Details

The fantastically detailed accessories are one of the awesome things about Monster High dolls, and definitely one of the things that sets them apart from other toy lines.  I would love love love to know if the masters are sculpted digitally or by hand, ’cause damn they put some seriously tiny detail into this stuff.

Unfortunately because the brand has gotten so huge, they haven’t been putting as much paint on the accessories as they used to, and all that lovely sculpted detail gets lost.

A while ago, I painted Black Carpet Cleo’s purse for an ANTM challenge on the MH Arena, and this past week I painted a whole batch of accessories – it makes such a huge difference!

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

BC Cleo purse repaint

BC Cleo purse

MF Venus shoe collage

MF Venus shoes

Honey Swamp shoe repaint

Honey Swamp shoes

GNO Venus shoe collage

GNO Venus shoes

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FF Lagoonafire shoes

winx purse repaint

Winx purse

I’ve been pondering setting up an etsy shop for doll stuff, and putting some repainted accessories in it.  What do y’all think?

Doll Review: Music Festival Venus McFlytrap

IMG_0382I have a ton of new dolls to review now that I’m back from my six week trip to the States, and first on the list (for no particular reason) is Monster High’s Music Festival Venus McFlytrap.

Music Festival is a slim-box budget line consisting of five characters: Clawdeen Wolf, Venus McFlytrap, Abbey Bominable, and also Clawd Wolf and Draculaura in a Kmart-exclusive 2-pack.  It seems that each character is meant to represent a different genre of music (except maybe Clawd and Draculaura, who are just really generic looking), which would have been a very cool concept if it’d been done better.

Honestly, Venus is the only doll in this line that I don’t actively dislike; the others look like throwaway budget dolls, with ugly outfits and not even cute shoes or interesting hair or makeup to make them appealing.  Venus seems more complete and with a better outfit than the others, but even still, I wouldn’t have bought this version of her if she hadn’t been on sale for $6 at Target. More

Doll Review: Monster High – Ghoul’s Night Out 4-pack

Ghoul’s Night Out is a line of six Monster High dolls dressed to “paint the town dead.”  The characters in this series are Rochelle Goyle, Spectra Vondergeist, Lagoona Blue, Clawdeen Wolf, Ghoulia Yelps, and Venus McFlytrap.  Rochelle, Spectra, and Lagoona are sold separately; Clawdeen, Ghoulia, And Venus are only in the 4-pack (along with Rochelle), which is exclusive to Walmart (Asda in the UK).

I gotta say, this is one of my favorite Monster High lines.  All six of the dolls are really appealing to me; they have great, detailed outfits with metallic accents and cute accessories, and their hair & faces are all wonderful and sufficiently different from other versions of the characters.  Usually I find myself only liking a couple of dolls from each line, but I would buy all 6 of the GNO dolls if I had the money.

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