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.