Friday, May 31, 2013

Monster High "Headless Headmistress Bloodgood"

For the better part of this week, I have been working on a different Monster High review, but I was getting bogged down by too many pictures, mixed opinions and stuff like that.  I took a break to run some errands and check out what's on the shelves at Toys R Us and Walmart...and I am so glad I did.  I knew about the Headless Headmistress, but she had dropped off my radar somehow.  When I saw the shelves of Toys R Us lined with blue horses, I think I squeaked out loud and maybe jumped up and down once or twice.  What made it better is that I was clutching some beloved Toys R Us dollars, so the $42.00 price tag on this set wasn't quite as intimidating as it might have been.  I'll get back to that other Monster High review some day, but for today, I just couldn't wait to get Mistress Bloodgood and her blue steed out of their box:  

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood
Monster High Headless Headmistress Bloodgood and
Nightmare.
This headless doll made an appearance at SDCC in 2011, but it wasn't until last year that she was announced as an official future release.  The character is the daughter of the Headless Horseman, and she can remove her head whenever she wishes.   The doll version of the character can remove her head whenever she wishes, too.  She comes displayed in the box with her head sitting on a three-dimensional cardboard table next to her body:

Awesome.
The horse, Nightmare, is blue like the TV character, but her head proportions are not as exaggerated as they are in the cartoon.  

The box looks like a large version of a regular Monster High box.  It is made out of colored cardboard with a plastic window.  The back is mostly black with Bloodgood's biography written in white and pink:


I don't watch the TV show, but Headmistress Bloodgood sounds pretty great to me.  She likes scones, horses and books, and she seems to care a lot about her students and their education:

Wise enough to be my grandmother and young enough to be my sister!  Whoa.
I like the drawing of her on the back of the box.  I hope I can re-create this pose with the doll:

She doesn't look as thrilled with her pose.
It's hard to photograph this box because of all of the glare on the plastic window, so I removed the outer layer right away.  Also, I was in a big hurry to see the horse up close.

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

Usually the name of a character's pet is written on that cardboard disc that sticks out from the backdrop.  In this case it says, Fronti nulla fides, which means "no reliance can be placed on appearance," or, basically, "don't believe what you see."  Is this the horse's name?  I thought she was called Nightmare.  Fronti nulla fides would be a long but pretty interesting name.  We could call her Nulla for short, I suppose, which reminds me of Nutella.  Mmm.  

Anyway--this saying might also just be a theme for Ms. Bloodgood and her horse.

Don't believe what you see:
This is not actually a blue horse.
The Headmistress doll is taller than a regular Monster High doll, but it took me forever to figure this out.  The taller body has a very similar shape to the traditional body, and it moves in exactly the same way.  That's my excuse for not noticing the larger size, anyway.

I love this doll's face.  She has great cheekbones and reminds me a little bit of Angelina Jolie and Audrey Hepburn mixed together:

This is not actually a severed head.

The de-boxing procedure is slightly more complex than it is with a normal Monster High doll.  This is mostly because of the horse.  Still, the attachments are reasonable.  The horse is held in place with four twine ties that are very easily cut.  Most of the plastic and tape on the right side of the box is to hold the three dimensional cardboard backdrop in place.  Only a few rubber band ties secure the doll.


Here's everything in the box: 

The doll, her head and her horse.
Bloodgood comes holding a green book, but it is just a flat prop for display in the box:

This is not actually a book.
Her hair is black with purple highlights and it comes in a tight bun at the top of her head.


I like the three curls in her long bangs:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

She has great eyes, in my opinion.  Her eyes are a plain light blue, but she has detailed purple and peach eyeshadow and dramatic cat eye make-up:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood


Without even handling her very much, I was worried about how messy that hairstyle was going to get.  There are a lot of flyaways.  Also, if you look really closely, you can see white flakes in her hair from all of the styling product required to achieve that bun:

Styling dandruff.

I was eager to see if I could get this doll to strike a pose like the one on the back of the box.  She is wearing tall riding boots that allow her to stand on her own like a champ, so I figured I had a small chance of getting her to balance with her head tucked under her arm.  This was not easy.

At first, I was only able to snap pictures as the head started to fall out of her arm...


Or when the weight of the head caused her to topple over backwards:

This is not, actually, a good idea.
Finally, I got this picture.  I am pretty happy with it, considering:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

I am so glad that this doll doesn't have to be permanently headless.  Here she is put together:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

My posing shenanigans really did a number on this doll's hairstyle.  The bun was looking pretty messy:


I love Bloodgood's outfit.  It is so unique.  I don't think there's been another Monster High doll wearing this much clothing--let alone a long riding coat.  It looks fantastic on her and has a lot of detail in the trim:

Headless Headmistress Monster High


Under the coat, she's wearing a white sleeveless collared shirt and a pink tie:



My one complaint about the coat is that the seams are pretty crude, and they show in the tail of the garment.  I don't mind seams like this when they are on the inside of clothing, but for an area that is visible, it detracts from the overall completeness of the look.  A lining on the bottom half of the coat would have been ideal, although I understand that this is asking a lot for a play doll.  


The outer details make up for the visible seams, I think:


The coat has a stiff, ruffled white collar, striped sleeve cuffs with matching ruffles, tiny golden fake buttons in front, and black and pink ribbon details.


I think this is my single favorite item of Monster High clothing ever made.  


Bloodgood looks nice and casual with the coat removed.  The sleeveless top has an elegant simplicity to it, and the sparkly stretch pants are easy to get on and off and look perfect for riding a horse...or for going out to a party.

Headless Headmistress Monster High

Headless Headmistress Monster High


The tall riding boots give her a lot of stability to stand on her own, but they have a pretty serious slit in the back so that they can come off:


The boots are made out of a very flexible vinyl, so it's surprisingly easy to get them on and off:


There's a lot of flexibility in the heels, too, but this doesn't interfere with the doll's ability to stand while wearing the boots:



The boots don't have a lot of molded detail, but they do have a long fake zipper along one side and a very cute little Monster High skull logo zipper pull:


As awesome as the boots are, Bloodgood seems happy to have them removed:

Headless Headmistress Monster High


Headless Headmistress Monster High

Headless Headmistress Monster High

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

The shirt is nicely tailored and the little pink tie is not a full tie, but rather just the knot of a tie sewn to the shirt:

This is not actually a tie.
Here she is undressed, showing off the taller body style.  I believe this is the same body as Nefera, but I no longer own the elder Ms. DeNile, so I can't say for sure:



Here's an old picture of Nefera with Cleo:


I'll come back to the doll body again in a bit, but first let me show you the horse, because I can't wait to get to the horse:


She comes with her mane stitched into a plastic strip.  This looks daunting to remove, but a few snips in the plastic easily freed the hair:


The mane is attached through a slit in the neck seam:


The tail comes tied to one of the back legs:


The hair fiber of the tail is tied in a ponytail and attached through a hole in the back of the horse.  I had a toy palomino horse when I was a kid that had a tail attachment like this, and it held up surprisingly well.  I wish I could remember the name of that horse....


The hair fiber on the horse feels a bit greasy, but it is smooth and soft and easy to manage.  It has a nice curl at the ends and it isn't insanely long:


Nightmare is wearing a bridle (with no reins):

This isn't actually a bridle.
The halter has little molded Monster High skulls that are actually detachable clasps that allow the harness to be removed:



Without the halter, you can see Nightmare's eyes very clearly.  I think the eyes look a bit muddy with the dark red corneas.  I wish they were either white, or really bright red like the cartoon.

I love the smirk on her face.
Here's the bridle on its own:


 Nightmare is also wearing a big purple saddle.  The saddle has an inset white plastic skull:


The saddle has a detachable girth, but it is hard to get undone:



I really like the look of the bright white skull against the dark purple backdrop of the saddle:


This horse has a hollow light plastic body with no articulation.  Articulated horses are rare, and this feature probably would have increased the price of the set, but I do love articulation.  As an aside, I noticed that there is a Barbie horse on sale that looks articulated, so I've got that on my eye on that for a future review.

Despite her lack of movement, Nightmare looks great. Besides, a blue horse is not something you see every day.

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

For the most part, I really like the body mold of this horse.  The neck muscles and withers are very well done.  The leg pose looks natural, and still allows the horse to stand fairly well, although she does tend to rock back and forth on those front legs every time I move her.

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood


The rump of the horse is fine, but the hind legs are funny.  It's the lower part of the leg that's off--it's really long and skinny.  Actually, the whole lower leg is too skinny to some degree.  Still, this is clearly a caricature of a horse, so it's not like the legs are supposed to be perfectly accurate or anything.


I love horse hooves.  These hooves are broad and sturdy and I like that they have been painted a contrasting color to the rest of the body.


This is a very, very narrow horse:


She has a skinny, narrow forehead and ears that look like they are supposed to have earrings in them:


The saddle doesn't have any stirrups, and there are no reins on the bridle, so poor Headmistress Bloodgood is forced to try and mount her steed in high heels with no help:




Once she's in the saddle, though, she's right at home:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

The long coat looks really great when Bloodgood is astride her horse--it drapes perfectly over Nightmare's back:


Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood


Headless Headmistress Monster High
I did it again! :D

So, it was at this point that I figured I had better take Bloodgood's hair down and see what was going on underneath that bun.  It's just too messy to be sustainable:




In fact, the hair is pretty short--the bun is just a ponytail that is curled back over itself and plastered down with styling gel.  When I squeezed the bun a little, it released into a short, frizzy ponytail:

This is not actually a bun.
Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

When her hair is let down, Headless looks great from the front:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

...but a little poofy from the side:

Headless Headmistress hair

I dipped her hair in boiling water for just a second, and the whole thing straightened out and relaxed to reveal a surprisingly nice haircut:


The bangs are the only real problem--they relaxed in the water, too, and without the curls, they fall messily right into Bloodgood's face:


I tried various things with the bangs, like pushing them to the side, and trying to get them to re-curl...


But what worked best was curling them back into a kind-of 80's style feathered flip:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood hair

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

I liked the bun hairstyle, but the long, loose hair allows for a little more drama and freedom when playing with and posing this doll.



Here's the hair after it dried completely:

Headless Headmistress Monster High

I want to do a quick comparison between Nightmare and the Liv horse, Nutmeg.  First of all, Nutmeg is a much more substantial toy.  He is heavy and impressively articulated.  He also has a lot of painted detail and inset plastic eyes.  In addition, he is more in proportion to the doll he belongs with.  Mistress Bloodgood is too large for her horse, while Hayden looks almost perfect atop her mount: 


Regular-sized Monster High dolls are in much better proportion to Nightmare.  Their legs hang at about the right length to be realistic.  Older, elastic strung dolls like my Ghoulia can't ride Nightmare very well...


But the newer ball-jointed dolls like the Create-A-Monster characters (spoiler alert!) ride very nicely:


Thanks to Birdie Pie's excellent question in the comments, I tried the C.A.M. heads on Bloodgood's body and vice versa:

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

The heads are pretty much the same size, although Bloodgood has a wider jaw.


Blue Doll Group.
Thank you to Birdie Pie for the great input!

As I mentioned in my Bratz/Liv horse comparison review, one of the things I like about these doll horses is that they emulate the style of the dolls they belong with.  Nutmeg is clearly a Liv horse, and I think Nightmare is believably a Monster High character.  The thing is, Monster High dolls are so well articulated, it would have been perfect if the horse was articulated, too.  Oh, well.


Nightmare is much more two-dimensional than Nutmeg:


So, the last thing I want to discuss is the body size of Mistress Bloodgood.  I am writing about this last because it took me this long to realize that she has a different body than my other Monster High dolls.  I think it's because I was so excited about the horse.

As with Nefera, I really like this larger body.  I think it has very elegant curves, without being significantly different from the traditional Monster High body:





I am so glad I found this quirky duo when I did.  They pulled me out of a bit of a funk and reminded me why dolls are so much fun.  Dare I say, a headless doll paired with a blue horse has never been on the market before, and probably never will be again.


Headless Headmistress Bloodgood

Bottom line?  I love this set.  I could argue that it might be a bit too expensive given that the horse is unarticulated and the doll does not have any accessories.  However, compared to other similar items on the market, this set is a winner.  The doll is fabulous.  She's glamorous and strange at the same time.  She has the shapely, rare, taller Monster High body type.  Her wardrobe is wonderful and unique, right down to tall riding boots that allow her to balance incredibly well on her own.  Her head can be put on and taken off at will.  Her classic hairstyle might not stand up to vigorous play, but if you take the bun down and straighten the hair, there's an attractive, workable style underneath.  The horse, while stiff, is blue...and it's hard not to love a blue horse.  Besides, the horse is a good size for most Monster High dolls and her mane and tail are soft and easy to work with.  There were no real quality issues with this set, nor with any of the other boxes I saw on the shelf, which is a great achievement for Monster High.  I only rarely get infected by the strange desire to own more than one of a specific toy.  I like this toy so much that I am tempted to buy another one--and maybe try to keep the hair in its original style next time.  Weird as it sounds to buy a duplicate toy, it translates into a high level of praise for this set.  
Go ahead and believe what you see.

Headless Headmistress Bloodgood
This is, actually, a great playset.

49 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review! I may actually go and purchase this set now.

    Do you return the dolls that you aren't satisfied with?

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    1. Nope, I don't return dolls--or I haven't yet. I guess I never thought I could return something after I opened it, but I suppose I could. It's complicated for me, too, because I always see the dolls as a kind of "research," even if they aren't what I wanted. So, they have value to me regardless of how much I like them.

      I hope you like this set as much as I do! :)

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    2. I worked at Toys R Us for three years... The only reasons they'll let you return something without the original packaging intact are a manufacturing defect and/or if you happen to get a worn-out cashier and start acting like a total jerk. I like to think you're not the kind of person who would break a doll... Or a minimum-wage employee's spirit.

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  2. What a great doll, although I think I prefer her bangs curled.

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    1. Yeah, I agree. The orignal hairstyle is perfect on her. I probably should have left it up, frizzies and all, especially given my track record with hair. This way, though, at least I can report that there's some real hair under there...not like certain other dolls I know (cough..EuroGirl).

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  3. I was almost sure Bloodgood was going to be revealed to have thinly rooted hair when you took it down, what a pleasant surprise that she's got such a nice head of hair!

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    1. It was such a great surprise! I totally agree!

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  4. One of the new 13 wishes dolls, Twyla (daughter of the boogey man) I think is going to have the same body style as Howleen. Plus her eyes will GLOW IN THE DARK!!!! SQUEEEEEE!!!!!

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    1. Gah! Glow in the dark eyes? That is brilliant. I like Howleen's shorter body, too, so Twyla is sounding like another winner! Love the name, too.

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  5. I absolutely love this doll, and I was actually wondering if the CAM heads could fit on?
    Nightmare is such a great colour!

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    1. That is an excellent question! The heads are very similar in size, but Bloodgood's jaw is just a little bit wider. The heads are interchangeable, but for some reason my Blob Girl's head has a very loose attachment and comes off easily. I have added some pictures into the post for you--right after the part where Blob Girl is riding Nightmare.

      Thank you SO much for the great question--I never thought of that!! :)

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  6. I missed your comments, I love this doll I would spend hours playing, you could make a review Create-A-Monster I saw there modeling.

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    1. Well, I was actually working on the CAM review when I got sidetracked by this awesome set! I will get back to CAM soon, I promise. :)

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  7. I like how she looks so relatively un-monstrous, more like an ordinary fashion doll with slightly exaggerated features. She'll fit in more easily with other 1/6 dolls, and I'm definitely seeing makeover potential here. Also love the boots - MH footwear is usually fabulous, but most of it isn't very versatile.

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    1. Aren't the boots a nice change? I completely agree with your comment about Monster High shoes in general--they are wonderful, but not practical. I really like your assessment of this doll's face, too, and how it gives her some great customization potential. I hadn't thought of that! It will be exciting to see what new creations are made from this doll!

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  8. Wow! You know, I've been waffling on getting Bloodgood. Fiddly bits have a tendency of wandering off on me (the CAM Bee Girl's wings? Lagoona's stupid leg fins? Robecca's goggles? Yeah. All went walkabout on me at some point or another.) and I'm utterly terrified of Bloodgood's head going walkabout on me. That and I really don't have room for the horse and what's the fun of displaying her without the horse?

    That said, she is utterly gorgeous. I might have to move her over to the "maybe" list. Especially while I wait and see how much it's going to cost me to have a friend try and pre-order the Wydowna Spider SDCC exclusive and find out what this year's My Little Pony SDCC exclusive is (*taps foot at Hasbro*). Maybe in a few weeks I'll poke around on ebay and see if anyone's selling her without her horse and get her then, and glue her head on.

    Have you seen the next thing coming from Mattel now? I don't know if it's a direct spinoff/future crossover thing or what but: http://www.everafterhigh.com/en-us/ Ever After High. The children of famous fairy tale characters. Lots of speculation (clothes switching? That would be something I could grok.) and wondering if Mattel jumped their own shark. A few picts of dolls (or prototypes) showed up on Tumblr and... :/ not sure if I'm impressed or the spooky little kid in me that would have eaten Monster High up with a spoon is like "You're getting fairy tales in my horror movies! D:"

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    1. LOL! Your post literally made me laugh out loud. :D I'm with you on the fiddly bits wandering off!! Especially Lagoona's fins. Sheesh! Bloodgood's head stays on pretty well...if that helps. ;)

      I am very excited about Ever After High! Apple White looks adorable. Clothes switching would be fantastic...and it looks entirely possible based on the limited pictures. I, of course, am beside myself waiting for Cinderella's spawn. What will her name be? What will she look like??

      I hear what you're saying about these new dolls being so sweet after we've grown to love Mattel's dark side. There is definitely a bit of a "contaminating the creepy" feel to this release. Still, the company is up against a wall because they can't really go much spookier than the Monsters while staying mainstream (can they?) and so maybe a 180 degree shift is the answer?? We'll see!

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    2. Found out a little more info, at of all places, the MLP Arena. It IS a spinoff. C.A. Cupid is being moved over to Ever After High in fact. So now I'm doubly intrigued, because I ADORE Cupid and never really thought she fit in so well with the ghouls at Monster High. Cupid wasn't a monster!

      So now Ever After High is firmly in the "GIMME. NOW." column. Along with Equestria Girls. Looks like it's going to be a fun fall for doll collectors!

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  9. This review is amazing! I have loved all of your reviews, though. I want Headless Headmistress so badly, but I doubt that I will be able to get her, as there aren't any Toys R Us stores nearby. :*( I love how you took her hair down and I think I would probably do the same. Thanks so much for the review, Emily!

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    1. Thank you so much Vivienne! I think you can pre-order this doll on Toys R Us online, if that helps. :) Also, if I ever decide to part with this Bloodgood and her boiled hair, I'll let you know!

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  10. I wondered if Mattel would make any other larger Monster High dolls like Nefera. The Headless Headmistress looks wonderful even though my daughter is not so impressed with the neck length of her horse. I do hope she makes it to Australia.

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    1. Is the horse's neck too long, maybe? I am very interested to hear what your daughter thinks!

      I am really happy they made another taller girl!

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  11. I LOVE your reviews! This doll seems quite unique and classy, as she is a teacher. My favorite thing about all the MH dolls is the little surprises and attention to detail, like the skullette zipper on Bloodgood's boot.
    By the way, have you seen the new 13 Wishes Haunt the Kasbah dolls? They're MH dolls with a Moroccan twist. It'd be wonderful to see a review on one of the 13 wishes dolls - especially Draculaura, in my opinion her dress is amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Your comment makes my day bright :) I love the little details and surprises with these dolls, too. So much fun!

      I Googled the 13 Wishes dolls after I read this, and I think they look great! I could pre-order one from TRU, but I might wait and see if they show up at my local store--better to pick them in person, I think. I agree that Draculaura looks wonderful, and I also like Clawdeen. I am curious about their lantern accessories. Those remind me of the Bratz dolls that came with fortune telling lamps. So exciting to see all of the new dolls! :D

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  12. I always love your reviews, they are literally the best Monster High doll reviews anywhere.

    Good to hear that you like the Headmistress Bloodgood set, the early reviews I've read have been a little mixed but I think that's because of the price more than anything else. $42 isn't extortionate but it's quite a bit more than a normal standalone doll.

    Like you said, it's a slight shame that the horse isn't articulated but apart from that it looks like a great set.

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    1. Hi Charlotte, thank you so much for your nice comment! I can see why the price would give people a less than great first impression of this set. The horse comes across as a bit cheap with the hollow plastic and no articulation. This would bother me a lot more if she didn't have such a unique personality (and color).

      I do wish Mattel had put in a little extra time to make a horse that is as well articulated as the dolls, but then I think we'd have been looking at a $60+ set, and I am not sure what the market is like in that price range.

      In any case, you're absolutely right--the price is quite a bit more than most of the other dolls and sets. The Coffin Bean set was around $30, and in my opinion, this set has a better doll and a better accessory (the horse!). I think $35 would have been a great price for this set as it is.

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  13. I WISH we got half the releases down here in Alabama as y'all do above the line. It took two years to get the werecat sets into Target; I doubt we'll ever see a Bloodgood set.

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    1. Hi Tina, I am sorry to hear that you don't get a good selection! It's a bit flaky here in Maine, too. For example: we got about three werecat sets when they first came out and then nothing...until a few weeks ago, and now we have TONS of werecats sets! The distribution of these toys is definitely odd! :/

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  14. Emily, another great review. I do love this set and am happy to see how well the doll without her head looks. I have stopped buying Monster High dolls because I feel I got caught up in the hype of the whole thing. I started questioning my buying and thats when I knew it was time to stop.
    No offense to anyone who loves the dolls. Of course now Mattel is coming out with Ever After High, as I am a big sucker for Fairy Tales this will be hard to resist !!
    Thanks, Tina

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    1. Hi Tina! Oh, how I understand your situation! I feel almost exactly the same way. I am still caught up in the hype of Monster High, although it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be. The thing about Mattel is that they're too smart for me!! Just as I am relaxing a bit with Monster High, here come the Ever After girls. I already know that those will spell trouble for me. I mean, the daughter of Cinderella has to be in the mix somewhere, right??? AHHH! ;)

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  15. I love this doll! I prefer when their accessories/pets/vehicles are separate though because I hate to pay extra for stuff I don't need (it seems like I'm the only one who hates the horse?...)
    Concerning Cinderella's daughter, her name will be Ashley Ella and if she looks anything like the animated version, she will be beautiful! http://dollyconfessions.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/screen-shot-2013-06-01-at-1-05-37-pm.png?w=490

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    1. Ashley Ella! Perfect--I love it! Thank you for sharing the link!! I can't wait to see that doll. :D

      I'm sure you're not the only one who dislikes the horse--I mean, it's a funny-looking horse. I love the horse, clearly, but I have a weakness for horses that dates back a long, long time, so I can't really be objective. I'd like to uphold my usual standards about articulation and everything, but I see a horse and I'm like, "Oooh! Horse!" and all of my standards go out the window. ;)

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    2. Better pictures of the dolls have been released! Just look up ''Ever After High dolls'' and you will find them!

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  16. HI! i have been exploring your blog for a while now, and have to say: I. LOVE. IT. you have great reviews! the only thing i was wondering is whether or not you where planning on getting an American girl doll? i have several AG dolls, and my favorite is Josephina! however, her hair is HARD to care for at first. i was also curious as to if you have a posting pattern? I'm thinking it's Sundays, but maybe not. THANKS!
    (BTW- I'm julietXD on doll diaries)

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    1. Hi Juliet! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! :D

      It's so strange that I haven't bought an American Girl doll yet, isn't it? I have become very interested in 18" play dolls, but I seem to be looking at all of them EXCEPT for American Girl! Originally, I planned to wait and buy one from the American Girl store in Manhattan, but I can't seem to get down there for a visit. That might still happen--we'll see! I love Josephina. I think she is one of my favorites, too. Never Grow Up convinced me of that with an excellent face comparison post:
      http://nevergrowupdollguide.blogspot.com/2013/02/american-girl-doll-face-mold-comparison.html
      I have heard quite a bit about American Girl hair, and so I am very interested to see what it's like in person! It's different from doll to doll, though, right?

      You're very observant! I probably do post more on Sunday than any other day, but I don't really have a posting pattern. I wish I did! I usually start working on a review on Monday, hoping to be done by Friday, but all sorts of things can come up in between! :)

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  17. It doors vary, ant to me hair is.one of the best things.about.a.doll. Josephina has so much hair it can tangle easy. After a while, you figure out her hair and can leave it down. If you want shorter hair, kit is adorable! I like the historical dolls because they come.with a book and (in my opinion) a better outfit. -Juliet
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  18. Aaaaaaaah omg Emily, I can't believe you have this set! Ever since I found out it would be for sale I wanted it. Lately, I've been a bit out of the MH scene, mainly because of school.
    So, this is the first time I see this set outside of promo pics! And, as I already thought, I'm absolutely in love with it.
    I really, really, really hope it will be released here, although the price is going to be high if it's already so high in the US. I have to start saving some money, I already missed out on some of the Deluxe Scaris dolls I really wanted to get.
    Thanks for this review Emily, your blog is one of the few things I still keep track of these days even though I'm quite late with commenting.

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  19. Thank you again for an amazing review! I was wondering if you could do a review on Duck House Heirloom dolls? I just found out about them and the dolls are fantastic, and unbelievably affordable. I wonder if it's good to be true. I am really tempted to buy a few since they look like antique dolls without the antique price.

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  20. Jenna Starry-NightsJune 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    What happened to Nefera?

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  21. HH Bloodgood has officaly made my wish list, like other Mh dolls the clever details keep me coming back, I seem to be gravitating to the horse the most, I do remember the horse being named nightmare, I think it was even in abby's journal,(you can find those on wikipedia). glad the make the box picture is a possible pose, those kinds of things drive me crazy (example:scaris rochelle's bracelets were in a different order than shown on the box and a strange colour (black and green) that didn't at all match her pink and gray outfit)

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  22. Hi Emily, in Ever After High, Cinderella's daughter is named Ashlynn Ella and is obsessed over shoes.


    http://everafterhigh.wikia.com/wiki/Ashlynn_Ella

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  23. I got her today.
    I went to Toys R Us and there we 2 or 3 of her.
    I got the first one I saw.
    I'm from WA and I'm SUPER happy.
    Great Review!

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  24. Great review! I'm still considering this one- the price, ack, and space issues- so I really enjoyed seeing such a positive review.

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  25. I Had To Get My Headless Headmistress Bloodgood Doll Replaced!
    It's Leg Snapped! It's Never Happened Before For Me So I Was So Surprised.
    Got New One And The Knee Joints Are A Bit Noisy But Was Just Stiffness.
    But Be Careful With The Knees I Think There A Bit Crappy! :D Great Review!!!!!

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  26. Note: The Doll's Knee Joints Are Just Like The Create-A-Monster Lab Set With The Left Knee But There Move able But As I Said Be Careful With The Knees!

    The Knees! Beware The Knees!

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  27. Awesome Review!
    Hmm Nutella...
    XD

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  28. Please, how old are you ? And why !!?!! What's the point ?

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  29. Oh my.. I had convinced myself I didn't want this set. But after finding this, I think I NEED it. Headmistress Bloodgood is such a stone cold fox with her hair down!

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