Greetings everyone! Today we have one of the newest Monster High dolls to pop up on Amazon, the little sister of Frankie Stein, Alivia Stein! If you are interested in purchasing her, this is the link.
I ordered her on Tuesday (Happy Birthday to me!) and she arrived this afternoon. I can’t wait to share her with you, so let’s get in to this review!
Alivia’s face is just adorable! She has heterochromia like her sister, but her eye colors are opposite of Frankie’s. My doll’s eyes are slightly off, but I can’t really describe it. I still think she is cute, so it doesn’t bother me. She wears some slight blush and red lips. Her scar is on her left cheek (opposite of Frankie’s). Her eyebrows are a nice grey color.
Alivia has bolts that come out of her head, unlike Frankie’s bolts in her neck. It reminds me of a cute little girl with pigtails, so I think it works. The bolts are just plastic and feel like they could be removed fairly easily, but there would be a large hole in her head (like Viperine and her snakes) if you were to remove them.
Alivia has light blue hair with black streaks. This is different than Frankie’s white hair with black streaks (or does she have black hair with white streaks?). It’s an interesting choice and I kinda like it.
The doll wears a one piece dress with a plaid style print on the front. The dress has a blue ruffle trim. On the plaid I can see lightning bolts, the same cog/sprocket/heart from her bow on her head, an outline of what looks like a mouse (?), and white electric pulse waves. It’s a cute dress….
You can kind of tell by the shape of the boots that this little sister is different than the others we had gotten. Alivia has very large more flat feet. Compare this to Howleen’s first releases which had feet exactly like the older teen dolls, except they were slightly scaled down. I think this is an interesting choice for this doll.
I decided to compare her to her sister, Frankie, though. This is a reboot Frankie from the new signatures line. (Her dress is from a seller on Etsy named Haunt Couture) Alivia is a slightly different color than the reboot Frankie. She’s almost a little more blue. She comes up to Frankie’s shoulders in height.
So I guess we need to discuss the elephant in the room. Yes, this doll is not very articulated. Yes, she lacks elbows, wrists, and knees. It is so sad to look at how adorable this doll is and wonder what she could have been. There. I said it.
I think the artists at Mattel did a decent job of making this look more like a little sister and not just like a shorter doll. By giving her less arched feet and a different torso, you really get the sense that this doll represents a younger character. This picture also shows off just how much more blue Alivia looks than Frankie. Frankie almost looks grey here.
Like many of the new budget or lower articulated dolls, Alivia’s head had some problem tilting to the side. I decided to go all Lizzie Hearts and OFF WITH HER HEAD! This is the same peg system that the budget dolls have been using lately. This peg system does not allow for much tilting motion and explains why she can only shake her head no, not turn inquizitive to the side.
And that, my dear friends, is Alivia Stein! She was $14.80 on Amazon when I purchased her. I think she is an ADORABLE doll and I am glad I got her. Sure, there are some things I would like to change. I would love for her to have the better (read more articulated) body. I would love for her dress to be a little more detailed. I would love for her to have come with accessories, a diary, and a backstory. But that’s life….. I always just want more
What about you? Is there enough here for you to want to buy her? Or are there just too many things more that you would want that this stops you from taking the plunge? I am SUPER curious to know what people think of her and if anyone else thinks she is worth getting!