Review: Monster High Picture Day Spectra

The Monster High Picture Day dolls have finally hit my area!  Earlier this week, we found ourselves in the same Walmart, three days in a row.  The first two days?  Nothing.  The last day?  We struck gold.  While not all the dolls were on the shelf, some of the new and elusive Picture Day dolls were!  Smelling a challenge, my mom and I decided to go to the neighboring Walmart as well, and somehow in one evening we found the entire line in our shopping bags!

Monster High Picture Day

The Basics: Spectra is one of my favorite Monster High characters. Picture Day Spectra is the third Spectra to be released and my favorite of this specific line.  I don’t see many changes from her earlier releases, but as always, this Spectra stands out.

Spectra, Picture Day

Face/Hair:  Spectra has a head of soft lavender hair with dark purple highlights.  Mattel didn’t try to over style her hair like a few of the past Monster High releases and I’m happy to say Spectra has none of that annoying hairspray in her hair!  Spectra’s make up is spot on.  Sticking with her ghostly image, Spectra’s skin is stark white, which contrasts nicely with her dark purple make up.

Great Make up!

Clothing:  I love Spectra’s outfit, as usual.  It’s perfect and a lot of thought was put into making it ‘ghost-like’.  Her necklace of chains is a nice touch and her shoes!  Her shoes are fantastic.  Seriously, the effect that Mattel crafted with the see-through limbs and Spectra’s shoes?  Love it! (Picture further down.)

Picture Day Spectra’s outfit

Body:  I think Mattel is long past the loose limbs phase.  Yeah, I’ve had a few newer dolls with a loose elbow or two, but the bodies are far better put together than they were when they premiered.  My Picture Day Spectra has no loose limbs that I can tell and holds poses well.

Back are Spectra’s see-through limbs!

Accessories:  Spectra comes with a comb (basic black), a Fearbook (paper with stickers), a purse and a stand.  Forgetting the comb and the Fearbook, the purse is cute, but too small and pretty useless.  It doesn’t open and like I just mentioned, is far too small.  I wish Mattel would go back to the days of purses that didn’t just feel like last minute add ons.  And the stand?  Well, cheers for including a stand with the doll, but jeers for including a stand that doesn’t work.  The peg doesn’t fit the base, which is a theme for all the recent dolls it seems.

Spectra’s profile

What I Like:  Spectra’s design and overall look stands out amongst the recent Monster High releases.  Her hair, while simple, is easy to manage and not dipped in hair spray.  Her outfit, including her shoes, rock.  Last but not least, Spectra’s make up is just right– not over done or under done.  It’s perfect!

Love the chain link shoes!

What I Don’t Like:  I don’t like the Monster High stands as of late.  I don’t think I’ve purchased a doll with a good stand in a long, long time.  Also, the purse seemed like a throwaway.  Next time, I hope they package Spectra with more thought out accessories.

Spectra’s Fearbook photo

For those who are interested, I posted a video review of Picture Day Spectra on YouTube.  You can view it below.

What do you think of the new Monster High Picture Day Spectra?  Share your thoughts below in the comment section!

November 26, 2012. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Anniversary Giveaway 2012

Unbelievably this little ol’ blog has been on the web for 3 years!!  In celebration, I thought I’d reward one lucky reader with some swanky (okay, maybe swanky is going a bit too far) Monster High awesomeness!

In honor of Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter’s 3rd anniversary, I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Monster High prize pack that includes:  a mini Monster High mouse pad and a cool Monster High Keychain!  Both of these were purchased at the Mattel Store and I have yet to see them in Toys R Us, Justice, or other retailers that sell Monster High dolls!

You can WIN this keychain and mousepad!

Unlike most of the contests I host, I am requiring all who enter to subscribe to this blog via e-mail, Facebook, or Youtube.  Why?  Because this blog wouldn’t have lasted this long without those who took the plunge and hit subscribe or (more recently) ‘like’ on Facebook.

Here are the rules:

-You must subscribe to one of the following:  this blog via e-mail or my new Facebook page or my Youtube Channel.

-The contest is open to everyone, worldwide!

-You must leave a comment letting me know a) if you subscribe via e-mail or Facebook or Youtube and b) who your favorite Monster High character is on this post.

-For an extra point, share this contest with your friends.  Leave a separate comment letting me know you spread the word!

-Minors must have their parents permission before entering.

-The giveaway ends December 8th, 2012.

The winner will be contacted by e-mail so make sure you have the proper email address attached to your comment.  For those typing it out in your comment, feel free to type out ‘at’ and ‘dot’ (ie: your name(at)gmail(dot)com).

Many will enter, but only one will win!  Good luck!!!!

November 25, 2012. Uncategorized. 9 comments.

Giving Thanks This Thankgiving

I started this little blogging adventure November of 2010.  Who would have thought nearly three years later, it would be what it is today.  I’m most proud of the past year where, I think, Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter has transformed into a far grander thing than it was originally!

Being Thanksgiving, I thought it best to dedicate this post to you— the readers, subscribers, and viewers– because without you, this blog wouldn’t be nearly as fun to write!!  Thank you for all your subscriptions, comments, YouTube hits, and general awesomeness!  I love sharing doll news with you and hope to continue for years to come!

So, everyone, thank you and have a fantastic turkey day!  Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2012. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Introducing: Dr. Seuss by Tonner

Tonner has been known to jump into some strange looking lines, but I think they’ve just premiered their strangest yet!  Now shipping is a new Tonner line themed after Dr. Seuss!  The line includes three 16″ dolls with different, colorful looks.

Dr. Seuss Trio by Tonner

Truffula has bright orange hair and is dressed in a pink shantung top with black stitching and blue faux fur trim with orange shantung ribbon, a purple shantung skirt with black printed accents and yellow shantung trim, pink and gold dot tights, and orange faux suede shoes.  She has inset green eyes.  I love the hair color they gave this doll.  The orange works really well with the pink, surprisingly!

Truffula

Sam I Am is decked out in an orange shantung top with black stitched accents and blue faux fur trim, an orange, red and green ribbon skirt, blue lace tights, yellow faux leather boots with blue faux fur trim, and of course, red stretch knit gloves.  Her blonde hair is styled in a cool up do.  Sam I Am has green/brown inset eyes.  Love the hair styling on Sam I Am, as well as the tights and faux fur trim!

Sam I Am

Last but not least, we have The Cats Hat. It looks the most ‘Dr. Seuss’ because of the now iconic Cat in the Hat hat she wears on her blue hair. She wears a yellow shantung dress with black stitched accents, a red faux fur vest with blue belt, red and White stripe tights tights, and blue faux leather boots. She has violet inset eyes.

The Cats Hat, close up

This outfit is by far my favorite!  I love the color choices and that it really looks like a fancy take on Dr. Seuss!

The Cats Hat

Each doll is limited to 500 and costs $189.99.  I’m on the fence about this line.  I like a lot of things about it.  The outfits are fantastic and the cool hair colors and styles are a nice touch.  On the other hand, it’s still a little weird.  (And truthfully, a little expensive!)

What do you think of Tonner‘s new line?  Have they gone too far or gotten it just right?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

November 19, 2012. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

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