Friday, January 25, 2013

Lounging Lagoona

Skull Shores Lagoona got a minor makeover. Lagoona 2's shoes remind me of the jellies I used to wear to the beach as a kid, so I gave them to SS Lagoona. Lagoona 2's bag would also make a good beach bag if I can find some good beachy props. I also gave her Lagoona 2's earrings, since her originals were mismatched (ow my OCD!) and fish skeletons just seemed to be more beachy than anything else.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SQUEEE!

my hubby and I made a midweek grocery trip to walmart. of course I dropped by the Monster High section. I wasn't expecting much. last time I went the shelves were pretty bare. I was in for a pleasant surprise.

the first thing I noticed is that the slim box shelf had quite a few dolls on it. I was expecting them to be the same Roller Maze and Skull Shores Ghoulia that had warmed the shelf before Christmas. nope. BOOM. Scaris Abbey, front and center.

as I picked her up I remember seeing a Scaris Draculaura and Dance Class Operetta, but then I glanced down at the "deluxe" shelf and saw Jinafire. Jinafire?! I dropped Abbey back on the shelf and grabbed Jinafire. I poked on the shelf to see how many Scaris deluxe dolls they had. in addition to the Jinafire that I bought, they had 1 Skelita, 1 Rochelle, 2 Frankies, and I'm totally blanking out on the last one, but I think it was a Clawdeen. so it looks like only 1 case-worth of Scaris gals.

I also remember seeing the Scaris cafe playset, and the school from last year. an entire shelf of the walmart exclusive Dot Dead Gorgeous 3-pack, and several of the single DDG dolls. and 1 black friday special Classroom Lagoona that doesn't come with a locker.

I confess I'm not a good reporter- once I saw Jinafire I didn't really look around much.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Skull Shores Lagoona: review

Skull Shores Lagoona, like Abbey and Gil is only available individually, and is left out of the big Target 5 pack. however I did find, and buy, this ghoul at my local Target. Lagoona was relatively difficult for me to find locally, and online.

the back of the box features a cartoon of Lagoona, map in hand, looking for adventure. beneath that are cartoons of the other four dolls in this line.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: cute Lagoona with a cute swimsuit and accessories

The Bad: some small parts

The Verdict: I like the look and accessories of Skull Shores Lagoona, but at the end of the day, she is just another Lagoona so if she doesn't grab you, you can probably safely skip her.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Scaris Skelita Calaveras: review

as part of the new Scaris line, Mattel is introducing 2 new characters. Skelita Calaveras, daughter of Los Eskelitos, makes her debut as a contestant to be Madame Ghostier's new intern.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: new character with unique body. beautiful clothes and accessories

The Bad: new character with unique body. suitcase cannot stand alone

The Verdict: Skelita Calaveras is beautiful and colorful and will stand out on your shelf of Monster High dolls. for me she was a must-have, and I think that you'll probably love her too.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

donde esta mi taxi?

Skelita waits outside the Scaris airport for a taxi to take her to her hotel. and for her review to be posted.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Scaris box liner

sometimes Mattel gets creative with their packaging, and the box liner for the Scaris dolls is one of them.

whenever the dolls first came out I kept reading about all the "easter eggs" that were hidden on the box liner. no one ever posted pictures of the specific things they were talking about. it drove me nuts! so now that I have a Scaris doll of my own, I'm posting close-ups.

starting on the far left is Ghoulia's scooter. it is under the tree about even with the second level of the Eiffel tower.

Scaris Deuce is the most difficult to see. he is on the right side of the second level of the tower, just under the buildings. since he is riding on a skooter, it is speculated that it will later be added to the Scaris line. anyone else betting on a store exclusive with Deuce doll included?

to the left of the Gargoyle dude and straight down from the pillar is Day at the Maul Frankie's silhouette. there are two others with her, but I am having more trouble identifying them. I am thinking Ghouls Rule Cleo and CAM werecat?

let me know if there are any easter eggs I missed, or if you figure out who the other two silhouettes belong to. :-)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

no more hair dents?

while deboxing my Scaris Skelita doll I was excited to see black thread on the back of her liner. I thought that meant Mattel had finally done away with the terrible T-ties. alas that was not true, as you can see them under the tape below.

BUT, the thread does completely replace the rubber bands that held the dolls hair against the liner. my experience has been that where ever a rubber band was, the doll would have a corresponding "dent" in her hair. Skelita did not have these dents.

if the switch from rubber bands to thread has eliminated the dents, then I hope this switch is permanent. in the meantime I'll have to resist buying a flat iron to use on my Venus doll.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lagoona 2's makeover

Lagoona Blue 2 wearing her own romper (minus black bodysuit), necklace, watch, and headband; with Classroom Lagoona's earrings and shoes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monster High Classrooms Lockers

one of my favorite parts of the classrooms sets is the included lockers. these things have tons of details. I'd probably buy a bunch of them if they were available separately on a Mattel website. they'd be great for dioramas.

inside the locker is two shelves dividing the interior into 3 smaller spaces. on the door there is a hook for hanging things, which is a nice and unexpected detail.

each locker comes with a tiny skull shaped lock, like in the webisodes. the locks can open and close. there is a loop of plastic on the main part of the locker and hole on the door, so the locker can be closed, and then "locked" like a real locker. the best detail? the skull has three teeth that are actually round like combination lock spinners!

a neat thing about these lockers can be seen looking at the top and bottom of them. the top has a raised up "MH" and the bottom has an identical indented "MH".

at first glance this seems odd, and just like they wanted to throw another Monster High brand reference in. but once I had two of them out of package I realized...

...they can be stacked together. the MH's make a nice sturdy connection between the two lockers. this was a genius idea, and major props to Mattel for thinking of it. (also on the picture above you can see the front of a locker, which I had forgotten to take a separate picture of. you can see the molded in vents on the front, just like a real locker.)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mad Science Lagoona: review

I've had Classroom Lagoona for nearly a year now, and I'm only just now opening her to take photos. (Update: 1/9/14: ugh, I started this review a whole year ago, so you can see how frustrated I am with the whole leaky head thing.)

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: beautiful Lagoona, cute accessories, 2 fashions

The Bad: some small parts

The Verdict: if you can still find her Classroom Lagoona is a lovely doll that's worth picking up. she'd look beautiful in any of Lagoona's fashions, and even has a neat box that makes a nice display for those who prefer not to debox their dolls.