one of the Brand Boo Students at Monster High this year is Batsy Claro, daughter of the white vampire bat. she is an exchange student from Costa Shrieka. I was much more excited about this doll before I opened her.
the back of the box features a closeup cartoon of her face, as well as an abbreviated bio. there are also small photos of the other two dolls in this line.
in addition to the doll, we get a plain black stand and brush, her diary, and a small suitcase. the tag-line for her diary is "I have a real hang-up about monsters reading my diary." unfortunately her diary is in a strange font that makes it difficult for me to read.
the fashion is a single piece romper, which is disappointing. the top part is a green basket weave pattern with a ruffle that functions as off the shoulder sleeves. there are clear plastic straps to hold it on, which is good, because this does not play nice with her wings, another huge disappointment. I feel like this should have been designed better, so that it can actually be velcroed up all the way while her wings are attached. (side note, the wings plug into holes in her back in a similar way to the now defunct Create a Monster line.)
the bottom part of her romper is in a very loud print fabric. it has stylized bats and I assume is supposed to be some kind of tribal print. at the waist seam a plastic punchout of a bat is tacked on with three ruffled strings of tulle, which is another disappointment. they didn't even make it a belt or anything.
as far as accessories go, Batsy wears a headband that looks like woven grass, and has a white stylized bat symbol on the front. her earrings are white, and have the same bat symbol on them (Parental warning: small parts). some kind of paintwash on these items would have helped the details stand out.
her shoes are kneehigh platform gladiator sandals that are the same bright green woven grass patterning as her headband. they also could have used a paintwash.
finally we have her tiny suitcase. it does open, but not very far. it is green with an ivory colored handle. it has the same bat symbol on it as her other accessories.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: new, unique character
The Bad: small parts, disappointing fashion
The Verdict: if you collect all the new students/first issues, then this Batsy Claro is the one you're going to want. personally I am disappointed in her, and am very glad I got her on sale.