original basic Draculaura wearing her complete Day at the Maul fashion, minus the barrette and shoes (I have the worst time with their shoes). wave 2 basic Frankie wearing her Day at the Maul fashion with her own barrette, earrings, and charm bracelet.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
today I got the chance to talk about barbie with someone I have known for years in a completely different context. it was a blast! she's another 80s baby, and apparently she had the same barbie ice cream maker set that I did. it came with a pink table and chairs that turned into bowls, and barbie-sized ice creams that were all purple and yellow. she remembers an ice cream cart that was an actual ice cream maker. I remember there was an ice cream maker but not what it looked like. I only got to use it a couple of times before it "disappeared" in a move. my mom sure hated how messy that thing was.
anybody else have this set? what was your favorite barbie set?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
as of right now, these items are still in stock at amazon for retail price:
Friday, March 2, 2012
to make the Monster High-schoolers more well-rounded, Mattel has come up with several school clubs for them to join. Draculaura, as it turns out, is president of the Newspaper Club.
the back of the packaging shows cartoons of the four girls in their club outfits. the patterns and logos are all in "Draculaura pink".
here to model the club outfit is Forbitten Romance Draculaura. I pinned her pigtails back to make it easier to redress her, but the look is kind of growing on me. anyways... the club outfit is pretty clever. it is victorian-inspired, like most of DLaura's clothes. she has a nice pink and grey collared shirt, with a hot pink "bowtie". she wears a pair of burgundy shorts with suspenders, that I really want to call liederhosen. underneath all that she has a pair of white tights with pink newsprinting on them. once again Mattel gets a big win for the details!
word of caution: the tights are pinned to the cardboard with tiny T-ties, which very easily tore holes in the tights. I hate those stupid things. why can't they use something less destructive?
Draculaura sure seems to love tiny hats. her club outfit comes with a small, pink fedora-like hat with an elastic chin strap. it's hard to see in this photograph, but there is a small white rectangle on one side that makes me think of sticking notes in your hatband.
for footwear Draculaura has a pair of ankle-high granny boots. they are molded in burgundy plastic with black paint across the toe, sole, and back. the paint job on mine is rather sloppy, so I plan on picking up some black paint to touch it up a bit.
Draculaura's camera is black and pink, with yet another inexpert paint job. it has plastic loops on the sides so that she can actually hold it. it is molded to look like one of those really old-timey cameras with the bellows connecting the body to the lens. it has a silver flash reflector, and I'm assuming the heart in front of it is the bulb.
the back of the camera opens up so that you can store the tiny (Parental Warning: small parts!) roll of film inside. the film is very well sculpted. it even has tiny indentions molded into the edges mimicking the holes in real film. unfortunately the camera does not have a specific area molded in for the film, so it just rattles around in there.
finally, the set comes with a trading card. the front shows a cartoon of DLaura decked out in this fashion. the back has her handwritten description of the club. to me, it sounds more like this is a photography club than a newspaper club.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: cute and creative fashion.
The Bad: some small parts.
The Verdict: if you enjoy playing with and redressing your dolls, Draculaura's Newspaper Club fashion would be a fun addition to your collection.