Since Vault’s responsible for a good chunk of IAT reviews, it seemed only fair to let him select a guest reviewer. After an exhaustive search, he selected… himself! See, Vault’s branched out on his own with MonsterHighFearbook.Com! (Don’t worry, he’s not leaving IAT!) Vault, take us out!
Vault: Our last article on Guest Review Week is by me, Vault. Even though I’m a regular contributor to IAT, I’m actually here to promote my new site that’s dedicated entirely to Monster High, and run by me. So to kick off our “grand opening”, here’s my first official review from MonsterHighFearbook.com!
A short aside before I get into this review. Friday the 13th has become an official holiday at Mattel for the Monster High brand. And it couldn’t have worked out more perfect this year for SDCC to fall on that date. So if you’re interested in this line, check back with MonsterHighFearbook.com throughout today and the weekend for my roundup of the latest MH news and pics.
If you’ve read my reviews, then you probably know that I love monsters. I always have, and probably always will. The Universal Monsters were particularly influential to me. Those core creatures were the foundation of my attraction to games like Castlevania and other movies like the Monster Squad. I even bought figures like the Hydro Viper because of his slight resemblance to the Gillman.
So when I bought my first Monster High figure two years ago, I knew why I liked them. The real question was: Will young girls buy figures based on monsters? The resounding answer: Heck yeah! Monster High has become a juggernaut on the toy shelves, and Mattel seems to have discovered an unexploited niche in the girl market. The biggest proof of this is all the new SKUs being added to the line. And don’t forget the exclusives. It seems like every store out there has at least one exclusive from this line.
The Scooter that I’m reviewing today is actually a Toys R Us exclusive. The wide release version of this toy is just the Scooter with accessories, and comes displayed in a window box. The Toys R Us version comes with all the same stuff, plus a Ghoulia figure in her “Scooter outfit”. This version comes in regular box, with only a window on the side to show off the new figure.
This is one of the prettier Ghoulia dolls that Mattel has produced. Her makeup is a bit darker than normal, and her green lips really stand out well against her gray skin. Her hair is longer and wavy, which is stylistically different from 50’s-ish look they usually give her. One concern is that the curly or wavy hair on some of the dolls can end up looking like a rats nest after being pushed against the box for so long, but my Ghoulia’s turned out really well and doesn’t seem to have that problem. There wasn’t any hair glue used either, which is definitely nice. Continue to Page 2…