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Whew, I've been fortunate to find many new dolls in the time since I was here last. This post will be a quick catch-up with some pics. I did get some of the new Bratz and Moxie Girlz, but I will get to that in a bit. Also, I completed my Monster High set in early July and shortly after, I did a cute photoshoot with my ghouls and guy. I figured the Barbie and the Rockers Hot Rockin' Stage would make a nice backdrop for them, with its black and paint splattered graphics and I think it turned out pretty nicely. I really adore these dolls and can't wait for Ghoulia and Holt! Before I get to that tho, here is the start of something I've been working on for a few weeks now...
The children and their legendary monster parents! Presenting Draculaura and her dear old Dad! Aren't they squeamishly sweet? I'm hoping to do a whole series of these, with the next one being the Stein Family. Anyway, here are all of the monsters partying down at the club....
Deuce and Cleo cuddle at a cozy table. (Cleo was so tough to get a pic of!)
Three ghouls strike a pose.
Good friends Lagoona and Frankie...
...and Draculaura and Clawdeen.
That's all from the MH crew for now, but they'll be back soon enough!
Next are the Moxie Girlz and Bratz. First off, I LOVE the new stylish school fashions in the latest basic Moxie wave. These are some trendy, age appropriate outfits that I've been wishing for... if only they would have some variations with the original 4 girls themselves. (sigh) I'm happy to report that Lexa's fashion is all separate pieces, yesss! I have since deboxed Bria and she is gorgeous. Her new boot mold is awesome as well. Wasn't going to get Monet, but I couldn't resist that skintone and hair. Kellan was a must have, but I'm going to lighten her freckles once she's deboxed.
At this point, I'm left looking for Bryten. I have not seen her in stores anywhere around here yet. Overall, the quality of the Moxies that I found is excellent. Not really too many flubs at the stores either. Now the Bratz on the other hand...
Well, let me start by saying that I was really looking forward to them, even after seeing the changed proto pics. (Except for that poor long hair Sasha monstrasity. I've seen her up close and her face is lovely, but once I get her, that dreadful hair is getting cut.) Anyway, in my area at least, the odds of getting a decent doll is about 50/50. The smudgy make-up is the biggest offender, but some of them had unruly hair as well. About half at each store are good, the other half are terrible. MGA needs to step up their quality control pronto. However, I have been fortunate to find some pretty nice dolls and I am pretty much pleased with what came home with me. I personally like the new eyes and I know I'll be in the minority here, but the new mouths as well. Yeah, the dividing line between the lips is odd, but it doesn't really bother me. I like the fuller size torsos (the clothes fit better than ever) and the extra thigh (?) joints too. As you can see, I grabbed a party Cloe besides the basic Cloe and Jade and I've had no parts fall off her. It is very true that the photos of poses on the box are false advertising and should be removed, but the body is okay in my opinion. Shouldn't be advertised as super articulated, but it can do a few more things than a basic and that is okay to me.
The face up on this Cloe is different colors than my basic one and the hair is a different shade as well. Maybe there are varients out there that look exactly the same, but I haven't seen any in my stores. Her hair was messy when she was first deboxed, but I gave her a boil wash and I am very pleased with the results. I couldn't decide which pic to use, so here is another.
Another reason I wanted to get more Bratz was for their clothes. They really look killer on the Monster High ghouls. A downside is that in typical MGA style, there are parts sewn together as well as unfinished hems. Sometimes this gets on my nerves, other times, not so much. I can live with what I've seen so far. My final verdict on the 2010 Bratz is that I'm happy with what I got for the most part, but MGA has some serious growing up to do. People shouldn't have to take haircutting and painting methods into their own hands, that should be done at the factory. I am a doll restorationist and customizer, so this really doesn't bug me that much, but I 100% understand why it would bother others. My advice is that if you are looking for high quality dolls, then avoid these like the plague, but if you like doing restorations to get your dolls just right or just want the clothes, then go for it. I was well aware of the margin of error for these dolls, and as I've said, I was fortunate to find some decent ones, so I am pretty content with what I got. I picked up the Twiinz today and again, they are 98% perfect like my others, so I'm happy. I also plan to get Party Jade and whatever Sasha i can find.
My last pic is of some old school Barbie goodness, since I am a Mattel girl at heart, and this small haul was found at an unlikely place, Phila. Comic Con!
These were removed from their boxes, but were mint and complete and priced ridiculously cheap, so I couldn' t resist. I've wanted that Kev for nearly 20 years, haha! The Twirly Curls is an upgrade from the loose one I had and the stunning P.J. will be sold, since I already have her boxed. Just goes to show, doll deals, can turn up in unlikely places, so always keep your eyes peeled!