To be fair, this pack retails for about $40. That comes to a little over $13 per doll, a reasonable price for a solo Monster High doll. Whether these particular dolls are actually worth that much is debatable. I suppose the left hand taketh what the right hand giveth; in the end these things even out (kind of). What Draculaura lacks, Abbey (in theory) makes up for. Speaking of, let's take a look at ol' bluey (I know, just go with it...)
Of the three dolls, she comes the closest to matching the solo DDG dolls in terms of design, accessories, and general quality. All of her accessories are done in a molded, blue style meant to emulate ice. This includes her earrings, choker, belt, purse, and shoes. She also has a molded piece attached to the only sleeve of her dress. Her dress fits with the solo dolls, in that it's layered and has a dot pattern. The bodice features a blue and white snowflake pattern; the snowflakes work surprisingly well as dots. The skirt has three tiers -- the top tier uses the same snowflake pattern, the middle tier is solid pink, and the bottom tier is the snowflakes again. The dress looks good and the material feels nice but I don't think it quite measures up to the solo dolls' dresses. Her last accessory is fur cuffs on each of her wrists. I like these a lot. They play into her theme and add visual interest. Plus they're just, you know, really cool.
Her faceup isn't unique but it's very pretty. She has silver and purple eyeshadow and bright pink lips. They're the same color as her Skultimate Roller Maze doll's lips, but just a tad brighter. Her hair is the standard Abbey colors pulled into a ponytail that rests to her left. As I mentioned, she comes closest to matching the solo dolls in design and quality, but she's not quite there. I like this doll, but would I pay $13 for her if she were sold alone? I'm not so sure.
Next we have Ghoulia (always a good thing, in my opinion). This particular one isn't her best, but it doesn't disappoint, either. Her dress is made of a satiny material and uses blue eyes dripping blood as the dots on the bodice -- very cool. She has a black belt attached and a puffy skirt in red with white skullettes dotted throughout. There is one sleeve, on her left, and it uses the same skullette pattern. This is my favorite of the three dresses, although it isn't layered in any way and therefor feels detached thematically from the rest of the line.
She has several good accessories. Her purse is made of bones and opens on a hinge. It's pretty brittle and feels a bit cheap, but it looks great. She also has a translucent grey molded cuff on her left forearm that's textured to look like it has a liquid of some kind running down it. This bit of gore nicely fits her theme. It limits movement of her arm but once again it looks good, so whatever. Her shoes are amazing -- white bones on a wedge of red brain matter. They're probably the single best accessory of this entire pack. She has large white glasses (I like the shape of these a lot), and red crossbone earrings.
Her faceup is good. She has shimmery pink eyeshadow topped by a layer of silver. Her lips are a pure, deep red. This makeup doesn't particularly stand out but it's not bad by any means. It exemplifies "less is more". She has bangs that curl under and a tight ponytail. A mass of tight, unruly curls rests behind her head. I love this hairstyle! It's unique to this Ghoulia (the only one that's similar is Dawn of the Dance but it's not in a ponytail), and comes across as fun and youthful. Even though she doesn't have quite as many accessories as Abbey's doll I like her much more. Then again I like Ghoulia much more than Abbey in general so maybe I'm biased. What I do know is I would pay $13 for this doll in a heartbeat.
The third doll in the pack is Draculaura. I'm just gonna say it -- this doll reeks of minimal effort. Her faceup is quite plain (not in the good way), and her dress feels cheap. She comes with an iCoffin (zzzz...) and a simple bracelet. Poor Draculaura doesn't even get a purse to carry her things in at the party. She has pink bow earrings and black and pink shoes. I'm pretty sure they're modified Dead Tired shoes. They're okay I guess. Her dress has a pink bodice with a print of white and black hearts. A black collar attaches to a black bow in the center top of the bodice, under which hangs three small layers of white lace. It reads much better than it looks. The skirt has a print of diagonal black squares with an alternating pattern of white skullettes and pink dots. The skirt is gathered in the front with two black bows. Once again, this reads far better than it looks. The gathering actually makes the dress look misshapen and the print is too small to work as a dot pattern.
Her eyeshadow is magenta (no glitter, no shimmer), and her lips are dark pink (these do shimmer). To her credit, she has good hair. It's pulled into a ponytail and has a light wave. The pink streaks are spread evenly throughout.
Of all the MH dolls I own this may be my least favorite. She feels cheap, and when you combine that with the fact that Draculaura dolls aren't my thing anyway, you can see why this doll just doesn't work for me. No way would I own this doll if she weren't already included in a pack with dolls I genuinely like.
Overall grade: B- My favorite doll from this set, Ghoulia, feels a bit lacking compared to the solo DDG dolls. But taken on her own she's a beautiful doll that I'm glad to own. Abbey is good as well, but not quite on the level of the solo dolls. Poor Draculaura doesn't have much going for her at all. Being exclusives, these dolls don't come with stands, a big negative for me. I would say as a whole this pack is pretty unessential, but then I look at Ghoulia and her cool dress and pretty hair and have second thoughts. Ditto on grading this set. I almost gave it a C+.