Ghoulia’s Scooter (TRU Exclusive)

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!

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 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…

21 thoughts on “ Reviews:
Ghoulia’s Scooter (TRU Exclusive)

  1. Was sold on this before the review, but now I think I’m going to need two of them…

    (off to check out now!…)

  2. Indeed, awesome job, Vault!

    I’m not going to be all sob-sister about how unfair it is this line gets scooters and cars and aquatic sleep chambers while DCU and MOTUC gets bupkis, because it does showcase the difference between a promoted, successful mass-market brand and…lines that aren’t.

    So how’s the overall QC? I thought I heard they had some dodgy moments a bit ago..oh, wait, that’s what the new site is for I bet. 🙂

    1. I don’t blame you, I compare this with Matty’s other lines too. It really amazes me to see what kind of products MOTU or DC would get if they were more popular. I think the playset is probably the biggest shocker. You can see bits of it in some of my pics, but I’ll have a review of the whole thing up soon. Getting a playset is so rare these days, and I’m positive this is the largest playset I’ve ever owned. It would be amazing to see a Castle Grayskull like this.

      The QC on this figure/vehicle is pretty good overall. Not having any hair glue and using the new hips are a big bonus. The Werecat Twins was TRU’s first exclusive, and it definitely has some issues. None of those seem to be repeated with Ghoulia though.

  3. I’m sure it sounds silly and it is a bit of a ‘given,’ but it is refreshing to learn that other fellows have taken a look at these and started collecting them. I definitely fell in love with the overall aesthetic of this line, but could never quite pull the trigger on a ‘girl’s’ toy – foolish, I realize, but now I will have a much more difficult time walking by these the next time they’re on sale.

    Thanks Vault!

    1. You’re definitely not alone, Morg! It’s funny how we’ve been programmed from an early age to not be interested in toys made for girls. I felt a bit awkward the first few times I bought one, but I’m over it now. I love toys, and these are great toys. Why should I care about anything more than that.

      I have to warn you though. They’re definitely like potato chips and it’s hard to just have one or two. 😀

      1. Warning duly noted, Vault – I need another line to collect like I need another hole in my wallet!

        You’re damn right about the brainwashing though… I have pretty vivid collections of thinking my female cousins’ Barbie vehicles were pretty cool alternatives to my Joe and MOTU ones – even if they were pink lol

    2. Yep. Not alone.

      Altho my interest in the (potential) revival of Hasbro’s Jem line is more about adding females to my GI Joe Adventure Team and not any real nostalgia for the line. 🙂

      And we’ll just quietly not discuss my burning passion for Imaginext and how happy I am to discover many of the ‘Robot Police’ items I thought to be long-gone are still for sale at Amazon. *cough cough*

    3. I fell for the line the day I saw the first one in the store. Just knew it was going to be a huge hit and made it a point to show everyone I could the crazy, new line Mattel was putting out. I remember showing a co-worker a Lagoona doll during one of the rare moments we had any dolls in-stock that first year, he looked at the doll, read the bio on the back then looked at the doll again and said “is it wrong that I think she’s hot?…”. Just wish I’d had the money to start collecting them that same day. Just started putting my collection together a few months ago and playing catch-up is painful on the wallet with these. Hopefully all of the signature dolls will get a re-release soon so they won’t be as painful…

  4. “Lastly, there’s a green and white drink that fits nicely in the little basket above the spinal cord.” Taken out of context, this is probably the most bizarre line ever.
    Nice job, Vault! ^^

  5. I really like the look of these, but haven’t picked any up. My slightly obsessive nature means picking up one of anything pretty much means I’ve signed a contract to get the entire line, including exclusives. It can be dangerous.

    So for now I will enjoy these from afar and keep checking the new site out.

    Great review, as always


    1. Thanks You,

      Me and my expensive Godzilla collection know exactly what you mean when it comes to expensive obsessive habits. 😛

  6. Thanks for the review! It seems tough to find decent reviews of the MH line! Especially with the way they are still flying off the shelves these days. I saw this at TRU the other day and now I’m kicking myself for not buying it right then and there. Keep up the great work and will definitely check out the other MH website!

    1. Thanks Spectra. I figured I might as well start reviewing all these dolls I keep buying. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with the releases. 😛

      Can’t wait to see you around the site!

  7. Man I admit these catch my eye everytime. The monster love gets me but nobody in the fam wants them.

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