Dolly Review: Ever After High Thronecoming Raven Queen

Raven Queen for the win!  Mattel’s Ever After High Thronecoming line is out in full swing and here’s a review of my favorite of the five dolls, Raven Queen.  She has something, I think, that her companion dolls (Apple White, Blondie Lockes and Briar Beauty) don’t have.  It could be my obsession with Once Upon a Time and that Raven has always reminded me of the stylish Evil Queen somehow, but seriously?  This doll has style!

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Raven has a slightly complicated hairstyle.  Her hair is in a partial up-do with a bouffant sort of style that goes into a ponytail.  From the front, it looks really cool.  The back is a little disappointing.  Hair seems to be all over the place and a little messy.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

I like the plum and black combo they chose for this particular Raven, though.  It works really well with the outfit, which we’ll get to shortly.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Raven’s face is very, very pretty.  I think it’s the prettiest Raven face we’ve seen yet. Raven’s purple eyes are surrounded with purple eye shadow.  Her lips are, also, a cool shade of purple.  She has minimal blush on her face. Because the dolls are going to a dance, they all have fun accents on their faces.  Raven has silvery white gems painted on her face.  I would have really liked to see these as 3D objects, but alas, Mattel decided to go the painted route.  These elements look the best on Raven.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

She has on two different earrings.  I really like the earring that covers her entire ear.  Very neat!

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

In terms of outfits, I love Raven’s strapless thronecoming gown.  It’s a statement piece, for sure!  Her dress has a nice layered look to it with various elements of black, purple and silver.  It is a long gown, which is a nice change from the super short dresses we’ve seen in the past. I wish Mattel had thought to put some tape or something near Raven’s bust to help hold the strapless gown up, as mine has quickly started dropping.  During the photoshoot, I had to re-adjust it a lot.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

The plastic elements play a huge role in Raven’s outfit, especially the steel colored collar.  It looks really neat in person, let me tell you!

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Besides her collar, she has molded black hands that are ornamented with ‘steel’ colored wrist cuffs..

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Because the dress is so long, Raven’s shoes are missed.  To me, they’re not terribly exciting, when compared to the outfit. However, they are nice shoes.

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

Thronecoming Raven (with Dex)

Joints have never really been a problem with the Ever After High line and Raven is no exception.  Her joints work really well.  The plastic collar does restrict her shoulder movements a little, but with a bit of playing around, you can work them into good poses.

Thronecoming Raven

Thronecoming Raven

Raven comes with her her stand, an ill-fitting masquerade mask and a purse.  The purse is a very small prop that doesn’t open on.  Unfortunately, I have found that her mask, too, is disappointing.  It doesn’t fit her face well, however cool it looks.

Thronecoming Raven (With Dex)

Thronecoming Raven (With Dex)

Raven is one pretty doll and may be my favorite Ever After High doll.  She’s definitely in my top three (with the original Maddie and Hunter).  As far as cons, the biggest issue is the outfit slipping. However, I can deal with that.  To me, Raven deserves to win thronecoming queen, because she brings with her a really neat vibe and style.

Keep an eye on my YouTube channel for a video review, coming soon!

What do you think of Thronecoming Raven?  Share your thoughts below.

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August 10, 2014. Tags: , . Uncategorized.

4 Comments

  1. Nella replied:

    Wow, she looks amazing and very regal!

    I guess if they had used glue or tape to keep the bodice from sliding down, then it might’ve caused fraying or tearing of the fabric when the dress was removed. I have dolls that use clear straps to give the illusion of being sleeveless without running the risk of accidentally flashing everybody.

  2. barbtheevilgenius replied:

    What’s the deal with the turquoise/purple “clip” on the back of her head? Doesn’t match the outfit.

    Mattel was probably afraid if they made the face adornments 3-D, they’d fall off during vigorous little girl play.

  3. Teresa B replied:

    I love ball gowns and the the Thronecoming line is a line that I must get!

    I think Raven is the prettiest of the bunch but it was hard to choose between her and Cupid. But I love the gauntlets. So regal!

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