Continuing my theme of threes for my three year blogoversary, here’s three Frankie Steins that I have acquired over the last few months. I promised myself that I wasn’t going to go into the back catalogue, but I just love Frankie so much I can’t help it. Anyway, I got some bargains in the two older dolls – Ghouls Rule Frankie came from a discount shop and cost me £12.99 and Sweet 1600 cost me £10 in the box on eBay. Unfortunately, she’s the re-release of this character so she is slightly different to the first Sweet 1600 Frankie, but £10! Worth it for her outfit alone. Ghoul Spirit, the contemporary doll in this line-up, cost me a tenner. I’ve noticed that these “small box” dolls are now marketed at £14 in some shops, but if you hunt around its still possible to pick them up for less, especially when they’ve been on the shelves for a while.
Looking at them today, I was thinking about the fact that I couldn’t choose between them. So I decided to approach this issue logically (well, kind of logically) and scored them out of ten on their various attributes …
Sweet 1600 – I’ll have to give her a 5/10. When I first got her, I really didn’t like her eyes, which are rounder and closer together than the modern Frankie incarnation. She is growing on me, but I’m still not convinced.
Ghouls Rule – 7/10. GREAT lip colour, great sparkly eyes. She loses points because of the cracked glass/ lightning strike/ poisoned veins thing on her cheek, which is a bit too fussy for me.
Ghoul Spirit – Another 7/10. I love a natural-looking Frankie, and the pink lip is cute. At first, I really liked her pink eyeshadow too, then one day I thought “conjunctivitis” and that kind of spoiled it for me.
Sweet 1600 – Another 5/10 for her hair, I’m afraid. I love the little bouffant at the front but her sideswept fringe is too bowl-cut for me and its thick with gunk. She has raw band showing on her ponytail too. And GLITTER STRANDS. Actually, I think I’m probably being a little over-generous.
Ghouls Rule: 7/10, and that’s because I love the black hair. The curls were a nice idea too, but the execution is a bit dodgy – again, they’re full of gunk and they’re also rather messy, with little wisps sticking out here and there. I’m considering giving her a boil wash, actually.
Ghoul Spirit: I’ll give her a 7/10 too. I love her blue streak at the back, and she has a lot of lovely soft white in it too. She does have gunk but not so much as the others, its easily brushed out. I am not really keen on her heavy, thick fringe and the half-up style she’s wearing doesn’t do it for me either – Another visible band!
Sweet 1600: 9/10. I love this dress, I think its one of the best Frankie outfits ever made. The puffball skirt! The tartan pattern! This is really why I bought this doll.
Ghouls Rule: 7/10. I’m not usually a big fan of any of the “over the top” Monster High outfits. Its OK, I suppose, but there’s just so MUCH of it – the skirt, the jacket, the leggings etc etc etc etc etc. I’ve actually marked it up because it is tastefully black and there’s not a whole load of cheap plastic accessories.
Ghoul Spirit: 3/10. OK, maybe she’s not on a level playing field, being a small-box doll competing against two big-box dolls, but really. The skirt is too short (I believe that this is because Mattel are scrimping on fabric more than anything), and I don’t really care for her school logo shirt either. Sorry.
Sweet 1600: Poor old 1600 only has a handbag. Its a nice handbag that actually opens and closes, but its pretty much the same bag that I got with my School’s Out Frankie, and it doesn’t go particularly well with Sweet 1600’s outfit either. I don’t feel I can give her more than 4/10 for this poor effort. Of course, this is my fault – if I’d spent a bit more on an original version rather than buying a re-release, I would have got a dress with her too, which would have increased her score considerably.
Ghouls Rule: A good, solid 7/10 – she comes with a cauldron of bubbly stuff, a mask, and a trick-or-treat pumpkin-style basket. Oh, and a weird little thing, I’m not sure what it is. Maybe I’ll work it out one day.
Ghoul Spirit: I’ll give her a 6/10 – yes, she only has her pointy sports hand, but its adorable. It has sharpened fingernails. I love it.
Sweet 1600 – they’re pretty standard Frankie fare (one black, one blue, stitch themed) but tbh I am a bit sad that they weren’t more imaginative and themed to her outfit. 6/10.
Ghouls Rule: Beautiful black glittery platforms – not the outstanding shoes I’ve seen on some other Monster Highs, maybe, but still pretty damn fine. I’ll give them 7/10.
Ghoul Spirit: Hmm, not great – just like 1600’s but plainer. Distinct lack of effort. 4/10.
The final score? Probably – maybe …. Barbie was probably copying me when she infamously claimed that “Math is Hard” – I’m rubbish at maths and too tired to add the scores up more than once, so please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
Ghoul Spirit – 27 – this doll has some great elements, but her outfit lets her down and although I really liked it at first, I’m now just not sure about the pink eyeshadow.
Sweet 1600 – 29 – Who would have thought I would have scored her higher than Ghoul Spirit? I really didn’t like her when I first got her – in fact, I nearly sold her on. Just goes to show how important it is to think these things through properly …
Ghouls Rule – 35 – Well I never. I just noticed I scored her “seven” for absolutely everything – which was completely unintentional!
So do let me know what you think. Do you approve of my scores, and which one is your favourite?