as part of what I consider to be a continuation of the "classrooms" line from 2011, Mattel has released a couple of new two packs, including the Mad Science Cleo & Ghoulia lab partners set.
the back of the box features a cartoon of Cleo and Ghoulia doing chemistry experiments and an excerpt from their lab notebook. I really love the expressions on their faces. who knew Cleo could get so excited about academics?
removed from the outer box we can see what all we get with this set. in addition to the two dolls, there are various lab equipments, a shared lab notebook, a brush, and stands. the box liner itself is fairly decorative, and looks like the inside of a classroom.
first up we have Ghoulia. she wears a sleeveless dress with periodic table symbols on it spelling out various monster high related words. I was thrilled to find that the best face paint one also is the only one I've seen so far with upright writing on the top. it's hard to see in the pictures, but she has "F-Re-A-K-Y" written across her chest. the dress also has a red neck hem and a ribbon bowtie sewed on.
over her dress, Ghoulia wears a white lab coat. it has a red brain print at the cuffs and lapels/collar. this makes the lab coat pretty much character specific to Ghoulia. it's really cute and well made though.
to accessorize, Ghoulia wears a pair of white cat-eye glasses and a black headband with red brain decoration. she also has on red periodic table symbol earrings "Gh-F-F", and black and red bangles on her left wrist.
Ghoulia wears a pair of white platform sneakers with a black toe. the sole/platform area is molded to look like brain matter and is painted red. the laces are painted light blue, and her skullette is molded into the sides.
next up we have Cleo. she is wearing a sleeveless turquoise minidress, with bandage and DNA helices printed on it. at the waist is an overlay yellow tulle skirt. seems like tulle overlays are getting popular in the monster world.
over her dress, Cleo wears her own lab coat. the bottom hem, sleeves, and lapel/collar all have a yellow bandage print material, making this coat character specific to Cleo. there are also yellow and turquoise sparkling diamonds imprinted on the right front panel of the lab coat. on her left wrist Cleo wears a black triangle bangle and a gold circular one.
to accessorize, Cleo has a golden snake necklace and golden earrings that are identical to Ghoulia's. for safetly she wears a pair of chemistry goggles that have a golden cobra wrapped around the edge. the goggles are held on with a black elastic strap and have diamond detailing molded into the sides.
Cleo's shoes are turquoise high heeled sandals. the toe strap is gold and there are gold stud details painted around the soles. she also wears bandage leggings made out of the same material as her dress.
finally we get to the lab equipments, which are really awesome. there is a graduated cylindrical container with a purple lid. the lid sort of looks like it is supposed to be fuzzy, and is removable. the inside of the cylinder is painted purple to look like it has something in it.
there is also a flask with yellow plastic at the bottom and a clear plastic tube at the top. this comes with a second piece of softer yellowish plastic that can be stuck down into the tube to look like the flask is in the process of overflowing. so neat! the flask itself has the monster high skullette eyes molded into one side, and graduations on the other.
there are two other flasks with yellow plastic and clear tops that are connected by yellow tubing shaped like the monster high skullette. with the tubing connecting them, it looks like the yellow fluid is being moved from the bigger flask to the smaller one. the tubing can also be removed (love it). the sides of the flasks have molded in cracks, but they didn't photograph very well.
the final flask has pink plastic at the bottom and clear plastic at the top. the top is molded to look like a perfume spritzer is attached to the stopper. in the lab notebook it says that their science experiment is to create a new perfume scent, so I guess this is their final project.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: tons of neat accessories! super cute fashions!
The Bad: jewelry is all small parts, the tubing is thin and possibly breakable
The Verdict: I don't know what to say about the Mad Science Cleo & Ghoulia set, other than you need to get it. there is so much awesome here. all the little details that make me love monster high are here. you won't be disappointed.