|Rochelle Goyle and Roux|
Because Monster High dolls make frequent appearances on this blog, I'm going to skip over a lot of history and de-boxing details. You can always go back and read more here:
As usual, there is a lot to be learned about Rochelle on the back of the box and in her diary. Rochelle is from Scaris. This took me a while to figure out. I think it is a play on "Paris," because Rochelle is a very French name and Rochelle has French mannerisms in her writing. She's 415 years old, enjoys sculpting and hates pigeons. The pigeon part made me snicker.
Rochelle has several features that make me like her right off the bat. She has wings, her pet is cool, and her vinyl is a brand new color.
|And, she comes with a stand, a brush, a book...everything.|
Her pet is a griffin gargoyle named Roux. Unless I am missing an alternate definition, roux is a floury base used to cook French sauces. Strange name for a gargoyle pet if you ask me. However, it is pronounced "roo" and I think that is adorable. It reminds me of Winnie the Pooh. My son used to love Roo. Don't tell him I told you that, okay? He's fourteen.
Look at how nicely sculpted Roux is:
The only problem I have with Roux is that he's a gargoyle...and so is Rochelle. Why does one of them get to be the master and the other has to be the pet? It's like Pluto and Goofy. That must've bothered other people, too. I mean, one dog walks on two legs and can talk (not very well, granted) and the other dog walks on all fours and can only bark and pant. That's not right.
Despite ordering this doll online, I managed to get a Rochelle without wonky eyes or face defects:
She is wearing only black, white and silver. Her vinyl is grey with flecks of white and black mixed in to give it a granite-like appearance:
She has long, blue and pink cotton candy hair:
The hair is mostly soft and smooth and easy to manage. It is a bit uneven at the bottom, but a quick trim will fix that right up. Her bangs are very stiff, as is the hair on either side of her face.
The stone flecks in her face are more subtle than they are in the rest of her body. This is nice because a misplaced spot that was too dark or too light might be distracting. It could look like she has a dirty face or bad acne or something. I like the specks in this particular doll--they're almost like freckles or beauty marks:
You have to peer up under her wall of bangs to see her eyebrows. She has a sweet, worried look about her:
Her eyes are nicely painted for the most part, although my doll has some tiny little smudges near the corner of one eye.
After some disappointments with the Meowlody and Purrsephone set (no pet, simple accessories, no stands) I was delighted to see that Rochelle has a full compliment of accessories, including a purse...
...that opens! Hurrah!
|I like the fleur de lis buckle.|
Rochelle is wearing a lot of nicely designed black jewelry, too. She has an intricate headband (sewn into her hair), two mismatched earrings, a necklace and a bracelet:
|The choker has a nice design on it.|
|The short earring on the right hides too much of her ear.|
|The dangle earring on the left shows off her ear better.|
I like the contour of her ears. They angle towards the back of her head, contributing to her slightly vulnerable appearance. She reminds me of Felix Charlemagne when he's just peed on the floor.
The best accessory, of course, is Roux. His coloring matches Rochelle's speckled vinyl exactly. Roux is made of a bendable rubbery material, which is unlike the hard plastic of the other pets. This is an odd choice, if you think about it. The one pet who is supposed to be made of stone is the pet they decide to cast in a new pliable material? Oh, well.
He's the best Monster High pet yet, I think:
|Rubbery stone awesomeness.|
|The seams are a bit obvious in this little guy, but they seem sturdy.|
|Check out his beady little purple eyes! Very well painted.|
|They have little molded cracks.|
Rochelle's outfit easily accommodates the wings:
They stay put pretty well and look amazing:
The only problem with the wings is that they are so small, unless you carefully arrange her hair behind the wings like this...
|Now you see them...|
...the hair completely covers the wings:
|...now you don't.|
Two possible solutions: Rochelle could have had cute short hair like Skull Shores Frankie Stein, or the wings could have been a lot bigger. Either would have been fine with me.
Rochelle's outfit is very well done. Her shirt is a simple black and white striped tank top with an interesting criss-cross neckline. The stripes of the shirt conjure images of French navy uniforms, but the style is modern and if you look closely at the stripes, they're actually broken up and look washed out...as if they are very old.
|That could be 415 years old, I guess.|
The skirt is black with a shimmering silver print. The print is meant to be reminiscent of stained glass windows, I think. It reflects the colors from her hair (and whatever else is around) in a clever way:
The skirt is fully lined in black netting, which peeks out a bit past the hem of the skirt:
Rochelle is wearing pink fish net ankle-high stockings with satiny ribbon trim. They're great, and they set off the grey high heeled sandals perfectly:
The strap of the sandal has a fleur de lis accent. Tres francais.
Underneath all of those lovely clothes is Rochelle's unique vinyl body:
For some reason, the flecking in her lower leg is much denser than it is in her upper leg
Here's the lower leg up close:
I think the vinyl looks great and the body seems more solid and heavy to me. This could easily be an illusion, but perhaps the flecks actually carry some extra weight. Here's Rochelle showing off her stony, winged form:
Here she is all dressed up again (no earrings, no necklace):
So, I really enjoy Rochelle's black and pink color scheme. I think her carnival hair is an interesting and appropriate contrast to her granite body. However, I can't help but wonder what Skull Shores Frankie Stein's black and white head would look like on this body. Frankie's bobbed hair would show off Rochelle's wings really well, and I think the doll might be fun without any color. I might try this, but I am nervous about getting the heads back on their original bodies if I don't like the outcome.
|Off with my head??|
Bottom line? Another hit from Mattel and the Monster High design team. This girl has all of the creativity and innovation I love to see in these dolls, and she comes with all of the accessories we know and love. Rochelle's pet gargoyle is fantastic. He is well sculpted, well painted and has a name with a bit of French flare. Rochelle herself is a great mix of stony monochromaticity, French style and bubblegum fun.
Ideally, this doll should be picked out in person, since I can imagine that the specks in her face might fall in unfortunate places. That being said, I ordered my doll online, sight unseen, and I could not be more pleased with her. Aside from needing a slight hair trim and perhaps a wash, this doll is great right out of the box.