Dolly Review: Bratzillaz Switch a Witch Set
A few months back, I reviewed Meygana, a Bratzillaz doll. There was much debate between the similarities between the Bratzillaz line and Monster High. Now, I still believe that there really is no such thing as a ‘new’ idea. Everything is a take on something else. Bratzillaz might share some common elements, but they’re not an exact rip-off of Monster High. They have a much different ‘vibe’ for me than Monster High and I think that is what really separates the two!
That being said I’m going to compare the Bratzillaz Switch a Witch set to the Monster High Create a Monster set a lot because they’re both very similar in look, feel, and concept. There are various Switch a Witch sets available. I picked up a single pack (ie: one doll) for $12.95 at my local Walmart, but there are also two packs that let you create two witches.
The packaging from the front looks a lot like a Monster High Create a Monster. The limbs are place together in various pockets so right from the get go you can enjoy putting the doll together piece by piece. It was easy to open and none of the pieces gave me too much trouble getting out. This single set came with 21 pieces, which can create one complete Bratzilla. The pieces count includes a brush. No stand is included in this set. One staple of the doll so far is that it seems they all will be released with two toned skin. For example, my set’s doll is half yellow, half white.
Manufacturers have created ‘create your own doll’ sets for years, Mattel, however has done it most recently. There is no denying that the art of building your Switch a Witch is very similar to building a Create a Monster (referred to as CAM through the end of article). Pieces fit into the body with pegs, which are slightly larger and rounder than CAM sets. They’re solidly made limbs and the pegs look like they should withstand active play well.
Once together, the body is, for the most part, stable. My Switch a Witch‘s arms are tight and hold poses well. Her torso has a separate waist joint, which is pre-assembled. It allows for more added mobility than I remember getting in my Meygana. The only parts that are less stable than I’d like are her lower legs and how they connect with her thighs. My Switch a Witch’s body likes hyper extending forward or if tilted too far back, likes bending quickly at the knees and dive bombing to the floor.
As far as her fashions go, I’ve finally decided what I think of them. While the top limits her shoulder mobility, I like it. It is a cute little top. It’s made from a shiny vinyl short of material and fits her well. Her pants fit her fine and they go with the whole two-tone concept. I’m not super excited about them, but they match the top and might work nicely with outfits from other Switch a Witch sets.
One thing I like about the Bratzillaz line in general are their inset eyes. This doll has shiny, silver sparkles in her eyes, which look really cool. Her make up is really nicely done. I love the dark lips with the silver eyes. And strangely, is all works quite well with her two toned face.
And the make it or break it element for me? The wig. By now, you probably know that if I buy a CAM like toy, I expect the wig to look good. It shouldn’t be that hard to be able to create a well fitting wig. How did the Switch a Witch wig turn out? Surprisingly, it fits well. It isn’t perfect, mind you, but it isn’t as horrible as some of the wigs CAM‘s have had in the past.
The Switch a Witch wigs are one of the most versatile to borrow for other doll lines because it wasn’t made with any sort of peg inside. It’s literally just a plastic wig cap that you squeeze onto a round head.
The main issue I have with her stock wig is the fact that it sits really high on her head. I would have preferred if her ‘hairline’ was more natural. I’m not crazy about the styling of this wig, either.
How do other wigs fit? Recently, my mom and I picked up a good number of Liv wigs from Saver’s. To make them fit our CAM‘s, we chopped off the peg from the inside of the wig, leaving a round wig cap. They fit really well on the Switch a Witch head. They look so much better on her, too, than her stock wig! Below are some quick photos we shot of our Switch a Witch wearing Liv wigs.
I haven’t tried any CAM wigs on my Switch a Witch because I haven’t had any need to cut out the pegs in those wigs (and quite honestly, if I don’t like them enough to put on my CAM‘s, I’m not going to put them on these).
Overall, I think people will have lots of fun with these. They have good limbs and they are kind of cute when you get to dress them up however you’d like! A huge positive for me is that so far, even with the single sets, you can create a complete doll (as opposed to needing to buy a starter set of two and reusing upper arms and thighs.
I put together a video review for those who care to watch! I foresee the comments getting a little heated, if it’s at all like my other Bratzillaz review, so any comments you make on that video will have to be approved by me before they go live!
These Switch a Witch‘s are worth taking a second glance at. For those who like to customize their collection, you may really enjoy these!
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