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.

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