Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Gallery

Monday, I visited the Mattel Gallery at New York Toy Fair.  It was amazing.  Like myself, I think you’ll love what Mattel has in store this year for their fashion doll lines!

Before we get to my favorites, here’s a video!  It will give you an idea of what Mattel has in mind for 2015!

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Here’s a few highlights from the gallery floor! Starting off with the most exciting reveal, Mattel is planning on releasing more than one 17″ doll!  In the upcoming Freak Du Chic line, we’ll meet Gooliope Jellington, daughter of the blob.  What makes her special?  She’s a whopping 17″ tall!

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Jointed in all the same locations, she looks amazing.

 Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

One 17″ doll would be great on its own, but Mattel is also creating larger versions of our favorite ghouls, Frankie, Draculaura and Clawdeen!  They look really, really neat in person.  Hopefully, my photos do them a little justice!

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

The Boo York trio is pretty exciting, too.  My favorite is Elle Eedee (center of photo).  The other two are (left) Luna Mothews and (right) Mouscedes King.

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

We’ll be meeting one other new ghoul in the Boo York line and she has a gimmick.  Her name is Astranova and she levitates. The effect is neat, though the price point ($50.00) is a bit much.  I’ve always cared more for the dolls than the gimmicky playsets, myself.

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

There wasn’t much in the Ever After High station that was new.  A lot of what they were showing had been leaked or was already on store shelves.  However, I loved being able to see the new Wonderland dolls, especially Alistair Wonderland (son of Alice)!

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Bunny Blanc (daughter of the White Rabbit) is pretty neat, too.  I’m not a huge fan of the Charming brothers sister, Darling Charming, though, which is interesting, as I usually like the Rebels.

As far as Barbie, Hello Barbie is the item to check out this year!  Hello Barbie is an interactive, wifi enabled Barbie.  You can actually hold a conversation with her, as opposed to her saying the same stock sayings in a random order.  She was created with technology that will remember what you say, too, which is fantastic.  For example, if you say you like bagels, she’ll remember that and bring it up again in conversation.

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

The downside I see with Hello Barbie is that due to her technology, her clothing is permanently on her.  You can only change her outside jacket.  It would have been nice to be able to change her outfit.

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

It was fantastic being able to see all the new Fashionista faces in person.  There are so many I love, which is strange for me, as I haven’t wanted to buy a Fashionista ever. My favorite is the Barbie with the half flocked/ half rooted style.  I didn’t notice it in the dolls at the show, but the PR rep said they’d have the new ankle joint (which allows them to wear heels and flats).

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Being a Skipper collector, this caught my eye.  The doll below looks like she could pass for an older Skipper.  Do you see it, too?

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

Barbie and the Royals were on display at the show, as well.  That excited me, too.  One of my side collections is Barbie and her bands and it’s been a while since they’ve done a band!

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

So, that’s what I am excited for when it comes to Mattel and their fashion doll lines! For more photos, check out my Flickr album. What are you looking forward to from Mattel in 2015?

 

February 19, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Toy Fair 2015, Uncategorized. 18 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Monster Exchange Lorna

I had high hopes for Lorna and, for the most part, she lived up to them. However, not everything was as expected.  Lorna is the daughter of the Loch Ness Monster. She’s a younger student and as such is on a body similar to Twyla and Howleen.

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna has a fantastic head of rooted burnt orange and peach hair.  It’s curly and has some bounce to it.  Her fringe-less style is done up in a half pony tail with sausage curls.  I was happily surprised to see her hair wasn’t super sprayed down like some Monster High dolls and was still somewhat light to the touch.  Her burnt orange pony tail does employee a lot of spray, but the peach that hangs down is very natural.

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna

Her skin is an iridescent sea foam sort of green with molded scales.  She has fins on her arms and legs.  I love the color of her skin, especially compared to her hair.  The contrast is really neat.  Lorna has fun, fin-like ears.

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna has joints in the usual spots.  Here, though, is where my main problem with this doll comes into play.  Poor Lorna has an elbow issue.  Her forearm doesn’t go all the way into her upper arm.  This, as you could imagine, limits her posing in a big way.

Lorna

Lorna

We called Customer Service at Mattel the same day we opened her and were sent a replacement forearm.  That didn’t fix the problem, though, so they eventually shipped a new Lorna with a working arm.

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna has a fun face!  Her green eyes are very large.  Instead of the heavy black lashes we’ve seen recently on many releases, Lorna has long, thin lashes. Highlighting her eyes is a thin layer of baby pink topped with a muddy military green that goes around her entire eye and an iridescent white.  Her brows are painted in a burnt orange sort of color.  Lorna has white fangs painted on her pink lips.

Lorna

Lorna

My favorite part of Lorna’s face are her large eyes. The matte paint on her lips and brows is a little strange on the sparkly skin, but I don’t get the same feeling at all with her eyes.

Lorna

Lorna

Lorna wears a Scottish tam on her head, which blends nicely with her outfit. Her cap sleeve top is red with a line design and black neckline.  She wears a plastic sash of sorts that is removable.  Her skirt is my favorite part of her outfit.

Lorna

Lorna

Similar to a row of picture frames, it features tiny, repeated images of Nessie, the sea monster. Last, but not least, Lorna wears amazing shoes.

Lorna

Lorna

Her shoes play on the idea of stone walls, it seems, with a grey, stone-like platform that lead up to a black mary jane-esc style shoe.  For some reason, while I love her shoes, I find them really hard to describe!  The best description of them?  They’re fantastic!

Lorna

Lorna

Like the rest of the Monster Exchange dolls, Lorna comes with a less than awesome purse.  It opens, but is pretty much a piece of flimsy plastic.  She also comes with a passport, diary, stand and comb.

Lorna

Lorna

Overall, Lorna is a nice doll.  The fact that there are still quality issues with the fish limbs is a bit of a problem for me, but Mattel took care of Lorna’s issue in a quick and timely manner.  Her face and contrasting body and hair colors will most likely not please everyone, but I personally love them!  And her shoes– can I have a pair in size 5, please?

What do you think of Lorna?  Leave your thoughts below!

December 22, 2014. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Black Friday 2014 Goodies

I went a bit overboard this past Black Friday.  In my defense, there were so many amazing sales on dolls that I would have majorly regretted not picking a lot of these guys up!!!!  Of course, all of these dolls will be getting full reviews in January, but here’s a sneak peek!!!!

Wilde Imagination Black as Night Basic Parnilla:  This doll was a steal. I picked up this wigged Parnilla for under $100.  She’s my first doll in the Evangeline Ghastly line, not to mention my first Wilde Imagination purchase ever!  For some reason, I’ve always preferred Parnilla to Evangeline.  I’m not sure why, to be honest!  I think it has something to do with her face.  As far as the outfit on Black as Night Parnilla, I don’t like it. The same goes for her wig. My goal in picking up this particular doll was that I wanted a Parnilla that I could change-up every now and then.  If I had spent $200 on a fantastic, dressed to the nine’s Parnilla, I wouldn’t want to ruin her look by changing her outfits and wigs.  This basic doll gives me the freedom I wanted in my Wilde Imagination doll!

Promo photo of Parnilla

Promo photo of Parnilla

Makie Lab Makie: Makies ran an incredible sale for Black Friday.  It included a discounted price on the Makie itself and free shipping if you reached a certain price point ($115, which is the usual Makie price). I had told myself I would buy another Makie in 2015, but the sale was too good to pass up.

My New Makie!

My New Makie!

My New Makie and Siena

My New Makie and Siena

Wilde Imagination Patience Glinda:  I’m worried about Patience.  Wilde Imagination seems to be discounting them a lot with tag lines that play on the idea of ‘losing patience’.  That doesn’t bode well for the line.  Hopefully, Wilde Imagination is just clearing out their stock to make room for new things! This doll actually belongs to my mother.  She’s an avid Wizard of Oz doll collector. It’s interesting to see how Patience’s eyes work.  I assumed they were like a Pullip, with a mech you control, but they actually work more like a Giggles doll and move on their own.

Promo photo of Patience

Promo photo of Patience

A Girl for All Time Lydia:  Lydia arrived at my doorstep in exchange for a review.  You don’t know how excited I am to share her with you!!!  For right now, you’ll have to be content with a few photos. I don’t want her review to be overshadowed by Christmas, so her review will be posted late December or early January.  Spoiler alert– I adore Lydia!

Lydia-- quick photo shoot

Lydia– quick photo shoot

Lydia- Quick photo shoot

Lydia- quick photo shoot

Lydia- quick photo shoot

Lydia- quick photo shoot

Monster High Ghouls Talk 2-pack:  My mom stumbled upon this Monster High 2-pack, a KMart exclusive here in the States.  It’s super cute and features Catrine and Rochelle in their pajama’s.  It’s nice seeing Catrine and Rochelle in a casual look.

Ghouls Talk

Ghouls Talk

Jun Planning AI Hybrid Statice: AI Ball Jointed Dolls have been popping up at Tuesday Morning for months now.  Occasionally, we’ll see one at our local store.  This week, we found Hybrid Statice!

Ai BJD

Ai BJD

Did you pick up any amazing dolly deals this week or did any of your dolly purchases arrive recently?  Share your thoughts below!

December 17, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Spotlight Posts, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Monster Exchange Lagoona

Lagoona was my first Monster High doll.  I just loved her look!  There have been a number of Lagoona’s released since then, but unfortunately, not all of them have been as exciting as the first.  Monster Exchange Lagoona, however, is adorable!

Lagoona

Lagoona

Lagoona

Lagoona

Monster Exchange Lagoona’s stand out feature is her wonderful, fantastic hair! She sports an amazing afro of blonde, tied down with teal highlights.  This is what I call big hair!

Lagoona

Lagoona

Amazingly, it wasn’t completely flattened in the box. The promo images show her hair being in a slightly tighter circle.  Her hair is looser than that, though, which works in her favor.

Lagoona

Lagoona

She is boxed wearing two hair accessories. The tall green accessory is not attached to her head.  You can easily place it into her curls on your own.  The black rose has stayed in very well.

Hairclip

Hair clip

Hair clip

Hair clip

It’s very easy to overdo Lagoona’s face paint.  To me, she’s always looked best with more natural make up.  This release sports a clean face with more natural looking make up.  Her green eyes are surrounded by an iridescent sea green.  Her lashes are painted shorter and thinner than many of the recent Monster High releases of late.  Lagoona has bright green brows and she wears a pink lip color.  The look is topped off with a smattering of freckles.

Lagoona

Lagoona

Equally as great is her outfit.  I have passed on many Lagoona’s over the past few years and many times, it had to do with the outfits  Lagoona is commonly given boring looking outfits.  This outfit rocks.  Her strapless dress is adorable. It features multiple fabrics– one with large pink polka dots, one with smaller black polka dots and one with tiny, pink stripes.

Lagoona's Outfit

Lagoona’s Outfit

The skirt is asymmetrical, which I love!  Lagoona wears a cropped black sweater featuring more polka dots.  (I’m a huge fan of polka dots, so it’s no surprise I like this outfit!)

Lagoona's Heels

Lagoona’s Heels

Lagoona’s footwear is pretty basic.  She wears grey heels (with no actual heel) decorated with a single pink rose.  They’re cute shoes and they fit the outfit well.

Lagoona's joints

Lagoona’s joints

Loose Limb

Loose Limb

Lagoona’s limbs are, for the most part, tight.  They hold poses well.  Her elbow joints are a little looser than other Monster High dolls, though they don’t fall out of place.  I feel like that happens a lot with the sea monster bodies.

Purse

Purse

This doll comes with a flimsy pink purse shaped like a shell.  Honestly?  The accessory is a let down.  You can open it, which is great, but with active play, it’s going to break very quickly. Lagoona also comes with a journal, comb and stand.

Lagoona

Lagoona

Hands down, this is one of my favorite Lagoona’s and maybe one of new favorite Monster High dolls!  Besides the flimsy purse, I love everything else about this doll.

Lagoona

Lagoona

What do you think of Monster Exchange Lagoona? Share your thoughts below!

December 5, 2014. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 16 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Monster Exchange Marisol Coxi

Just in time for Christmas, Mattel has started shipping new Monster High dolls.  For review today is one of those dolls!  New for the season is the Monster Exchange line, which features both new and returning characters as they head off to participate in a foreign exchange program.

Monster Exchange Marisol

Monster Exchange Marisol

Monster Exchange Marisol

Monster Exchange Marisol

Marisol Coxi is the daughter of the South American Bigfoot. She is taller than Frankie and her friends and stands about a half-inch above the taller ‘older sister’ type dolls, due to her platforms.  The fact that she towers over the other dolls really adds to the idea that she’s related to Big Foot himself!

Marisol

Marisol

Marisol

Marisol

Marisol has muted purple skin, though it seems to photograph grey. Her forearms and ankles are molded to look furry.

Marisol

Marisol

She has the same number of joints as you’d expect on a Monster High doll. They all work fine.  One downside, though, is that Marisol has very noticeable seam lines on the front and back of her thighs.

Seam Lines

Seam Lines

The real stand out detail on Marisol’s body has to be her large feet.  They’re really neat and look great.

Very Large Feet!

Very Large Feet!

Marisol has rooted, straight dirty pink hair.  Rooted low on her head (and hidden by the dirty pink) is a brighter pink.

Marisol

Marisol

It is pulled back with a headband that is attached to the top of her head.  She has bright green braids that hang down both sides of her head.  I’m on the fence when it comes to the green highlights. They’re definitely bright, but I don’t know if I like the bright green accents.  I think I would have preferred them mixed into the pink a little more evenly.

Marisol

Marisol

Like Twyla, Marisol has hair that feels like it could easily become frizzy.  It’s sort of confusing, as well, that Marisol has such a simple hairdo, when her character description makes her sound like she’s the type that likes having big hair.  The doll’s current style doesn’t shout ‘big hair’ to me at all.

Marisol

Marisol

She wears a strapless dress and a cropped orange cover up.  Her bright orange sweater features big foot prints and stripes.  The skirt on her dress is cinched. It’s black with colorful flower designs all over.

Sweater

Sweater

Strapless Dress (top)

Strapless Dress (top)

Dress (bottom)

Dress (bottom)

The look is topped off with a pair of bright pink shoes with molded green tassels (like her hair).

Shoes

Shoes

They have a large platform on them, which makes her look even taller than your tallest Monster High doll!

Marisol

Marisol

Marisol’s eyes are a similar purple to her skin.  She has more forehead than other dolls. Marisol wears bright green eye shadow with a layer of pink above it. Her brows are thick and purple.

Marisol

Marisol

Her lips are a pinkish/purple. Compared to other Monster High dolls, her face could be considered simple. However, that doesn’t bother me when it comes to Marisol.  Because her face isn’t over the top, we can more easily see the fun aspects of her body mold.

Marisol

Marisol

Marisol comes with luggage, a comb, stand and her passport.

luggage

luggage

The luggage is one of the cheaper accessories Mattel has released.  While the luggage opens (always a nice feature), it is held together with a very thin piece of plastic that is already turning white along the edges.  I don’t see this lasting very long with active play.

Overall, I think this is a fine addition to the Monster High line.  I love her taller than average body and elongated feet.  The deflated, frizzy hair is a bit of a disappointment, but Mattel could easily fix that on future releases.  All in all, Marisol is a doll to consider adding to your Monster High collection!

Marisol

Marisol

What do you think of Marisol?  Share your thoughts below!

December 1, 2014. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Recharge Station and Monster High Howliday Post (Sponsored Post)

As this is a sponsored post, there are certain things I have to point out.  All opinions stated, however, are my own.  If you’d like to know why I do sponsored posts like this occasionally, read my ‘About Me‘.

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One of the neatest Freaky Fusion items released has to be Frankie’s Recharge Station!  I joined my mother last month in her video review of the Recharge Chamber, but haven’t actual reviewed it here on the blog.  Times are a’changing!  It’s about time this Recharge Chamber got a review of its very own.

Recharge Chamber

Recharge Chamber

Recharge Chamber

Recharge Chamber

As far as the concept goes, this is one of the best play sets Mattel has released.  It uses static electricity to allow Frankie’s hair to ‘magically’ fly up towards the sky.  The effect is pretty awesome.  Her hair raise and falls slowly when you press the on switch on the chamber.  The Frankie included has special hair, so unfortunately, you can only use this one doll in the station.

Classroom Frankie vs Recharge Frankie

Classroom Frankie vs Recharge Frankie

That being said, this is a fantastic Frankie.  To me, the past few Frankie releases haven’t been terribly exciting.  This one, however, has a great look to her.  Her rooted hair, center parted and fringe-less, is a bright blue with a handful of electric yellow and black highlights.

Frankie

Frankie

Black, Yellow and Blue hair

Black, Yellow and Blue hair

Frankie getting recharged!

Frankie getting recharged!

It has a very ‘light’ feeling to it and isn’t sprayed down whatsoever.  It has a nice ‘bounce’ to it. It is much shorter than in the promo shots, but still looks neat when it gently floats up.

Earrings

Earrings

Hiding beneath her hair are blue lightning bolt earrings.

Recharge Frankie's Neat Face

Recharge Frankie’s Neat Face

Frankie has some equally bold face paint.  Her eyes are hooded in a fun candy blue color with heavy painted eyelashes.  She has lightning bolts going across her right eye and just under her left eye.  Her lips are a bold blue.

Eye Decoration

Eye Decoration

Cheek Decoration

Cheek Decoration

Overall, I like the ‘in your face’ look to her facepaint.  I don’t think I’d want to see it on every Frankie, but with this hair, it is perfect.  The coloring on this doll really does stand out amongst other Frankie’s.

Outfit

Outfit

She wears a simple, tight, sleeveless dress decorated with yellow and blue lightning bolts.  One really neat feature of her dress, which could easily be overlooked is the lightning shaped neckline.

Neckline

Neckline

I love it, though I would have preferred the dress to be a little bit longer.  Frankie wears a chunky silver belt to top off the look.

Shoes

Shoes

It seems like Monster High shoes are getting simpler every release.  This Frankie wears yellow heels with lightning bolt decoration.  Because this doll is more of an accessory to the play set, I’m okay with that.  If it were a regular release, though, I would expect more in the shoe department.

Base

Base

The Recharge Chamber itself takes 3 AA batteries, which are not included.  It has flashing lights that move between 8 to 60 cycles per second.  If you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, this may not be the set for you. There is a bit of a hum when Frankie is ‘recharging’.  While still a little noisy, this isn’t at all as bad as Lagoona’s sleep tank from a few years ago.  I think the noise level is much improved, actually!

Set up was pretty simple and shouldn’t be a problem.  The most important thing to talk about– does it work?  Yes. It works amazingly.  Even though I know how static electricity works, this play set still amazes me.  My 7 year old cousin was amazed, too.  She kept opening the doors, trying to feel the ‘wind’ that was pushing up Frankie’s hair (of which there was none). She just couldn’t wrap her head around how Frankie’s hair was levitating off her head.

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

I really do like this Monster High Freaky Fusion Recharge Chamber.  It’s one of the most interesting things to come out of the Freaky Fusion line, other than the new Hybrid characters.

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

Recharge Chamber and Frankie

I was asked to create a fun, creative story based on a number of scenarios featuring our favorite Monster High ghouls and the howlidays.  Since I usually don’t have time to do creative posts like this,  I thought, why not give it a try! Below is my attempt!  The goal was to make a short video featuring Frankie and her first ‘New Fears Eve’.

Below are some other products that are currently being featured at Toys R Us.  Remember, Toys R Us allows customers to shop online and pick up in store.  I’ve used this service before and it was pretty handy!

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Last March, I reviewed the Toys R Us Exclusive Picnic Casket Doll 2-Pack, which includes one of our favorite couples Jackson and Frankie. A number of accessories are included to get the most out of their picnic!

Another two pack that is exclusive to Toys R Us is one that is on my Christmas list, the Mansters Gil and Deuce 2-Pack.  This set features two male dolls, which is always welcome in this line where boys can be in short supply!

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Also exclusive to Toys R Us is the Clawdeen Wolf doll with Fashion Outfit. Clawdeen comes dressed in the outfit above and comes with two extra, complete outfits.  I like these fashion sets, because they seem like a great value when compared to a dressed doll with no extra’s. I Love Fashion Wydowna is a great example of a stellar release with extra outfits.

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This is the Sprayffiti Fashion Portfolio . Instead of the usual fashion book, which you could paint or color, this book includes 15 pre-printed posters and six spray markers to give designs a grafitti/street art look.  Mattel really stepped out of the box with this print product!

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I am really looking forward to the Monster Maker.  Mattel has made great strides in the ‘Create a Monster’ line since they debuted it.  This set allows you to create you own look for your monster on your android or IOS tablet (not included), as opposed to being stuck with the pre-designed looks we saw in the last incarnation of the Create a Monster series. For Mac or Windows users, a USB is required (not included). This set is not compabitle with phones. When the design is ready, send it off to the printer and boom, you have a one of a kind monster!  This set includes wigs, fashions and accessories.  I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on one of these to test it out!  Currently, it is for sale online only.

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Don’t forget to enter the Monster High Bike & Gift Card Sweepstakes for your chance to win some amazing prizes!  This contest is being offered through Lunchbox and Gleam.

Do you own the Recharge Chamber? What do you think of it?  Are you hoping for a Monster High product under your Christmas tree?  Which one?  Share your thoughts below!

November 26, 2014. Tags: , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Casta Fierce

Monster High introduced a new singing star to their doll line and her name is Casta Fierce.  Rumored to have been inspired by Beyonce’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce, Casta oozes coolness.

Casta Fierce

Casta Fierce

Casta

Casta

Casta is the daughter of Circe, the greek goddess of magic.  She’s the lead singer of ‘The Spells’.  Casta has one slight problem, though, as she has been known to mistakenly turn her listeners into animals due to her uncontrollable magic.

Hair

Hair

Hair

Hair

Hair

Hair

Casta has a head of long rooted black hair.  It’s done up in two center pony tails and highlighted with thick chunks of orange and purple.  The front of the pony tail is styled in a buffont shape.  It is a simpler look than some Monster High styles, but looks good on Casta.

Casta

Casta

She has mint green coloring on all her limbs.  It works surprisingly well with the color palette Mattel chose for her!  She has the same number of joints we’ve come to expect from Monster High dolls.  She is, however, a little taller than the core Monster High dolls!  She’s the same size as Nefera, Cleo’s older sister.

Casta

Casta

Her eyes are intense.  With lots of heavily painted liner and thick painted lashes, she’s ready for the stage.  Orange and dark purple highlight her eyes.

Face

Face

Her lips are a dark purple.  The orange and purple color scheme work really well on Casta’s green skin.  She has one small beauty mark right above her lips.

Casta

Casta

Casta wears a really neat outfit.  However, it’s not without problems.  Her dress starts out orange and moves into a  purple.  It’s made of a very stiff fabric and is very tight to her body.  She has plastic embellishments that encompass her shoulders.  The bottom of her dress is finished with some sparkly black tool.

bracelets

bracelets

Ears and Earrings

Ears and Earrings

Armband

Armband

While I like the outfit and think it looks really good on Casta, it limits her movement a lot, especially in the shoulder and hip area.    It even hinders her knees a little.

Shoes

Shoes

Casta has a number of accessories, including bracelets and an arm cuff.  Her shoes are fun, stylish purple heels that go high on her ankle.  The neatest accessory, hands down, is her microphone stand.  It is shaped like a broomstick.  It’s one of the more useable props to come with a Monster High doll.

Casta with Microphone

Casta with Microphone

Overall, I really like the look of Casta.  Her orange and green highlights work remarkably well, considering she has mint skin!  The biggest issue I have with her is the tight outfit.  It constricts her movement more than I would like in her shoulder and hip area.

Casta

Casta

What do you think of Casta? Share your thoughts below!

November 1, 2014. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly Report: Monster High Freaky Fusion

By now, you’ve probably seen some of the newest Monster High line to hit store shelves, Freaky Fusion.  There are a lot of dolls in this line, which features four new hybrid characters, four fused characters, four characters who are ‘playing’ fused and finally, three Walmart exclusives.  By far, the most interesting of the characters in this line are the four new characters, Bonita Femur (Skeleton/Moth), Avea Trotter (Centaur/Harpy), Sirena Van Boo (Mermaid/Ghost) and male doll Neighthan Rot (Unicorn/Zombie).

Those characters by themselves would have made a fine line, but Mattel took it a step further by fusing eight of our favorite characters together to form four unique Monster High Students.  The prettiest of them, in my opinion, is the fusion between Draculaura and Robecca, who form Dracubecca.  Her look is adorable.  Mattel kept Robecca’s riveted skin, gave it Draculaura’s pink coloring, gave her a head of dark hair and a fun steampunk outfit.

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Another standout fusion is Cleo and Torelei, forming Cleolei.  Just the idea of these two being forced together like this is awesome.  The standout feature on Cleolei has to be her face paint.  The gold eye enhancements look so good on the tabby skin.

Venus, one of my personal favorites, merges with Clawdeen in the this line to form Clawvenus.  Clawvenus is, well, interesting, to say the least.  She’s definitely a doll you’ll either love or hate. The mixture of Clawdeen and Venus’ traditional hairstyles is pretty rad, but I’m not sure Venus’ coloring was the best choice on this doll.

Lagoonafire, a fusion of Lagoona and Jinafire, falls in line with Clawvenus, for me.  I’m not sure what I think of her, actually!  On one hand, I do think she’s a pretty cool doll.  On the other hand, she could easily come off as very strange looking.  Jinafire’s eyes are very distinctive, even on a Jinafire, which makes them stand out even more on a doll with Lagoona’s coloring.  The effect is different and startling, but strangely interesting!

Freaky Fusion

Freaky Fusion

These four basic dolls are ‘playing’ like they’re fused, meaning they aren’t true mixtures of two characters, but one character who is inspired to dress like another. Ghoulia is decked out in a Draculara-esc look. Her dress and headband are adorable.  Frankie‘s look is inspired by Clawdeen.  Slowly, but surely, I’m warming up to this Frankie.  It is nice seeing a Frankie with volume to her hair.

Operetta is my favorite of these four dolls.  She’s adorable in her Frankie inspired look! I love seeing Operetta with straight hair and Frankie’s outfit looks so cute on her!  Last, but not least, is Scarah wearing a Toralei inspired look.  I think Scarah, in general, is a cool doll.  This is a fun look for her.

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Exclusive to Walmart are three basic ‘Save Frankie’ dolls: Jackson, Clawdeen and Draculaura. I have yet to see these in person, but the Draculaura looks like she could be a winner.  Even Clawdeen looks pretty neat.  I will need to see her in person to make a real assessment, but I like the ponytail and the face paint.  And Jackson, well, he’s Jackson.  I still prefer Holt.

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Mattel created a neat three story Catacomb playset to go along with the Freaky Fusion line.  I have a few of the smaller Monster High playsets and they do add a nice backdrop to photoshoots.

As expected with a line this large, these Freaky Fusion dolls tie in with an all new movie release. Here’s the synopsis. “The Monster High Freaky Fusion ghouls go deep into the catacombs of Monster High to help Frankie look for clues about her past and learn more about her family scaritage. There, they inadvertently set off a time machine that takes them back to the year 1814 where they meet Sparky, a misguided, teen scientist obsessed with the creation of life. Sparky follows Frankie back to modern day Monster High, causing a lab accident in which eight ghouls fuse into four new monsters!”

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By choosing between “this” or “that” pictures, you can find out your Freaky Fusion percentage.  There are four questions per quiz and one quiz for each fused character! Find your results by taking the fun quizzes on the Monster High Freaky Fusion page.

What Freaky Fusion girl (or guy) is your favorite?  Did you take any of the quizzes? What were your results?  Compared to other Monster High lines, how does Freaky Fusion rate? Share your thoughts below.

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September 22, 2014. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Dolly Review: Monster High Freaky Fusion Sirena Von Boo

Part mermaid, part ghost, Sirena Von Boo is one of the three new female’s who made their debut in the Freaky Fusion line.  While not my favorite, Sirena is a nice addition to the Monster High line.  Sirena has a head of rooted dark blue and light purple hair.  Styled in two pony tails with two braids hanging down one side. Her look is what I would expect from a mermaid themed doll.

Sirena

Sirena

This hair seems to be closer to the texture of Twyla‘s, thicker and frizzier than other Monster High dolls.

Sirena

Sirena

My favorite thing about Sirena is her coloring.  Her skin has an iridescent white tone to it which I love!  It is both fish like and ghostly. She has fin shaped ears. Her earrings are different on each side, one being a simple ball, the other being a cool loopy chain.

Sirena

Sirena

Sirena’s face is much cuter than expected.  Her sea blue eyebrows are, again, done in the shape of a fin.  Her bubbly eyes are very colorful, with yellow, green and pink highlights.  She doesn’t have cheek color.  Sirena doesn’t really need any, though, because of the cool reflective look of her sparkly white skin.  Sirena’s lips are a nice light purple/pink tone, that works really well with her color palette.

Sirena

Sirena

Her arms are mermaid like in look, but ghost like in coloring. She has fins on her forearm that have a nicely done gradient, that moves gently from white to dark blue, and black webbed hands.  Her arms have the traditional jointing we’ve seen on past dolls.  She, also, has a fin that runs down her back.

Sirena

Sirena

Sirena

Sirena

There isn’t much to talk about when it comes to Sirena’s outfit.  Because she’s part mermaid, she only wears a top.  In this case, her top is nice.  It’s nothing to write home about, but I do think it looks good on her.

Sirena

Sirena

It’s a one shoulder shirt with black fringe, reminiscent of fish net, that covers a green, octopus like design.  Sirena wears a wrist band on each hand that has looped black thread, which emulates chains.  She also wears a chain necklace.

Sirena

Sirena

Now, the big thing– her tail.  I love her tail for a few reason.  First, I love the texture of her tail and the added chain details around it.  Second, the gradient that goes from white to grey to dark blue to black is done so well.  It’s a nice, gradual change, which makes her tail rather life like!  And the third thing I love about her tail?  Her tail is what allows her to stand, making the less than stellar stands Monster High dolls tend to come with not necessary!  That will always be a plus in my book!

One let down in regard to the tail is that it doesn’t tilt left or right, it just moves forward and backward.  The same goes for her dark grey fins at the base of her tail.  I wish Mattel had jointed her waist in a way that she could tilt in other directions, for photography’s sake.

Sirena

Sirena

Overall, I like Sirena more than I thought I would.  Her coloring, especially on her tail, totally won me over.  What do you think of Sirena?  Share your thoughts below!

September 20, 2014. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Monster High Freaky Fusion Bonita Femur

My favorite of the three new Freaky Fusion girls is Bonita Femur, which is surprising, seeing as her promo shot was my least favorite.  Part moth, part skeleton, she’s pretty awesome.  Like the other three girls (Avea and Sirena), she has the ability to stand on her own, due to her large wings.

Bonita

Bonita

Starting from the top, Bonita has long rooted white hair, highlighted with streaks of pink and black.  It’s styled in a pony tail. When compared to other Monster High dolls, this style is very simple. However, it works for Bonita.  Any other style would cover up her wings, which are the standout piece on this doll.

Bonita

Bonita

She has a plastic hair accessory, that, honestly, I don’t feel does much to add to the outfit or hair style.  It also looks a little fragile.  If you are giving this to a child who plays around others who might put small things in their mouth, you may want to keep an eye on this hair piece.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita has pink skin and moth like ears.  I love her ears.  They look great on her and are a nice change from the usual ear molds.

Bonita

Bonita

She has purple features, including purple eye brows and eyes.  She has heavily painted eye lashes, highlighted with a light yellow eye shadow.  What I love about Bonita’s eyes are their size and shape.  They are bug like, but not too bug like.  Bonita has deep mauve lips, with purple liner.

Bonita

Bonita

Being half moth, half skeleton, Bonita has a very interesting body.  Her torso is all skeleton.  It’s wrapped in a clear plastic binding to help her outfit fit properly.  Her arms and hands are, also, skeleton-like.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Her legs, however, are all moth.  They are molded to look fur-like.  The mix of creatures is pretty interesting and works well.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita is dressed in a black dress with dark pink lacing embellishments.  Colorful moth designs finish the look.  Bonita wears a plastic yellow belt that matches her yellow shoes.  It’s a nice outfit choice.  I like the uneven cut on the skirt.  The colors look great on her light pink skin.

For having a huge pair of wings on her back, the outfit fit well and seems to stay on as it should.  Mattel did a good job at designing an outfit that shows off her neat spine and wings and covers what it should.

Bonita

Bonita

By far the coolest feature on Bonita are her wings.  They look so neat in person and, while they do take up more space than usual, they allow her to stand on her own without the usual hit or miss Monster High stand.  Her yellow wings are outlined in a bright pink that moves into a black towards the bottom. The wings are one piece and are removable.  I, personally, don’t plan on removing them.  The center of the wings is very spine-like, bringing in the idea of her being part skeleton.

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita

Bonita may take up twice the space on my shelving, but she’s totally worth it.  She’s a great edition to the Monster High line with her cool wings and unique eyes.

What do you think of Freaky Fusion Bonita?  Share your thoughts below.

September 4, 2014. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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