up today we have Second Chance Spectra Vondergeist. I am calling her "second chance" spectra because I just bought her now that they've rereleased her. I only saw her once in the stores (last summer) and then never again. she was even a bit scarce online if I am remembering correctly.
so there she is in her coffin-style box. the back shows her cartoon and bio along with cartoons of the other dolls in this wave and an ad for the "Ghouls Rule" DVD.
removed from the box we can see what all miss Spectra comes with. her diary and pet, of course, but also a stand and brush. I am excited about the stand being molded in a signature plastic color. it seems like a lot of the more recent dolls come with cheap-feeling black stands.
Spectra's fashion does a pretty good job of showing the connection between ghosts and chains. her dress [one piece or 2?] looks very gothic to me, with the black "leather" psuedo corset. the skirt has floaty magenta and white fabric, with a black netting over skirt. this gives a good" fading effect. her "corset" has little chains attached across the front, and she wears a chain-like belt.
her jewelry incorporates more chains. she has ball-and-chain earrings and she has a shackle bracelet. she also has a very thin double stranded "chain" necklace.
Spectra has many features that make her unique from all the other ghouls so far. her arms and legs start in the white plastic of her body and fade out to clear for her hands and feet, to give her a more ghosty feel. (it bothers my ocd that they made the wrist peg out of white plastic instead of clear.)
her purple hair matches one her most unique feature... her eyes. instead of having the typical white background of the other dolls, hers is purple. this does give her a very haunting look.
Spectra's shoes bring in yet more chains. they are a semi-translucent magenta plastic, with silver chains painted on them. these chains wrap around her ankles several times and end in balls for her heels. I guess since she's already a ghost she doesn't have to worry about breaking her neck. sorry this photo is a little blurry, I'll update with a better one later.
finally we have Spectra's purse and her pet- her ghost ferret named Rhuen. he is made of a transparent plastic that fades from purple at his head, to clear at the end of his tail. something that really impressed me is that he is able to balance on his tail and stand alone.
her purse is molded out of a translucent purple plastic with a painted chain handle. the rounded shape makes me think of a pumpkin or a hobo bag, but it looks like it has molded on drawstrings like an old coinpurse.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: new character with lots of unique features
The Bad: some small parts, very difficult to find
The Verdict: Spectra Vondergeist has been a very popular character and thus hard to find. currently there is a Dot Dead Gorgeous Spectra out that I have seen in stores many times, so that might be a good alternative. I plan on picking her up when the budget allows.