the list of "seen once in stores here" includes Lagoona Blue's Doll Hydration Station. with her addition I can finally close out my Dead Tired collection (well, wave 1 anyways, yikes).
it comes in a rather large box that has cartoons of Lagoona on all sides. you can see the Lagoona doll through bubble shaped cutouts on the front. also notice that the skullette logo has a eyemask on. the back of the box only shows pictures of the 4 "official" dead tired girls, and leaves out Clawdeen.
for as difficult as Clawdeen and her bunkbeds were to debox, Lagoona and her "water bed" were easy to debox. the piece of cardboard she was attached to was held in by a couple of pieces of tape- not glue. and the padding for her bed was very straightforward. I could probably rebox it if I needed to.
Lagoona's jammies consist of a tanktop and capris. her top has blue waves and pink flowers printed on it. her bottoms have a blue fabric with white waves and has slits on the back of the calves to accommodate her fins.
her "fuzzy" monster slippers are pink like her pet and have little fins molded onto the sides. her eyemask is made from the fabric as her top with blue ribbon trimming.
attached to the liner with Lagoona is her pink "monsturizer" pump bottle and her pet piranha Neptuna. included with the accessories is a tiny eyemask for Neptuna in a white fabric with blue wave print. if you missed out on the original basic Lagoona, this is another way to get her pet.
to help stay hydrated Lagoona comes with a tiny water bottle that has a lot of details. it is molded in transparent blue plastic, in the rippled water bottle shape. the lable on the front says "H2O" in big letters with "pure bubble water" just underneath of it. the back has the recycle triangle with "100% recyclable" written next to it. great detail!
Lagoona's final accessories include my two favorites- her inkpen and diary. the diary is designed to look like the diaries that come with the basic dolls, and even has "Lagoona" written on the front. the inkpen has bubbles molded to the top, and a clip on the side. (small parts!)
also included is a sea shell shaped compact. both the diary and the compact open, but there isn't much to look at inside. opening them caused white stress lines to appear on the hinges, so I'd advise you to not bother opening them.
the Hydration Station itself is BIG. there is room for her to stand up inside of it and be fully visible, and then it has a base and a lid. big. it is tube shaped with a skullette and seashell molded on the front. the back wall has bubble shelves to hold all of Lagoona's stuff.
the back swings open so that you can put Lagoona inside. there is a hole in the base for the included stand to plug into. the front part stays connected to the base and is double-walled, so the water never touches your doll.
in order to open the Hydration Station, you must first remove the lid. this will also give you access to pour water into the front piece with the included funnel. the lid itself is fairly detailed. it has the molded in skullette that you saw in the previous picture, fishscale patter on the very top, and a wheel (that actually spins) like ones seen on submarine hatches.
below are the stand and funnel mentioned earlier. the stand is actually quite nice, with bubbles molded into the back piece which help it blend in with the back of the Hydration Station. the funnel has a seamonster skullette molded in. both items, and the included hairbrush, are molded in the same light blue plastic.
(if the funnel looks a little weird it's because I flipped the photograph so that the skullette would be right-side up.)
The Bottom Line:
The Good: beautiful Lagoona doll, neat accessories
The Bad: small parts, Hydration Station is huge, set is a little pricey
The Verdict: Lagoona Blue's Doll Hydration Station is a neat set, but is becoming harder to find. I was really looking forward to getting it, but thanks to a bad experience at my local Toys'R'Us, I feel a little detached.