Doll Review: MH Wydowna Spider – TRU exclusive

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This review is super late, but I’m so stoked about I ❤ Fashion Wydowna Spider that I don’t even care that she’s not newsworthy anymore.

To give a brief history of this character, in 2011 Wydowna was a contender in the SDCC doll election under the name “Daughter of Arachne”; she didn’t win the contest, but later ended up becoming the SDCC exclusive doll for 2013, and then this year she was given her first playline release as part of the TRU-exclusive ” I ❤ Fashion” line.

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The fact that Wydowna became a playline doll is honestly pretty amazing, and totally awesome.  Truly dark-skinned characters seem to be sadly few and far between when it comes to doll lines, and added to that Wydowna is an arguably creepy monster, being a six-armed poisonous spider and all – not exactly something you’d think a big corporation would market to girls.

She is so freaking cool.

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I was super-sad last year about not being able to get Wydowna’s SDCC doll; she’s so monstery plus the extra outfit was comic-book print! ..But this playline release is even better and more deliciously pop-arty.  ^_^  I even like the faceup better on ILF Wydowna; the blue/yellow is way more interesting and edgy than just red lipstick + silver eyeshadow.  (Here‘s the only decent comparison photo I could find.)

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Wydowna has pitch black skin, candy apple red hair (with a widow’s peak.. get it?), and 6 red eyes (2 normal human eyes + 4 arachnid eyes on her forehead).  Her lips are the same light blue as her eyeshadow, with black printed fangs.  The doll has six arms, each with a different hand mold.

wydowna buttonThis I<3F doll could really be considered Wydowna’s signature doll, imo, because not only is it her first playline release, but the default outfit is stylistically almost identical to her prototype outfit from the 2011 SDCC vote.  The comic-print dress is the same cowgirl-inspired style as her “signature” prototype dress, and the silver boots are recasts of her prototype boots as well.  I love love love the changes they made to her signature outfit for this release – the original was a little too country for my taste and the colors were clashy.

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It’s like she got a designer makeover..

20141109_160722I love the bold color scheme and while not necessarily fashionable, the geekified cowgirl style totally works somehow.  The dress is printed with actual art from the Webarella comic that came with the SDCC Wydowna doll; you can see the Webarella character at the bottom of the skirt.  ^^

20141119_134650It was a very pleasant surprise to find that the silver waist cincher is a separate piece from the dress.  I was so sure it was going to be sewn on, and am very happy that it is not; so much more mix and match potential!

There are spiderweb-shaped spurs on the heels that actually spin!

There are spiderweb-shaped spurs on the heels that actually spin!

The other outfits that come with this doll are equally as fabulous, and they’re all wonderfully color coordinated and continue the pop-art/comic theme.

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The yellow shoes are recasts of her SDCC alternate shoes; they are desperately in need of some paint to highlight the web detail, but otherwise everything about this outfit is totally on point.

The leggings are so damn awesome and I seriously want a pair in human size; the image on them is a comic-style cityscape, presumably also taken from the Webarella comic.

PicMonkey CollageSomehow I didn’t get any photos of the actual Wydowna doll in the third outfit, which is a striped mini skirt and wide-armed t-shirt with a pop-arty (and delightfully morbid) “splat” design on the chest, and coordinating white go-go boots that match the accompanying purse.  Fakie-wydowna didn’t quite fit in the other outfits, so the “splat” one seems to have become hers.

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Coordinating boots & purse (which actually opens up).

Coordinating boots & purse (which actually opens up).

Let’s talk about Fakie-wydowna for a minute, actually.  Back before ILF Wydowna was on store shelves and owning a version of her seemed an impossible dream, one of the mods on the MHArena was nice enough to place a group order on Taobao and through her I procured what is really a fantastic knockoff.

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She is very nearly identical to a real MH doll and actually came with recasts of SDCC Webarella’s boots which is a cool bonus.  The fake doll’s body is a slightly shiny recast of an actual MH doll with all the same articulation (and even all the same hand molds as the real Wydowna), and her head seems to be a modified recast of the real Wydowna’s; the fakie does not have sculpted eyeballs but otherwise looks identical to me.

The fakie’s hair is not nearly as nice a texture as the real deal, but the rooting is surprisingly good.   As a matter of fact, my husband could not tell the difference between the fake doll and the real one, and even stated a preference for the face on the fake one.  I was planning to reroot and repaint the fakie in different colors, but it’s kind of a shame to mess with her since she’s already quite nice. The only weird thing about Fakie-wydowna is that even though her body looks identical to real-Wydowna, her arms do not fit Wydowna’s clothes as well, they seem to take up more space somehow.

Well, I guess that’s about it for Wydowna and her bootleg counterpart..

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If I had to get rid of every Monster High doll but one – this Wydowna would be the one I’d keep.  She’s so wonderfully monstery and unexpected, and has such a strong, edgy, pop-art aesthetic (with her own actual comic book print on her clothes!).. she’s really everything I could ever have wanted in a doll!

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Doll Review: EAH Hat-tastic Cedar Wood

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Hat-tastic Party Cedar has been on shelves here for weeks now, way before the USA for once; I was planning on holding out for her signature doll, but after picking up a HT version for an Arena member I was too smitten to pass her up, especially since it seemed like Sig Cedar wasn’t ever going to come to Canada.

I am not a fan of the dresses in the Hat-tastic line (except Maddie’s), and did not plan on buying any dolls from the line because of it, but literally everything else about this Cedar doll is pretty wonderful and she started winning me over the first time I saw her in person. More

Doll Review: Monster High “Mansters” 2-pack

The “Manster” 2-pack is the first all-boy set of Monster High dolls, featuring Deuce Gorgon and Gil Webber all set for a night of table top roleplaying in classic D&D style (sort of).

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Review: Ghoul Sports Spectra – MH doll

Ghoul Sports is a new line of Monster High dolls where the characters are all dressed for, and meant to be top players in, particular school sports.  There are currently three characters in this line – Spectra Vondergeist, Toralei Stripe, and Clawdeen Wolf – and the sports currently covered are tennis, soccer, and baseball.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband got me all three of the Ghoul Sports dolls; Spectra is the first one I deboxed, so she’s the first up for review. 🙂

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Now, I should probably mention that I am generally not a Spectra fan – I don’t care for her character in the webisodes or books, and I usually find her dolls pretty easy to pass on when I see them in stores (though she does often have some clothing items and accessories that I’d love to have).  Her severe cheekbones combined with the blank white skin and purple sclera.. it’s a combo that just doesn’t appeal to me somehow; she often looks like a bitchy Angelina Jolie impersonator.  However, Mattel seems to have softened her face sculpt recently, or maybe it’s just the makeup, but it is a really good change – Ghoul Sports Spectra is soft and pretty and fun. More

Review: C.A. Cupid – EAH doll

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C.A. Cupid (full name Chariclo Arganthone Cupid) started out as a Monster High character.  In that world she was a bone elemental and is the adopted daughter of Eros, the god of erotic love in Greek mythology (weird choice for a kid’s toy line, eh?). Her doll was introduced in the Monster High world near the end of 2011 as a Wal-Mart exclusive in the Sweet 1600 line, and she was part of the cast until early 2013, when she became the crossover character to Ever After High. More

Review: Legacy Day Raven Queen – EAH doll

Legacy Day Raven Queen is one doll that I’ve been waiting for a long time to buy; the LD dolls are priced quite high (~$35 in Canada) and I could never find one that had both good facial screening and a good outfit.  The initial releases of LD Raven all had bodices that were sewn so tight that the fabric was cracked and I thought it looked really bad, especially for such a pricey doll.  So when I finally stumbled across one that had a perfect dress, I snapped her up as quick as I could despite the doll being full price and having a bit of eye wonk (big thanks to Mr. Nerd for buying her for me! ^^).

(Of course, now that I’ve opened the doll, all the new ones on the shelves have un-stretched dresses, so I acted much too quickly and missed out on some great sales that would have got me this doll for almost half of what my husband paid.  These are the difficult lessons of a collector. XD)

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As I mentioned in my initial Ever After High post (and if you’re somehow not familiar with EAH, go read that one first), Raven Queen is the daughter of the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairy tale, and on Legacy Day at Ever After High, Raven’s supposed to pledge herself to her destiny and commit to being the next evil queen. More

Review: Curl ‘n Coil Tily Vizon – Novi Stars doll (+ Novi bodies comparison)

Tily Vizon is one of two “Curl ‘N Coil” Novi Stars dolls.  The CnC dolls are different from the other Novis in a couple of respects, namely that they are robots/cyborgs and have cyber dreads with a curling gimmick, but the CnC’s are also differently sized than the other Novi dolls (being bigger than the basics and smaller than the Stellar Skinz).

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The Curl n’ Coil dolls were one of the more recent waves of Novi Stars, which means that they did not make it into many stores, as far as I’m aware – they definitely were not on shelves here in Canada.  (She and Roe Botik are still for sale on Amazon, and are currently listed for less than the retail price that I paid.)  I bought Tily from Amazon about a year ago when I had an online credit, and I was super excited – I mean, c’mon, she’s a super cute cyberpunk cyborg alien doll with fantastic shoes and electrical plugs as hair! More

Review: Black Carpet Clawdeen Wolf – Monster High doll

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Black Carpet is the slim box line that goes along with the Frights, Camera, Action! dolls and movie, and it consists of four of the main characters dressed for walking down the redblack 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. More

Doll Review: Slo Mo

S20140227_114451loman “Slo Mo” Mortavitch is the latest Monster High male doll; he’s part of the slim box Ghoul Spirit line, and is currently quite hard to find.

This doll has had a weird history already – Mandy85’s Monster High release list on the MHArena tells us:

Earlier Slo Mo dolls have been erroneously found with clawed fingers, like Clawd Wolf, while more recent finds have been corrected to feature more “basic” male hands, as seen in his promo picture.  As only a small number of Slo Mo dolls have been found since the release of the Ghoul Spirit line, it’s rumored that the delay in distribution may have to do with the correction of his hand mold, though no official statement has been made to explain his initial scarcity.

I’m lucky in that once Slo Mo started showing up in stores again after he apparently got pulled from the cases and then put back in, he came to Canada before the US.  He’s still very hard to find here though, and has barely made it to the States yet.  Even here, I’ve only seen him the one time – I must have been at the store right after they stocked the shelves the day I found him. More

Doll Review: Swim Class Frankie Stein

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Next up on my long, long list of dolls to review is Swim Class Frankie Stein.  This is a doll I wasn’t planning on getting at all, despite the awesome hair – I’m just not in love with her stock (or any of the Swim dolls’), but when I saw her on clearance at Justice for only $6… who could resist?  [side note: it’s amazing how many $6 Monster High dolls I found in the States!] More

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