Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Monster High "Skelita Calaveras:" A Guest Review!

For this post, I am thrilled to introduce an overseas friend who asked to write a guest review for the blog this week.  She and I both have Skelita Calaveras, one of the new Scaris Monster High dolls.  Since I am always bursting with opinions, I'll have to get my two cents in at the end, but I'll let our guest, known here as "LagoonaLicious," tell you all about Skelita first.  In fact, I'd like to start the review with her wonderful portrait.  I love this:


Over to you, LagoonaLicious!

"Spring break had just begun, but I was bored already.  After a few minutes thinking what I could do, I came up with an idea: I wanted to write a guest article for my favorite blog, The Toy Box Philosopher.  So the first thing I had to do was to ask Emily if it was okay for her.  She agreed, so I started writing my first written doll review.

I chose to do a review about Skelita Calaveras, this doll is so unique and detailed!  First, let’s have a quick look at Skelita’s packaging. The box has a lot of small details and designs, on the sides there are little skulls and they are wearing berets! I love that! :D 

In the front corner, there is Skelita’s name and her picture. 


You can see a few people at the background, a gargoyle (and a cat), Deuce and a shadow of a girl. I consider that the gargoyle is supposed to be the Create-A-Monster Gargoyle from the Vampire and Gargoyle set. The shadow of the girl must be Frankie, you can see the bolts on her neck. 



At the back of the box you can see a picture of the other Scaris Deluxe dolls:


This is everything Skelita comes with:


The orange diary/sketchbook has a few designs in it and Skelita’s biography in foreign languages.   There is a family picture on the cover decorated with colorful flowers.


The inside:



Skelita comes with a cute pink suitcase, it has a lot of details on it.  In the center of the suitcase is a skull painted in white, there are also molded flowers and candles on the sides.


You can open up the suitcase, on the inside are a few molded details.

2 molded pockets and a padded pattern.

Again Mattel did a great job on details—notice the detail on the wheel:


Skelita has black hair with orange streaks in the front, a ponytail is supposed to make a poof—that is a little disappointing to me.  I guess there are supposed to be two big curls in the front but they got wrinkled in the box.

The face is wonderfully detailed, she wears special make-up for “Dia de los Muertos." If you look that up on Google, you’ll find a lot of faces similar to Skelita.  Skelita has big eyes, mine are slightly wonky.  


Her shoes are green high heels with a brown sole, on the sole are the same figures molded as on the belt, but I’ll talk about that later. 


I took off her outfit (it is actually a two piece “dress” ) and her accessories.  The top is made very well and has two different colors of trimming on the sides—one side has purple trimming and the other side has pink trimming. It closes with a long strip of velcro on her back and a smaller piece for her neck.  




The skirt is made out of a stiff synthetic fabric and it has a lot of bright colors on it, but the paint tends to come off after a while. 


It closes in the back with velcro, there is no “thong” to prevent the skirt from riding up on the waist.


These are all of the accessories she was wearing:

A bracelet, a belt and a necklace.

Here is the belt, as I already mentioned, it has the same molding on it like the sole of the shoes:


The bracelet has the skulls on it, just like the suitcase, and a few other designs.


Now when she is nude, I can show her body. She has a wonderfully made body!  It has a few differences between the CAM Skeleton Add On Pack, look at the legs and lower arms.


You might see a plastic torso cover on Skelita, and when she wears it she’s not able to sit down or “run."  I took it off and stacked a few books on each other, Skelita can sit on it perfectly! 


She can do the side-to-side and the front-to-back splits:



I also wanted to compare Skelita to a few of my other dolls, so here is Skelita next to different dolls:


LR: Barbie, Winx Club (by Mattel), Rapunzel (from the Disney Store), Skelita, an “old” Bratz doll, Bratzillaz (Meygana)."


-All of the above text, photographs (and drawing) are courtesy of LagoonLicious!
Thank you, 'Goona!  I totally agree with you that this is a unique, highly detailed doll.  I still can't really believe that there's a skeleton doll on the market that's actually popular.  The anatomist in me is thrilled!  


At first, I thought Skelita's face was strange--like a clown face.  I am not a huge fan of clowns.   However, LagoonaLicious' explanation of the Day of the Dead paint is awesome and makes me like her face so much better.  That little bit of history really enhances the appeal of the whole doll for me considerably.  Impressive detective work!

Here's a real Dia de los Muertos mask:

"Calavera Decorada." Photo by Guillerminargp
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I agree about the detailing in the accessories, too.  The suitcase is on par with Jinafire's wonderful tote, and I love that the retractable handle runs through vertebrae-shaped tracks as if it was a spinal cord.  How clever!  To me, the handle looks a bit like a caduceus, or a medical staff.


The handle is not very sturdy, though.  It wobbles precariously back and forth inside those vertebrae.  It doesn't bother me too much because the design is so creative.

I was sorry to learn that the color wears off the skirt easily, because it is a very vibrant and interesting skirt.  Almost all of the panels are unique, and (as Molly discovered) are patterned after Mexican party banners like these.  How beautiful!





And, as LagoonaLicious pointed out, the tiny patterns on the belt, shoes and bracelet all match. 



I'm not sure what the necklace pattern is supposed to be, though.  I do like the color:


I also agree that the hair is a bit of a disappointment.  The texture is soft, but it's frizzy and messy at the ends and is hard to keep under control.  My doll has decent curls at the sides of her face, but the poofy ponytail in back is not very well designed.  It leaves a bald patch on my doll that's hard to miss.



I am delighted that the body is a complete skeleton, but it has some issues.  Skelita's arms and legs are made out of a bendable soft vinyl.  Oddly, her lower legs are made out of harder plastic, but the entire length of her arms and her femurs (thigh bones) are bendy.  This causes warping in the shape of some of her bones, and also makes her more difficult to pose than other Monster High dolls.  For instance, when I try to flex her shoulder joint by moving her arm, sometimes her humerus (upper arm) just bends rather than causing any movement at the joint.  In addition, many of her joints were stuck in place when I got her out of the box, and I've had to work them loose.  Her knees are still quite stiff.   

Skelita Calaveras Monster High

Here's the plastic torso piece that LagoonaLicious was describing.  It makes the clothes fit better for display in the box, but I have no intention of keeping it.  It's very thin plastic.


Another friend, NatKat, pointed out that Skelita has rib-boobs.  I guess this helps her fill our her clothes a bit better?

Skelita Calaveras Monster High


She also has an oddly shaped pelvis.  She has very long, high ilium bones (the flared bones on the sides) and her bottom is a bit too...ah, shapely to be accurate for bare pubic bones.




The molded detail on Skelita's back is great, even though the scapulae, or shoulder bones, are not quite the right shape:



The rubber bands that held her in place in the box caused some crushing on one hand:

This has not relaxed back into shape yet.
The other hand is better:


I think the sculpting in the feet is especially realistic--look at the bottoms of her feet!


Like many of the Monster High dolls with unusual bodies, I think Skelita is the most fun to pose without her clothes. 

Skelita Calaveras Monster High
She has little patellas (knee bones)!


Skelita Calaveras Monster High


Skelita Calaveras Monster High

When Skelita is dressed without her plastic torso cover, her clothes hang loosely.  Her waist, in particular, is impossibly thin.  This disturbs me.  I don't know exactly how to feel about it.  She evokes some fairly graphic images of anorexia.  On the other hand, she's not appealingly thin in a way that I imagine would prompt girls to emulate her.  Her body is not elegant and lithe like other Monster High dolls--it's creepy and a bit shocking.  Especially when her clothes cave in at the waist or her rib-boobs show at the edges of her gaping arm holes:


Skelita Calaveras Monster High


Skelita Calaveras Monster High

Skelita Calaveras Monster High

Bottom line?  First of all, I agree with LagoonaLicious on almost everything about this doll, and am so glad to have had her come in and do all of the hard work for this post!

As for Skelita: once again, my hat is off to the creative team at Mattel.  While I wish they would avoid making some of the same mistakes again and again (frizzy hair, wonky eyes), I am impressed by how this line keeps offering completely new bodies and body parts.  Skelita's skeletal body could have been a cheesy painted version of the normal Monster High body, or a rough, cartoon-like sketch of a skeleton.  Instead, it is full of detail and cleverness.

The creative design of the body comes at a small cost.  The articulation on this doll is not as smooth as other characters in the line, mostly because of the flexible vinyl near the joints.  The delicate shape of the limbs, combined with the bendable vinyl, makes the doll prone to warping and distortion.  Another complaint for me, personally, is that because the body is anatomically accurate in so many places, the areas where it isn't accurate are distracting.  Namely, I think the pelvis and ribcage are strangely designed.

Last, I think it was risky to produce a doll that is, literally, skeletal-thin.  When I first looked at her, all I could think of was eating disorders.  The doll's face, which I originally thought was bizzare, actually saves the day here.  LagoonaLicious' astute comment about this doll's cultural connection to the Mexican Day of the Dead changed my opinion completely.  Now, when I look at her, I don't see a scary-thin relative of Batman's Joker.  Instead, I think of colorful, sacred celebrations and I marvel--yet again-- at Mattel's creative, intellectual, edgy approach to the Monster High line.

Skelita Calaveras Monster High

46 comments:

  1. That was so in depth and detailed!!! A wonderful review! I have this girl too and I quite love her, but I have her only wearing her skirt because I think her bone body is too awesome to cover up :)

    http://travelingtwig.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll say thank you on behalf of myself and LagoonaLicious! :) I totally agree that the skeleton is too cool to cover. I like the idea of using just the skirt--I might try that because I adore the colorful panels. They balance the color in her face so nicely!

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  2. Wow...I'd been skipping her over because she just never spoke to me from the shelves, but to find out that it's a full skeleton under the clothes makes me so eager to pick her up! I love weird tchotchkes around the computer.

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    1. It's funny how she doesn't really appeal to lots of people at first with that colorful, extreme face. I never dreamed I would buy her, but she seemed so different, I figured I'd give her a try. She would definitely qualify as a weird tchotchke to have lurking near your computer! That's a collection I'd like to see! ;D

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    2. Oh it wasn't her face--I had a lot of Hispanic friends in high school so I knew she was referencing Dia de los Muertos; it was just her character in the Monster High webisodes didn't appeal to me (I got addicted to those and most of my MH purchases are based on my affinity for their characterizations :) ) But yes, the collection around the computer is getting a little wacky. All the little boys and ghouls are going to have to move into their own space once I'm out of limbo--they'll go into a studio and become the subjects of some wacky art when I'm set up. :)

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  3. her necklace is explained in the 'scare-itage' webisode as an heirloom passed down in the family from her ancestors & is a recent gift from her grandmother, who is literally big boned ;3

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    1. Big boned! That is too funny. :D I think I need to watch some of the webisodes to get a better appreciation for this girl! Thank you for telling me the title so I can find the right one.

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  4. Yay! I was wondering if you would do a review on Skelita Calaveras, because I was interested in what you had to say about her. I got her for Christmas, and she was one of those that I passed by several times, lacking interest because of her "funny face paint" and her uninteresting (to me) attire. When I actually held her in my hands at Christmas time, however, things changed and she quickly became one of my favorites. I still show her off to friends and family, because I feel like she is a very unique and interesting doll. Because of her legs being frozen in place, I was terrified to pose her at all for quite some time, until I experimented one night and realized that she could pose if handled with care. As for her plastic thing, I ended up keeping it, because I do not like the anorexic look of her body without it. She fits fine on the stand with the plastic body thing in place, and I would say she looks and feels normal as well. Also, I am surprised that yours had a bad bald spot, because mine was not only rooted perfectly, but she had gorgeous hair right out of the box. It felt and looked great, and it was the first thing I wanted to played with (as always). :)

    Oh, one last thing about her necklace. There was an interesting story behind that in the cartoon, and is one of my favorite webisodes so far. You should check it out if you ever get the chance and are interested, because she is one of the sweetest characters, with incredible detail and love put into her character and history. The dolls creator actually based Skelita off of her own family history, which made it even more special, I think.

    Here's a photobucket link so you can see a picture of my Skelita:

    http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a21/Midnight_Kangee/GEDC6409.jpg

    I hope that works... I'm not very good at photo sharing these days. Also, I made that dress for my Frankie Stein, but I think it fits Skeltita best, don;t you? :)

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    1. Oh, I love that dress you made! That gives her a whole new look! The waistline is perfect for hiding her extreme skinniness.

      Your description of the cartoon makes me want to watch. I haven't watched a single episode yet, mostly because I feared that it would detract from the dolls' characters. For instance, some people find Frankie irritating, and I think it comes from her portrayal on the show, but I LOVE how Frankie looks, so I don't want my image of her to be ruined. However, if the cartoon adds to the dolls' personalities, that would be fantastic! I love having a doll version of a fictional character that is special.

      I'm glad you got a doll with good hair--it seems to be highly variable. I love how you've styled it in that picture you shared. It looks so elegant!

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    2. It also really helps to have that plastic body thing in place. ;)

      I think the cartoon is actually really sweet, and it's the main reason my collection has grown to 15 dolls! I never intended on collecting so many... Heheh, but the characters and their personalities are so addicting.

      Frankie, for instance, is one of those characters created for people young or old who are in school or remember going through school at a very vulnerable age. As you may already know, she started going to Monster High at "15 days old", so she comes off as very innocent and naive to the world around her. She grows from that and learns from her new friends that she should just be herself and not worry about trying to play a part and "fit in" with the other monsters. It takes awhile, but I think after the first season she grew up and became a little more confident in what she was doing. I would not say she is my favorite of all the monsters, but she is very close and I do love her character. You always see her "let's do this!" attitude, and how she tries to help her friends get through sticky situations. It is also fun to see the crazy "mad scientist" inside her come out, to show that she isn't just a normal teenage monster... she's the daughter of Frankenstein!

      I'm almost tempted to tell you a summary of all the main characters... but I don't think you want to read a monster sized essay about it! Heheh... :)

      I love playing with doll hair, it's a lot of fun! I can understand how disappointing it can be when the hair isn't the greatest quality or is rooted very thinly. I ended up buying the create a monster were-cat and witch set, so that I could try out the selkie and harpy packs... I wasn't exactly impressed with the wigs. The selkie had a decent enough wig, but the harpy has to be styled a certain way to cover the wig cap. It kind of ruins the fun a little when you're limited to what you can do with a dolls hairstyle.

      ...Although I will admit, I did enjoy finding ways to cover the wig cap and make for a new and fun style despite the complications. Sometimes a little challenge makes it all the better. :D

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    3. I've got 21 dolls! I did not mean for that to happen!;)

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  5. This post has made my day!

    Firstly, because the review was for a doll that I already own and love. For once my groaning wishlist can sit this one out. And secondly because I got a mention. Yay! Very exciting.

    LagoonaLicious did a fantastic job reviewing Skelita. I think that it was extremely brave of her to review such an unusual doll on a blog that known for its attention to detail. Her drawing of Skelita was really good too :)

    It was actually her face paint that first attracted me. Then I noticed that her hands and legs were bones and I was sold. I was not expecting her whole body to be a skeleton and was very pleasantly surprised by it. I think that she is very cool although I do find the rib boobs quite amusing. I also threw away the plastic body plate and am dissatisfied with how her clothes sit on her now. Her outfit makes me think of anorexia too. Even my mother mentioned that some mothers of teenage girls might struggle with the image she portrays. I think that she looks much more attractive in the dress that Spirit made for her. (Wow!) I have been thinking of making a dress for her myself but I imagine that you must have to be so precise with your measurements and sewing for dolls with such a slim figure as MH. I like the idea of something in a sheer fabric that shows her skeleton underneath. In the mean time I might just leave her without any clothes as her outfit is not really my style.

    I found the hair quite nice, a bit frizzy but no bald patches. I don't much like the ponytail though and will take it down. I was a bit nervous of posing her at first because of the stiff joints and bendy limbs but she is getting much better over time.

    I agree that the detail on the suitcase is amazing, but I never keep these sorts of accessories. Over the years I have become a bit ruthless about throwing away that sort of thing because my house was filling up with bits of plastic that no one ever used. Lately I have been thinking about how wasteful many of these accessories are, especially accessories such as headbands that don't even fit the doll.

    Thanks again LagoonaLicious and Emily for a great review. x

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    1. Isn't that drawing wonderful? I wish I could draw like that.

      I LOVE your idea of a sheer dress for Skelita. That would be fabulous! I wish Mattel had thought of that--it's the perfect solution for dolls like Skelita and Jinafire who have amazing molded body parts. I think if they'd avoided the rib-boobs, a sheer dress couldn't even be considered indecent--I mean, there's no body to reveal!

      I agree about the plastic accessories. I think some might add to the play value (those pink plastic lockers were great) but most of them are disposable. Good for you for staying on top of the clutter. I get especially irritated when I think of the money that we could save on the doll if they didn't come with all of the extra plastic stuff.

      Thank you for adding details about your own doll--it is interesting to read about the mix in quality among various dolls. The hair seems especially hit-or-miss.

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  6. She's a great doll, But I'm not a fan of some parts of her body! I do love her feet though, I think they're so cool!

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    1. The feet are especially well done, I agree! Her hands are also great, except for the fact that they're so bendy that they can be deformed. :/

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  7. She is so awesome, and so is this review! Since my thing is paper rather than plastic dolls, my goal is to try to make a paper Skelita.

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    1. I would love to see that! What a great idea!

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  8. Skelita's face definitely is the best part of her, I have one too and think she is very cool (though my doll's hair seems to have survived the box much better then yours). It's really great how many Dia de los Muertos design elements were snuck into this doll, even the skirt is made of traditional banners!

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    1. Oh, cool! You and Holly are teaching me even more about this doll. I love the skirt, but didn't realize that the designs on the skirt are from Mexican party banners! I might add this to the blog with a link to some pics--they're really pretty!
      Thanks, Molly! :D

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  9. Gah. I wasn't going to get Skelita. I wasn't! but then, I fell in love with her on the Scaris: City of Frights movie, in which she was adorably sweet. And then...

    this happened. My favorite TV show is Rupaul's Drag Race, and that is my favorite queen on this season named Jinkx Monsoon, and she did a whole Day of the Dead-inspired look on the runway. And I realized that what I really wanted was to get two Skelita dolls and customize one to be serving some Jinkx Monsoon realness.

    Your review (and LagonnaLicious'!) helped make this decision. I don't know whether to hug you or cuss you for that! (Just kidding)

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    1. Oh, yeah! That would be a great customization! Send me an email--you can have my used Skelita for your Jinkx doll and then you dont have to cuss me. ;)

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    2. Really? Wow! You have email!

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  10. I could be wrong, but the necklace looks like it is decorated with cempasuchil flowers.

    http://gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/g/cempasuchil.htm
    "Cempasuchitl, or flor de muerto are marigold flowers, and they figure prominently in Day of the Dead celebrations. It is believed that the strong aroma of the flowers draws the spirits who return to visit their families at this time."

    If so, this is another tie-in to Skelita's theme. I don't have a doll to reference; do the decorations look like flowers in person?

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    1. Oh, wow! Holly--you've got mad skills! That's totally it! Thank you so much. I should have known it would be something really interesting and related to the Day of the Dead theme. Now I'm curious about the smell of those flowers...

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    2. I want to know what they smell like, too!

      I learned about the flowers myself through this doll--I figured that she had so many other nods to the Day of the Dead that her necklace must mean something, too! She's really cool; I'm going to have to get her myself once I save up a bit of "play" money.

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  11. Skellita has a name carved onto the back of her head: http://gyazo.com/30f025552f84d9dd13c9e6ca88521a58.png?1355536351
    (picture taken by saply from the MLP Arena forum)

    Apparently, on real sugar skulls, the name of the individual the skull represents is carved onto it.

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    1. That is amazingly neat! Wow! Thank you so much for pointing that out--I never would have noticed.

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    2. That is so cool!

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  12. That really is a fantastic review of Skelita, I'm yet to see a better one! And congrats on making such a cute custom dress for her.

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! :D I think LagoonaLicious did a wonderful job.

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  13. Fist of all, I have to say how great it is that two of my best friends are now friends, too! :D
    I'd also love to write a guest review for your blog, if I ever get a camera and if you're oke with that, of course xD
    I'm also not to fond of the hair ''bump'' but the overall look of her hair suits Skelita very well.
    I've been in love with Skelita ever since I first saw her in promo pics. I think she's gorgeous. Yes, I understand how parents might think her skeletal body is disturbing but I don't mind it at all. It's like a work of art to me.
    Big applause to Mattel for creating such a detailed and unique doll, her place in my all time favorite doll list is very high.
    Just one thing I'd like to point out for people new to Skelita: freshly out of the box her legs don't bend. You can solve this by pulling out her legs (yes, they're meant to be pulled out) and then you just have to move the joint until it loosens a bit. Just ''click'' the legs back in and her leg articulation is perfectly fine!
    It looks like this was intentional since her legs can be pulled out. Maybe it's because of her thin limbs?
    I'm sorry if this has been said before but it always comes in handy ^^

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    1. That's a good point about the legs--they are very hard to move right out of the box. Thank you for the tip!
      You can write a guest review any time you want. :) I love your opinions!

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  14. I went to buy her today at the department store. Surprise! all is gone. Monster High in Thailand hasn't not been popular yet but a lot of dolls 're gone and few design now.

    I interest her in the artist design style and she is like the occasion doll

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    1. That's interesting--there are a lot of Skelitas on the shelves here. It's funny how certain stores get more or less of certain dolls. For example, my Walmart has a ton of the Sweet 1600 dolls all of a sudden!

      I hope Skelita comes to your stores soon!

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  15. Hey Emily- I was wondering if you've read The Hunger Games yet, and if so, have you considered reviewing the Katniss barbie doll? I just got her today and at the Target in my area they were marked down from 35 or so dollars to eight, so if they're that cheap everywhere now it would be a great opportunity for a review. :)

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    1. I have--and I LOVE the book and the movie! It seems uncommon for a movie made from a popular book to be so good, but in my opinion, that was a really good movie. I actually have the Mattel Hunger Games Katniss doll (didn't find as good a sale as you did, though!), and my plan was to do a comparison review with her and the Tonner Katniss, but the Tonner doll sold out...and I missed their final $75 sale. So, I am still recovering from that disappointment, but I'll probably review the Mattel girl anyway. She's a good likeness to Jennifer Lawrence!
      Thank you for the suggestion! :D

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  16. You should do a review of the new CAMS like Gorgon and Mummy or Ice and Blob.
    And also if you can I would like to see a review on Dance Class Howleen.

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  17. hola soy mexicana y espero que esto les interese. Creo que la muñeca esta inspirada en la fiesta mexicana de dia de muertos. Su cara es como como una calavera de azúcar, las hay de tamaño natural hasta pequeñas, en ese día se ponen ofrendas para recordar al difunto, se pone una calavera de dulce con su nombre, la comida que le gustaba, pan de muerto, chocolate mole etc, y se adorna con manteles de papel mache picado como los que están en la falda de la muñeca, creo que es la hija del catrin y la catrina que son esqueletos vestidos con ropa del siglo XIX como personajes ricos. Es una fiesta muy bonita donde se recuerda a los familiares difuntos y se supone que en la noche sus espíritus vienen a festejar con nosotros, y comer. Es una fiesta de origen prehispánico. En este país las muñecas casi no duran en la tienda, las tiene que poner en un gabinete bajo llave para que la gente no habrá las cajas o las modas y no se robe las cosas, si la vi pero no se me ocurrió comprarla, lastima si esta muy cool. saludos

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    1. Men are terrible and will hurt you because this is lifetimeJune 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Hola. Mucho loco pollo!

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    2. Jenna Starry-NightsJune 13, 2013 at 4:42 AM

      Why are you calling her a very crazy chicken? Did she say something naughty?

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  18. The necklace pattern is about a flower used for the "Día de Muertos", is called " Cempazuchitl" or "Zenpasuchitl"... I really want this doll... >w<

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  19. your ignorance on hispanic culture is slightly offensive . . .
    dia de los muertos is a sacred tradition . . . sugarskull designs are not 'bizarre clown makeup' ; really ?
    i really enjoy this blog but i feel a bit hurt by this entry
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    but i guess thats more of the doll makers fault
    for not including any information . . .
    (sorry if my english is bad it isn't my first language)

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    1. I am deeply, deeply sorry if I offended you!! I was just trying to honestly describe my reaction to the paint before and after I learned more about the culture behind the doll. The face seemed strange to me at first, and I guess a clown was the first thing that popped into my head. However, the face became so much more special to me once I did some reading and learned about the cultural significance of the paint. Now I think it's beautiful and interesting. I am very glad to know more about the dia de los muertos tradition, but I can't help the fact that I was ignorant about it before I bought this doll. My sincere apologies again for any hurt I caused. That's the last thing I want to do!! :(

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  20. I love this doll its my favorite one so far! Im getting her for Christmas because of thie review.
    PS this has so helped me on my Mexico report Muchas
    gracias (Sorry if I spelled that wrong!)

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  21. omg that hand XD i honestly feel bad for the poor thing

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  22. Hola el collar de Skelita son flores de Cempasúchil, en México usamos esas flores el 1 y 2 de noviembre para ponerlas en las ofrendas que se hacen en dia de muertos. Su cinturon, pulcera y suela de los zapatos se supone que son de cuero, los zapatos de Skelita son Huaraches zapato tradicional del país que usan principalmente los indigenas (sin tacón), la falda esta hecha de papel picado, o sea es papel de china con motivos de día de muertos o festivos que se ponen en las ofrendas o en las fiestas, es una tradición que se remonta a 300 años. Hasta el momento han salido 4 Skelitas en total y todas tienen motivos mexicanos. Skelita es hija de los catrines, que son esqueletos con ropa de ricos en principios del siglo XX hechos por Posadas un caricaturista de aquella apoca. Obvio esta tradición del dia de muertos representa a los seres queridos como esqueletos, y asi como esqueletos ellos siguen las luces de las veladoras y vienen a disfrutar de sus cosas favoritas en la ofrenda.

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