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Monster Discussion / Re: Body change between G1 and G2?
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:40:27 PM »
Yeah, the biggest change about G2 MH is the body shape, it's not just a Moanica thing but everyone, articulated or not.

It's thicker overall and has tighter joints. I'm not personally a fan of it, but it's also not the same as EAH, just like a weird mix of old MH and EAH, and some are apparently missing removable hands/elbows like Venus, but I never unboxed my only G2 Venus yet so idk personally.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:25:53 PM »
I can agree with the dislike of Spectra's gossiping which is why I liked Haunted so much. She sees what her nosiness did to others. My biggest beef in regrards to characters was the violent background of many of the main characters. I actually researched every character for my then 6 yr old who has always been drawn to the darker stuff of the world, so I did not allow many of the main characters to come home; Lagoona was probably the one of the original ghouls that I okayed. As she got older we bought dolls like Clawdeen and Ghoulia.
 
As a collector I liked the dolls. Some lines were cheesy but still cute. The Line went downhill once they changed the face molds and articulation. Then instead of talking about school conflicts they went to babysitting and pet setting. Those are Barbie lines, Monster High was for OLDER girls the Tween market. Heaven Forbid a 10yr old puts down her iPhone long enough to play with dolls. Same with the sister line Ever After High. Once they changed the face molds, bodies, and articulation that line just isn't what it used to be.

That’s just it—because Spectra WAS a gossip, there was an opportunity in Haunted for her to change and mature as a character. People—even very good people—have character flaws. In the process of living, we make mistakes, learn from them, and struggle to be our best selves. But if everybody is just perfect and wonderful from the get-go (as heroes so often are in children’s entertainment), then that struggle—that thing that makes them relatable—is gone. It’s hard to feel anything for or learn anything from a character you can’t relate to, and even children pick up on that. That’s why I find it kind of sad that a character was axed from a show/toyline because she wasn’t “perfect”. :(

I agree that it’s very sad how MH’s original target demographic just wasn’t interested in dolls. :( It sounds cliched, but it seems like kids are trying to grow up more and more quickly in recent years. Smartphones certainly didn’t help matters, especially compounded with the advent of social media... When I was ten, I was still very much into dolls and toys. :shrug:
I'm still into dolls and toys. (Obviously)

But I played with my toys even as old as 15, and being online didn't deter me from playing at all! Granted, 09 was a different atmosphere, but still.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:52:46 PM »
When G1 officially ended.

Up until it's last hurrah with Ghoul Rockers, I didn't have a huge problem with the dolls. Sure some were a bit less expensive, but they were still clever (Ghoul Fitness).
Same pretty much. I don't like every pre-reboot doll granted, but I can count the reboot dolls that appeal to me on one hand.

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Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 07, 2018, 06:12:15 PM »
Do kids actually like this stuff?
I did! Well, not baby dolls, but animals.

I was weird, I know.  ^^;

Personally, a lot of the times mentioned here sound pretty funny and cool to me, tho I am not fond of blind bags/boxes in general.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Scaris Ghoulia in Skull Shores Box
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:41:09 PM »
I feel like these have popped up before..
Yeah, I'm having unspecific flashbacks in my head. Dunno what they are either tho, but I certainly remember them....

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Monster Discussion / Re: Your Unusual Doll Opinions
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:59:46 PM »
Gluehead has never bothered me, and I've always preferred Indonesia made dolls because they just feel (and look) betterm have sturdier joints, and just, idk, I like them more than China made dolls. Gluehead means nothing to me as I never do anything to my doll's hair.

Speaking of, I'm a bit picky about hair fibers, and I vastly prefer how Saran feels on MH/EAH dolls than Kanekalon, which I cannot STAND as it only feels nice right out of the box, then it gets bad and feels awful. I can't stand it. Usually people care little about texture, but I'm super picky about it. Doesn't stop me from getting or liking dolls with it, but I wish they didn't have it is all.

I also don't mind 'box hair' as it were, or plastic ties and rubber bands on doll accessories. I keep my dolls as is anyway so all the excess stuff keeping things on are nice and I don't mess with them.

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Off Topic / Re: Toys R Us Stores Closing
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:13:15 PM »
I've never been able to go to TRU much anyway, but still... :/

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The hoodie dolls are actually really nice. Hope they show up in proper stores whenever they do come out so I can get them.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Grief over the end of G1?
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:32:33 PM »
@nassib
The G1 canon is what I miss the most.
Same, while I'm not fond of a majority of the new dolls too, at least there are a few of those I still enjoy. But the old movies and specials and diaries and webisodes had so much more interesting story, backstory, lore, and personality than current whatever has. Makes me sad as I really loved watching the G1 movies over and over and now there will be no new ones.

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There's a peri and pearl one I think
I sure hope so, or I'd have been imagining having one sitting on my dresser for ten months now. :P

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Off Topic / Re: Funko
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:50:16 PM »
https://funko.com/blogs/news/coming-soon-sonic-pop-s

Shadow(s) <3

Really makes me wish that a company ever did a line of Chao figures. They would sell like crazy.

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Monster Discussion / Re: What's the last MH thing you bought? 3
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:06:24 AM »
Found a Silvi at Tuesday Morning. I've wanted her for ages now and Walmart never had her (as far as I saw...) so I'm pretty happy to get her for under $6.

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Monster Discussion / Re: The end for me?
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:24:33 AM »
My deep resentment of reboot MH has slowly turned into just a numb dullness. I still deeply miss old MH and don't much care for the reboot at all, but I've managed to replace the void left in my soul with music and bands.

Plus I just can't be mad at being able to save money from dolls for other things.

Tho I still miss the feeling of excitement of seeing new dolls of my fave characters. Will we ever see another Elissabat? Howleen? Viperine? Jinafire? Probably not. :L

I do want reboot sig Clawdeen tho, but she doesn't seem to be anywhere so I guess I can't get the only new doll I want that I don't yet have. :I Grumble grumble.

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Customs / Re: First time questions
« on: May 28, 2017, 10:25:09 PM »
I like Fabri-tac as it's fully waterproof when dry, Tacky Glue leaks through hair plugs sometimes for me.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Peri & Pearl question!
« on: May 01, 2017, 02:56:46 PM »
Has anyone ever tried Lagoonafire to keep them looking monstery still? I'm assuming no one ever brought Lagoonafire up because of a poor match, but I would think keeping them looking scaly would be more fun than a perfect match.

I suppose I could have placed my two next to each other to test, but I have no idea where Lagoonafire went.

Either way, there's probably a good reason no one has used Lagoonafire for this, but I'm still curious to see it be done. Just feels so sad to see them lose all monstery aspects upon being put on plain bodies.

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Monster Discussion / Re: HELP Creepateria Draculaura
« on: April 24, 2017, 11:25:11 PM »
I always struggle with kanekelon as it always wants to look bad to me, and thus I'm not at all a fan of it. :x

And yeah, Creepateria Draculaura has full kanekalon hair, which makes no sense to me as it's not like the style is anything special, straight with bangs, not like they couldn't do that with her usual hair fiber.

Somehow everything I do do kanekalon always makes it worse, so I'm not much help.

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Monster Discussion / Re: The end for me?
« on: April 13, 2017, 05:34:01 PM »
I mostly agree, there are a few reboot dolls that I want, and I have several, but I have yet to open more than two, and I no longer feel a drive to collect all vampires and werewolves when, quite frankly, most of them are so similar to eachother, or super budget, that I feel so need to seek them out. Sure, all the old dolls I still want will be out there to get, and I love there ones I already have, but I will miss looking forward to new stuff, and that will probably stay the same unless a new Elissabat or Howleen are ever made.

It's not all bad, as less focus and money spent on MH means I can use that on other collections instead.

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Monster Discussion / Re: New Monster High lines 2015-2016
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:47:27 PM »
I dislike the new bodies more than anything else in the line, but the thing is, by themselves, or if it was new, the bodies are fine, for what they are, I don't mine them, but the fact that they break the consistency of the past is what bothers me. Facial screenings, who cares, those always varied a lot to begin with. Cheap outfits or lots of vinyl parts of them? I don't redress unless it's a double, so I don't care. Added detailed to older characters? I'd be fine with that if the bodies stayed the same, that's really the only thing driving me up a wall is the bodies. Well and the universe and animations, but that's another story.
I hate it when things are not consistent. Truthfully, it's not a HUGE body change, but it still is none the less, and it's different enough to perhaps cause issues. I like sturdier joints, but at what cost? WILL there be little and big sister body types still? Who knows.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Flawlessness
« on: August 30, 2016, 02:21:07 PM »
Flawless dolls to me?

I'd have to say FCA Elissabat (not her tall doll, as her flat bangs are a minus) Little Dead Riding Wolf, 13 Wishes Howleen, Ghouls Rule Draculaura, Signature Toralei, SDCC Valentine, and I <3 Fashion Venus are all perfect in their own ways.
Truthfully, I liked all of them from first glance, and I wouldn't change a thing on any of them. Definitely my favorite versions of each of those characters too. Well, those that have more than one at least!

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Monster Discussion / Re: Are Toy Scalpers a thing with this fandom?
« on: August 30, 2016, 02:16:19 PM »
It was REALLY prevalent when I first started collecting in 2011/2012, but pretty much doesn't happen anymore for the regular release dolls. I remember when I bought my very first MH doll, Skull Shores Ghoulia, she was literally the only MH doll on the shelf in any store within 30 minutes of my house. lol.
That was pretty much the same way my first MH experience went, only doll available was Skull Shores Ghoulia, so she was my first. Thankfully I liked her enough to continue.

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