First up is Rochelle Goyle. She got off to a strong start in 2013 with her Scaris doll. Wearing a pillbox hat and simple slip dress, she was smart and sophisticated. Her next doll, from Ghoul's Night Out, is mixing things up a bit. She has a much younger look, with barrettes in her hair and wearing a fun cocktail dress. This doll's face still looks a bit "off" to me, but she's pretty nonetheless. Rochelle will also be featured in the Dance Class exclusive pack, the only way you'll be able to get your hands on this doll. Her dance style appears to be ballet. I really like this Rochelle's face. Her eyes look more "eager" here, rather than the dreamy, faraway expression Rochelle usually has.
Meowlady & Purrsephone are featured in the Toys R Us Fearleading exclusive pack with Toralei. I love M&P and am glad to see them returning, even if they're basically just their basic dolls in different clothes. If nothing else, this set gives fans who couldn't get ahold of their initial release the chance to own these two.
Robecca Steam made her 2013 debut in Dance Class form. That line hasn't been especially popular, but to me Robecca is arguably the best of that bunch. At the very least she's loaded with personality! We'll also be getting a Dead Tired Robecca. I've already discussed that line in an earlier post. My feelings haven't really changed on her. I think she's great!
After swimming it up in early 2013, Venus McFlytrap will also be making an appearance at her local Music Festival. She may be representing the most stupidly named musical subgenre in history, but the doll looks rather amazing! With her magenta hair and bold faceup, she's the most unique Venus we've seen yet. We're also getting an exclusive multi-pack Ghouls Night Out venus, this time with considerably shorter hair and what appears to be upward glancing eyes. I'm still not completely sold on her outfit, but those eyes definitely have me hooked!
Jinafire Long is one of our new Scaris characters. She's gone over extremely well; she's probably the most popular of the Scaris characters among fans. And who am I to disagree? Doll perfection has a name and it is Jinafire.
Skelita Calaveras is yet another new character brought to us by Scaris. She's also proven to be quite a hit with fans. Her unique skeletal body is a marvel of doll design, effectively making her a toy that just as closely reflects action figure as she does doll.
Catrine DeMew is the final new Scaris character. Relegated to being a Walmart exclusive, she hasn't gone over quite as well as the other two new Scaris ladies. Part of that is surely because she simply isn't as unique as the other two. But what she lacks in innovation she makes up for in astounding beauty.
Coming soon is 13 Wishes, a line that seems to mirror Scaris in that we're getting two new wide release character dolls as part of the fun. Gigi Grant is a genie who can, well, grant wishes. Initial response to Gigi was lukewarm but people seem to be slowly but surely warming up to her.
With her pastel color scheme and button nose, Twyla, our other new 13 Wishes character, looks like she could be the daughter of the Easter bunny. But no, she's the brethren of the Boogeyman. I don't really see it either, but she's pretty and has big eyes that remind me of Rochelle, so she's okay in my book. She'll be a shorter doll, like Howleen.
Headless Headmistress Bloodgood isn't a new character, but in 2013 we'll be getting her first doll. I love Nefera's size and am glad there's another doll of larger stature on the way. She comes with Nightmare, her shiny blue horse with red glowing eyes. I'm really digging how they've manufactured Nightmare! I think I'm as excited for the horse as I am the doll! My only complaint with this doll is that the headless effect isn't very interesting or impressive. When the head is removed, she looks like any other doll you've taken the head off of. She has a simple knob poking out above her shoulders. Couldn't they have given the knob a more stylized look of some kind? Head over to Monster High Insider to see hi-res pics of Bloodgood and Nightmare.
We'll finish our look at individual characters on a high note: Scarah Screams, coming to us in I Love Fashion form. This another release I've already discussed on the blog. My feelings haven't changed: I love this character in general and feel the upcoming doll does her justice (and then some). Her Mod look is authentic and she comes with plenty of extra clothes and accessories. What's not to love? Honestly, I'm more excited for this doll than I am either of the new 13 Wishes character dolls.
After posting Part One of this overview, there were a few more reveals of new dolls. Dead Tired Wave 3 has already been discussed (Spectra for the win!), but two dolls I haven't covered are I Love Shoes Cleo and Draculaura. I'll go ahead and get the shoe talk out of the way. Would it have been nice to have all new shoes with these dolls? Of course! But that's simply not realistic. I will concede that having them all painted one solid color is disappointing; Mattel could've rather easily painted in a few details. But hey, I love shoes and always seem to be running short, so getting so many with these two dolls is pretty great!
Cleo's face is stunning. It reminds me of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, when she's not wearing the Catwoman suit. Which is to say, this Cleo's face is amazing! Take a look...
As for Draculaura, I think this is a strong contender for best Draculaura of 2013! We shall see, but I'm beyond impressed with this doll!
That does it for my 2013 doll overview. I'll be honest: I had to do today's post in a rush (busy busy busy!), so if I've missed anything please let me know! Til next time!