as you well know, I love Abbey Bominable the most out of all the Monster High characters. so I was thrilled to see that she was getting her own fashion giftset. less thrilled when I saw it is a Toys'R'Us exclusive.
the back of the box features a cartoon of Abbey holding her other two fashions and a letter she wrote about the differences in fashion between her homeland and "the down below." in the bottom right corner you can see a cartoon of the only other doll in this line, Frankie Stein, holding her extra two fashions. unless she ends up going on sale, you won't be seeing Frankie here- I find her clothes very garish.
removing the outer box we get a better look at what all is included in this giftset. we have a beautiful Abbey doll, with a new lip color. her clothes and shoes are on the left half of the package. that glare-y part at the top left is the plastic holding all her tiny (parental warning!) jewelry pieces. notice there is no brush or stand. I am ok with that because for only a couple dollars more than the cost of a basic doll (or the exact same price if you only shop at Toys'R'Us) we get a doll with 3 complete fashions. that seems like a good trade-off to me.
below is a picture of the liner with everything else removed. I don't do this very often, but I thought in this case it was warranted.
with all the clothes out of the way, we can see that the packaging is styled to look like a closet/wardrobe. or I guess a deep freezer considering the thermometer and icicles. the drawers at the bottom actually stick out a little which I think made for a neat 3D effect for display.
Abbey's first fashion (the one she comes wearing) is a mauve sleeveless sweater-dress with black legwarmers and shoes. the dress is turtle-necked and has black lacing down the front. the lacing looks like crossbones to me, but I don't know if that was intentional or not.
her shoes are a reuse of Draculaura's Newspaper Club boot's mold. they are cast in a translucent purple plastic with black detailing painted across the toe and heal, much like Draculaura's. in the photo below you can also see that her legwarmers have a ribbed texture.
clutched in her hand Abbey has a sliding coffin-shaped smartphone. the "screen" has her name on it as well as icons for her apps. there are tiny "buttons" printed on the keyboard sticker.
when we flip it over we see that there is a molded in handle to help Abbey hold on to her phone. unfortunately we can also see that the handle is a little too small for her yeti hands and smooshes her fingers together.
here's a closeup of Abbey's face. her eyeshadow matches her eyes, and she has deep blue-violet lipstick on. she wears translucent purple bubble-drop earrings (small parts warning!), which I think I've seen before, but I can't place at the moment.
her hair has little portions from the side pulled back into a tiny ponytail holding the rest of her hair in place.
Abbey's second outfit is a little more formal. the dress is a shiney pink-to-blue fading material with purple ice crystals printed on it. the top has a sweetheart neckline that kind of crosses in the front at an empire waist. this was a little difficult to get her into at first. I ended up sliding it on a different nude doll to stretch it out a bit so it wouldn't get caught on Abbey's body glitter.
there is an accompanying overskirt made of a floaty black see-through material. it has a thick fuzzy white waistband. now for the part that may be controversial- the shoes. they are a black reuse of the untied boot mold. there was quite a buzz over how bad they looked with the pants fashion below, and I think that's because they were meant to go with this dress. Abbey totally strikes me as the kind of ghoul who would wear boots to prom.
Abbey's final outfit is being modeled by my CAM vampire girl. the white pants with glittery pink and purple paint splatters are TIGHT! I don't think I could have gotten them on Abbey. there is black contrast stitching for pockets and a fly (my OCD is angry that it isn't lined up right).
the accompanying shirt has one sleeve. the pattern is composed of pink, white, and purple geometric shapes that make me think of ice crystals. the shoes are actually my favorite part of this outfit. they are (another) reuse of the Clawdeen's Entrepreneur club shoes, molded in a lovely pearlescent white.
Abbey also comes with some extra jewelry. I couldn't decide which fashions to pair them with, because I am fashion-impaired. she comes with a second pair of earrings that match her originals but are cast in pale translucent pink. she has two bangles cast in the same plastic, and two cast in translucent black.
she has three necklaces to choose from, all cast in translucent purple plastic. the left one looks sort of like a locket. the top right one is a reuse of her original ice crystal necklace. the final necklace is a two-strand choker.
Abbey's final accessory is a translucent purple purse. the sides are faceted, and there is an opening in the top, but due to the hardness of the plastic, I think it would be hard to get anything in or out of it. I believe this is a reuse of Abbey's [fashion] purse.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: new Abbey doll, 3 complete fashions!
The Bad: no brush or stand, small parts, Toys'R'Us exclusive will make it difficult to find
The Verdict: if you are an Abbey lover or enjoy redressing your dolls, you will love this giftset!