Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
now that I have all the "originals" I had to do a group shot! I grouped the four classic monsters together, and put the mythological monsters together (I pretend Lagoona is Poseidon's daughter).
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
If you've been anywhere near a doll aisle in the past few months, you've probably seen the Monster High Cleo De Nile and Deuce Gorgon Giftset. This set has been a slow mover, despite being a good deal at twice the dolls and accessories, for less than twice the price. I think the problem here is that they bundled a male character with the bossy diva character, making it lower on the must-have list for most people.
I apologize in advance for the photos in this review. My camera battery was getting low, so I was in a hurry and didn't get many good shots.
The back of the trapper-keeper style box shows Cleo and Deuce in the middle, with their bios on either side. Cleo is the daughter of the mummy and Deuce is the son of Medusa. While not a classic monster, I would definitely say that Medusa is monstery enough to be included in this line!
Inside the box you get quite a bit: a Cleo doll and her stand and hairbrush, a Deuce doll and his stand, two pets, and two diaries. For me, Deuce's diary is the more enjoyable read of the two.
Cleo's outfit consists of a bodysuit that is designed to look like mummy wrappings. There are even a few dangly pieces that make it look like she is unraveling, which is a nice touch. Over her bodysuit she has a flowy blue top which has some glitter on it. Unfortunately this top is split up the back with both a velcro and a tie closure. Her shoes are platform sandals that are also styled to look like bandages. She also has a removable plastic gold belt.
Deuce's outfit makes me think of skaters and hipsters at the same time. It consists of a grey stripped vest over a red sleeveless graphic T-shirt. His belt has a cassette tape buckle that matches the cassette tape screened on his shirt. His pants are black with diamonds printed on them that echo the scales of snakes. His shoes are white with black checks.
He accessorizes with a black fingerless "glove" and a black bracelet. He has a chain-link necklace and matching tiny hoop in the cartilage of his left ear. And of course he wears a pair of sunglasses to keep from turning his friends to stone. Parental warning: these are all small pieces.
Deuce also sports some snake features beyond the mohawk. He has some green scales painted on his left arm, and his eyes are slitted. In some of the cartoon drawings of him he is shown having a split tongue, but this is not shown on the doll.
Being an Egyptian princess, of course all of Cleo's accessories are gold. She has a gold purse and a gold thigh holster for her gold phone.
She also has a boat-load of jewelry. She's got pyramid shaped earrings, a bracelet, an arm band, and a headband all in gold. Parental warning: these are all small pieces. She also has some strands of gold rooted into her hair.
Even Cleo's pet snake, Hissette, has jewelry. Hers is not removable though, but painted onto her mint green skin. Hissette is made of a fairly sturdy plastic, so I don't foresee breaking being an issue.
With Deuce's pet Mattel got creative again. His two-tailed rat is named Perseus "after some guy [his] mom knew in ancient Greece." Love it! I don't think Perseus is very cute though, even for a rat. In addition to his two tails, he has an orange mohawk, and an earring. He is made of a slightly softer plastic, so amputations may become an issue with very rough play.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: two dolls, Deuce is one of the more creative characters.
The Bad: some small parts
The Verdict: Monster High Cleo De Nile and Deuce Gorgon Giftset is a good deal price-wise. It's been a slow mover, so you are probably safe waiting to get this one. Some places are starting to put this giftset on sale, so a good deal is getting better.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Probably the most popular of the monster dolls among little girls is the Monster High Draculaura Doll. [Edit: rereleased as: Original Favorites Draculaura, in the coffin packaging] Every time there are other people looking at Monster High dolls in my local stores, I hear a little girl asking for Draculaura. Of course her color palette might have something to do with that.
This is the first issue of Draculaura which comes in the trapper-keeper style packaging. On the back of the box her bio reveals she is the daughter of Dracula and is a vegetarian vampire. I have seen others refer to her as a vegan vampire, either way this means she eats actual vegetables, she is not "vegetarian" like the vampires in Twilight.
In the box you will find your Draculaura doll, her hair brush and stand, her diary, and her pet bat Count Fabulous. Instead of a purse, Draculaura comes with an umbrella (which is plastic and does not open), to protect her from the sun.
Draculaura's outfit consists of a top that is a black netting "undershirt" with a connected magenta vest. She has a pleated mini-skirt that is pale pink almost to the point of being white. Under that she has a pair of black netting leggings that reach only to the tops of her boots. Her boots are pink with painted on black laces and heart detailing. I enjoy the fact that her outfit appears to be Victorian inspired.
Draculaura does not have very many accessories. Only a pair of "safety-pin" earrings and a pink necklace that comes rubber-banded down so well it appears to be part of the shirt. Parental warning: these are small pieces.
I have to feel bad for Count Fabulous. CFab here is a male bat, but that does not keep Draculaura from dressing him up in pink. Here the poor guy not only has a little sweater with pink hearts on it, but also a big bow on his head. All of his clothes are painted on, however, so there is no re-masculating him without some paint. He is made of a slightly softer plastic that allows his wings to flex.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: she's cute and girly and shows it is ok to be vegetarian.
The Bad: some small parts.
The Verdict: Monster High Draculaura Doll is probably the most likely doll to win your little girl over to Monster High. She is a must for doll fans that love pink and/or vampires.
Monday, May 2, 2011
If you are a fan of the first Monster High book written by Lisi Harrison, Monster High Frankie Stein Doll a doll version of the main monster character. [Edit: rereleased as Original Favorites Frankie in the coffin packaging]
This is the first issue of Frankie and comes in the trapper-keeper style packaging. On the back of the box is her bio. In case the green skin, stitches, and black and white hair didn't tip you off, they tell you she is the daughter of Frankenstein and his bride! I'm glad the bride got a mention, since she is nearly a monster in her own right.
In the box you get a Frankie Stein doll, her hair brush and stand, her diary, and her pet Watzit. Watzit is kind of monstery looking himself. He is made of the best parts of all different kinds of pets, but he seems to be mostly dog shaped. He has small wings and spikes, and a painted on collar. Like Frankie, he also has stitches.
Frankie's outfit is a one piece plaid dress that is very "Catholic-schoolgirl". It has black netting sleeves and a black netting underskirt. Attached to the dress is a tie, reminiscent of the suits her dad wore, and a "tie clip" in the shape of a skull that is purely decorative.
To accessorize, Frankie wears a studded belt with chain and lightning-bolt buckle. This is made of a flexible plastic and is removable. Her shoes are a fairly standard pair of black and white striped ankle strap heels. She carries a purse with a skull painted on it and a red studded handle. For some reason the shape of the purse really reminds me of the MasterLock combination locks we used at school. She also has a pair of earrings with blue skulls on them, and a tiny bracelet. Parental warning: the jewelery consists of small parts.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: she is the most adorable doll rendition of a monster ever.
The Bad: some small parts.
The Verdict: Monster High Frankie Stein Doll is a must have for fans of classic horror and/or unique dolls, or fans of the new books by Lisi Harrison.