Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Create-a-Monster Werewolf and Dragon starter set, reissue: review

it took a little longer than the [vamp/sea] set, but Mattel finally reissued the Create-A-Monster Werewolf and Dragon Starter Set with torsos to match both dolls.

some of the 1 torso sets are still out there, so it is worth it to take a few extra seconds to make sure you are getting both a grey and a pink one.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: new characters, including a backgrounder and a unique dragon

The Bad: one wig, one pair of shoes, ear barrettes don't really work

The Verdict: if you don't debox your dolls, the Create-A-Monster Werewolf and Dragon Starter Set is probably not for you. left in the box, it just looks like a jumbled mess. otherwise, this set is really fun, and the lack of extra shoes can be gotten around if you buy fashion packs.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Operetta's hair, part 2

after part 1 it took a long time before I could even look at Operetta. when I finally did pick her up again, I decided to study her hair more closely to see what exactly the problem was. I found a few issues...

  • her hair is rooted in an odd pattern to accommodate her intended hair style
  • it is rooted sparsely
  • it was cut extremely uneven

any one of those issues alone would create difficulty in restyling her hair, but all three at once? we've hit the bad hair trifecta. I did give it another go though. I think this is probably the best I will be able to do without doing a reroot.

this time I decided to use bobbypins for curlers. I was able to get a package of 90 for less than $2 at walmart, which was way more than I needed. that would probably be enough to do 3-4 dolls at the same time. I also used the cold water and mustache comb like last time.

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still not the beautiful lushious curls her cartoon has, but I think it's an improvement. I think this is definitely the right track to take with her hair. if any of you have a suggestion for a good hair gel that can be used without worries of staining, please share below!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Robecca's bod

Robecca has an entirely new body mold all to herself, so I thought I'd point out some of the unique features.

her entire body looks like it has been pieced together from metal plating that has been bolted together. some of her joints, such as her shoulder below, have large flathead screws molded in, to look like they are holding her together. in the center of her chest is a piece of metal that is shaped like a heart.

in addition to the gears on her calves (which you should be able to see on her main review page linked above) her lower leg has another unique feature. thus far, Robecca is the only doll produced without the gap between her toes, which only slightly limits her footwear.

I love all the details Mattel puts into Monster High, especially when they go the extra mile to make a particular doll, like Robecca, special.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Robecca Steam: review

I was very very excited when I found Robecca Steam, in Krogers of all places. this is the doll that I think made my husband "get" my doll collecting habit. when I described her to him months ago he said she actually sounded pretty cool.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: new, and very unique!, character

The Bad: jewelry is small parts, hard to find

The Verdict: while not a traditional monster, Robecca Steam is an interesting character and I think you'll love her.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rochelle Goyle: review

the most recent round of new students to Monster High has included some very interesting additions. one of these students is Rochelle Goyle. she comes in the standard coffin-style packaging.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: cute new character with lots of unique features

The Bad: some small parts

The Verdict: Rochelle Goyle isn't very colorful (except for her bright pink hair) but she really stands out with creative touches. I think you'll love all of the details that went into making her a great doll.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Venus vs CAM witch: skintone comparison

caught Venus and the CAM witch chatting in the halls. they have pretty much the same green skintone. the witch has an every so slightly warmer skintone that isn't really noticable. if Mattel had made the pegs the same size, they could have easily switched hands.