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.
she comes in the coffin-style packaging. the back of her box shows her cartoon and bio, and cartoons of the other dolls in this wave. you will notice this wave is very small and does not include any of the main characters. there is also an ad for the Ghouls Rule DVD.
removed from the box we see that Robecca comes with her diary, pet penguin, and black hairbrush and stand. note that it is one of the cheaper feeling stands. I understand the economics of just cranking out tons of identical stands, but I really think the base of the stand needs to be a bit heavier to keep the doll balanced.
while I doubt her fashion was ever appropriate by the Victorian standards she was created in, Robecca's definitely working the current steampunk trend. her dress has a very short "leather" skirt, with a neat pattern of sprockets in the middle, and what reminds me of Victorian era wallpaper at the very top. over this she wears a shiney "leather" cropped jacket with copper trim and a blue bustle-like plastic overskirt.
to accessorize Robecca has a pair of watch dangly earrings. they are not the same, but similar enough to where I can make my ocd ignore that fact. she also wears a bracer with sever watches and clocks molded into it, and a digital clock highlighted with yellow paint. she also has a pair of steampunk goggles with an antenna.
Robecca's rocket boots are very detailed. in addition to the jets on the bottom of her boots, there are also fuel cells and wires molded into the sides.
the thing that makes Robecca really unique is her body mold. her entire body looks like pieces of metal were riveted together to build her. on the back of her calves there are built-in gears that can spin (I'll have to update with a picture of those later). her head has more of the riveting motif, and also a very nice detail- her eyes are painted to look like cogs. love!
her purse is molded in blue plastic. the front of it looks like an old-fashioned alarmclock, and there is a pendulum hanging from the bottom. if you open it there is a little bit of space inside for storage, as well as what appears to be an oil can spout.
Robecca has a robot penguin as her pet named Captain Penny. he is molded of the same plastic as Robecca and has the riveting detail as well. he has a jetpack on his back that is held on by a molded belt with gears on it. he also has an oldfashioned pilot's hat with goggles.
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.