Tuesday, November 14, 2017

REVIEW: DC Superhero Girls Masquerade Harley Quinn and Starfire

All righty, saved the best for last.

While I didn't like the Masquerade Wonder Woman SDCC reveal, I was fond of Starfire and I LOVED Harley.

I opened Harley and Starfire today and they've almost convinced me to get Wondy just to complete the set. They're that good.

Harley obviously was made for this line.












I don't mind the molded red and black legs, because I never do. The dress is a nice mix of materials and I love the plastic jester collar. Even if you clip the plastic band holding it on in the box, it stays in place nicely.




Her hair is up in its usual two pigtails, but there are short bits of hair, where her color streaks are, that curl forward to resemble buns.

They are not buns.

It's just like Cleo's hair wasn't a true updo. This is apparently a new Mattel trick and we're probably going to see it more.



Harley can hold her mask easily in her hands. It was a bit of a pain to get this shot, but it did work eventually.

I wish the mask had some painted detail like Starfire, but Harley's got painted shoes and Starfire doesn't. Although Starfire does have painted gauntlets and a belt, so yeah, paint on Harley's pieces would have been nice, too.

Underneath the collar are blue straps holding up the dress. I think it's a nice pop of blue, even if it is mostly hidden.


Her shoes are pretty cute!

I think this is my fave Harley Mattel's done yet for the line, although the 18" Jakks one is likely to be my forever fave.


I was not initially thrilled to see Starfire in this line. She has a sig doll, which repeats itself in a pack with her sister, plus an Intergalactic Games doll and now this? (Plus an upcoming basic.) She's got more dolls than some of the main cast.

However, as usual, Starfire won me over with her beauty.

She's easily the prettiest Starfire doll yet.


Her outfit is gorgeous. It's a simple dress, but the colors and material choices make it really lovely.

The necklace is cute, though I'm tired of the gauntlets and belt.

The dress, necklace, purse and shoes make up for the reuse though, I think.


Her hair is in a simple twist with one loose curl on the opposite side. Very pretty!

Have I mentioned I love these colors? I just love the mix of them.


 









Unlike Harley though, Starfire struggles with her mask. Her doll has a flat left hand, so she can't hold the mask properly. I had to stick it on her right hand and then balance it to pull off this shot, which isn't the best. 

But hey, the mask is really super cool. 


Awesome purple flame shoes are awesome. 

So yeah, big fan of these two dolls. These are my faves that I bought from my six. But I kinda knew they would be! I just wish we had some other characters here. Harley deserves to be here and Starfire is so gorgeous that she earns her spot, but Wondy? No. Bumblebee and Katana should have been in this line. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.

REVIEW: Ever After High Back to School Holly O'Hair and Blondie Lockes


I figured I'd put these two together to save some time. 

Blondie and Holly were the only two I really wanted from these EAH releases. 

I like Holly because her outfit seems far more suited to Poppy and mostly because THOSE SHOES.

Those shoes are spectacular. 


She's actually super cute out of the box and my third favorite Holly after Spring Unsprung and Dragon Games. 

Her hair is shorter than other Hollys. It's got some nice wave to it. 

Her dress suits her, although the bolder colors remind me more of Poppy. 


Holly is the one in the line who actually looks like she was meant to be there, with the sole exception of her shoes. Even though the outfit is more Poppy-colored, it still works fine for Holly. 

She actually makes me think of Lindsey Lohan in Mean Girls, and anything that makes me think of Mean Girls is pretty awesome. 










These shoes though. They look like she borrowed them from Raven. If they were blue, maybe Faybelle. Or Clawdeen if Holly could reach MH. I love them a lot.


Accessories are the same as Meeshell: cardboard ID, laptop and book stack, only gold. There was a brush, too, but I threw it out. 

I opted not to get Maddie, but I may change my mind if they stay in stock. She was pretty cute. Smiling Maddie is adorable. 







Blondie is not one of my favorites. Understatement of the school year. 

I've sold almost all of my Blondie dolls. The only one that remains is the blue-haired one from the Birthday Ball basic line. 

So for me to buy a Blondie? She must be a pretty good Blondie!


Aside from the articulation basics, which of course don't bother me, this doll is one of the best Blondies. 

Her hair is a nice bold yellow and it's simply-styled. Her makeup is also simple and so is her color scheme. She's a very simple doll, but it works in her favor. 

I love the dress. The glasses are adorable. 


The tiara and necklace are cute.

I'm sure all these things are repeat pieces, but she makes them work. I know those were Hat-tastic Briar's shoes, but Blondie makes them work in yellow, because they're a simpler design. 

I think she's a bit overpriced at $14.99, but if Amazon is the only way to get her, I have no regrets. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.

REVIEW: Monster High Ballerina Cleo de Nile

I need to go to bed soon for work in the AM, but I wanted to zip through these. So these are going to be short reviews!

I was shocked that all six Mattel dolls I ordered from Amazon actually had good face paint.

Like really shocked.

And then I actually got a Fingerling sloth, too, so I've apparently had a run of good luck today.

So we remember Cleo from the SDCC reveals. A lot of people were not impressed with this line.


I'm honestly not either. I think Draculaura looks like a zillion other Draculauras and Moanica just look gross.

But Cleo has a stunning head and her accessories could easily accentuate a better outfit. I'm planning on buying her a simple white sheath dress and getting rid of the ballet outfit.

Then she'll look pretty Egyptian.


She's kind of got the Sofia Boutella Ahmanet thing going on with her makeup almost, too.

Her face is utterly gorgeous. I love it. The headdress, arm pieces and ribbon are cute, too. The chest piece got mangled in her box though, so it's a bit of a struggle.

Her hair is deceptive. It is not a big updo. It is a short ponytail with the ends curled forward to mimic an updo. I need to clip those loose bits, but like I said, time is minimal tonight.


Her shoes are horrible anklebreakers, but they can be hidden under that sheath dress I want. They're not as bad as the others in the line, in my opinion.

Cleo's a pretty doll face-wise and unusual hair-wise. She comes with some great accessories, but there are far better Cleos out there if you're not looking to redress.

PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.

Monday, November 13, 2017

REVIEW: Ever After High Back to School Meeshell

I honestly thought I had bought my last EAH doll a long time ago, but the two Back to School lines and the super basic "Thronecoming" one made it to Amazon. They came out at the Mattel Shop a bit ago (laaaaaaame), but they finally wised up and made them available to everyone.

Meeshell was not one I was going to buy if these hit stores. I wasn't a fan of her original doll, because it didn't look like her character design at all and didn't even live up to the standard of detailing shown by the other two dolls that came out in the same set (Jillian and Nina).


But considering we almost didn't get these, I ended up buying Meeshell along with the two I'd planned on getting from the start (Holly and Blondie).

The art on the back of the box is nice, although it also makes the odd details of this line stand out.

Look at Maddie's rose theme. Why does she have roses? Her tiara, shoes and skirt all look like she borrowed the design from Briar then recolored them.

Holly looks more like herself, except her shoes look straight outta Raven's closet or perhaps Faybelle's.

And Meeshell... Well, her top has a pocket watch, which is Bunny.

While her shoes have locks and keys, which is Blondie. There's a little puff tail at the back, which also reminds me of Bunny. Her skirt is really the only distinctly mermaid-themed thing about her.

Like I said, this is a weird line that I can't figure out.

The doll herself has a new headmold and the larger eyes make her look a lot younger. She also lost quite a bit of her tan!











Here you can see the shoes. I really wonder if Blondie was supposed to wear these.


And a comparison with her sig doll.

While I do think the new one is quite cute, she's made me actually appreciate the sig one more. She'd grown on me a little since my initial review of her, but seeing her redone, I miss her more unusually-shaped head.

I'm not a fan of the hair on either doll sadly. The sig's is lank, so they fixed that, but the BtS doll's hair is kind  a curly mess that doesn't know where it wants to go.

I'll still never understand why she didn't get her coral hair. Like it's hard?


Meeshell comes with a random brush, a student ID, a cute laptop, and a stack of books left over from that book line I never got and kind of regret not getting. I do love the stack of books and I gave them to sig Meeshell, who is now sitting with Jillian and Nina. Thanks, BtS Meeshell, for making me appreciate the sig at last.

BtS Meeshell isn't a horrible doll, but she is without a doubt quite confusing and the compete change in headmold is odd. She didn't need the generic round face and honestly, she doesn't even really look like Meeshell at all. She looks more like Apple dressed up as Meeshell.

More reviews later this week! The rest of my new stuff comes in tomorrow, but I have work and my dad is in town, so I have no idea when I'll be able to tackle them.

PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Amazon In Stocks!

LOTS of new stuff on Amazon right now, including the I-didn't-think-we-were-ever-getting-them Ever After High lines!

EAH:

Yes, really, this is happening. EAH is giving us one last gasp.

Back to School $14.99 glasses line:
Blondie Lockes: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVGTT8Y/
C.A. Cupid: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WLQB41W/
Darling Charming: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X3ZXRWN/

Back to School $19.99 line:
Holly O'Hair: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06W2PKDQK/
Madeline Hatter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VY5DVXX/
Meeshell Mermaid: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WRWQZSX/

"Thronecoming" super basic kinda yikes way overpriced at $14.99 line:
Ashlynn Ella: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WRWQW5F/
Briar Beauty: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VY5DTWN/
Madeline Hatter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VY5DVKG/

DCSG:

Roller Derby dolls are $15.99 each. I think that's steep, so I'm not buying any.
Batgirl: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756MH1GJ/
Bumblebee: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756DLD1X/
Harley Quinn: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756LPZ77/
Wonder Woman: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756LP3C9/

Masquerade dolls are $20.99. I ordered Harley and Starfire.
Harley Quinn: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756M188S/
Starfire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756JCDCB/
Wonder Woman: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756J82GH/

Action figures with pets are $15.99. Fairly-priced but I'm skipping them unless Harley gets one with a hyena.
Batgirl & Ace: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756MRF7T
Bumblebee & Honey: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756MFCRX
Supergirl & Krypto: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756MFCRW
Wonder Woman & Jumpa: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756MRF7V

ENCHANTIMALS:

Bear in mind that these are far overpriced at $11.63 each. I'm waiting for them to hit stores.

Cherish Cheetah: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756DLD4Y/
Hixby Hedgehog: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756MKGTL/
Peeki Parrot: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756JCFF5/

I did buy a few things so expect reviews next week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

REVIEW: Shibajuku Girls Shiba-cutie Yoko

I've honestly not been into the Shibajuku Girls recently and I was not impressed with the first batch of Shiba-cuties. Just as the regular dolls are certainly heavily inspired by Pullips, these clearly are inspired by Little Pullips.

The initial group of mini dolls had one each for Shizuka (blonde), Koe (also blonde), Suki (pink hair), Namika (brunette), Yoko (half lavender, half mint), and Miki (white with black streaks).

I almost bought Namika, but her outfit seemed pretty cheap. Then I almost bought Yoko, but didn't. I don't remember noticing Miki. I'm a sucker for white hair, so I think I would have bought her if I'd noticed her then, so somehow she escaped me.


Both sets of dolls are on the back of the box.

Top row: 2nd Shizuka, 1st Miki, 2nd Koe, 1st Yoko

2nd row: 1st Koe, 1st Namika, 1st Shizuka, 1st Suki

3rd row: 2nd Miki, 2nd Yoko, 2nd Namika, 2nd Suki

The hair colors got better with the 2nd series. Koe's blonde again and Suki kept her pink, so that's dull, but Miki got coral hair, Yoko half white and half black, Namika blue, and Shizuka has mint, pink, yellow and blonde, I think.


Being a sucker for black and white, I decided to finally give one of these a shot and bought 2nd edition Yoko. 

She was $9.99 on Amazon and arrived today. 

The size is decent on these and the quality is a bit better than I expected. Her hair is pretty nice. The outfit's on the cheap side, but definitely better than others in the line. 


Yoko is articulated at the neck, shoulders and hips, but also at the knees. Every doll in this line has lower legs molded in a specific color to represent socks with shoes. 

All the dolls have pigtails on the back of the box, but it was easy to brush Yoko's hair out of them. 

She has glitter makeup and actual eyelashes.


While obviously not the quality level of the big dolls, the Shiba-cuties actually are not half bad. I have to admit, I'm impressed. I don't plan on buying a lot of them, but I'll pick up the white-haired Miki and maybe a couple others, too. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.

REVIEW: Regal Academy LingLing Iron Fan

I learned about the LingLing doll from a friend, who then hooked me up with an Italian website where I could actually buy her. Definitely using that site again in the future if I want any Italian dolls. It was easy and she got here fast, even though I'm not too big on DHL, but everything worked out perfectly.

LingLing was added to the Giochi Preziosi Regal Academy line recently. I honestly have not seen any of her episodes yet. I have vowed to catch up on at least 2 shows while on vacation and Regal Academy is one I'm planning on tackling.


From what I've read, LingLing is a warrior character, who's a bit socially inept.

In true Rainbow fashion, the Asian character has blue hair. LingLing shares the same dark yet bright blue as Winx Club's Musa.

I love the Giochi Regal Academy dolls. They've got great articulation and the hands are cute. The worst thing is that due to how they're packaged, they don't stand very well. Their lower legs tend to get warped, so they have to stand with their ankles crossed.


LingLing has really nice hair. It's soft and silky, which I know I say a lot about good doll hair!

I love the color, too. I always loved it on Musa, although I do wish they'd never lengthened her hair.

LingLing's eyes are a yellowish olive green like Joy's.

She wears a dress with a pink top, black waistband and light blue skirt. That's all one piece and it's worn over a separate pair of pink pants.


The clothing quality is decent. The materials used are a bit basic, but not bad.

LingLing's shoes are the same mold as Astoria's, only they're pale pink and black.

I love the faces on these girls. They're very simple, but beautiful.



I think Joy is still my favorite of the dolls, but LingLing is a close second. They look cute standing together and I've added both to my coffee table display of favorite dolls. Joy, Astoria and Rose had been there for quite awhile, but were replaced a few months ago.

If you want LingLing, I believe this is the only way to get her. When I spoke with the employee at Alpha, she told me they had no plans to make LingLing. I haven't seen either of the boy sets available anywhere yet either, so I'm hoping we still get those, but as for LingLing, at the moment, she's Giochi only.

PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.