For my birthday this year, I have received six dolls altogether, including (and this came as a complete surprise thankyou thankyou thankyou Mr Bat xxx) the ENTIRE Ghouls Alive wave. I should really photograph them altogether as I am woefully behind when it comes to posting about my MH acquisitions, but the fact is that they are too nice not to concentrate on individually.
Isn’t she great? I like MHs so much that it seems I have a new favourite every time I buy a doll, but overall from the core characters I think its Frankie’s looks and style I like the best. In fact, I am getting a little tired of the “dog chasing chickens” approach to collecting MHs and wondering if I should start concentrating on one or two core characters (Frankie and maybe one or two others) and the CAMs.
Anyway, as you can see, this Frankie lights up x-ray style when you press her tummy, and she also makes a rather satisfying “zzzzzzzst” noise. I love it, but I must say that I’m not altogether sure what to make of the sales slant behind the “classic with a twist” approach Mattel have taken with this wave. GAs come dressed almost identically to the first wave dolls but also incorporating special effects not seen in any other Monster High dolls, so they are surely going to appeal to a) children b) collectors who didn’t manage to get the first-wave dolls c) collectors who did get the first-wave dolls who are still interested in GAs because of their unique “abilities”. Well, I suppose that in some ways Mattel is doing late joiners to MH collecting (like me) a favour by giving them an opportunity to purchase a current-release doll that kind of looks first wave, but I can’t help but think of my boyfriend’s disgust when his beloved Batman Black and White statues were re-released on different coloured bases. If I had the first wave Frankie, I think I would have preferred Mattel to release them in new outfits and I might even be a bit annoyed that they hadn’t.
Even so, there is no question of the GAs ever being mistaken for the originals. In Frankie’s case (and I think probably the others, although I haven’t deboxed them) she is rather limited in her ability to pose because her head is fixed in place, presumably because of the electrics running through her neck and into her body. Her arms and legs move as usual but one other difference I have noticed is, the stitch marks on them are plain silver with no black outline, which actually looks quite nice.
I also love the box art in this line. The 50s b-movie style is wonderfully appropriate and the extra-big cartoon images are nicely drawn (better than usual, I think). They are obviously designed so that collectors will keep them in the box, and I was almost sorry to take them out myself (almost, but not really).
I was thinking about how many Frankies I have now and GA is my fifth, so here’s a litle shot of them altogether. Its hard to pick a favourite as they are all great dolls, but I think that my School’s Out Frankie (who was, incidentally, my first MH ever) is the prettiest, I never get tired of her.