Bratzillaz Switch A Witch are MGA’s answer to Mattel’s Create a Monster, and do you know what? I actually think that they are better.
As you know, I love the Monster High CAMs. However, although I started off with an easygoing approach to the mismatched bodies, over time this started to annoy me more and more, and I found myself spending increasing amounts of money trying to make sure that there were enough bodies of the right colour to go round. Not a problem with Switch a Witch – the limbs on these dolls are actually made to look mismatched in a rather stylishly coordinated way.
Taking Cloetta’s main design feature a little bit further, the Witches’ colour schemes are split down the middle. Everything on the left is different to what’s on the right – the skin colour, the eyes, the jewellry, the shoes, the wigs. Because nothing looks like it should go together in a particular way (unlike the CAMs, who are distinct monsters with swoppable body parts), it doesn’t really matter how you put them together. The bowler hats, the curly wigs and the motley-esque clothing also give these dolls a rather clownish look, which is great. Everybody knows that there is nothing scarier than a clown.
The doll with the half-black, half white face was definitely my favourite while she was in the box. She’s particularly nicely designed, with her eyelashes and eyebrow in negative on the black side of her face. However, I must say that I think once you start messing with these dolls, its hard to play favourites as they are all so good. The clothes are also brilliant – both the dolls from the two-pack come with PVC tops and skirts which could be mixed and matched. I’m not so keen on the cloaks which come with two of the three outfits. As I’ve found with other Bratzillaz, they feel cheap and they don’t hang well. However, everything else is great – these dolls even come with bracelets and earrings, which is a nice touch. And I also like the fact that unlike Monster High dolls, the shoes are rather soft and squishy, which makes them easy to put on and remove.
As I’ve found before with Bratzillaz, these dolls are wonderfully designed but maybe a little let down in their execution and presentation. Even though I bought the yellow and white faced doll separately to the two-pack dolls, I found that all three dolls came out of the box with dirty faces that needed a wash. The screening on the three is not all it should be, either, with little imperfections in the paint along the centre line of the face. Such a shame – these dolls actually assembled as easily, if not easier, than the Create A Monsters I have put together, which I didn’t expect. I had seen some corners cut in this line before and I was expected badly-fitting pegs. Seeing as this potential problem was negotiated successfully, they should not have been sold suffering from faults as easy to avoid as poor hygiene and wavery paint lines.
I am so glad that I managed to find these dolls as I think that they’re easily the best things to come from the Bratzillaz line yet. I really wish I had picked up the other Switch A Witches when I saw them for a good price. Compared to the other Bratzillaz, which are currently on serious sale in this country, they are holding their prices well on Amazon and eBay so I doubt I’ll get the opportunity again.
One last strange thing I have noticed about these dolls – my pink and green clown girl seems to have slightly fatter legs than the other two! That kind of goes against the idea of them being switchable? Maybe I’m imagining it – what do you think?