Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Day At The O

A Day At The O is a collection of fun "glamor shots" of the ladies we all love that are known collectively as Monster High. More pics were taken than originally planned, enough to compile the portfolio you're about to see. The primary playset used was the Desert Frights Oasis. Additional props were provided courtesy of The Coffin Bean, Clawdeen Wolf, Cleo De Nile, Frankie Stein, and whoever "owns" the Scaris Cafe Cart. Participants included...

Gigi Grant

 Howleen Wolf

Rochelle Goyle and Spectra Vondergeist

 Clawdeen Wolf

 Venus McFlytrap

 Abbey Bominable

 Ghoulia Yelps

Cleo De Nile

 Frankie Stein


Brief cameos were made by Lagoona Blue and Twyla. Here's the whole crew hanging out before we got down to business...

Speaking of the Desert Frights Oasis playset, it may just be MH's best one to date. Surprisingly, it's also their first beach themed water playset. It seems kind of odd that it took Mattel three years to get one on the market, especially considering water playsets are a staple of fashion doll lines. And even more so when you consider we've been getting beach themed MH doll lines since year one. (I don't count Lagoona's Hydration Station as a genuine water playset since it's a bedroom set and technically the doll doesn't actually interact with the water.) In any case, DFO is definitely nice set. It has a cool design and a surprisingly wide variety of pieces. The hot tub and uniquely designed, attached palm trees are what first grab your attention but the colorful canopy (with clever, Gigi-esque adornment) shouldn't be undersold. It's a very well-made, sturdy piece, and will work with a variety of other playsets. There are also two matching lounge chairs and an assortment of foods and drinks. The coolest of the small pieces is the fire pit. It's an interesting design and can double as a seat if needed. The rotating tray that attaches to the tub also works as seating and is yet another clever little touch. I haven't gotten detail shots of the playset (yet)*, but I did scan the box. Shocking, right? (Hehe.) Mostly I wanted to get the shots of the Cleo doll on the box to compare to the actual doll included...

On the box Cleo has the standard eyes but as you know by now, the actual doll has the weird, rounder, "new" eyes. You already know how I feel about them. She's a well-designed doll, though -- I love her swimsuit and her makeup is really pretty. She has great hair -- in both style and texture. It's just those damn eyes that ruin it for me...

Note: The skirt and cuff are from a different Cleo. I just really like them with this swimsuit.

The booklet included with the set is the biggest we've seen yet for an MH product, as far as I know. Obviously I had to get scans of it...

I kinda like this sketch of Cleo.

Hey, it doubles as a makeshift coloring book! Cool!

I've been playing around with 13 Wishes Howleen's look. At the moment I have her in the Dance Class outfit, but I cut the leggings off and am using them as "sort-of" legwarmers. Personally, I like this look way more than how the outfit actually came. (I'm sure we all remember "Pajama-gate".)


I didn't snap any pics of Howleen in her actual 13 Wishes outfit (Maddie's wearing it at the moment -- and looking fab), but you can check the look out on her box art. It's pretty wicked...

Big sis Clawdeen was around today too, and in 13 Wishes form as well! And she's actually wearing (some of) her Wishes outfit. This is such a gorgeous Clawdeen! It's all about that honey-blonde hair! A new color for Clawdeen! And it's thick and silky too! I prefer the doll much more without the wrap and headpiece so that's how I photo'd her. She brought one of her bunk beds along for maximum comfort...

Because it's what I do, I scanned her box so you can gauge the look with wrap for yourself...

Truth be told, the wrap looks much better in drawn form than it does on the actual doll.

A review is forthcoming for her*, but let's check out Gigi's box art and doll anyway!


Hmm, not so fierce. But super pretty!

Like canopy, like doll. Or something.

Aww, Sultan Sting is such a cutie! Look at those puppy dog eyes!
Too bad one sting from his tail could kill you. I guess just try not to think of that.

Everything about Gigi is scorpion (and Scorpio) influenced. Check out that neck tat!
I'm guessing one of the Mattel designers was a November baby. (Like me! Represent, fellow Scorps!)

Ghouls Night Out hasn't gotten much love from Voicething, has it? I mean, I love the dolls, I just haven't covered them yet! So here's Rochelle and Spectra making their Voicething debut! (I'm holding off on Lagoona for something special*, plus she was already represented today by her 13 Wishes doll.)

They brought Scooter Ghoulia along for the fun.

Sigh. Rochelle, why you always gotta be so damn sweet! Love ya, girl!

I bet you're wondering how I feel about this Spectra having the "Fountain of Youth" facemold. Honestly? I really like it! Her face paint is much darker here than it was on her Picture Day doll, and it makes a world of difference! (Still not as good as the original mold though!)

I don't think there's anything Scooter Ghoulia can't wear and make look fierce as hell.
She's working Frankie's deluxe FP dress in ways I never thought possible.

Speaking of Frankie, she and Ula stopped by! (Man, is this the most random blog post ever or what?)

Frankie + paisley = fashion win!

Shadows and light. I'm really proud of this shot, if I may say so.

I prefer Picture Day Ula in the Swim outfit, and vice versa.
Her dark, heavy eyeshadow plays well off the black stripes of the swimsuit, I feel.

And then there was Abbey!

I'm becoming more and more convinced Picture Day is Abbey's best doll. Anyone agree?

It's all about those bangs.

Seriously, what a gorgeous doll!

We'll end on a high note: Music Festival Venus! This is another doll that's currently rocking my world that I simply haven't gotten to review yet. Check her out photosynthesizing in her Swim outfit...

Mmm, carbon dioxide...

MF Venus > Swim Venus

Absolutely stunning.

I know today's post was uber-random. To be honest I was simply in the mood to take some pics today, so I grabbed a bunch of dolls, changed some outfits, threw together what seating I needed from all sorts of playsets, and got to shooting. Once I started writing I figured I might as well throw some box scans in while I was at it. Anyway, hopefully you enjoyed looking at the pics as I much I did taking them! MH forever, my friends!

* Plans and ideas subject to change without notice. Of course. This is me we're talking about!