A couple of days ago pics of more upcoming 2013 MH dolls were leaked. I've shared some of my thoughts on these dolls over at MHD but wanted to let my thoughts settle a little before discussing them on the blog. I'm posting the pics here because technically these are leaked pics under an embargo for the time being so I'm not sure credit should be given to anyone in the first place. That said, to see these in the highest quality possible head to Monster High Expert's Flickr stream.
There are going to be two new characters and those are always of the most interest so that's where we'll start. First is Gigi the Genie. I like this doll! I love her massive, watery eyes, and the outfit is colorful and themed nicely enough. Her hair is real big and kinda looks like a scorpion's tail -- pretty cool! Her eyeshadow seems to be an orangey-yellow shade, matching that streak in her hair -- very nice. Her little purple scorpion pet is way cute. Being a proud Scorpio, this doll certainly speaks to me. Oh, and I love that big honkin' thing hanging off her bracelet. Is that her genie bottle? If so, how cool! Definitely looking forward to this doll!
Next we have Twyla, daughter of the Boogeyman. I don't get "boogeyman" from this doll, but then I guess with boogeyman you could kind of go anywhere stylistically. Mostly I'm getting a huge Rochelle vibe from her, especially those eyes. Seriously, she could pass for Rochelle's younger sister. I love her color scheme and hairstyle. It's simple but pretty. Supposedly Twyla is the same height as Howleen. Based on this pic that appears to be true. I love her wacky-eyed bunny rabbit pet.
Next we have the MH "Big Three" in the 13 Wishes line: Frankie, Clawdeen, and Draculaura. I love Frankie and Clawdeen's faces and hairdos. Not so sure about the outfits. They're not horrible or anything but they're just not my thing. I wish Mattel would've went with a more unexpected take on this look. As for 13 Wishes Draculaura, she's basically the perfect summation of everything I dislike about this style of doll. Too pink, too gaudy, too, just... everything. It's a 7-year-old's idea of what "fancy" is. Which is fine, this is a doll line aimed primarily at children after all. But I can express my thoughts on these dolls, too. Especially since Mattel does do things like Con appearances and releasing limited edition dolls clearly aimed at adult collectors.
Next is a line called Ghouls Night Out. There's some confusion as to which of the dolls are actually in this line but for the time being I'm gonna lump the following four dolls together and assume they're Ghouls Night Out.
First is Lagoona. LOVE HER. Her faceup is gorgeous and I love the tendrils of hair hanging out of the ponytail. Also loving the metallic blue jacket and most of all, that purse! Just look at it! What a cool design! I especially love the white flap with pink accent and black fish. As a nice bonus this actually looks like a real purse, unlike some of the other recent MH purses we've seen *cough* Picture Day Spectra *cough*. Anyway, can't wait for this doll to arrive!
Next we have Spectra -- another winner! Even though I love Spectra's silky, straight hair, I'm glad to see they're trying new things with it here. The outfit looks promising too, especially that translucent purple jacket. It looks to me like this Spectra has the newer facemold, something I'm still very torn on, but on the plus side her eyes look nice and spooky again.
We all know I love Rochelle so perhaps my expectations are too high. I'm pretty torn on this doll. I love the outfit and especially the purse, but I'm not so much into this hairdo. I do like the Fluer de Lis barrettes. Initially I was torn on this faceup but it's already growing on me. By the time she's released I have a feeling I'll have completely fallen in love with this doll.
Then we have Howleen, channeling the early 90's and getting it right. I really don't have much to say about her. She looks great; I'll probably be picking her up.
Mattel will also be releasing three different playsets that feature exclusive dolls. First up is a stunning Cleo with a hot tub playset. The doll itself looks gorgeous -- check out those extra-fierce eyes and severe ponytail. Loving her so much, need her right now, how much longer is the wait, etc, etc. The playset looks cool but I'm having trouble imagining fitting even one doll in that little tub. On the plus side it has some so-tacky-they're-cool palm trees and a fun little canopy (although it kinda looks more like it belongs in Scaris, design-wise). Anyway, definitely looking forward to this gorgeous Cleo and Mattel's first MH pool-related playset.
Next is another Spectra, this one included with an obviously 13 Wishes-related playset (Haunt the Casbah?) Spectra looks great here -- they're trying more new things with her hair, and this one, as far as I can tell, has the older facemold! Hurray! The playset looks great, and notice that little jack up front? Looks like we'll be able to hook this up to our mp3 player of choice and rock out! So cool! I hope it lights up or something, too. Unfortunately you can tell from the pic there will be no spinning disco ball. Missed opportunity there, Mattel!
The last playset is a Draculaura diner. I love the doll! Her hair looks cool and her faceup comes across as optimistic without being overly sweet, unlike most Draculauras. The outfit is like a 50's waitress gone girly goth, which works for me. The playset looks surprisingly understated, especially for this character.
The last doll to cover is this insano Lagoona doll. The bright yellow hair and extra blue skin certainly make her stand out. I don't know what line this doll is associated with -- she's so different from all the other dolls revealed. What I do know is I'm intrigued and can't wait to see this extremely unique doll in person. I love when Mattel tries new things like this; I'm excited for this Lagoona!
I have a few other things I want to quickly discuss while we're here. Yesterday I went through all my posts updating and adding tags and somehow managed to republish my Robecca, Robecca blog from a few months ago as a brand new post. Unfortunately, once you've republished a blog you can't take it back unless you delete the post and I didn't want to do that. So for newer readers it was probably something you hadn't read yet, so that's okay, right? For my OG readers it was the blog version of a sitcom clip show and I'm sorry about that. But hey, Robecca's so pretty and fun that a revisit couldn't have been too terrible. Coincidentally, just a couple of hours before I accidentally republished that blog I had taken one of my basic Robecca's out for a photoshoot in one of her new outfits. Check 'em out.
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that you can follow Voicething on Twitter now. Just hit me up here or do a search for @voicethingmh when you're out there Tweeting.
With that, we end with Scooter Ghoulia. (She tagged along to the Robecca shoot.)
Til next time!