Dolly Review: Monster High SDCC 2016 Ghostbusters Frankie

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about Monster High. Why? Since the reboot, I just haven’t been super enthralled by many of the dolls. There have been a few bright spots, like Dayna Treasura Jones, but they are few and far between. Up for review today, however, is one of the more interesting Monster High dolls to be released in 2016– the San Diego Comic Con 2016 exclusive Ghostbusters Frankie.

This Frankie isn’t super luxe or over the top, in fact she’s relatively basic when you look at her. But, it’s because the doll itself is less ‘exciting’ that the outfit and props really shine, making this one of the more unique Monster High’s produced during the series run. If memory serves me right, this is the first ‘mash up’ we’ve seen in the Monster High line. It makes me wish we’d seen more cool tie-ins when we were guaranteed releases with articulated bodies. But, let’s get onto the review, shall we?

Monster High SDCC Ghostbuster Frankie

Frankie, as I stated, is pretty basic when it comes to her face and hair. Her face is as you’d expect with large two toned eyes and her scar. It’s free of make up and has a clean, fresh look. Frankie’s hair has decently rooted highlights in black and white. They’re pulled up into a simple ponytail. And of course, she has bangs/fringe.

Monster High SDCC Ghostbuster Frankie

What makes this Frankie stand out among the rest is her super cool Ghostbusters uniform and proton pack! Frankie wears the uniform of the Ghostbusters proudly. Mattel did a great job on this element of Frankie’s look. She has the Ghostbuster logo on her shoulder and her last name printed on the front of her uniform.

MH SDCC 2016 GB Frankie

On her back is the ever important proton pack with a removable handheld ray gun that wraps around Frankie with enough room to have her hold it. Her outfit is complimented with knee high boots, a belt, a black bracelet, plastic ID/Dog tags, earrings and cool yellow glasses.

Monster High SDCC Ghostbuster Frankie

This Frankie has all the articulation you’d expect from a good, old fashioned Monster High doll, with shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip and knee joints. Her suit limits her movement a bit, but I’m so happy Mattel didn’t skimp on the body type for this exclusive! (The fingers on my Frankie are a bit hyper extended due to how she was placed in her box, so you might encounter this, as well, if you pick one up.)

One other thing they included that is worth noting is Slimer! Monster High’s Slimer is much smaller than his movie/cartoon counterpart. He’s hollow on the inside, which means you can pretend he’s ‘sliming’ someone easily by being propped on a Monster High’s hand.

Monster High SDCC Ghostbuster Frankie

Overall, I am very happy with this Frankie. I love how Mattel incorporated Ghostbusters into the Monster High line. If you search Ghostbuster Frankie on eBay there are a number of dolls available. Most are overpriced, in my opinion, since she was pretty easy to get through Matty Collector post comic con. But if you can find one for under $40.00 or so dollars, I think she’s unique enough to be worth the money.

Monster High SDCC Ghostbuster Frankie

Do you have this Frankie? What are your thoughts on her? Let me know in the comment area!

October 19, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Introductions & Reviews, 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. Tags: , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

SDCC 2013 Monster High Exclusive, plus more!

San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest pop culture events in the world. It is filled with celebrities, star studded panel discussions and phenomenal exclusive merchandise.  Since 2010, Mattel has released a SDCC exclusive Monster High doll.  These dolls are almost always hard to find and very expensive on the second hard market post convention.

Matty Collector has recently posted a sneak peak of this years SDCC exclusive.  The official picture will be posted on May 15th.  However, this sneak peak gives a lot away!

SDCC 2013 Teaser Image of Exclusive

SDCC 2013 Teaser Image of Exclusive

The exclusive looks a lot like Wydowna, Daughter of Arachne.  Wydowna actually made her debut at SDCC 2011, where she was one of three dolls displayed at the Mattel booth.  The two dolls that accompanied her, Scarah Screams and The Headless Headmistress, have been or will be released, so it makes sense that we’d be seeing Wydowna.

Wydona at SDCC '11

Wydona at SDCC ’11

Will we see the Wydowna above that was displayed years back at SDCC or will we see a more comic/super hero themed version of this doll?  My bet is that this doll will follow the ‘Power Ghouls’ line.  The coloring in the promo image definitely has a ‘Spider-Man’ type of feeling to it.

As far as SDCC exclusives go, I own two of the three released, black and white Frankie (2010) and Deadfast Ghoulia (2011).  The exclusive is available for pre-order on Matty Collector for those who are attending SDCC only.  After the convention, if they have stock left over, they usually sell it on Matty Collector.

Now onto a few non exclusive Monster High reveals…

Catty Noir, Ghouls Night Out

Catty Noir, Ghouls Night Out

While we still don’t know much about her, promo shots of Catty Noir have hit the internet. She’s a werecat, as you can see here, and looks to be part of the ‘Ghouls Night Out’ line (though that isn’t confirmed).

Heath and Abbey 2 Set Promo

Heath and Abbey 2 Set Promo

The new classroom 2 pack featuring Heath and Abbey is something I’m really looking forward to.  Mattel posted this and other pictures on the Monster High facebook page.  Do I wish they’d released Heath as a single basic?  Yeah, but the Abbey looks kind of cute this time around.

So, that’s the scoop for now.  When the final pictures of this years SDCC exclusive go live, I’ll be sure to let you know!  Until then, what do you think of Mattel’s choice of character for this years SDCC? Do you plan on getting one?  Have thoughts on the other MH dolls featured here?  Share your thoughts!

May 9, 2013. Tags: , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Jem’s Back!

It’s been a long time since the truly outrageous Jem and the Holograms doll line disappeared off store shelves, but look out world, she’s back!

This past week, Integrity and Hasbro announced the creation of a new ‘high end’ Jem and the Holograms line.  Integrity is known for their Dynomite Girls, Poppy Parker, and other high end, high fashion dolls.

Hollywood Jem, the first in a line of new Jem dolls by Integrity.

A special edition Hollywood Jem doll hits the catwalk this July at San Diego Comic Con and is being sold through Hasbro’s booth and post con for a limited time in the Hasbro Toy Shop.  She will retail for $125.00.

Hollywood Jem, close up

Here’s a few stats on this inaugural doll.

  • Fully articulated, highly detailed 12” (30.5 cm) fashion doll with cotton candy pink hair and hand applied eyelashes
  • Screen accurate costume with couture like finish
  • Miniature Jemstar earings
  • Miniature Hollywood Star award plaque
  • Shoes, Bracelets and realistic microphone and stand
  • Doll stand, instructions, souvenir post card and certificate of authenticity included.

It’s Showtime, Synergy!

When I initially heard the news of a new Jem line, I have to admit my heart skipped a beat.  I’ve been waiting for a new line ever since Tonner sent out a survey and included Jem as one of the choices for possible future lines. Fast forward to today, where we learn Hasbro have given the coveted rights to Integrity.

I can’t say I’ve ever been a crazy fan of high end fashion dolls.  A lot of times, they look a bit overdone.  I usually prefer my dolls to look a little more friendly than most high end dolls look, if that makes sense.

I’m torn when it comes to this new Jem doll.  On one hand, it’s Jem, which in my mind equates to awesome!  On the other hand, I don’t think I like her face. The main issue with her face, to me, are her eyes.  They’re too small and squinty for my taste. Everything else, the articulated body, the fashion, the accessories, is great, but the face just doesn’t do much for me.  Which, to be completely honest, makes me a bit sad because I wanted to like whatever came next for Jem and the Holograms.

There was an OOAK Jem doll created by Flutterwing Designs (alternate link) earlier this year that I actually prefer over this official Integrity release.  I, personally, think the OOAK captures just the right amount of realism and nostalgia, where the new Integrity Jem is a little too realistic (in the face), making her look a little less like the Jem I watched on television.  That being said, I don’t think this is too far from what I’d imagine the Misfits to look like in this modern age.

The real make it/break it test will be owner images.  We all know promo shots aren’t always known  for accuracy, so I’m going to hold off on this until I see some actual owner photographs.

Problems aside, I am very happy to see that Jem is back.  I’m sure that Integrity will be keeping a careful eye on collectors feedback and hopefully, that will help mold the line into something awesome.  Keep an eye on the official site for more information on future releases!

What do you think of this new Hollywood Jem?  Share your thoughts!

June 30, 2012. Tags: , , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Mattel Announces Monster High SDCC 2012 Exclusive!

Scarah Screams is the official San Diego Comic con (SDCC) 2012 exclusive Monster High doll!

Now that it’s announced, I have to admit, it seems like an obvious choice.  If you recall, Scarah was originally displayed at SDCC 2011, along with two other dolls, the Headless Headmistress and the daughter of Arachne.  Mattel asked fans to choose their favorite of the three and Scarah won.  Since the contest took place at SDCC, it just make sense that she’d become an SDCC exclusive!

I’m on the fence with my thoughts on this exclusive.  Personally, I think the Headless Headmistress would be a much cooler doll to purchase.  Scarah is cute, but not exactly as awe inspiring as the original black and white Frankie from 2010.

There are four ways you can get this doll.

1- Attend SDCC, run to the Mattel booth as quickly as your legs can take you, and hope and pray that you’ll eventually get in a line to purchase her.  (Emphasis on ‘hope and pray’!  The lines at SDCC are *always* a mess and half the time, standing in line for hours doesn’t work in your favor!)

2- Pre-purchase the doll on MattyCollector and pick her up at-con.  This option only works if you are attending the convention.  Rules can be found by following this link.

3-Pre-order her on eBay for the best price possible pre-con.  In past years, I’ve never spent more than $50.00 for the exclusive.

4-Hope and pray (yeah, that again!) that MattyCollector receives a small shipment to sell post-con.  Last year, you could easily get the 2011 Ghoulia on MattyCollector at convention pricing ($20.00) for days before she sold out.  This is the route I think I’ll be going this year.

Are you excited about this newest Monster High doll?  Do you plan on purchasing her?  What route do you think you’ll be taking?  Share your thoughts below!

EDIT:

Here’s the official SDCC image!

From MattyCollector: “Last July, fans everywhere voted for the next Monster High® character – online on Facebook, MonsterHigh.com and live at Mattel’s booth at SDCC.  It was a close vote between Headless Headmistress Bloodgood™, Scarah Screams™ and Daughter of Arachne. Scarah Screams™, daughter of the Banshee, won the fan vote and is excited to make her dreadful debut as the SDCC featured item for 2012. Ghostly gossip on the street is that she may be bringing a date to the party. Stop by the Monster High® booth at SDCC 2012 to find out!”

Hmmm… Makes me wonder, might Hoodude be on the right side of the box?  SDCC pre-orders are already sold out for this possible two set, but keep an eye on eBay and you might get a good price for her!  (I’ll be keeping my eye on eBay with you!)

May 26, 2012. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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