Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cleo Loves Shoes; or, Thank Jebus, Good Cleo Is Back!!!

Psst! Gather 'round, fellow Cleo fanatics. I have something very important to tell you...

It's officially time to hollllaaaa 'cause good Cleo is back! Holy crap y'all, for real! The Weird Eye'd Oasis/Classroom Cleo Debacle is officially a thing of the past. I Love Shoes Cleo is here and she's ready to reclaim the royally hot, frighteningly fierce throne that's rightfully hers. Those other two dolls did their damnedest to throw it all away but Cleo is nothing if not a fighter. If we've learned anything from this ordeal it's to never count Cleo out.

Okay, being serious, ILS Cleo really is a stunning doll. She's a true return to form, a much needed success after a string of ambitiously designed but ultimately flawed dolls. ILS Cleo keeps it simple, but you know what I always say, right? Sometimes less really is more...


I'M BACK.


I'm not putting these shades on to protect my eyes from the sun.
I'm putting them on to protect you from my glowing beauty.


It hurts to look this good. Oh wait, no it doesn't! It feels effing great!



Konnichiwa.





I want that statue you're building in my honor over... there.




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32 comments:

  1. ALL GLORY TO THE H̶Y̶P̶N̶O̶T̶O̶A̶D̶ DE NILE QUEEN!

    *weeps* I'm jealous of all your new dolls, John.Did you get ILS Draculaura? What about the Swim dolls?

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    1. Lol! Yes, hypnotoad! (I'm not joking when I say hypnotoad is one one of my favorite Futurama characters.)

      No, I didn't get the Ula doll. I like her a lot but between Cleo, the Equestria Girls dolls, and certain other MH dolls [ ;) ], I had to cut myself off somewhere. I do plan on getting ILS Ula though. I didn't get any of the new Swim dolls either, but that Rochelle has rocketed to the top of my want list!

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    2. Oh, sorry that crossed-out word looks a bit off. I tried using the strikethrough tag in different forms; none of which seemed to work, so I used a generator. Whoops.

      Certain other dolls? Ooh, you've got my curiosity! I'm not surprised you really want swim Rochelle. She's so adorable!

      With all of these new dolls, you're getting really behind with your reviews. :(

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    3. What was it supposed to say? I thought you were making a Futurama reference lol.

      I probably won't be reviewing many other 13 Wishes dolls. I *might* do another MF doll review. I'm not sure how I'm gonna approach GNO just yet, but I do plan on discussing them in some form or another on the blog. They've been getting so much coverage on other blogs anyway, so I'm also kind of waiting for that to die down. The simple fact of the matter is not every doll will be covered on the blog, at least not with a full review. But I'll try my best to touch on as many as I can in various ways. :)

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    4. Yes, it was indeed a Futurama reference, I just thought the effect looked kind of 'off', if you know what I mean.

      I don't read many other doll related blogs, mostly just yours and the Toy Box Philosopher. Sorry if I seemed a bit pushy.

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    5. Nah, it didn't come across pushy. I wanted to say I'll try to cover as many MH dolls as I can, but some will probably fall by the wayside.

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  2. I'm curious now. Why do you think this is a success over some previous models? I mean, the style is not bad, but the eyes are still very uneven...

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    1. Yeah, she does have a touch of wonk-eye, but compared to the Classroom and Oasis dolls she's practically the Mona Lisa lol! As far as her design goes, I feel she's pretty much the perfect example of a "classic Cleo". She doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, she's just a really nice doll. Overall the Classroom and Oasis dolls were more uniquely designed than ILS Cleo but were brought down by widespread manufacturing defects. The Classroom and Oasis outfits are really nice, probably my favorite aspects of those two dolls, but I honestly like ILS Cleo's outfit just as much. It looks much better in person than in pics and the textures used for the different pieces are nice. Looking at the total package ILS Cleo is simply a far better doll. She feels like a return to form for Cleo's character dolls.

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  3. good to see some F'n monsters up in this blog :) jk... so is this just a photo shoot or is this the new way your doing your reviews bc i remember you saying over at the sequel that your changing a few things up so are you just showing some pics or is this the new review style... and as for cleo she looks great (where did you find her ?) i cant wait to see lala in this line she looks so mature and subtle i love it and i always love a side pony !! (thanks to andy cohen)

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    1. Lol I had a feeling you'd like this post Ricky :) This is basically just an introductory photo set of the new doll, definitely not a "review in brief" or anything. I haven't decided for sure yet whether I'm gonna review ILS Cleo or not.

      I bought her on Amazon since she was only a couple dollars over retail there. I figured that was a pretty fair price, and though I was worried about what condition she'd be in, as you can see it turned out fine :) She has a touch of wonk-eye but nothing too horrible.

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  4. I'm not saying this doll is great...
    But this doll is great.

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    1. Mm-hmm! *Nods head in agreement*

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  5. I know you don't like the CGI specials, but there's a trailer for 13 Wishes now;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXA1zmuWMTQ

    Gigi is voiced by the same actress who does Apple White & Twyla's voice is more deep & husky. They're not at all how I imagined they'd sound. :-/
    Also, the main ghouls are wearing their Pic Day outfits! Cool!

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    1. Sweet! Thanks for sharing! Gonna check it out...

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  6. Speaking of Cleo, did you see my drawing of her?
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    I used SS Frankie's hairstyle on her. :)

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    1. Cute! I wish they'd release an outfit like that for her, like, oh I don't know, a fashion pack maybe! Seriously, she's had all of one released! Anyway, yes, love it! Very modern beach attire, very disco updated. :D

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  7. i do enjoy the pics :) and this is a great cleo you cant even see the wonk eye, until pointed out and then really it isn't even noticeable bc i didn't even notice it at all, it is actually a really great doll for not picking it out in person !! i am definitely going to be extra careful when getting my CR cleo & ghoulia and also if i get the oasis cleo i will be careful with that one too because the pics we seen on the MHdolls FB page looked great and her eyes were fine i think it is just something you have to watch out for and really i think if we all called the customer service line given on the boxes and ask to leave a complaint and told them that there quality control is really slipping then maybe it will help them step up their game !! it couldn't hurt there really is power in numbers guys !! so call, call, call and just let them know the problems your having with the face-ups and/or anything for that matter mattel cant make things better if they don't know about it !! as for your issue with your reviews, i really think that the idea we discussed on the sequel is the way to go with your reviews... i think that you should get the dolls you like from the particular line and snap some group and separate pics and then write a full review on your fav of the bunch and then do some captions with a little detail on the other pics all in the same post, i think that would be a great way to cover everything with out being overwhelmed... (maybe you could try it out with the GNO line) but please throw in a frankie review every once in a while bc i have to have my fix, please please ! :) !

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  8. i noticed something with your ILS cleo she is a little different than the photos i have seen of her online for example : her necklace and bracelet are blue to match her outfit online and yours are purple, also her sunglasses are yellow online and yours are black is yours your own accessories or is that the way she comes ?

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    1. Thanks for the tips Ricky, you always have good, genuinely helpful suggestions. All the accessories she's wearing are how they came in the box. Either there's a variant, or they made a few last minute color changes.

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  9. Ahhhhh!!!! I Love Fashion dolls are starting to show up in stores!
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    Scarah faceup comparison
    Squee! I can't wait to get them!

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    1. Ugh I know!!! I'm freaking out! Scaaaarrraahhh!!! ;D

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    2. Yeah, but I won't be able to buy any new dolls for a while. :(
      Lets just say dental work is *really* expensive. D:

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    3. Oh, what are you having done?

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    4. I don't wanna talk about it where everyone can see...

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  10. i checked out the scarah face ups that felicity posted and they look great... i was worried with mattels QC issues that scarah wouldn't look the same as her basic doll but she does !! the face ups match, well except the make up of course... so when you get the ILF scarah it will be like having her basic !! this is awesome bc people that cant afford to pay outrageous prices for her basic can still own a scarah !!

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    1. I completely agree. I too was concerned that Scarah would suffer from Mattel's poor QC but it looks like she's been manufactured perfectly. At least, the one seen on Flickr was. But I have a feeling that will be the case for most of the ILF Scarah's. As for comparing the two Scarah's, I've said it before and I'll say it again -- the ILF doll is by far the better version! :D

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  11. What a stunner! Fantastic photos that capture her beauty so well... and I love your clever captions – ha ha! I recently went on a doll shopping spree, and then immediately afterwards, these ILS dolls appear on Amazon. And then ILF Scarah and Clawdeen begin hitting the shelves – it's too much all at once! I like to take time between acquisitions to appreciate each new character, so I'm holding back momentarily. But this ILS Cleo, the ILS Ula and the ILF Scarah and Clawdeen are on my must-have list. All of those extra fashions and shoes; now I'll REALLY spend too much time swapping outfits. How do you feel about the shoes that came with this Cleo?

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    1. Thanks Eric :D ILF Scarah is literally my most anticipated MH doll at the moment. PG Toralei is right behind her -- and she's hitting shelves now too! Agh!!!!! It's all too much! ;D

      Personally I love the shoes. We lost a pair in the process from promo shoot to manufacturing, but the details are painted in on the ones she did come with, so I'm not complaining. And even though all the shoes are repeats, they were all pairs I liked so I'm glad to get more of them, and in new colors!

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  12. We're both anticipating the same dolls, because PG Toralei is right behind ILF Scarah on my list right now, too. Toralei, a bodysuit and those boots – I was sold immediately! I drool over the original Toralei, but unfortunately, I came into the MH collecting game too late to score her at a decent price. :( Hoping to come across a loose, but complete one sometime.

    The Shoes Collection Cleo and Ula keep coming in and out of stock on Amazon, and the price fluctuates accordingly. I'm still appreciating my newest additions, but as soon as I see Scarah or PG Toralei, I MUST nab them immediately.

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    1. Tbh even people who were collecting MH at the time of signature Toralei's release couldn't get ahold of her. She was super hard to find, like they produced her in small quantities or something. I only saw her on a store shelf once and they only had one of her. A real shame because she really is a great doll, one of MH's best. The moment I come across PG Toralei (and ILF Scarah) I'm snatching those suckers up -- and doing my nerdy happy dance, as well. ;)

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