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SDCC 2017

WARNING: DOLL PEOPLE ARE AN OPINIONATED BUNCH! HERE COMES MY OPINIONS :)
Greetings everyone! I’m posting this on Sunday, July 23, 2017. This is the last day for the 2017 San Diego Comic Con and the most disappointing Comic Con for Monster High or Ever After High Collectors.

Since March? April? I’ve been waiting with baited breathe for any sign of an SDCC exclusive. Who would it be? Would EAH be included? I have LOVED all three of my EAH Comic Con Exclusives and was anxiously awaiting word of another amazing doll. There are very few MH Comic Con Exclusives that I am missing, having recently added the original Black & White Frankie to my collection (a dream come true!). So…. I waited. And I waited. And we saw what looked like photos of a leaked Ghoulia doll. (See this photo) Awesome! A Ghoulia! But umm… then no news came. And no news. And then Mattel released all of their SDCC exclusives along with their (TERRIBLE) new webpage. And they weren’t here. In fact, news came as late as this past week that there WAS a planned exclusive (source) that we did see as website exclusives, but they were originally intended for SDCC. According to kataramov on tumblr “the designers of Mattel’s home-grown brands, Monster High included, were crestfallen, but there’s nothing they can do about it. Monster High spent the year preparing for SDCC as usual before the corporate decision was finalized, so they slated reveals, which are now happening on social media, and Becca designed that Cleo de Nile and Ghoulia Yelps 2-pack, which was supposed to be the SDCC exclusive.” So limited MH news that was posted on social media and NO EAH news. We did get reveals each day, for whatever that is worth. Here they are along with my commentary:

We started with a reveal of a ballerina Cleo:

I was a little excited about this doll because (a) articulation and (b) cute! but then I started looking more closely. THIS is the first reveal? She has “molded” tights, or at least painted on tights, no paint on her accessories. She’s just not the same quality I expected to see. I mean, go look at the reveals from 2014 or 2015 . Also, where did I go in 2016? Hmp? Anyways. It just isn’t what I had gotten used to.

You know there will be others in this line. In fact, mindose on tumblr has this picture of a Clawdeen material in the same cut as Cleo’s dress. It is more likely you are seeing a test of the pattern on whatever fabric was laying around, but anyways:

What do you think? Clawdeen in this line? Or just a test? Who do you want to see ballet-ed up?

Then came the shadow and reveal for some more minis:

I will admit, I am NOT a minis fan. I don’t like blind bags in general and these are just kinda small for my tastes. I’m not the biggest fan of the pets, because some of them just get a little too much exposure (I have like 5 Neptuna figures….) Some people were super excited for this, though, some I’m not trying to rain on your parade.

Saturday came around and we got this:

Ugh. So I’m a super articulation snob when it comes to MH. That is one of the main things I loved about this line when I started collecting. I can’t explain it. I’m not that picky with my Barbie dolls, but MH is supposed to be that super fun line where they can be freaky fab. This isn’t that. I want to like that little sister. I mean, the fact that her eyes are a reverse of Frankie’s is cool, if not kinda creepy. I want to like little Alivia. (Should we pronounce that like Olivia? or ALIVE-ia?) She’s cute, but like all of the younger siblings, she’s not more than that. I love the Frankenstein-posed-arms, though. Maybe I’ll get her just to see? I found the other individually packaged little sisters at my Wal-Mart recently, and although I walked around with the sea-sister, I didn’t end up buying her.

Lastly, we come to today. Sunday’s reveals are either super awesome or a super let-down. Maybe because they were all not exciting to me, this wasn’t super awesome.

The text on the shadow yesterday on Instagram said “We’ve heard your screams mansters & ghouls! So, get ready to howl over tomorrow’s freaky-fierce final reveal!” Really? You heard us? I don’t think so! Okay, don’t get me wrong, I know there are a lot of Howleen fans out there, so that is probably what they were referring to. But I promise no one was screaming for more non-articulated dolls! I promise I get it; adult collectors make up such a small part of the market. In my small town there are 3 other adults ( that I KNOW of) that collect. There are MANY more kiddos. I get it, I promise I do. But don’t those kids like the articulated dolls? I know that those cheaper dolls have their place. I actually really love the Emoji-style dolls that should be around $5. I hate being in the toy aisle and hearing a kid say they don’t have enough money in their tiny little coin purse for a doll. But we should still be getting SOME high quality fully articulated dolls, shouldn’t we?!

There wasn’t a single doll revealed in this SDCC weekend that matches the quality we fell in love with from MH. Not a single one. We have no news of a movie release? No news of other lines? I just can’t get over this huge feeling of disappointment. I’m not trying to be a Debby-Downer. I mean, there is a Ghoulia doll coming out of all of this. Well, maybe I’ll get one. Mattel’s new website ate my order. PayPal still has my money on hold, but Mattel has NO record of an order placed and an email to their Customer Service has so far been unanswered. What about you? Were you excited for any of the reveals? Convince me of your love. I need some MH love right about now.

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Ever After High and Monster High News

Several things have popped up on Entertainment Earth and Amazon.
Monster High Fashion Packs!

And the Monica D’kay doll:

Several people were upset that her last name does not match Ghoulia Yelps. Does that mean they are not sisters? I don’t know what’s in the works, but I’m excited to see more!

Amazon has listed several of the “reboot” dolls and images of these budget non-articulated dolls are now official:
Frankie; Draculaura; Cleo de Nile; Clawdeen Wolf



More Frightmares have also appeared on Amazon. I’m not a huge fan of the Frightmares, but leave me a comment below; what do you think of them?




Carousel Figure; Yeti Deer Figure

In addition to these listings, a tumblr user cupidca.tumblr.com has gotten his hands on the newest additions to the Ever After High crew. Meet Nina Thumbell, Meeshell Mermaid, and Jillian Beanstalk.






My personal favorite is Meeshell! I adore the expression on her face and the changes they made. I like the other two just fine, but Meeshell is the one that I will be anxiously awaiting adding to my collection!!!
You can see more photos of them in their boxes, etc, at cupidca.tumblr.com (Notice: this link is an external source and I take no responsibility for anything inapproriate that may get posted there….)

Additionally, some tumblr and instagram users have posted images of the Daring and Rosabella 2-pack for the Epic Winter Movie. They have these dolls in hand. The tumblr user is eahdolls; an extension of their Facebook page. The Instagram user is howlvin

Here the EAHDolls user has switched Daring’s head with an Alistair. The Daring doll comes with molded on pants, shoes, and hair. WHAT?!
Special thanks to this Alistair Wonderland doll for donating his body to Daring. Now he has articulation on his knees and has bare feet!
Will you be adding Daring and Rosabella to your collection?

Leave me a comment below, what do you think of the next releases?

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Monster High ~ Collector’s Edition Skelita Doll

Information about this doll was very scarce, but I had heard rumors of a Collector’s Edition Skelita doll earlier this year. Turns out, those rumors were true and Amazon now has a pre-order for this doll available in August 2016. I’ve already made my pre-order purchase! I can’t wait to see more of this doll! There are a few images of her circling from Toy Fair, but she wasn’t shown in the main Mattel hall, she was only shown in the backroom, which I still don’t know how to access, even after going last year. I have no idea if she is larger like the Collector’s Edition Draculaura was, but she is priced more reasonably at $29.99. (Amazon lists the product dimensions at 2.5 x 9 x 12.8 inches)

Will you be adding this Special Edition doll to your collection?

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Here comes new dolls!

Have you been able to catch the Monster High Brand-Boo Students as they appear on Amazon? We happened to accidentally navigate to the page just as Batsy Claro and Isi Dawndancer were available. We haven’t been able to find Kjersti Trollsøn. Those dolls should arrive on Monday.

Have you seen the new Ever After High dolls?

These images come to us courtesy of Toot’s Toys. Each image is linked to their page on the Toot’s Toys store. Toot’s is expecting their shipment to arrive sometime this week.

I can’t wait to get all six of these new characters! I think I am most excited for Batsy Claro. She is just SO beautiful! What about you? Are you grabbing any of these six? Which are you most excited to see?

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Astranova Doll and Playset Review

Hey everyone! I finally got my hands on the Astranova doll and playset this weekend. Target has her on sale for about $37 and then the Cartwheel App has a 50% off coupon for her. That brought her down to $18-something. Who could say no to that?! I decided to do another video review of her, but also took some stills. Let me know if you guys like these video reviews, if you think something needs to change about them, or if you want me to go back to doing everything the old way. Or just comment and let me know that you’re still there. I know that I’ve been gone for awhile because of the move, so I’m wondering if you’re all still out there?

Photos and more: Continue reading

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