Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I was super excited when I saw the cases of rereleases at my local walmart. I had always been intending to get "School's Out" Clawdeen Wolf during the first release, but she was hard to find in stores locally. so when I saw her on the shelf I grabbed her.
Clawdeen comes in the newer coffin window packaging. the back shows a cartoon snapshot of her and a page out of her student file. along the bottom are the cartoons of the other ghouls in the original release and an ad for the new "Ghouls Rule" dvd. (Side note to Mattel: you need to rerelease the basics for Ghoulia and Holt. nearly everyone I've talked to wants them. you will make so much money and get so much good karma for not forcing us all to go without or pay ridiculous ebay prices!)
ahem. moving on. so here she is removed from the outer box. as you can see she comes with a diary, brush, and stand. in place of her pet from the wave 1 basics, Clawdeen comes with a trapper keeper notebook (squee! cute reminder of the older style packaging that a lot of us loved) and a purse.
Clawdeen's new school fashion is probably an answer to the outcry over the tiny skirt she was wearing in wave 1. it consists of a long sleeved sweater(?) and a pair of purple capri length leggings. the leggings have gold stitch detailing down the outside of the legs.
the top, well I'm going to call it a sweater. the base color is purple with zebra stripes in black, and gold glitter glued on inthe shape of leopard spots. the bottom hem, cuffs, and off the shoulder neckline are trimmed in yellow ribbed fabric. there are teal straps sewn in that make it look like she's showing off her bra. oops, I guess I just ruined this Clawdeen for some people. they really arent that noticible, and if you're concerned, you could easily pull the neckline up to cover them or clip them off with scissors.
Clawdeen's shoes are pretty serious. they are black knee-high boots with golden spike heels. there are numerous gold painted zippers (some of which are "unzipped" to make little peepholes). there are two purple stripes that match her pants, one near the top and the other across the toe.
to accessorize Clawdeen wears quite a bit of jewelry. she has four golden earrings (two in each ear). one of the earrings in her left ear has a gold "chain" hanging from it. she wears a black choker necklace that has a golden zipper on it. and on her right hand she has... brass knuckles? it is a black multifinger ring with gold spikes on it. (Parental Warning: all her jewelry is small parts)
her final wearable accessory is a belt. it is teal and very wide, taking up pretty much her entire midriff area. there are gold rimmed holes punched in it. and as you can see, the glitter from her sweater sticks to the belt pretty well.
Clawdeen's purse is quite detailed. the front has several gold buckles molded in, with purple painted straps that contrast with the black plastic quite well. the back and sides each have another gold buckle making it look like the purse would have lots of storage space if it was a real purse. it does open via a hinge, and you could get tiny items in and out fairly easily.
the purse has a black and gold stripped ribbon strap. this has a tiny functioning black buckle on it.
finally, Clawdeen has a trapper-keeper folder. it is molded in teal plastic with purple stickers on it. the stickers add a bit of interest to the piece. the front has black claw marks and the Monster High school crest. the back has more claw marks and "MONSTER HIGH" written with the skullette between the words.
the folder does open. inside is a sticker that looks like a piece of notebook paper with the Monster High skullette on it.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: beautiful Clawdeen doll, nice fashion, good accessories
The Bad: small parts, difficult to find
The Verdict: honestly, I think wave 2 Clawdeen Wolf is much prettier than wave 1 and worth buying just on that account. I redressed her in wave 1 Clawdeen's clothes and gave her fashion to someone else, which you will be seeing soon...
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I have had Scaris Abbey for a while now, but I've only just now decided to open her. I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks in July, and it seemed appropriate to take her as my travel doll.
she comes in the slim Scaris box which features a cartoon of her and the other three dolls in the budget Scaris line.
here she is with the liner slid out of the box. as you can see she doesn't come with much. other than the clothes she's wearing, she only has a little overnight bag. no brush or stand are included.
Abbey wears a one shouldered dress that has a purple splintered ice pattern on it. it's rather short, with a white faux fur trim around the hemline.
she wears a neat translucent blue icicle belt. I really like this accessory and I hope to see it again in whitish color plastic.
the above picture also gives a pretty good look at her overnight bag. the main body of the bag is made of the same translucent blue plastic molded to look like ice blocks (think igloo). the handle section is black and connects via hinge to the main section. this allows the bag to open slightly, but not enough to really be useful. above each of the fake buckles is a molded snowflake.
Abbey wears her signature ice crystal necklace in a translucent purple plastic. she also comes with translucent purple ice crystal earrings, that actually match each other! yay! I really like them. (also parental warning: her jewelry is small parts!)
Abbey also comes with some pretty amazing shoes. I had some trouble photographing them due to the beautiful (and highly reflective) pearlescent plastic. they are wedge platform sandals with a strap across the toes and two that cross in front of the ankle. both of these straps have ice flowers molded onto them.
the sole of the shoe is kind of icicle-y and it really reminds me of glaciers when they are calving (ie the big chunks break off). I think these shoes are super neat and beautiful. and to be honest, I stole them for my I Love Fashion Abbey to wear with her dress while on display. hopefully I'll be able to post a pic of that when I get back from vacation.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: pretty Abbey with cool new accessories
The Bad: no stand, some small parts.
The Verdict if you aren't an Abbey fan and already have Skull Shores Abbey, you could probably skip Scaris Abbey and not feel like you're missing out, but I feel she comes with enough new accessories that she's worth the purchase (especially if you can grab her on sale like I did!).
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Cleo's Vanity is one of those things I had remarkable trouble obtaining. I saw it once in Walmart, but I wasn't really sure about buying it at the time (this is before I learned that I need to grab everything I'm even partially interested in before it's gone forever) and when I decided I wanted it and went back, it was gone. Toys'R'Us has been the only place that kept it stocked but I had to wait for a sale to get it back down to a decent price. TRU always has awful prices.
the back of the box has a photograph of the vanity set with wave 1 Cleo standing next to it. the bottom right corner has a cartoon of the wave 3 basic dolls. the side of the box has a three panel cartoon of Cleo getting ready for school in the morning.
removed from the box you can get a better look at the presentation without the glare of the plastic. I really like how everything is arranged to make it look like the vanity is actually in use.
I tried to get a better angle on it once I detached it from the liner so you can see the accessory display a little better.
the vanity table itself is extremely ornate. it has Anubis and cat statues on the front legs. the back legs remind me of snake tails. flanking the mirror are bird wings, snakes, flowers, and more snake tail-like tendrils. hanging just above the mirror is a translucent blue mummy skullette "chandelier".
the drawer on the front opens and the Egyptian symbols appear to spell out CLEO, which I think is a neat touch.
the sides and back of the vanity don't have any paint added to them, which is a shame because they also have some molded in details. the side has more flower buds and skullettes. the back of the mirror section has a big mummy skullette molded into it.
the chair is also very ornate. gold snakes wind up the front legs, form the arms, and then cross at the back. there are bird wings connecting the back and the arms. flower stalks and more tendrils make up the back, with a translucent blue mummy skullette at the center.
the vanity comes with tons of little accessories, so get comfortable. also, blanket Parental Warning, as most of these are small parts!
first we have a tiny iCoffin and a sphinx docking station for it. the iCoffin has a sticker screen and is made out of a hard golden plastic. the sphinx is a more rubbery plastic, and has a turquoise nemes (the Egyptian headdress, thanks wikipedia!) painted on it.
the iCoffin can be removed from the docking station. there is also a cat statue (possibly Bastet) with turquoise necklaces painted on. I like that they are finally throwing some cat stuff in with Cleo as a nod to ancient Egyptian cat worship.
there is a black jewelry box with a turquoise handle. the front of the box is painted turquoise and there is a gold painted beetle with bird wings that I presume is the "lock". there are a number of triangles molded into the box, but none of them are painted. the box does open up to be used for storage.
what good is a jewelry box with no jewelry? there is a pair of earrings and matching necklace included. these have a sort of flower and triangle motif going on.
there is a little golden pot with a black lid and snake handles, and a triangular eyeshadow compact.
the lid of the pot comes off, and the inside is painted white like a make-up puff. there is also a Anubis mummy perfume spritzer. I had to use a bit of tape on the jewelry cardboard to get it to stand upright. it is made of the more rubbery plastic.
here are some of the teeniest accessories...
there are two more pieces of jewelry- a bracelet and a ring. the ring has a painted on turquoise jewel. the bracelet has patterns molded in. sorry this picture is so bad. I'm going to have to do some more experimenting to see if I can get better macro photos out of this camera.
here are the teeny tiny makeup brushes. there is a fan brush that I assume is for the eyeshadow, and what I assume is a lip pencil. there is also a tube of nail polish with a removable lid/brush. when assembled, the nail polish tube looks like a cone.
finally, I have included a picture of Dead Tired Cleo so you can see how well scaled everything is. no super short chairs here!
The Bottom Line:
The Good: ornate, well scaled, tons of accessories
The Bad: lots of small parts, difficult to find
The Verdict: if you like displaying your dolls out of box, or playing with them, Cleo's Vanity is a nice addition to the collection. there are lots of fun little pieces for dioramas or imaginative play.