Ghoul Talk Episode 10: Spectra Vondergeist

The hair accessories that come with Tily are super cute – she and Roe both come with an adorable comb and two barrettes that are shaped like electrical outlets. These barrettes may have factored into my purchase a little more than I might want to admit, which is funny because I don’t think I will actually get much use out of them.  They are just so freaking adorable and clever though. ^^  The design on the comb is fantastic too, though this is another piece that’s mostly useless; gears and screws and hearts and bows tho – it speaks to me on a spiritual level. I can’t decide if her pet is kinda cute or hideous – the one tranquil face with the little hearts is really endearing though.  The head spins around so you can change the direction the different faces are pointing. Don’t ask me why there’s a bathtub knob on its head; doesn’t seem very cyborgy high tech to me. The stand that comes with this doll is an improvement over the other Novi Stars stands, even though at first glance it looks virtually identical.  The way these stands work is really simple – the doll’s shoes sit snugly into the indentations, and that is what holds her up.  Unfortunately, on the first wave(s) of Novi Stars, the shoes don’t stay in very well and the dolls have a tendency to fall over.  Tily’s stand, however, has the addition of a peg in the center of each shoe’s indentation that corresponds to a hole in the sole of the shoe, and it is a surprisingly effective solution.  ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ I’m surprised by how different every wave of Novis was from the others.  I took out all my Novi Stars dolls and compared them – I have one from every line except the Super Novas – and they are pretty much all unique; Every one with jointed hips has a different type of joint: The sparkly purple Ari Roma body has elastic hips, the others are all plastic joints. …with a different level of articulation: And they even have different arm sculpts: The Stellar Skinz doll’s arms are the only ones that are not made to pop out for ease of dressing. Even the hand shapes are different on each iteration; it’s interesting, I wonder why they didn’t just reuse the same molds.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Review: Curl ‘n Coil Tily Vizon – Novi Stars doll (+ Novi bodies comparison)

Episode 10 of the Ghoul Talk podcast is all about Monster High’s most mysterious ghost, Spectra!  Listen to the episode online or download it on itunes .

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Ghoul Talk Episode 10: Spectra Vondergeist

dolls and movie, and it consists of four of the main characters dressed for walking down the red black carpet for a movie premier.  The characters in this budget line are Cleo DeNile, Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, and Clawdeen Wolf; they’re all pretty fabulous except for Lagoona.  Clawdeen caught my eye right off the bat though, when we first saw photos of the line from NY ComiCon ; her spiky earring and ornate neckpiece are just so fabulously bad-ass. The boxes for all the Black Carpet dolls are the same except for the character art on the front; all the art is in the cg style of the FCA! movie.  Monster High’s cg is hideous, in my opinion, and looks very little like the dolls.  Clawdeen’s is probably the closest, actually: This isn’t a doll I’d want to keep MIB anyway though, so whatever; ugly box design is a turn-off but hardly a dealbreaker. The design of the box insert is identical to the deluxe FCA dolls, and Clawdeen is supposed to be posed as if she’s walking down the “black carpet.”   Her hair takes up the entire width of the box. XD The first thing I noticed about my BC Clawdeen when I took her out of the box is that she had glue residue on her face, presumably from her hair; no worries though, it was just styling product and wiped off with a dab of water. Deboxing her was just a matter of cutting through a bunch of plastic tabs. Black Carpet Claween is wearing a purple and black animal print dress with lighter purple tulle ruffles at the bottom; her accessories consist of a purple queen of harts doll plastic moon-shaped purse, a spiky earring, a fancy gold neckpiece, a gold belt, and ornate gold shoes.  Her curly hair is light brown with purple around the hairline; she has a ponytail with a side part and some tendrils around her face. I usually really like the clothes they put on Clawdeen; purple and black and animal prints and a bad-ass aesthetic – I am totally down.  This dress, however, is just a hot mess – the main print is weird and the bottom ruffles look out of place, and the whole thing just looks like a bad collage of a dress.  If they’d left off the ruffle or the sleeves, or made the body of the dress a solid color, it would look so much better.  Also, the hem is presumably intentionally asymmetrical, but on mine it kinda looks like someone just messed up and cut it a little crooked accidentally. In contrast to the icky dress, the accessories on this doll are totally awesome; that plus the loveliness of the doll itself makes up for my distaste for the clothing.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Review: Black Carpet Clawdeen Wolf – Monster High doll

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