well, Ghoulia won the dolly debox battle. I know some people will think I'm crazy for deboxing her since she's an exclusive, but personally I can't bond with a doll through plastic and cardboard.
Ghoulia arrived with this black outer box that features a picture of her in total fangirl freakout over zombie superhero DeadFast. The other sides of the box just have black/grey background designs on them, but I can take pictures if anyone wants me to.
This is the first doll I have bought that is in the newer "coffin" style packaging with the plastic side panel. While not as cute as the trapper-keeper style packaging, I don't mind it very much, and NRFB collectors will probably like it better due to the increased visibility of the doll. The only thing I don't like about it is that you have to completely open all sides of the box to get to the doll -- no more sliding the sleeve out the bottom.
The back of the box has blurb about DeadFast and a note from Ghoulia.
Ghoulia's fan comic was also included loose in the black outer box. It's pretty cute.
Her costume is actually two seperate pieces, a pair of leggings and a tunic-length shirt. The red zigzag detailing is sewed to the bottom of the shirt. She has tall red boots with white stripe detailing. The back also has a wing-like protrusions.
She is boxed in a pair of white glasses (these things actually have clear plastic "lenses"!), but also includes a second pair of glasses that mimic DeadFast's mask. I don't have any pictures of her in the second pair yet, so I'll update when I do.
Her shirt has a DF logo on the front of it, and she has a red and white belt made of soft plastic that has a DF in the center.
Ghoulia herself has a different pair of hands from the standard splayed-finger Monster High hands. They are much more delicate and expressive. You can see them pretty well in the previous two photos.
And now for the things that really make me nuts for this doll, all the accessories! Ghoulia has a pass to get into the con that even has her name on it in tiny letters. It also says NekroCon 2011, which is the Monster High equivalent of SDCC.
She carries Issue #0 of the DeadFast comic book that was shown in the webisodes. There is printing on the inside as well, but no actual words. Ghoulia also carries a fabric DeadFast bag that she presumably got at the con.
My favorite accessory is her tiny DeadFast action figure. On the front of her box, Ghoulia says she will keep it in original packaging forever. You are a more stalwart collector than I, Ghoulia. Not only did you come out of your package, but your little doll did too.
Fortunately Mattel made this easy on me. The backing slides out of the plastic sleeve, and the doll is easily removed. It is so cute and in scale to Ghoulia herself. My one gripe is that there isn't a way for it to stand on its own outside of the packaging. It's still a really awesome addition to the set.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: It is flippin' adorable! awesome accessories.
The Bad: some small parts. will probably be increasingly difficult to find. there are a few available from Amazon here.
The Verdict: For me, she was a must-have. I know that if you get her you will not be disappointed.