I like the Ever After High version of Cupid better than the Monster High version in every way. although I do really like the MH version's wings. I may use them for another monster, now that she has been replaced in my display by the EAH doll.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
for whatever reason, Mattel decided to transition the character C.A. Cupid from the Monster High universe to Ever After High. to be honest, I like the new EAH version better.
the back of the box features Cupid's new bio and cartoon. there are also portrait cartoons of some of the other dolls in the basic line. the spine of the box features Cupid's portrait and name.
still attached to the liner you can see that Cupid comes with a bow and quiver and a hair brush. her stand is packaged in the middle of the cardboard sections of the box.
Cupid's dress is Greek inspired. the bodice is pink with a net overlay. the overlay hangs down on the left side of her skirt. the skirt itself is white with pink cloud print and lined at the bottom with black lace. she wears this over a pair of black net tights.
she belts her dress with an interesting thing that sort of reminds me of the arm guard I used when I shot archery. it has a wider section that is molded to look like it has gold feathers and the other side is molded to look like black ropes.
on her right hand Cupid wears a black ring that looks like a ribbon bow. on her left wrist she has a gold bracelet that also looks feathered. her earrings are tiny black hearts and she wears a headband that has a heart with an arrow through it. (Parental warning: all jewelry is small parts!)
like her Monster High version, this Cupid has heart highlights in her eyes and on her lips.
also like her Monster High version, Cupid's wings clip onto her neck. they are molded out of white plastic with a lot of feather detailing. the fronts of them are drybrushed with gold paint to bring out the details a little better.
Cupid's shoes are molded out of gold plastic and the heels look like the fletched end of the arrow. the outside of the ankle straps have a wing molded in and the main part of the shoe looks feathered. there is a pink heart on the outside of each heel.
her bow is molded out of gold plastic. (it looks like a recurve to me if anyone is interested.) there is an arrow permanently affixed to it and a painted pink heart tassell hanging from the bottom.
her quiver has a bunch of arrows molded with it as a single piece, so they are not removable. they are also not at all in scale to the one that is part of her bow. the main body of the quiver is gold with a black strap, and there is a pink heart detail painted on.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: beautiful new rendition of the character
The Bad: small parts
The Verdict: the Ever After High basic version of C.A. Cupid is my favorite version of the character. if you are an Ever After High fan, or a fan of Valentines day, you will probably enjoy this doll.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White, is the second main character in Ever After High. I think she is intended to be the antagonist by wanting to choose her own path, rather than become the next Evil Queen.
she comes in the standard plastic front, book style packaging. the back features a full body cartoon of Raven along with her bio. you can also see the keyhole cutout that I don't understand purpose of. maybe to mimic the little books with keys that the Legacy Day dolls come with?
with the plastic removed you can get a glare-free look at Raven and what all she comes with. she has a tiny purse, a story bookmark, and a silver hairbrush that matches the silver stand sandwiched between the cardboard layers of her backing.
Raven's fashion is quite elaborate. her dress has a sparkly black top over a layered purple skirt. the top layer is a lavender color with printed lattice work on it, over a couple of layers of see-through purple fabric. it is shorter in the front than it is in the back, and without the black mesh tights underneath, it would probably be considered indecent for school.
her wedge sandals are black with dragon scales and feather detailing molded into the sides. the chains across the top of her foot are painted silver. a little more paint would have really helped all the details stand out.
Raven also wears a silver spikey headband crown and an elaborate plastic collar that I'm not sure is removable without taking her head off. it has the same dragonscale and feather detailing as her shoes, with a purple painted jewel front and center with chains underneath it. this is molded in silver plastic with an overall black paint wash, which is nice.
she also wears a rather nice belt that I unfortunately don't have a picture of. it has a wide back with filigree detailing molded in and a chain in the front. this is also molded in silver plastic with a black paint wash.
instead of a ring, Raven wears a cuff molded to look like several stacked bracelets. they are studded and bejeweled, but unfortunately there is no paint to bring these details out. the only paint is on the purple jewel that hangs off a chain down her hand. I think it is supposed to be a ring, but there is no plastic bands, so it just hangs awkwardly over her hand. I do like that they tried something different here though.
finally we come to Raven's purse. it is a small, more like a clutch, although it does have a handle. it is molded in black plastic with stud detailing. only the handle and clasp are painted in silver.
The Bottom Line
The Good: beautiful fashion, neat accessories
The Bad: boring head mold, accessories could use more paint
The Verdict: if you are interested in Ever After High, you will probably want to pick up the basic Raven Queen [still available as of 1/6/16].