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First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to read, comment, and give my foray into non-pony related content a chance.  My impetus behind this series of journals was pushing back against many MLP fan's perception that the Monster High influence was Equestria Girls' biggest fault.  Obviously I disagree, and I believe that, quite the opposite, what Monster High is a toyline that others should absolute emulate in terms of quality and design competency.  It really means a lot to me that you all have taken the time to give these journals, and Monster High, half a chance!  Thanks for reading!

Over the past few days we've discussed both the aesthetic impressiveness of Monster High as well as the quality of the toys themselves.  Today I'd like to wrap up by looking at both of these qualities in one doll- Jinafire Long, the golden dragon from Fanghai (If you haven't noticed already, puns abound in the Monster High universe!)

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Like Skelita, Jinafire is an absolutely GORGEOUS toy.  You know that feeling when you pick up a toy and the colors on the box art are way brighter and accurate than what's in the box?  I've noticed that a lot lately with Transformers.  Constructicons may be a wonderfully garish neon green on the box, but the toy inside is more likely to be a muddy pea-soup or olive drab.   Not here!  Jinafire's colors are some of the nicest, brightest, and most dynamic I've ever seen on any toy.  The Greens, reds, purple and gleaming gold of her scales just seem to radiate their own light. 

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Being from Fanghai, Jinafire has lots of Chinese influences to her design.  Her dress in particular is fantastic!  Remember that incredible scene from Skyfall where James Bond and the assassin Patrice fight in front of the glowing neon of the Shanghai skyline?  

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Jinafire's dress captures the feel of that iconic Shanghai...Fanghai, that is, neon against a night sky.  Being a dragon, the pattern is overlapping red and blue flames and she has an asymmetrical, sheer half skirt and sleeve with a red and blue scale pattern. 

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Check out that profile!  Jinafire's earrings are red Chinese knots and she has a gold belt made up of beads and a golden coin with the Monster High skull logo. She has a hair stick with a big, flashy Chinese chrysanthemum on top along with flame details to either side.  Her makeup is awesome!  She has green eyes with reptile-looking irises and fantastic purple makeup and extra-long lashes.  Despite the heavy makeup, Jinafire has an adorable, cherubic, sweet face.  She's totally classy and fabulous, but it's pretty obvious that she'd also love to be your best friend!  And like many of the dolls, she has a unique head sculpt with pointy, ridged ears.

And then there's the hair.  THAT WONDERFUL HAIR!  The green and black color scheme is striking, but it looks even better up in a bun with little flips and parts here and there.  It's a complicated updo that not only looks good, but it draws the eye all around her face and head, accentuating all the other great makeup and accessory details. 

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One of Jinafire's most unique features is her dragon tail.  While it's not posable or bendable, it's got a great twisty shape and flared green frill at the bottom.  Once again, I can't talk about her beautiful colors enough.  Many times toys and accessories that are "gold" end up more of a dull yellow.  But Jinafire SHINES.  Her scales really look like metal and catch the light whatever way you turn her. The green fringe just pops right out of the gold!

Just about every Monster High doll has gloriously iconic and intricate shoe designs.  I think that's one of the things Equestria Girls was really going for with the big-boots look of their dolls.  Unfortunately, even without all that space to work, the EQ Girls footwear can't hold a candle to these designs.  The ankle straps are Chinese knots, similar to Jinafire's earrings.  The heel is a twisting, Dead Space looking gold terraces.  The soles are awesome gold pillows with dragon claws holding them in place.  These shoes are TO DIE FOR.  These are like million dollar shoes in the really real world!  And Jinafire, she works them!

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As I mentioned yesterday Jinafire is part of the Scaris City of Frights line.  As a world traveler she has a fancy, unique suitcase with a Chinese dragon motif and gold flames.  

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Even the back of the suitcase is unique!  I would have expected it to be completely plain or at least a reverse-copy of the front.  But nope! Once again, Monster High has that extra bit of detail.

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Jinafire's outfit is really lovely and a bit complex.  I've been curious about how detailed her body is underneath, but I had some concerns about taking off all the layers of clothes and getting them back on correctly.  But since I spent a great deal of time talking about Skelita's nekkid details, it seems important to see whether this doll has scales in all the right place. 

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Sure enough, her entire body is detailed with scaled and lizard-y touches!  Like Skelita, I almost don't want to keep clothes on Jinafire because she looks just amazing as an au-unnatural dragon lady!

I'd like to talk for a minute, again, about the sheer volume of detail and extra work/expense that Mattel puts into these dolls.  Jinafire's outfit is pretty form-fitting and covers her entire trunk, neck, and a  good portion of her left arm.  It would have been so easy to have a standard, unadorned body underneath the clothing.  Most collectors wouldn't even notice as there are no plans to release alternate outfits for Jinafire.  Kids would notice since the first thing a little girl does is strip down their doll and try and put some other doll's clothes on her!  But not only do her scales follow the same pattern, but she has really beautiful plate scales on her belly and chest.  

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Jinafire is a doll for whom every part is custom made.  From her dragon scaled arms, legs, and torso, to her head scuplt and ears, to even her hands which are beautifully lithe and clawed. There are no half-measures with this doll.  She is beautiful enough and detailed enough to be a far more expensive collectors or limited edition doll.  Instead, she's around $19 US just the same as Skelita and the other Scaris line of dolls. 

The hardest part about this little project was narrowing down my reviews to three dolls.  Every single Monster High toy I have purchased, $10 to $60 has been an incomparable value.  The craftsmanship of the design, the color theory behind the characters and the individual dolls, the individuality of each toy and quality of the materials are unlike any major retail toy I've purchased in recent years.  While other toys and toy companies are cutting corners Mattel and Monster High are actually raising the bar on the quality and artistic value of toys- ESPECIALLY girl's toys.  

As I mentioned at the beginning of both this journal and this series of journals, my goal has been to show that Equestria Girls, as a toy line, was not inherently doomed.  There are two great appeals of Friendship is Magic- the wonderfully-defined, interesting, and even flawed characters and personalities that inhabit Equestria AND the wonderfully talented team of artists, composers, actors, cast and crew at DHX.  Unfortunately, the Equestria Girls dolls don't capture any of that magic.  The designs, while colorful, don't take advantage of the individuality or themes of the show, the personalities or the traits that make a group of cartoon horses without hands feet or clothing so memorable and remarkable.  When I would take part in discussions about Equestria Girls, with fellow pastel pony aficionados (Thanks for the awesome term, Cat!) and Monster High would come up, the comparison was either negative or completely unaware of what MH is.  In reading my little reviews and learning a bit about Monster High, I hope more folks are enlightened as to what Monster High IS NOT.  It's not empty or vapid.  It's not cheap or condescending towards girls or women's self image.  It's not Bratz.  It's not Equestria Girls.  Monster High is revolutionary and fun and represents a trend that I hope more dolls and more toys will learn from and follow. 

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Thank you SO MUCH, dear reader, for sticking with me and offering your thoughts, comments and opinions.  I would definitely like to keep this series going, but on more of a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  Bronycon is just about a month away and these photo-shoots and write-ups take time- time I'm rapidly running out of!

Let me know if there's any other topics, specific dolls, or suggestions on what to cover in the future.  Thanks for being such a great audience and for encouraging my crazy-obsessive toy habits! <3

Take care everyone!
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SilentCarto Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I do have one complaint about Jinafire, here. I can't be totally sure without a full rear view, but it looks like they have her tail poking out the middle of the small of her back rather than extending her tailbone the way it should.  Pet peeve of mine. :)
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Shinrom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I stumbled on these reviews and I loved reading it. I got into Monster High the same time I got into MLP and over the past several years I've actually gotten more enjoyment out of Monster High. I'm gonna send your review to several of my friends they need an education. ^-^
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Katlyon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
...I like your brain. It thinks good thoughts. 

I can imagine how people make the bad comparison because on the surface MH looks a lot like the stereotypical girly stuff. It only takes a second though to realize how shallow those comparisons are - "Oh it's a girly doll line it must be vapid and shallow". You can see that in the EQG line - I look at them and don't see the characters I've grown to love, I see a brightly colored model for an inevitable line of accessories. Your analysis here shows that, like the MLP show, the MH characters are given real, viable character, something so lacking in anything and everything made for children. Even if they're not groundbreaking world-shattering characters, even if they are a bit cheesy (speculation) they're still pretty compelling.

I gotta chuckle a bit when Bronies in particular respond to accusations of femininity of the show/products with "No it's not I'll show you why," when I prefer "Yeah. So?" Just cause it's girly doesn't mean it's bad - they just happen to go together a lot.

I may not be a doll person at all one bit, but you may have just convinced me to get one. Maybe, I'm not sure. My heart is thinking yes but my wallet is screaming no.
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rocketslugrockscp Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The more I'm reading these, the more I'm tempted to run down to K-Mart and buy some.
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Twoforflinching Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Beautiful series I'm definitely going to be checking out your tumblr posts! I've certainly seen the MH dolls and drooled over their quality and attention to detail when face with so many generics in the toy aisle and it was great to see an up close view of them. My favourite one I've seen was actually a build a doll kit I got for a secret santa friend who was a busy mom with two young girls. It had parts to build two different dolls with different colours parts and clothes but was very inexpensive. I love how they manage to make such high quality toys apparently with a low price point. I would love to see more of the company docs to see how they pull it off.

 I disagree with your statement that Monster High is not empty or vapid or cheap or condescending to women's self images though. While I think it can and does often promote good messages I think it also falls prey to the common shallow ideals that are often espoused to young girls. The introduction to Monster High I got was the episode (Bad Zituation) of Frankie getting a zit and all of her friends losing their collective minds to the point of putting a bag on her head. Frankie has bolts in her neck and scars. Why should a zit matter so much that her friends, instead of reassuring her it's okay, put a bag over her head?

 I do agree the dolls are gorgeous and I wish all companies would follow their design docs in terms of quality and attention to detail. That said it really bothers me to see the show seeming to stumble more than Ghoulia sometimes. :)
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anzul Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
it only took me a month but i finaly i got to read this.
one thing i gotta say about this one doll, they seem to care so much for detail they even gave her a belly button (sort of...)
for some reason that what surprised me most...

im still wondering what kind of underground maffia they are running to get to sell these dolls for so little...

on the topic of future reviews like these, i would like to read about the pricy ones, or the ridicoulously pricy ones
not nesesarily monster high related just pricy toys and the like, that you think were worth it or those that totaly disapointed you.
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DWK13 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
These journals were an awesome, read. As a MH fan this pleases me.

I used to see these dolls all the time at stores, and I always thought "wow those look awesome...but I can't have dolls because I'm a dude." Then I started watching the webisodes just out of curiosity and I really liked them. The great thing about being a seasoned "pastel pony aficionado" (that is awesome) is that I've learned to just embrace stuff I like and not worry about it. So I bought a doll (Draculaura because OMG she is so adorable). It was only when I took her out of the package and got an up close look that I realized how well put together these toys are. The clothes are amazing in quality and design. The articulation and poseability is pretty astonishing - these dolls have more joints than my freaking action figures, and they manage to make them unobtrusive. I could say a bunch of other stuff but you already did. Anyway, glad to see a fellow pony fan who also appreciates MH!
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opus-13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Well, dang! I've learned a lot. If you get the chance to continue this series, I'd certainly love to see it! Not only is it neat to see all the thought and detail that goes into the dolls of Monster High, but your enthusiasm for the franchise really shines through too. I was definitely one of the people who used to think that MH was just another Bratz knockoff thing, but that's clearly not the case. I think it's especially neat that these dolls can be used literally as toys for children or impressive collector pieces for teens and adults. I really wish that more toys were like that! There's certainly a market for it. It's a real shame that Hasbro hasn't quite figured that out yet. The current resurgence of MLP is the perfect opportunity to cash in on this concept! The groundwork has all been laid, they just need to take advantage of it.

As before, thanks so much for sharing! This has been incredibly enlightening. ^_^
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FCM-NileSnake Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I know almost nothing about Monster High, but damn these are some of the most detailed toys I've seen! :wow:
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CaptainPenguin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
i read your journals. i think these toys are incredible! hopefully the EG dolls follow behind soon.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so too! They definitely have room to grow and amazing characters and personalities behind the dolls.
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CaptainPenguin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
daydream~
they let 4th Dimension do these plushies [link]. maybe it wont hurt to ask of mattel could try?
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Chaotic-Kyubi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I took my time to read all four of your MH-defense entries.. Just amazing... I want to comment on each of them, but I was like reading them without any Monster drinks to focus, so yea... Brain-burned from reading all four at once and looking at the finer details on the photos.

I was curious everyday whenever I see a MH doll in stock.. At Target, Kohl's... You name them. But obviously I have no money to invest, and if I do want to become a doll collector, I probalby would have picked MH over Barbie. (Which scary enough my parents were collecting 90s dolls Including a giant "princess' one and now IDK how much they go in EBay. :V)

So on the specific character/doll product discussion... I can see the most-mentioned "design elements" I learned in the beginner's class (pretty hardcore since I have to do my projects on my sister's drawing board) and about the color system/theroy.. And this girl has it that makes her so amazing bright! And the discussion on Skeltia (is it?) and Jinafire's bodies... Just wow. I had Barbies before.. But never in this full detail body sculpt! Oh and it also brings me back from my mega-family tour trip to China, Shanghai being the last place to visit... So that photo bring me back memoreis from last year. :heart:

You did an awesome job putting these together, PK! I think it was nice to have a balance of pony and non-pony discussion... And seeing the EQG dolls.... Urgh. As much I want to collect every single Rarity, now I felt pretty sad that the quality control.. Is not as sunshine and rainbows. I will still see the movie once it's out on DVD and airing on the Hub (or airing on the Hub website).... Because I seen more than enough "spoilers" to see how exiting it is!

I think that should be done with my big-ass comment before I'll collapse. *Faints*
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is quite a comment! LOL Thank you for reading and I'm really glad you got something out of my own rambling, obsessive posts about Monster High! As I'm sure I've made abundantly clear, I love the dolls bot for their designs and for the obvious commitment to quality. I think that's something very much lacking in toy design in general these days.

If you decide to pick up a MH doll at some point, I highly recommend either Skelita or Jinafire. Catrine DeMew is also really awesome as well as Ghouls Alive Frankie Stein!

Again thank you so much for reading all of that! You're awesome!
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Chaotic-Kyubi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem!

And totally random... But I was just recently herd that the francise is making a spin-off from fairy tales known as "Ever After High", and curious to when you will get one of those? While they are not "monster" girls, the detail and craft is still there, and even "Raven Queen" had an interesting story too...

Tl;DR: Closet fangirlgasm!
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Emperorkalan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Interesting series of posts, especially the last two.

It looks like part of the problem with the EG dolls is that they are, well, My Little Pony dolls... particularly in the G1-G3 sense: un- or barely-differentiated molds, varying by body color, hair color/mix, and rump-logo. (It was actually kind of remarkable that they allowed LF to ditch the old body type that looked like baby mutant hippos when animated.)

You'd think someone at Hasbro would have read a post-mortem of their last big us-too fashion doll line, Gem and the Holograms: make them compatible with their rival because it's become the "operating system" for the market you're after.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're totally right, while Hasbro is aiming for is the MH/Doll market, they're sticking with the usual MLP production model- same base toy, alternate color scheme and eye shape, just like you said. And that's disappointing.
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TrufflePopElectric Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I loved all these journals, and these dolls are beautiful. I was iffy about getting into Monster High after watching a few webisodes, but I'll give it a shot. :D Do you think you'll be doing an Operetta review anytime soon? I know she's another doll with a rockabilly-ish style, but I think it's definitely different than Ghoulia or anyone else.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You know, Operetta is the only doll I don't have! I don't own a single doll of her yet! Definitely need to remedy that soon!
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twilightlover Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I have loved your reviews!!! I would love it if you could review Rochelle in the future.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Rochelle is another one of my favorites and I really thought about using her in the initial group! She's probably next on the list!
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Yonin777 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woot woot great reviews! I'll be excited to see your next toy reviews.
Don't have any suggestions due to my lack of toy buying. Thanks for showing off all the small details you could find.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Thanks for reading, I really really appreciate it!
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B3arChild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Thank you for all of these wonderful analysis!
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for reading! Hope it was fun and maybe even a bit informative!
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dwreanpony Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
well, I watched the first episode and a couple of the mini episodes. high school stuff I guess is not my cup of tea.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's certainly not for everyone. The episodes certainly don't live up to the quality of the toys, but some are pretty fun!
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bluepaws21 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i love jinafire! surprised they aren't coming out with fashion packs for her....oh how i need to get my butt n gear about designing outfits for them.
thanks for the insight! and i love what you wrote!
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know! Hopefully she gets a new doll sometime soon, at least. Though with the 13 Wishes line coming out, I haven't seen any sign of her return! Same goes for Skelita!
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously love the tiny mouth - really feels Geisha-ish nice touch ;) (versus the wider lips of the occidental dolls... or Frankie in the last pic)
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Agree! And I just adore her reptile eyes! Little details like that are so effective!
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Yoka-the-Changeling Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well. From my persrective it was not so much "a defence of Monster High" but "beating the crap out of EQG toy line". But I guess, both goals are achieved.
It was an interesting read and, being a guy who had never delved in the world of dolls deeper than just a glance, I saw quite a few things that amaized me as an artist. So, thanks for that.
As for Equestria Girls toy line... sigh. I'm hoping it will get better after awhile. It took Hasbro quite some time to make The Magnificent White Horse Celestia, actually white, but they did it. And latest figurines, and Funko ponies, and 4DE plushies are very nice. So there's a hope for a better Equestria Girls toys in the future, I suppose.
Anyway, thanks for this little series of in depth toy discussions. I will be glad to read more of it :3

P.S.: As for Hasbro - I'm interested what's going on in their heads. They have some very strong IPs that was made for a sole purpose of selling toys, but the toys themself are pretty much never top notch. They're slowly getting better in MLP department but, really, Hasbro, get you stuff together.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My intent was certainly not to beat up or demean the Equestria Girls toys. In point of fact, I'm sure I will buy them, if only to get a good look at them and be able to effectively make a comparison in the future.

Of course, if they release a Trixie doll, I will buy the heck out of that!
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Sandy101010 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, those three journals you posted really changed my mind about the MH dolls!
You know, I brought a MH notebook for classes this year, and that's when I noticed how beautifull and well tought are the monster's designs. Now that you've shown the actual dolls (which I never have seen out of the box before), it's really clear they are very detailed!
Now, I suppose you know that there's gonna be another line of dolls, the Ever After High, and I really wanted to know your thoughts on this specific line. From the fist, pilot episodes, I can see they put the same effort, if not more - the animation is way better than the MH webisodes. The care for the backgrounds and lighting is astonishing too! You can feel you're inside a book. And also, I think the story is pretty good, the Rebels vs Royals thing. The dolls, just like the cartoon, have very well thought designs, I just think they lack in facial structure difference - is it just me, or they are using the same mold for the heads?
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray! I'm so glad to hear I did a good job of sharing just what it is that makes the MH dolls so special!

I'm very curious about the Ever After dolls. I haven't seen much from them, but the cartoon looks light-years better than the animation of Monster High!
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LinBrightmoon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist
You've won me over. Before, I used to have it in my head that MH was a gothic/horror-movie take on Barbie with a bit of Bratz mixed in. (I blame the fact that my sister refuses to take her Clawdeen Dawn of the Dance figure out of the box.)

However, after my little cousin started playing with them, I started to notice the attention to detail and inherent coolness of the dolls that both Barbie and Bratz lack in varying degrees. You've driven the point home with these journal entries, and I find myself starting to enjoy this fandom.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So glad you're willing to give the MH dolls a chance! Trust me, my initial reaction was pretty negative, if only because I hated the Bratz trend so much. But once I was given my first doll...well, that was it! The quality, design, and FUN was off the charts!

Now my biggest problem is having space to display them all!
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LinBrightmoon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
I just hope they're not something I decide to collect with the fervor of my Pokemon, Transformers, and Ponies. I already completely lack shelf space in my room! XD
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the picture at the end; showing off everyone. :D
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Sadly I still didn't have nearly enough room to fit everyone in one shot! I need a wide-angle lens!
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RallyFurre Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
1) I hate you (No! Wait! Let me explain!)... Now you have me seriously considering dropping a lot of coin on Monster High dolls ><

2) Damn, I know we get them over here (wonder if there's the same style of US/International separate distribution as with the MLP toys?) and I'm pretty sure I've seen JinaFire and Skelita over here in Australia. They do have reasonably high priority shelving on almost every dedicated toy store or toy department of major chains (K-Mart, Target, Myers, etc.) but I've never really paid a lot of attention to them. Thanks for these detailed forays into just three of their line. It's been eye opening.

3) How do I manage to explain buying these to my girlfriend? :D

4) Pix! Please do consider a regular series of journals when you get the time covering more of your collection! I think a lot of folk out there, not just me, would love to hear your thoughts on and see what you see in these dolls!

5) No, seriously! How do I try to explain that I'm going to buy dolls to my girlfriend! (Oh wait... I have a metric ton of "dolls" already, technically. Transformers Prime toys, Revoltech figures (seriously, that's the brand name, Japanese figures), Mon-Sieur BOME Kaiyodo figurines (Kaiyodo is yet another Japanese figure making company and BOME is legendary for detailed figures. Hell, I should make a series of Journals about all the ones I have!), Blizzard's World of Warcraft figures and so many others).

6) Never, ever change, Pix :D
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
NUUUUU! Don't hate me for Monster High! The nice thing is, they're not the kind of dolls that will break your bank. Even Skelita and Jinafire are only around $20, and they're by far some of the nicest toys I've bought recently!

As for your girlfriend, just buy them as "presents" for her at first! Once she's interested and collecting, you'll be set!

Thanks so much for reading! Glad to hear you enjoyed this little series!
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RallyFurre Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Welp, since I posted above I've spent a decent amount of coin on them. Got 4 of the 5 major "Scaris, City of Frights" series plus the Headmistress, twins and Ghoulia but I just can't find Jinafire! :( Over ten local stores, everything else but on the shelves... :(

I think I'm going to have to go Amazon or eBay and pay horrible prices to finish the set. Damn this living in Australia!

I think half of my problem is the "Scaris" series is getting a little old now. I'm finding a lot of other, newer series on the shelves with the odd "Scaris" mixed in or up the back. I shoulda looked a few months ago probably... :(
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
DANG! Now that's supper impressive! You're already amassing a pretty impressive collection!

Scaris is definitely on its way out as the "13 Wishes" series is starting to take over shelves. And good job finding Mistress Bloodgood! I picked one up last month and haven't seen one in my area ever since!

I'd recommend picking up Jinafire from Target.com- [link]

They've got her and most of the other Scaris dolls in stock for retail price. You'll have to pay shipping, but otherwise it's a pretty good deal!
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RallyFurre Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
As my tweet earlier said, I found Jinafire locally, finally! Only took 13 (hmm, ominous?) stores to find her and they had two! I say had, 'cos I bought both! Also got a couple of the booster sets for the Werewolf/Dragon starter set too.

Just to give you an idea of cost differences for Australia, you mentioned $10-20US is the normal price? Over here $30-40 is the regular price. I managed to get a couple for $20-25 while on sale but I was lucky. Bloodgood was full price at $60 and the Feline twins set was also on special at $40. The Starter sets are usually $40-45 but I got the one mentioned above for $30 and the booster sets (things like Insect, Ghost, Mermaid, etc) are roughly $20 ea (I got Harpy and Mermaid).

If my phone camera was able to play ball I'd upload before and after shots of the Werewolf and Dragon starter set, -pre and -post me adding the Mermaid and Harpy add-ons to them. They do look much better! :D

I still have nowhere near as much as you, but 10 total individual plus two boosters is a good start :D

There seems to be widely varying differences in stock from store to store, even in the same chains over here. I tried K-Mart, Target, Woolworths (Big W), Myers, David Jones and Toys R Us. There were versions not even listed on their website showing up (mebbe out of date series?) and some stores were the exclusive stockists of some models... like Bloodgood. Only Toys R Us seemed to stock her.

I like the superhero mashup series for the tongue in cheek aspect :D Wonder Woman and Super Girl, was it? Also the Fairy Tale puns abound! Little Dead Riding Wolf? Snow Bite? Threaderella? :D


Nevertheless, post more reviews and show us what you love about Monster High! :D

(Oh, and yes, if something is available over here and you JUST HAVE TO HAVE IT!!!! I'm willing to get 'em for you, like the MLP G4 Starswirl you were looking for elsewhere but ended up getting locally anyways that they still sold in Australia.)
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Neko-Faust Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist
GREAT series.
And let me add that I am mad jealous that you have a Catrine and a Jinafire. I've been looking for those two (and Scaris Deuce) for MONTHS.

And as for doing another doll, I suggest doing Robecca and maybe Rochelle because she's my absolute favourite character next to Jackson.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You can find Jinafire over at Target.com- [link] Other than the shipping cost, they're retail priced!

Catrine is a Walmart exclusive, you can order her from Walmart.com- [link]
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pietotheface Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I'd been wondering what all the fuss is about with the Monster High dolls; thanks for breaking it down and showing them ^^. They really do look lovely. I especially love the Dia de los Muertos themed one. That sugar skull makeup is awesome.

Hehe I love the name Jinafire. It's perfect! And those little nails. Omigosh. I wish we'd had these dolls when I was a kid.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I KNOW RIGHT? Jin is Mandarin for gold, I believe. Though, as I understand it, most Chinese dragons are water-based rather than fire. But for a Western-culture doll I suppose it makes more sense.

Glad you enjoyed the articles!
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pietotheface Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Oh! That makes it even more perfect for her. I didn't know that! ^^.

That's what I'm thinking (re: fire instead of water) too. Maybe later they'll make a water dragon!
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