I still haven’t made up my mind about Ever After High – I mean, they’re bonny dolls and all, but I am not currently bowled over. I may be in the future, I suppose (after all it took me quite a long time to develop an interest in EAH’s big sisters, the Monster High dolls) but right now I think I’ll just reserve judgement for a while. I think that EAH is basically an interesting idea, but some of the concepts and design just don’t seem as sharp and edgy as Monster High. I’m thinking of Apple White particularly – for starters, the laws of genetics should have suggested a beautiful pale character with black hair, but instead we have a blonde Princess in pink. Presumably her design was heavily influenced by the fact that she is a major player in Team Royal, but are we really still going for the “good girls are blonde, bad girls are brunettes” cliché, then? *sigh* … I know that on some level, the whole concept is meant to be a comment on the cliché. I just think that at this point, this isn’t coming across very well and it feels like a cynical attempt to cover all bases by creating a character who appeals to the traditional market, but also has an “edgy” cachet. Well, things might change yet – as I say, I’m reserving judgement. I’m probably just bitter because Snow White is one of my favourite fairytale characters and I love pale dolls with dark hair.
Anyway, enough of Princess Apple. When I saw the EAH pre-release pictures there were a couple of characters that really interested me and I knew I would buy them if and when the dolls went up for sale. One of these was Cerise Hood – rubbish name, great look, awaiting that one eagerly. The other was Madeline Hatter.
Sharp design featuring heavy Alice theming? Check. Details to die for? Check (the teapot bag with the opening lid, the spoon earrings, the china-patterned shoes, wow). Having steeled myself to read the bookmark diary that comes with her, I even (gasp) kind of liked her character. I like the fact that she’s smaller than the other characters. I like her purple and mint hair (the colour scheme having been lifted from one of my probably never-to-be-acheived Grails, Pullip Alice Du Jardin Mint version). Great scope for development too – imagine a formally dressed version, a swimsuit version, a night on the town version. This doll could be a lot of fun in the future.
Criticisms? I dunno, no real complaints from me. I would have preferred a face that was a little more sculpted, but she’s cute enough. I don’t particularly like the three spots on the bottom lip that all the EAH dolls seem to have, but I can live with that. I’d buy her again. I’m also interested to note that the door is wide open for a possible further two Alice themed dolls from EAH, Kitty Cheshire and Lizzy Hearts. Count me in …