Monday, April 30, 2012

Room to Howl Clawdeen: review

officially this is called the Room to Howl giftset. I call this the Dead Tired Clawdeen set, since she is wearing the pajamas pictured on the back of all the other Dead Tired ghouls' boxes. unfortunately it is looking like I didn't take any pictures of the box. I remember doing it, but I have not been able to find them on my computer. sorry about that. :-(

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: beautiful Clawdeen doll, neat accessories

The Bad: small parts! bunk beds are a little hard on the eyes.

The Verdict: the Room to Howl Clawdeen giftset is a cute set that comes with tons of neat little accessories. if you don't like the bunkbeds and can't justify the price for just a doll, there is now a second wave Dead Tired Clawdeen, with different jammies.

Friday, April 27, 2012

woke with a shock

Dead Tired Draculaura. yes, I do feel a little bad making fun of her hair.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

deboxing Room to Howl

wow, another deboxing ordeal. apparently you have to completely open and flatten the Room to Howl box in order to get everything out of it. I tried to label everything in the photo above, but I'll walk through it anyways.

when I first got this set, I just wanted to debox Clawdeen and worry about the actual bunkbeds later. so I tried to open the side next to the little plastic window (labeled "doll") to slide her out. no go. the liner she is attached to is glued all around the window, so I had to use my trusty pocket knife to separate it from the rest of the box.

by the time I got her out, I had already opened up the side and the back, so I decided to just debox everything since at this point it would be less mess and hassle than trying to get the box to go back together.

the actual beds were wrapped in tissue paper which kept them nicely separated from the rest of the mess. the 3 sides of the bed came preassembled and it was wedged in the box pretty good between the actual box walls and that white bit of cardboard on the left that contained the other pieces of the bed.

the plastic bag held all the little accessories and the skull knobs that go on top of the bed posts. after searching everywhere for the "bead curtain" that goes on the back side of the bed, I finally noticed the piece of cardboard taped to the very back of the box (at the top of the photo). the bead curtain was taped very securely behind it. this is not a fragile piece, so I don't think it warranted that.

by the time I got the whole thing out and assembled I could hardly look at it. I really dislike packaging that is so difficult to open.

PS: please excuse the terrible mess. I am only good at organizing tiny doll stuff. :-/

Monday, April 16, 2012

eating at the die-ner

wave 2 Frankie wearing one of her fashion packs. sitting on a Jazz Baby chair.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Frankie fashion: review

right now I'm not really sure what this line of fashions is called. to make it even more confusing, this Monster High Frankie Stein Fashion Pack seems to be shipping with 2 different groups of fashions. the front of the box features Frankie's new icon. Mattel seems to be replacing the personalized Skullettes with different symbols now.

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: great separates, cute accessories

The Bad: some small parts

The Verdict: if you enjoy redressing your dolls the Monster High Frankie Stein Fashion Pack is a good set to get.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Skull Shores Frankie: Review

This year Mattel is making every 13th special for Monster High, and Fridays 13th are extra special. today was no exception. they released a "limited edition" Monster High Skull Shores Black and White Frankie Stein Doll to accompany their release of Escape from Skull Shores on TV. (I put "limited edition" in quotes because there does not seem to be any scarcity of the doll, and I haven't seen any production numbers.) as part of the promotion, Frankie was offered for the price of $4.13 today only (get it $4.13... 4/13...), so expect her to retail around the same price as other Skull Shores dolls after today. [Update 7/13: she is selling for $7.13 today only!]

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The Bottom Line:

The Good: great value at promo price. a much cheaper, and easier to find, B&W Frankie.

The Bad: small parts. no accessories.

The Verdict: Skull Shores Black and White Frankie is a beautiful doll, and probably the closest any of us will get to the much coveted 2010 SDCC Frankie Stein. the promotional price is fantastic, but I don't think she would be a good value at the regular Skull Shores doll price.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Operetta: hair restyle

I know I promised weeks ago that I would do a post about restyling Operetta's hair. here it is finally.

here are the tools I used: aluminium foil, knitting needles, fine-toothed comb (I used a mustache comb I stole from my hubby), and some twisty-ties. you'll also need a small glass of cold water.

so there's a picture of Operetta with the tools, and her Fail Rolls already brushed out. there is a ton of gel in her hair, which is good, because we need some to remain in her hair to hold the new style. if you have already washed out all the gel, you'll probably need some sort of hairspray or styling gel.

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Update 6/25: well, this is the point I have been stuck at for quite some time. a few days after this I unrolled her hair and saw some improvement over her original style. I was going to tweak it a bit more and then take photos to show the "after" style. unfortunately a well-meaning relative was checking Operetta out before I got a chance to take the photos and she ended up laying on her side and totally crushed her hair. :-(

I'll do another post whenever I am able to get her looking good again. I don't think my gal has enough of the factory gel left in her hair, so if you have any suggestions on what product I can use, I would appreciate a tip!

click here to read part 2!