This year Mattel is making every 13th special for Monster High, and Fridays 13th are extra special. today was no exception. they released a "limited edition" Monster High Skull Shores Black and White Frankie Stein Doll to accompany their release of Escape from Skull Shores on TV. (I put "limited edition" in quotes because there does not seem to be any scarcity of the doll, and I haven't seen any production numbers.) as part of the promotion, Frankie was offered for the price of $4.13 today only (get it $4.13... 4/13...), so expect her to retail around the same price as other Skull Shores dolls after today. [Update 7/13: she is selling for $7.13 today only!]
you will notice that even the box art is black and white on the front. the back of the box does have some color- for the Monster High logos and the cartoons of the other dolls in the line.
removing her from the outer box shows us that Frankie doesn't come with much. she does have a black stand, but no hairbrush. no cute little map. no tropical beverage.
her outfit consists of a silver and black patterned swimsuit, and a cover-up of the same black patterned material. it is easier to tell when it is inside out, but the patterned part is grey clouds on a black background, with silver zig-zags reminiscent of Frankie's lightning-bolt motif.
something that I really like about this Frankie and wish was used for all Frankies is the silver neck bolts. the silver even brings out a detail that I never noticed before... they are flat-head hex bolts. nice detail Mattel!
Frankie accessorizes her swimsuit with hexagon earrings and a hexagon bracelet. both of these are made in a grey, semi-translucent plastic (parental warning: small parts!). her shoes are made in the same plastic and have hexagons across the toes and for the heals. cute detail, but I have no idea how she's supposed to walk in those things.
sorry, currently no picture of the earrings. I took them out because the hair brush kept getting caught on them and could not get them to go back in. bent the post up pretty good trying, so she'll just have to be earringless until I can find a way to open up the piercing hole again.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: great value at promo price. a much cheaper, and easier to find, B&W Frankie.
The Bad: small parts. no accessories.
The Verdict: Skull Shores Black and White Frankie is a beautiful doll, and probably the closest any of us will get to the much coveted 2010 SDCC Frankie Stein. the promotional price is fantastic, but I don't think she would be a good value at the regular Skull Shores doll price.