A while back, I got into a discussion with Tagi about which Monster Highs I would concentrate on if I was just going to pick two. Since then I’ve mulled it over quite a few times. I love Frankie so I’ve known for a while that she would be my number one. As for the other, I thought about Lagoona first – she’s just so damn pretty. However, she’s got those pinpoint freckles that I tolerate but will never really like and although her style is sometimes wonderful, a lot of the time it’s a bit too pink and blue and girly for me. Ditto Draculaura, Abbey and Rochelle, they are best in small and carefully selected doses as far as I’m concerned. Ghoulia can be fantastic but I think she’s hit and miss. And I generally like Clawdeen and Cleo but I don’t feel compulsively interested in either.
Just recently, I’ve realised – duh – that of course Spectra would be my runner-up. In fact there are some waves (such as the recent Dead Tired wave) where I would probably buy her first. I like her flowing, gauzy, gothic style and her colour scheme is just so clever. Against her white face, those odd purple eyes stand out like some crazy optical illusion. This is particularly noticeable with the first of the three Spectras I deboxed today:
When I first saw pictures of Poulter Girl, I was put off by all the “fuss” on her. I thought that all the pink plastic bits – the chains, the headband, the terrible earrings – were cheap-looking and unnecessary. But her seriously striking eyes with their barbie-does-blade-runner makeup, and the boots, and even the little dress, were just so good that I couldn’t help myself when a friend offered to pick her up for me. I’m so glad I didn’t pass her up now. I love the comic that comes with her too, and the box art is outstanding. It was almost a shame to debox her, and I bet this ends up being a popular wave with the MIB crowd.
It wasn’t until I saw the contemporary-looking Spectras next to my Ghouls Alive (who is modelled on the first wave doll) that I realised how much the head sculpt has changed. The cheekbones on the recent dolls are much less hollowed-out and pronounced, and actually I prefer this look on her. Maybe this is why my interest in Spectra has been such a slow burner. I do like my first-wave Spectra, who I got out today to make some comparisons with Ghouls Alive:
I love GA Spectra’s flashing limbs and the ghostly noise she makes but she does look rather stiff next to First Wave Spectra (Ghouls Alive dolls have no head movement at all and GA Spectra also has rigid knees, wrists and elbows). GA Spectra’s dress is also not quite as nice – for example, braid instead of chain on the bodice and brighter pink ribbons on the dress straps. As you can see, though, the head sculpt is the same – very different to Poulter Girl or my other recent Spectra, Ghouls Night Out:
It’s a close thing with Dot Dead Gorgeous but I think Ghouls Night Out is probably my favourite Spectra. I love truly “different” takes on MH characters, as I don’t like to feel that I’m just buying the same thing with tiny changes over and over again, and this Spectra is certainly original. The pink and lilac in her hair work really well together and I love the little fascinator – nice touch. Her makeup is superb, very pretty. I know that some collectors dislike gloved hands but I think Spectra’s are cute. She has a little keyhole on them which I gather (from the booklet she comes with) that these are meant to be seethrough. This doesn’t work out too well on the actual doll, but it was a nice thought. The plastic coat is original enough, a nice departure from all the floaty dresses, and she comes with a handbag that opens to receive her iCoffin and makeup compact. I was also pleased to note that like the Scaris dolls, her booklet contains a series of nicely illustrated pictures rather than a tedious diary.
Overall, I like the way that Spectra is evolving. How about you? Does anybody prefer the old, high cheekboned face? Who are your top two MH characters? Would Spectra make your list?