This Frankie Stein Doll is from the second wave of basic dolls, also called "School's Out" by some collectors. I originally wasn't all that impressed with her, but when I saw her on sale I decided to give her a shot. I'm glad I did.
she comes in the coffin-style packaging. the back of the box has a cartoon of Frankie in her new outfit and a copy of her school file signed by Headless Headmistress Bloodgood. across the bottom are small photos of the other dolls in the line.
this time around, Frankie comes with a new diary, but no pet. instead she has a laptop and purse that I'll talk more about later.
Frankie's new outfit, so far only seen in the TV special "Fright On," is much different from her original and is starting to establish her kind of hand-made/mis-matched esthetic. she has a preppy "sweater-vest" over a blue plaid men's shirt. these are actually 2 separate pieces, and both close in the back with velcro. (note to Mattel: if a shirt has buttons or something in the front, why not make it open there instead of slicing down the back?) instead of pants, Frankie wears a pair of leggings that have one capri-length black leg and one clamdigger-length silver leg. I kind of wish they had gone with one or the other, or at least made them both the same length. it drives my OCD crazy.
to accessorize, Frankie has a silver belt with lightning bolt detail. and one of my favorite Monster High accessories ever... a tiny charm bracelet! (Parental Warning: small parts) it alternates blue lightning bolts with black ovals. so cute!
Frankie also has a silver skullette barrette and a pair of earrings. they are black with hexagons at the bottom with a silver lightning bolt running across the middle.
she also has the most fabulous shoes she has ever had (and possibly will ever have). they are half black and half plaid, which would normally bother me, but this time they are symmetrical rather than identical. but the real kicker? the heels are hex bolts! I cannot think of a more perfect shoe for Frankie.
Frankie's purse is pretty cute. it is hexagonal with a lightning bolt with stitches on the flap. it does open, and has a small cavity inside, but does not open enough to really be useful. the black buckle on the silver strap does function and is very well designed.
the back of the purse has a outline of a car battery, with a small blue lightning bolt painted on it. (for those of you who have read the books, I think this might be a play off the recharge purse her parents gave her in, I believe, the 3rd book.)
her final accessory, and the one most useful for school, is a coffin-shaped laptop. this is a really well sculpted piece. it opens up, and on the inside you can see that Frankie has been browsing the MonsterHigh.com website. there are tiny blue molded keys, and a hexagonal mouse touchpad. there are "speakers" molded on either side of the screen.
the bottom of the laptop has molded in "vents" and even little indentions to show where the battery would go. the amount of detail put into this toy is really quite amazing. the lid of the laptop has a skullette on it where the brand logo would go.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: cute shoes and awesome accessories, new diary
The Bad: some small parts
The Verdict This Frankie Stein Doll is part of the second wave of basic dolls. if you already have the original Frankie, you may want to skip this one unless you like her clothes and accessories. she's very similar looking to the original.