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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Group! and a Project! and some Monster High!

Greetings!

I have been busy! (what's new right?) Last weekend after I photographed Apple, I realized I needed to rearrange my EAH shelf. I couldn't see Raven, Maddie, or Cerise as they were in the back. So, there was no better time than the present for a photo shoot!

The group!


Aren't they just the cutest? Apple, Briar, Raven, Madeline


Maddie, Ashlynn & Hunter, Cupid, Blondie


Blondie, Cedar, Cerise, Dexter


Cedar, Cerise, Dexter, Holly & Poppy


I love them ALL!

I also took pictures of their fabulous storybook boxes. I have never had one box not stay together after I took out the doll. I feel that these boxes have been designed well so they would hold their shape. 

I did have a picture of the entire row of them but accidentally deleted the photos from my SD card. Boo! Just pretend these two photos are together. :)



Do you know your Royals and Rebels? Here's the list!

Royals:
Apple White
Briar Beauty
Ashlynn Ella
Blondie Lockes
Dexter Charming
Holly O'Hair

Mattel has also announced three new Royals that will be making their debut soon! And I can NOT wait!

Hopper Croakington II
Dutchess Swan
Daring Charming

How exciting is that!

Rebels:
Raven Queen
Madeline Hatter
Hunter Huntsman
C.A. Cupid
Cedar Wood
Cerise Hood
Poppy O'Hair

Mattel has also announced there will be a new Rebel to join the line! I think i'm more excited for this one than any of the royals coming out. 

Kitty Cheshire

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How cute will she be with her curly pigtails? She will be a hit. 

There is also one doll that I am holding off on for a bit. Tell you why in a sec. 

The most beautiful Lizzie Hearts who falls into the Ever After High Royals.

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I LOVE her.

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Lizzie is our second shorter doll, sized the same height as Maddie. I have not seen her in person yet but from these photos, she looks fabulous. 

Why have I not snatched her up yet? Because I'm entering a contest. This brings me to my project!

The Ever After High Dolls page on Facebook is having a comic contest! And if I come in third place, I could win her!

The first and second place prizes? Cerise Wolf or Manny Taur and Iris Clops, the exclusive EAH and MH dolls sold at SDCC. Wow! She also throws in some other SDCC MH and EAH goodies as well. Now that's awesome!

Her contest is making a comic starring an EAH character. Pictures can either be done with photographs or hand drawn which allows those who have NO artistic drawing talent to enter!

I'm starting on my project today while the hubs is out and about. I asked him to help me come up with a story but you can see how well that went...... ;) I've got an idea though. I hope it's enough to win!

My story features the fabulous....Raven Queen!

I also went shopping yesterday to pick up some baby things and needed to buy one MH dress as a prop for my comic. Do you know that they have NO MH fashion packs in stores anymore? I figured maybe I could pick up a doll if the price was cheap enough and I liked the dress. No dice. But I did find a doll that I liked. I don't know. Maybe I'll get her. 

Monster High Freaky Fusion Dracubecca
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Dracubecca is a fusion of...you guessed it. Draculara and Robecca Steam. Cute no?

To be honest, I found all of these freaky fusion dolls super cute. I would have been tempted to buy if they were not $20.99 USD. They'll come down I'm sure.

Cleolei - Fusion of Cleo de Nile and Toralei

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Lagoonafire - Fusion of Lagoona Blue and Jinafire Long (this one really gets me, cute!)
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Clawvenus - Fusion of Clawdeen Wolf and Venus McFlytrap (The earrings! I can't even.....)
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These Freaky Fusions are different from the hybrids that came out previously: Avea Trotter, Bonita Femur, and Sirena von Boo. I love these mashes of characters. Awesome!

I will post up my comic as soon as the contest is over, September 12. I better get to work!

Until then I'll have more Barbie posts coming up soon!

Let me know in the comments:

*Excited about the new EAH royals and rebels?
*Have any MH Freaky Fusion? Love or don't love them?
*Any EAH you plan to get in the future? (For me it's Thronecoming!!)

Until next time friends!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happily Ever After Part 11

And friends. The time has come. For my last and final Ever After High doll in the first wave. Can you believe I now have them all? It's awesome and I love them ALL! 

Here she is. The last and final of my collection. (Well, I should say final...for now!)

Apple White!


Apple was another one that was not a "have to have." Now that I have her and she's out of the box, I'm glad I have her. She is not one that will disappoint! She really is a beautiful doll. 

Her dress is red (like apples) and gold (because she's the next queen). Her little bolero top is separate from her dress. The dress is stiff and holds it's shape well. 


I kind of liked the way her purse was attached so I left it with the rubber band. This purse is CUTE! And I just tried it. It is a FUNCTIONAL purse! You can put things in it! She also wears a cuff bracelet.


Apple has a gold two-finger ring. It's super cute but after I took the band off, it slid right off her finger. I reattached it with rubber bands. 


I will say that Apple has some interesting eye makeup. If you watch the webisodes she wears a light black eyeshadow. In the makeup world, those with blond hair should wear cool colors (pinks, blues, and shimmers) and brown eyeliner and mascara. It is strange to see Apple with dark grey or light black eyeshadow. 

I'm glad they toned it down a little in her doll form. 


Apple's earrings also have a bow with a little dangly ball on them. 


She wears a red bow headband with a crown on top. I would have preferred instead of the crown being one solid gold piece, have a little more open detail like her picture. 

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I like Apples hair. It's got nice curl and the box didn't seem to mess it up too bad. It does look longer on one side but that's how it's supposed to be. They have part of her left side up in a rubber band because the right side is supposed to be down around the side of her face. 



The SHOES!

Apple comes to us with none other than apple inspired shoes. The toes are rounded like apples and the heel contains a leaf and a curly-cue that can sometimes form around an apple stem (and pumpkins too!). These platform heels are super cute. 



And to continue with the theme of bows, the shoes have them too. So cute.



I honestly love Apple more than I thought I would. She is a really pretty doll. But I am like some and wonder what she would have looked like with dark hair. I guess we'll never know unless someone wants to try their hand at a reroot. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Let me know what you think of Apple White! Love her, don't like her, let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Happily Ever After part 10

I mentioned in my last post with Cupid that I got my package with my new purchaseS. As in plural! There are more Ever After High Dolls to post about! What can I say, i'm obsessed!

Presenting to you...Blondie Lockes!


Blondie wasn't a doll that struck me as being one of my "have to haves." But I wanted all the first wave of Ever After High and after getting her, she kind of grew on me. 

On the other hand, her Thronecoming doll is WOW!

Let's get to it!

She has a cute little dress that is reminiscent of Goldielocks. And it has pictures of the three bears on it! I take that back. If you look around the entire skirt it has pictures of 5 bears on it. 

Her top has pictures of keys on it. 


Blondie has a cute charm bracelet with pictures of hearts, a key, and bears on it. 


She has a heart purse with a keyhole on it and a ring that bears the same heart pattern. 


Her dangly earrings are a key and a bear. It's hard to see in these pictures. 


The SHOES!

Blondie has short boots with fir at the top and the heel is a key. Really cool!


Blondie has cute bangs with a bow at the top of her hair. 


She has wavy hair but unfortunately the box left a bald spot that I've been trying to cover up (don't you hate that!) What's neat though is that you can see that there are streaks of darker golden hair mixed in with her blonde. Overall, I'm pleased with Blondie's hair.


Blondie falls into the ranks of the Ever After Royals. However Goldilocks was not a princess. It's actually kind of funny in the webisodes she tries to prove that she comes from a history of ancient kings and queens and she'll tell anyone who wants to listen. :) She can also open any locked door which proves helpful for the other girls who may have locked themselves out of their dorm room. :) I think that's a cute feature. 

Honestly Blondie is not a real exciting character, I like her doll and I think she's a good addition but I don't LOVE her. 

What do you think of Blondie Lockes? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happily Ever After Part 9

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the short hiatus. There have been a few things that have popped up that prevented me from posting. 

1. My latest package arrived late. What is with the post office these days? 
2. I found out i'm pregnant! No definitive sickiness/icky-ness yet but just kind of "blah"
3. Our house DESPERATELY needed a deep clean..... you know you just gotta do it when the time comes!

So now that my package arrived safely with my new purchases *squee* I can present to you, the last and final (so far) of the Ever After Rebels.

C.A. Cupid!


According to the Ever After High Wiki, C.A. stands for Chariclo Arganthone. I'm not really sure how to pronounce that but okay! We'll go with C.A. :)

Cupid actually comes to us from Monster High! It's hard to tell that from her story bookmark she comes with (although she does use a lot of "Monster High" isims) but you can easily tell from her webisode titled "Here Comes Cupid." They specifically tell you that she comes from Monster High to help Ever After High students follow their true hearts desire. 

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Cupid is the adopted daughter of Eros, the Greek God of Love. She fits into the rebel side of Ever After High because she feels that a pre-written destiny gets in the way of true hearts desire. She does not have a pre-written destiny but was brought over from Monster High for that one purpose. However, she also thinks she can write her own happily ever after like some of the other students (Raven Queen.)

I think it's neat that they have this link because Ever After High is the spinoff of Monster High. 

Onto the doll!

I like CA and she is well designed...in most aspects. However the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

Cupid has just a genuinely sweet face (I think that Ashlynn is another that has a true sweet face)


Her features are awesome, they gave her the cupid lips and her pupils have heart reflections. So cute! Her makeup is all done in pink hues.



She comes with a bow and arrow (naturally) and I chose to keep it banded to her hand. I think this is a prop that would not stay on her hand well even though there is a little hand hold for it. (if someone else had success with her holding the bow without the bands, please let me know. I'd love to get rid of them!)

She also has the standard two-finger ring. Her's looks like an arrow bent around into a ring. 



Her dress is very well designed and very reminiscent of ancient Greek mythology. From the petal type shoulders, to the wrap around front, to the cloud and arrow design on the skirt. It's cute! Cupid also wears a belt that has a design of a leaf pattern and ribbons on the side. It's cute and goes with her outfit well. 



She has a headband that bears a heart and arrow design and she wears simple black stud heart earrings. 



Her wings are attached at the neck and again we have that arrow bent into a ring theme. This is a great way to do wings as it allows you to change her outfit without compromising the functionality of the wings. Just remember how many times you couldn't change the clothes on your fairy Barbies because they would no longer have wings? No holes in the clothes for them? So this is a great move by Mattel. 



I had to redo Cupid's hair a little. In the box they push her hair out to the sides and it's slightly curled...and slightly gelled. I brushed it out because it looked funny the way it came out of the box. It's still got a wave and I'm okay with that! I'm okay with it because it's pink! You know me and dolls with pink hair!



The SHOES!!!

Okay, Mattel outdid themselves again with these shoes. Along with Ashlynn, Holly, and Maddy, we have another pair of super detailed shoes that are just plain cool. 

Her shoes are detailed with a filigree pattern on the toes, a heart where the heel and the sole meet, and an arrow for the heel. 

And I love the wings on them too! Winged shoes make me think of track shoes. (or in the video game Zelda OoT, the Hover Boots have wings on the back). In this case, they fit her theme well. 



I need to find the designer of the shoes and find out how to get these in human form. LOVE!



Lastly, Cupid comes with a little quiver to hold her love arrows :) So cute. 



Here are the cons I have with the doll. 

First, you cannot sling her quiver over her shoulder with the wings on. Having the quiver hang on her arm looks funny. So this prop has to sit by her feet. 

Second, my Cupid's joints seem to be super loose. One reason why I wanted to keep the bow attached to her hand/wrist. I tried to sit her down just now and there was such a loud popping sound I was sure I just broke her in half. Tight hip joints, loose everything else. 

Third, the stand needed to be a different design for a doll that has wings. It is impossible for her to wear the wings while on the stand. I finagled it enough that I could get the wings to look halfway decent but it's tough. 

I already know a couple of you who love Cupid! Do you love her Monster High counterpart better than her Ever After High counterpart? I think with the face styling and the cupid lips it makes the Monster High look like she's sucking in her cheeks. The MH doll is also going for high high dollars so I don't think I'll be getting her anytime soon. I'd like to have both someday though.


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Do you like C.A. Cupid? Think she was a good link from Monster High to Ever After High? Think Mattel could have done something differently? Let me know in the comments!

Also, do you have the Monster High Cupid? Let me know as well!

Next post coming in a couple of days. Stay tuned!