Saturday, 4 July 2015

Doll unboxing and review: River Styxx

Hello ghouls and mansters!
On our last post we did a review on Monster High's Kiyomi Haunterly and now is turn to review River Styxx, also from the Haunted movie related doll line. Initially, I didn't plan on doing a review on her, but after doing Kiyomi's I kind of felt that I HAD TO review River. Also I've found out that by doing a review I pay more atention to all the details in the dolls and appreciate more the designers' work.

River Styxx is the daughter of the Grimm Reaper, but, unlike her father, she's very cheerful and loves bright colours. She's a R.I.P (Reaper In Preparation), which means she's getting her license to take spirits to the ghost world.

River's box looks exactly the same as Kiyomi's, is made of clear plastic and has that cool chain shape on the front of the box.

At the back of the box we can read River's bio. River is younger than the other ghosts, she's 14 while Vandala and Kiyomi are 16 years old, so that's probably why she has the little sister body mold.

With the plastic from the box removed, you can take a closer look to River.

And exacly like Kiyomi, I had the same problem with River and my baby blue background:

So I decided to use a navy blue one:

River has purple skin and her lower arms and legs are made of clear purple plastic, revealing River's bones. The parts of her body that are not clear have like a very sublte shimmer. Her face has the shape of a skeleton, reminding me of Skelita.  

Her hands are painted with this super cute bone details:

Her hair has pastel tones, with a baby blue on top, light pink and light purple. Her hair is not as smooth or beautiful as Kiyomi's and has a bit of frizz, but that can be fixed easily.

River is wearing a pretty simple short dress with a shimmery pattern on it. However, the accesories that she wears improve her look. First of all, River wears a black cape with a hood, to give her a Grimm Reaper look. The hood closes tight to her neck with velcro, but I think that it would have been cooler if it had a chain detail or something. River looks cool with the hood on.

River also wears this purple belt with chains that give the impresion that she's floating. The belt has a ribbon on the back that can be easily removed, in fact, it fell down very easily while I was taking pictures of River.

She wears blue boots with a purple ribbon that can be removed. I don't really like her shoes, but I think that the removable ribbon is an smart idea that could be used in other shoes designs.

River doesn't bring a purse, but instead she brings this stick with a ribon that I guess may replace the Grimm Reaper's traditional scythe. The stick is quite heavy and River has trouble holding it. The only way I could make her pose with the stick was this way:

 One of the things that I like the most about the Haunted doll line is the way they matched all the girls with similar colour palettes. For example, Kiyomi has blue skin with purple hair, while River has purple skin with blue and pink hair.  Here's a picture of the 3 Haunted girls:

I like River Styxx, she's a nice doll with some interesting details, but I don't like her as much as I like Kiyomi or Vandala. Probably the most interesting thing about her is her translucent body with the visible bones, which adds more variety to the Monster High world. Also, I like that she has the little sister body mold, because that makes her even cuter and Howleen can get another friend her size. 

What do you guys think about River? Do you like her? Who's your favourite Haunted character? 


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Doll unboxing and review: Kiyomi Haunterly

Hi ghouls and mansters! What have you been up to this week?

As I told you on one of my latest post, I'd like to introduce some new content to the blog, such as shop reviews (like the one I did of The Daughter Who Sews) instead of all being crafts I do, because, let's be sincere, I don't have the time for crafting right now. 
One of the things I wanted to add to the blog was some dolls and doll lines reviews, in which I could express my personal opinion about this toy line in particular. I got this idea pretty much inspired by The Toy Box Philosopher, who makes great and very complete doll reviews. Probably my review is not as complete or detailed as hers, but I really want to give it a try.

For my first review I've chosen Kiyomi Haunterly, from Monster High's Haunted movie and doll line. Kiyomi is the daughter of the Noppera Bo, a faceless ghost from the japanese culture. She's a student at Haunted High, a high school for ghost that's located on the ghost world.

First, let's start with the box. The Haunted dolls come with this new box desing that's almost completely clear, so you can see all the content inside the box. Also, is quite easy to open without breaking it, so I guess it's easier to open for younger kids.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Back to Dollywood

Hello ghouls and mansters!
It's been almost a year since I started trying to post on a regular basis, but it has been a hard year for me. Last summer Mr. Monster and I moved together to an old house that needed a huge makeover, so we spent all the summer cleaning, plastering and painting. Then I had a lot of changes at my job and when I finally got used to them, I got changes again. Furthermore, I have my studies, so I don't have much spare time to enjoy my dolls.

Fortunatelly, yesterday I got my final exams, so that means that I'm free until september. I always have to go to take my final exams to a bigger city, so after the exams I go doll hunting. 
Last time I went, back in January, I wasn't very lucky, as I only found Casta Fierce and she was quite expensive for a playline doll, but this time, I found 4 dolls and 3 of them were a real bargain. 

The first shop I went to was El Corte Inglés. If you are not familiar with the spanish shop companies, you will have never heard of this, but sometimes El Corte Inglés gets the exclusive dolls that in USA gets Wallmart or Target because here we don't have those stores. El Corte Inglés is not my favourite shop to buy my dolls, mainly because they have higher prizes than other shops (the Haunted dolls were 30€ while other shops had them for 25€) but also because they don't seem to care much about what they sell. 

The second shop I visited was Toys'r'us and I had a much more possitive experience than with El Corte Inglés. I took advantage of some ofers plus a bonus discount I had for having the customer card and got Amanita Nightshade and River Styxx for 35€ both of them. Unfortunately, they didn't have Porter Geiss, who was the one I was looking for.

I still wanted Porter, so I went to a hypermarket that was very close to search for him. They didn't have him, but signature Raven Queen was on sale for just 7€ so I got her. The next stop was another toy store called Juguettos, were someone told me they had seen him at a reasonable prize, but he wasn't there either. The guy on the cashline didn't know much about Monster High, but he offered to check out if they had him on the backstore. They didn't so I ended up getting Creepateria Cleo de Nile,that I consider one of the most gorgeous dolls of her ever made. I have already unboxed her and taken some pictures:

Creepateria Cleo

My collection has increased quite a bit since last year. Last spring, I had around 20 dolls and today I may have almost 50. Also, despite that I mainly collect Monster High dolls, I've fallen for some Ever After High characters (that will probably join my collections sooner or later) and also I'm enjoying some of the new Barbie Style Luxe dolls. This are more or less the dolls that I currently have on my collection:

Plus the ones that I still have in their boxes:

So, what have you been up to this year? What are your plans for summer?

Blog to you soon.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Happy World Doll Day

Hello ghouls and mansters! It's been such a long time since I last posted!

Today is World Doll Day so I wanted to make a quick post to tell you a little bit about this day and celebrate it with some pictures of my dolls.
Here's the story:
So, you have not heard of World Doll Day?  This is not surprising as of an hour ago, I hadn't conceived the idea. To make it happen. I need cooperation of every doll collector, every magazine editor, doll newsletter, doll shop, library, doll maker, mother, grand­mother, father, grandfather, and all the stray aunts and uncles. The first World Doll Day is the Second Saturday of June 1986. Give a doll to a grownup, child in the family or just a friend.  If you don't have a child to give a doll to - find one. There are many children with no dolls.

Think of it this way and ship a doll to another country.  I have always felt that the common doll could be an instrument of world understanding. From the first time I started writing books on doll making, I had the hope that dolls would help make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.

World Doll Day will also be a day for doll exhibits. It is my hope that all libraries will have a special doll exhibit. Museums will publicize their doll exhibits and have special doll exhibits at this time.  Magazines will put out special editions.  Doll stores will put on campaigns weeks ahead.  Doll Makers will make special dolls for World Doll Day.  There will be doll competitions with World Doll Day awards, plaques and trophies.

The logo is made from artist Boots Tyner's doll representing a child. The child carries a German bisque doll to represent this doll collectors gift.  Feel free to copy the logo or have one made.

Everyone can enjoy the fun as there are no fees, no permission needed, no obligations, nobody owns the day, no club, no company.  It's a free- for- all, take up the day, its ideas and fly with it.  Lets do it now.  World Doll Day.

If you think World Doll Day is a good idea, then appoint yourself a committee of one to do something about it--only then can it become a reality.  Would you tell five people,  ask them to tell five people, and each of them tell five people and so on.  World Doll Day's birthday is June 14, 1986.

Mil and Vernon Seeley

P.S. This letter may be copied and copied again and again until the world knows about World Doll Day.

 I have not really decided what I'm going to do today, because I don't have anyone to buy a doll for. I really love dolls and I just wish I had someone to share my hobby with, but none of my nephews seems to like dolls.

My collection has increased a little bit since I last posted, but I still have some of the dolls that I bought last summer in their boxes. I wish I had more time to play with them! I still collect mainly Monster High dolls, but I've fallen for the Style Barbie dolls, and also I'm dying to get my hands on the new Barbie fashionistas.


I mainly collect Monster High dolls,
but I love Midge!

How are you going to celebrate World Doll Day? Are you going to give a doll to someone?


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Shop review: The Daughter Who Sews on Etsy

Hello ghouls! How are you doing?

As I told you on my last post, I'm planning to introduce on this blogs other subjects besides crafts, which, to be sincere, I haven't been working on. This is my first shop review, so I'll try to do my best. First of all, I'd like to say that this review is based on my personal opinion and that I didn't recive any item as a present to make this review.

As you may know, I'm always trying to make a bigger wardrobe for my ghouls and lately I've been lurking on some Etsy stores. I found The Daughter Who Sews on Etsy because of another doll collector and I have to say that I love their shop. Seriously, you should visit their store and check out their goods, they've got a wide variety of dolls sizes and designs.

I have to say that this is the first thing that I've bought on Etsy and has been an overall good experience. I find it's a safe place if you want to buy handmade goods. I wanted to buy just a couple of stockings to see if I liked them, but when I proceed to pay, I found that the shipping to Spain was quite high, so I ordered a third item.

I made my purchase on June the 22nd, and it arrived to Spain July the 2nd. Unfortunately, that day I departured on holiday for a whole week and couldn't open it until I came back. It came in a small post ofice bag and each pair of stockings came in its individual plastic bag, which I found it was a nice detail.

Now let's start with the stockings: For Clawdeen, I chose a pair of purple stockings to match her signature colour. In fact, this was the last item that I added to my cart, but as I was tired of always seeing Clawdeen with the same look, I thought it would be a good idea to buy her some new garments.

I also wanted a piece of basic clothing that could be used for any ghoul, so I chose this black fishnet stockings. I am concerned that this type of material can be damaged if you change her shoes very often, so they have to be handled with care. Truth is that I think that  this ones look really good on Frankie, don't you think so?

The last item are this hot pink chain stockings. Originally, I ordered them for Draculaura and Howleen, but when they arrived, I didn't feel like undressing Lala, so I tried them on Spectra. It was a little bit hard to photograph her, as her white skin bounces the ligh and I couldn't get a good detail on the stockings, but I can tell you that they look really good.

Out of curiosity, I asked her if I could order any item for other dolls in Monster High size, and she said that yes, but she recomended me to ask her first, as some styles may not fit every doll. 

In general terms, I can say that I had a good experience with The Daughter Who Sews. The quality of the clothes is really good, much better that some original Monster High outfits, and it's a great addition to any ghoul closet. The prices are proportionall to the quality of the goods and they will arrive quite quickly. The worst thing in my opinion was the shipping, but I'm afraid that's the price the postal service sets. I would really recomend this shop to anyone willing to give an extra touch to their dolls closets.

Blog to you soon ASAP.