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Off Topic / Re: What's up with the toy industry?
« on: May 03, 2018, 06:48:27 AM »
Yeah, dolls are hardly the entire toy market. They're just not at a peak right now. To be honest, I'm not really sure what toys are popular now besides the blind toys that are everywhere. Other toys are either stable long runners (LEGO, Barbie) or just...there?

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:19:45 AM »
To be honest, after the first wave, there were already signs. The first group of dolls had plausible yet distinctive outfits, but the dolls very quickly shifted to exaggerated motifs and outrageous fashion. The fantastical specialty themes (Sweet Screams, Power Ghouls, etc.) were always well-done, but their very existence felt targeted to younger kids. The dialogue and writing has always been kid-oriented with the cheesy lingo and catchphrases even when the dolls were aiming for a mature vibe, so it's a really difficult mood to define. They were ostensibly for older kids, but at the same time, G1 was filled with stuff that felt targeted to children, even at the beginning. So really, G1 sort of ended...when G1 ended.

Freak du Chic and GSR were the last big lines, and they perfectly illustrate the confusion of dramatic interesting designs and bright kiddie themes. They did spin the magical mermaids into some pretty cool stuff, but they were still neon and bright, while FdC was going at full strength. It's always been a weird mix, so to me, the real shift was when the dark cool stuff was finally dropped for good in G2.

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Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:38:13 AM »
Blind toys don't strike me either, unless they're blind-packaged elements of a bigger, better toyline (like LEGO and Playmobil's figure series). The toys are usually static and low in detail or quality, and it seems like a waste of plastic and money to me especially because there's usually no way to figure out what you're getting. I guarantee these kids are gonna have a junk drawer full of them in the future, wondering why so many ended up in their possession.

Did you ever collect trading cards as a kid? Or those stickers that went in the books? If you got duplicates you would trade with other kids on the playground during recess. Same thing with these blind bag toys. Tbh as an adult collector I prefer when there's codes or hacks to let me cheat or they come in bigger packs where most of them are visible since the only way to trade is online and that adds shipping.

I personally never did that, but I understand the trading idea. I just don't think most blind toys are worth having in the first place. Most of them are solid lumps of plastic with a little paint, and I say this having once enjoyed things like that. So it's reaching a fair audience with kids but I don't understand the appeal to adults unless the toys are really nice quality.

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Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 07, 2018, 07:30:46 AM »
Blind toys don't strike me either, unless they're blind-packaged elements of a bigger, better toyline (like LEGO and Playmobil's figure series). The toys are usually static and low in detail or quality, and it seems like a waste of plastic and money to me especially because there's usually no way to figure out what you're getting. I guarantee these kids are gonna have a junk drawer full of them in the future, wondering why so many ended up in their possession.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Tinsel
« on: March 15, 2018, 06:05:34 AM »
I generally don't like tinsel, but I've found it to be a hassle to remove it cleanly wiithout pulling glue out out of the head or breaking it just before the scalp.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Your Unusual Doll Opinions
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:57:31 PM »
I thought unboxing the dolls was kind of fun, with few exceptions. Most of the time, it was almost relaxing and satisfying.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When Dolls Make You a Little Crazy
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:07:22 AM »
I love the character so much that when I got the Black Series K-2SO action figure, I rewatched Rogue One with him sitting on top of the upright DVD box on the table next to me as if he were watching with me. 

As for my dolls, I never really talked to them as if they might respond, nor did I tend to pose them in scenes when not taking photos, but I assure you, my other toys bring out the weirdness.

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Music Festival is probably the most Venus standard Venus that isn't her signature doll. It's the same basic hairstyle and there are plenty of spikes and edges on her outfit.

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Huh. They're actually not terrible and we get some crazy new hair? I assume Ari has the same technique as Lorna Lamb.

I really want to love that Twyla, but they keep using this hideous pink on her. Her costume is great, and I want that new Dustin as I have all of the others, but I don't know. I do love the possible idea that Dustin changes colors as his fluff gets cycled out and needs to be replaced to embody his consciousness.

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Off Topic / Re: Unlife after Monster High
« on: March 01, 2018, 06:04:19 AM »
I think my obsession for MH quickly faded shortly after SDCC this year, and it was already slowing down. But since then, I've been getting into otther toys again (I had been "out of touch" with LEGO despite being a huge fan), and I just recently discovered the Star Wars Black Series, which I think is more my speed to begin with. I really liked MH when I was into it, but now I'm not sure it was a fit. So I'm not so sad about it leaving.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Resurrecting the Corpse of Monster High
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:05:08 PM »
I think sometimes you just gotta accept what you were given and move on. The brand is not nearly as important or lucrative to Mattel now, and the adult fans are not enough to keep the brand going, and since they tried overhauling it for a wider audience, the original style had been slowing down enough that collectors, the minority, were the only people still interested..

The dolls themselves were never meant for collectors; they just happened to be collector-friendly and so the exclusives emerged from that. The main demographic they were trying for was fundamentally misguided, as older kids didn't want dolls and the younger kids' interest in the edgier product caused some softening even before G2.  But while it stayed around, we were able to partake in the nice things and give some of them the sales they needed, if not enough.

It's hard to let go of something you loved, but it's always better to want more than get tired of it, and  they've completely given up now so there isn't anything to miss from their current lineup. Yes, there were things they ought to have done in G1 and even G2, but given the business perspective, those would be less feasible to achieve given the existing struggle.

So, honestly, I'm fine if it never comes back. There's no perfectly sustainable way to make the brand, anyway, due to less-than-universal appeal, so a startup even from fan support might not be sufficient. I think it would be more sad to see people trying to fund the  brand's return than to see it leaving as it is now. We already had so much to enjoy, and that can never be taken away.

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Eh, I'm not quick to agree that there was any theft here. Frankie and Cleo are really obvious names for puns on their monsters, and none of the designs seem to have anything that couldn't be coincidental. It looks more like both had their own takes on the obvious design and concept choices that arose from the idea.

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Off Topic / Re: The handwriting on the wall
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:01:49 PM »
My handwriting is pretty messy if I'm not making some amount of effort to be legible, and even then, isn't the cleanest. I write by hand mostly when a computer would provide a distraction or when I need to write on or label my drawings, and in those cases, I often adopt a different style.

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Wait, that's actually really cool. The fact that she could be a legit transformation instead of just a costume change makes her better than the others, and the design of each form is nice. This is the first Lagoona I've ever really wanted.

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Ghoul to Fish Lagoona is probably the best use of her more recent coral color. I'm interested to see the function, because it seems to be cloth-based without a plastic mechanism.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:54:52 AM »
This really is giving me some mixed feelings.. I love their shoes to be honest. I'm not surprised by the articulation but what is going on with howleen's hair?? I guess she is known for her wild hair along with her sister but that's the worst style I've seen since dance class.. I guess it's not too bad since you can probably water it down. I love alivia's pet but cushion looks like she needs a hair cut and her flappy ear isn't there :/ also.. is it just me or should their body molds be swapped? Alive has howleen's scratchy hands and howleen now has the most regular hands I've ever seen on her lol. I also love the bolt in alivia's head but, that might interfere with reroots. It would be cool to see a custom alivia doll. I wonder if howleen is the same height as her G1 body?

Alivia doesn't have claws, she has grabby Frankenstein-shuffle hands, so it's definitely her mold.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Isi Dawndance
« on: November 24, 2017, 07:33:49 AM »
I think the problem isn't that Isi is rare, but that a well-screened Isi is rare. She's a doll who was very prone to misprints due to her complicated facial screening, so it was optimal to buy her in stores when you could.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:40:16 PM »
Aw, why are they giving Alivia bangs? They cover up her awesome forehead stitches!

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Monster Discussion / Re: Amanita Skintone Difference? (Sig vs S&S)
« on: November 06, 2017, 01:29:40 PM »
The picture makes everything look bluer, like her hair. Both Amanitas have exactly the same hair and skin colors.

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The new GtB doll is a surprisingly attractive design that actually has a unique impact. The ballet Moanica is also fantastic, though it's cruel that these tiny-platformed shoes don't get stands to cancel them out.

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