I’ve reiterated a few times on this blog how much I was looking forward to the Frights, Camera, Action line that was soon to be coming from Mattel, and especially the new characters. I writhed with jealousy everytime I saw a picture on Tumblr of one of the new girls, and checked my stores faithfully to make sure I wasn’t missing them.
I had about given up hope. My Target remains utterly picked clean of dolls (save for one random find I couldn’t believe this morning, but we’ll get to that after this review.)
One of my local Walmart stores had nothing either. Nothing at all. I was upset! I very nearly grabbed a Gigi Grant off the shelf even though I had no desire for the character so I’d least have something to write about. A stronger head prevailed though. “Go to the mall, it’s right on the way home,” it said. “There’s a Justice there.”
Wellllll, for reasons that I will, again, expound on after this review, I did suddenly badly want the Swim Line Rochelle Goyle that was a Justice exclusive…
So, I put Gigi back on the shelf, grabbed up my wrapping paper and giftbags for Giftmas work happies, hightailed it through the self-checkout and headed up the street to the mall.
And when I got there, I hit dollie paydirt.
I’d hoped for maybe a Blondie Locks or a Cerise Hood, but they were not forthcoming. The Monster High shelves though… they had an embarrassment of riches.
I got my first good look at Elissabat, said “MEH!” and put her back on the shelf. And then… there she was.
I LOVE the Wolf family in Monster High. I have repeatedly eyed the Draculaura/Clawd two-pack that’s a Kmart exclusive just so I can finally have a Clawd in my collection and complete the family circle, but I have yet to bite. (Vampire. Bite. Ha. I kill me.) But the girls are so gorgeous. Clawdeen is stunning, Howleen is adorable, and Clawdia is the prettiest yet!
Here she is in the box. The first thing I noticed? The boxes are smaller. I didn’t get a picture of this, and I should have, but it is most definitely a smaller box. I also love, love, love the art. The Clawdia art on the front is so pretty, and the black carpet look on the backdrop is really sleek and pretty.
Right away, Clawdia hits you with that million-watt smile. I love that they’re still making new face molds and that someghoul like Clawdia got one as vibrant as this. It really sets the tone of her personality. She comes with a stand, diary, comb, notebook and pencil, and a tablet that fell outta somewhere and was shaking around on the bottom of the box.
Here’s the box art on the bottom. The stylized Frights, Camera, Action logo, with a little red Skullette at the top surrounded by lights, Clawdia’s name and her status as a Daughter of the Werewolf, and that gorgeous, gorgeous picture of her, done in the CGI style of the Monster High movies. She is gorgeous.
And here we get some background on Clawdia. Which just made me love her more. She’s 19, likes “Tribal Prep,” is a huge lit geek, chews when she gets thinky.
And the basic plot for Frights, Camera, Action. (I did not pay $34 for her. As you well know, things at Justice are ALWAYS ON SALE.)
Alright, enough of this. Out the box we go!
Here she is free of the outer box, there’s her diary and stand.
Her diary is sweet. When there’s only two “families” shown in the course of the show, Clawdia stands out already, but what makes her stand out even more to me is that, unlike Nefera, who is a straight-up mean girl (Alpha Bitch if you want to get to the trope name, it was also once called The Libby), Clawdia is much nicer. In her diary she writes of speaking often to her siblings and how much she misses her family, and she seems to be a sensitive, sweet girl. I like that. I don’t do Alpha Bitch characters so much.
Anyway. We’ve all seen a million deboxings of Monster High, they’re all the same really. So, it’s a snip of plastic, a yank of a couple of ties that were stuck in her head and…
She’s free! My gods, y’all, she is gorgeous.
Here’s a better look at her face, before her glasses are pulled down. She’s got such a vibrant looking face, I really love it. Her make up is markedly subtle for a Monster High doll, which I like, because it doesn’t detract from that gorgeous smile. She’s got her family’s wolf ears, which are of course pierced, and bright yellow eyes. She’s of a darker skin tone than Clawdeen and Howleen, which I dig a lot.
Her outfit consists of a red corduroy jacket over a gold and black lame’ dress.
The jacket is held with a tiny piece of velcro for easy undressing and shows the gorgeous dress underneath. It’s definitely a very chic look!
She wears red knee high stockings and gold shoes to complete her look.
And here she is with her glasses down. I later took that rubber band off, her hair actually does a really good job holding her glasses on, which is nice, helps to compensate for her lack of side ears.
Okay, off with her clothes!
She has all the same articulation of any other Monster High doll, and she uses the Nefera body mold, making her the fourth released character to use this mold, the others being Headmistress Bloodgood and Gigi Grant.
She does a mean front-to-back split, but…
But getting her to do a side-to-side split just looked painful and I was afraid I was going to break her legs, so we just stopped and she sat with her legs akimbo.
She kneels like a champ, though!
Though the chair is a little small for her, she also sits very well. Knees together, very ladylike!
Alright, back into your clothes.
Here’s for some size comparison. She comes the closest in height to Midnight Magic Pippa and Katniss, stands slightly taller than her sister Clawdeen and towers over Howleen.
Her hair is thickly rooted yellow saran which is pulled into a ponytail (that I won’t take out) except for two curls at the front, and her scalp has been lightly painted yellow to cover up any thin spots. Her hair is so bright and cheerful!
Here’s a few more shots of this gorgeous girl.
Would I recommend Clawdia? Wholeheartedly! If you’ve skipped on the larger dolls for not liking the characters (like I have), finally there’s a taller doll for you! She is absolutely stunning, and will be a treasure in any collection. Definitely give her a look if you see her, she is most certainly worth it.
And now… other stuff! Woo!
Rochelle has become another “Gotta Get ‘Em All!” for me. I don’t know what it is about her, I just love her. And I love her cute little swimsuit… but that waxy hair… oof.
So, Amazon had the 13 Wishes Dance Party Thingyhopper marked down for Cyber Week, marked way down. Like $16. So, I bit. Cause I got a doll, and then a free iPod dock, chair and stuff like that. But face it, I got it for the doll, because Spectra is my other other GGTA doll. And she’s SUPER cute. I like the change over from purple and silver to purple and gold, it suits her well, and I really like her outfit too!
The first time I saw real pictures of her, and not the Instagrammed prototype, I squealed. She was SO cute, and she has two dads! Woo! She’s adorable. Haven’t deboxed yet because I don’t know where I’m to put her, but I’ll find someplace!
I found her at Target this morning. There were a bunch of Catty Noir dolls, and her, and that was pretty much it! Considering she’s been so hard to find? I was happy to find her. I know there was something of a kerfluffle over her mask not being like it was in the promo shots, but I couldn’t care less about that. I just wanted the outfit to be honest. However… the day was made for me with the picture.
This cracks me up so much I don’t even know why. But it does. It’s cute! Going to be turned into an LJ icon shortly.
Okay, so she’s not sitting her best, because that dress is hard to sit in, but the articulated Rarity doll! She’s SO cute! Really hard to photograph, but really cute nevertheless!
This is kind of all thrown together, and you may not hear from me much until Giftmas, but I’ll hopefully get something else up here soon. Probably not another review, cause I can’t really buy anything until I know what I’ve got under the tree but we’ll see!