I have liked Emily the Strange since her emergence in 1990. I remember that when she first appeared, it wasn't clear who she was. She was just this girl who wore black and liked cats and lurked on tee shirts. I used to buy Emily the Strange tee shirts because, you know, she and I share a name (and the tee shirts are pretty awesome). Nowadays, you can buy a ton of Emily the Strange merchandise, including books, stickers, comics, clothing and dolls. I think there's even going to be a movie. But this isn't a full review, I just want to show you the doll really quick, if I can manage that.
Ashton Drake made their 12" vinyl Emily the Strange doll in 2010. She retails for $60, which is too high, but I decided to buy her anyway. She is still readily available.
|Ashton Drake's Emily the Strange|
She wears a black dress, black stockings and white shoes. She comes with a grey satchel that opens and closes:
She has pure white, almost translucent vinyl and dark grey and black painted features.
Her hair is wonderfully silky and smooth and she has a cute cat ear headband. If you mail in a form and wait a few weeks, Ashton Drake will also send you a tiny plush black cat.
Her articulation is limited--neck, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees:
Here's Emily meeting Erro:
|Yeeks! What the heck are you supposed to be??|
|Well, ok. I guess we can pose together. Just don't...don't stare at me.|
Everyone marks out their comfort zone on this spectrum differently. For some, the Brides of Dracula or Emily the Strange might be too outside the norm, but for others, Erro doesn't even come close to being creepy enough. I am still not sure where my comfort zone ends. I thought Erro might be too disturbing for me, but in the end I like her quite a bit. She and Emily can comfortably share a shelf in my house...as long as Erro doesn't try to poke pins into Emily's cat and Emily doesn't eat Little Apple Red.