Introducing A Girl For All Time’s Clementine, Your 1940’s Girl

I’m a huge fan of the A Girl For All Time doll line.  A Girl For All Time currently has two dolls out, Matilda and Amelia. Recently on Facebook, A Girl For All Time released images of their newest creation, Clementine, Your 1940’s Girl.  Based on these promo shots, I think Clementine is adorable.  Simply adorable. I mean, how can you not love her adorable ginger bob and 1940’s outfit?

Clementine, Your 1940's Girl

Clementine, Your 1940’s Girl

Clementine dressed to impress!

Clementine dressed to impress!

What a fantastic jacket!

What a fantastic jacket!

Due out in September, you can pre-order her now on the companies website.  Clementine is £89.99 or $134.99.  What do you think of Clementine?  Share your thoughts below!

June 26, 2013. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 14 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: , . Uncategorized. 20 comments.

It Could Be You!!!

Would you like to be featured in future Collector Spotlight posts?  If so, fill out the form below!  Don’t collect, but know someone who does? Why not send them a link to this post and suggest they fill out the submission form!

I’m looking for collectors of all ages and backgrounds.  (Those under 15  will need parental permission, of course!)  While I prefer having a written and video element in my Spotlight posts, I am willing to tweak it month to month for what is comfortable for the featured collector.

To submit, please fill out THIS form.

If you have any questions, please ask away in the comment area!

June 22, 2013. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

New from Integrity- More Jem!

I disappear from the internet for a week only to find Integrity has released images of three new dolls in their Jem and the Holograms line!

Broadway Jem

Broadway Magic Jem

Most recently released is the W Club Members exclusive Jem, Broadway Magic Jem. This new Jem will retail for $119.00. As you know, I’m not a huge fan of Integrity’s releases so far. They’re too expensive and they never look ‘right’ to me.  I do believe, however, that Integrity is working on making the face look a little less harsh, which was a major gripe of mine!

Broadway Magic Jem

Broadway Magic Jem

San Diego Comic Con will bring us yet another new Jem release– Glitter and Gold Jem.  G&G Jem will retail for the whopping price of $140.00 and will be very limited (like the entire Jem line thus far).

The weird thing about this release is that this is a Hasbro exclusive, not an Integrity exclusive.  I know that Hasbro owns the rights to Jem, the cartoon, but don’t quite understand how that warrants this to be strictly a ‘Hasbro’ exclusive.  Just be sure to note that if you want this, you have to go to Hasbro’s booth to get it!

Glitter and Gold Jem

Glitter and Gold Jem

The last edition announced this week (well, last week) is a second edition Rio dressed in Glitter and Gold attire to match Jem.  Rio was one of the few releases I did like from Integrity, but this 2nd edition?  Don’t like it at all.  Nope, sorry.  It just doesn’t look like Rio to me and the fashion just doesn’t work on him!  Literally the only thing I like about this doll is the record he’s holding in the promo picture below.

Glitter and Gold Rio

Glitter and Gold Rio

Rio is a web exclusive and will only be sold in Integrity’s online store starting July 17th.  I have a feeling this is going to be a hot seller, regardless of how bad I think it looks, as buying this is the only way to complete the the ‘Glitter and Gold’ set for those attending SDCC.  Rio will be priced at $119.00.

What do you think of the new releases to the Jem line?  Love them?  Hate them?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

June 16, 2013. Uncategorized. 7 comments.

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