Meowlody after I switched the werecat twins' clothes around a little. she now has the orange gloved hand to match her orange purse and skirt. I also gave her the red-orange vest.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
much to the delight of fans, Mattel has produced Toralei's cohorts, the werecat twins. much to my dismay, they are a Toys'R'Us exclusive set. at long last we learn their names- Meowlody is the white-haired twin, and Purrsephone is the black-haired twin.
the back of the box features a cartoon of the sassy sidekicks, along with their joint bio. the way it is presented, with each sister answering the questions, it makes it feel like you are listening in on an interview, which I think is kind of cute. in the bottom right corner you can see the cartoons of the other dolls included in this wave, including Toralei herself.
inside the box we have the twins, and their diary. sorry I forgot to take a picture while they were still attached to the liner, I got a bit excited. these ghouls do not come with a brush or stands, and they have a shared diary. you can tell which twin wrote what by matching the handwriting and ink colors to the front cover.
starting from the top you will notice that they have identical face paint, but opposite hair colors. they both have a section of white hair with black stripes painted on. they both wear "leather" vests, Meowlody's is black with silver and red trim and Purrsephone's is red with silver and black trim. they both have black and white animal print sleeveless shirts, but Meowlody's is again black-dominant, and Purrsephone's is white-dominant.
they wear identical sets of "spike" bracelets on opposite arms (small parts warning!). and if you're OCD like me, you've probably already noticed that Meowlody is wearing a red glove with her orange miniskirt, and Purrsephone is wearing an orange glove with her red miniskirt. the skirts do have stitching to mimic pockets and a zipper-fly, which I think is a neat detail.
both twins have a yarn-ball shaped purse (cute detail!) that coordinates to their skirt color. you can see that their tails curl in opposite directions, and that they have stripes painted on opposite legs. I guess they are supposed to be mirror-twins? (ps: anyone know the scientific term for that? I couldn't find one.) also, their non-gloved hands are the standard claw hands.
both twins wear black open-toed knee-high boots with red soles. Meowlody's are pretty open in the front, with bows molded in across the fronts and on the sides. Purrsephone's are a more standard lace-up with "buckles" style. all in all you can tell that these twins like to dress alike.
added 10/19: here's a closeup of the bracelets they wear on their purse arms. when I was swapping their hands I noticed these bracelets look like studded cat collars, including a "bell". awesome detail Mattel!
The Bottom Line:
The Good: new characters, bright relatively character neutral colored clothes
The Bad: Toys'R'Us exclusive so likely hard to find, no stands
The Verdict: if you're a fan of the werecat twins, you'll want to pick this set up. currently it is the only way to get them, and I think it is unlikely that they will released again in the near future.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I had high hopes for this week- it was both the Barbie Collector's Convention and Comic Con, both of which promised sneaks of upcoming Mattel dolls. unfortunately both left me disappointed.
I'm not really sure what I expected from Barbie Collector, but I do know that nothing they showed really appealed to me. I do not collect the Holiday Hostess line (not a fan of the vintage face), so this year's Christmas themed one was going to have to really wow me, but it didn't. the doll for the Fuschia N Fur Francie (the first black Francie made in the silkstone material) is pretty, but I don't much care for her outfit. also, I don't collect silkstones.
this year's Bob Mackie doll is Brazilian Banana Bonanza. it's definitely a Mackie and by far the most unique and interesting doll shown, but much too outrageous for my tastes (like most Mackies). the final doll is what was billed as a "gothic Halloween doll" known only as Ghost. this is probably my favorite because she reminds me of Galadriel, and I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I guess it will really come down to the price though.
Comic Con promised new reveals for the Monster High lines. last year they held a vote for who would become a doll between the Headless Headmistress, backgrounder Scarah, and never-before-seen daughter of Arachne. Scarah won the vote and was made into this year's Comic Con exclusive, along with HooDude, who is apparently her best friend. last year they also revealed dolls of Nefera and Toralei, both of which already had their own fans.
this year, the very first reveal was... Headless Headmistress. I'm in the annoyed camp that she will be more widely produced and available than Scarah, who actually won the vote. huge screw-up in my opinion.
day 2 brought us superhero themed Clawdeen and Spectra dolls. they just look silly and cheap. the final reveal was highly anticipated. there was much speculation as to who it would be. basic Gil? Heath? Slo-Moe? or maybe Arachne? ...but it was Caterine DeMew. wait, who? yeah. she's pretty enough, but its hard to get excited about a doll for a new character when there are so many well established and loved characters that don't have dolls yet.
hopefully there will be surprises down the road, but I can't help feeling disappointed at these missed opportunities.
Friday, July 13, 2012
so far Howleen has a unique body mold all to herself. she is shorter than all the other dolls. each section of her body, arms, and legs, has been shortened a little to achieve this effect. she has a smaller bustline and smaller hips, giving her a less developed look. she also has smaller, less arched feet, so it is difficult for her to share shoes with the other ghouls.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
as Mattel has been wont to do, the Howleen and Clawdeen werewolf sisters giftset is an exclusive. Target had the monopoly on this set, but as usual, I never saw it in stores. and now I hear they are clearancing it. color me annoyed. (update 10/11: sounds like it is back to regular price now.)
the back of the box features cartoons of the werewolf sisters. Howleen's bio is printed on her side. instead of her bio, Clawdeen has written a letter about how annoying it is to have a kid sister. in the bottom right corner is a cartoon of the other 3 dolls in this wave.
removing the liner from the box shows us that despite all that extra room, Mattel did not include stands. or even a brush. or even a diary for Clawdeen. considering how wonderful the past giftsets have been, I kind of feel like they cheaped out. also note: Howleen is indeed shorter than Clawdeen. she features a brand new "younger" looking body mold.
so I'm going to dive right in and talk about Howleen, the reason I (and many others) bought this set. I have taken off her hoodie so we can get a better look at what's underneath. she wears an orange and black tanktop with the phases of the moon on it (love the detail!) and a pair of shorts so tiny I would call them denim underpants. she has a blue crosswise suspender with a tiny "buckle".
the above shot also gives a decent view of her bracelets. her right arm has 3 separate bracelets- blue beads, black wrist strap, and a smooth pink bracelet. her left arm has a single, bracer almost. it is yellow with blue buckles painted on.
her other jewelry consists of a yellow "safety-pin" earring in her left ear and an orange necklace. the necklace has a molded paw-print charm with an "H" on it. you can also see her hair, which is starting to grow on me.
now we come to Howleen's footwear, and discover she is a Pippi Longstocking fan. her right leg has a long orange/yellow/purple striped sock that nearly reaches to her denim underpants. her left leg has a red mesh knee-high sock. thankfully for my OCD, Howleen was able to find a pair of shoes that matched. they are black boots with blue straps.
here is Howleen in her hoodie. it has little holes cut out for her ears. the pattern is kind of cute in an "ow my eyes" sort of way. it is bright blue, with lighter blue, orange, and purple paw prints on it. and randomly placed yellow claw marks.
in place of a purse, Howleen has a little backpack. it is blue with orange straps. it has a yellow paw print painted on it (I will probably do a little corrective painting on mine). hanging off the bottom corner is an orange 'H' that reminds me of the keychains we used to clip onto the zipper pulls of our backpacks. the backpack does open through a slit in the top, but due to the rather stiff plastic, getting things in and out of it will be difficult.
finally we have Howleen's pet hedgehog, Cushion. Cushion is pretty cute, and even has a floopy right ear like Howleen. not really a fan of the painted orange mohawk though.
I'm not going to talk a whole lot about Clawdeen, because no one is going to be buying this set for her. I do think her dress is cute. it's empire-waisted with a mandarin collar. the top is a lime green with purple leopard spots and the skirt is made of the same black with gold "zippers" material as in her club fashion. she accessorizes with gold earrings and four gold bangles on her right arm. her shoes are the same mold as from her club fashion, but are molded in gold plastic.
I do like that her hair is curly, but I don't like that it is 3 different colors with weird striped bangs. I don't think the elements of her makeup go together. and I really hate the one sock, and especially not with sandals.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: basic Howleen!
The Bad: Target exclusive so it's hard to find, giftset so it costs extra to get a doll that is not really wanted, no stands
The Verdict currently this is the only way to get Howleen, so if you like her character, you have to buy this set. if you don't like Howleen, there's not really any reason to buy.