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Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:24:16 PM »
Sorry to bring the topic up with nothing new to add but I've been thinking that Treesa's face looks familiar.  So after thinking and thinking I started to notice the similarities between her sculpt and Jinafire's. Do you think it's the same with minor tweaks? Or an all new one with coincidental look-alike-ness?

Here's a side-by-side comparison. I think they have similar noses and mouths.

I noticed it too, but I think they just turned out similar. Upsizing and tweaking a mold seems a bit overcomplicated.

Monster Discussion / Re: MHA Eye Wonk Discussion Thread
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:13:16 PM »
I found this poor Raven at TRU the other day...

She strikes me as a very amiably drunk lady, who's telling amusing stories.

Customs / Re: 8Brick's Custom Lab- All factory-style stuff!
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:12:27 PM »
VAST improvement!  I may do something similar to Supergirl, whose bangs are pretty pathetic compared to the animated look.

Have you thought about putting a little curl into the tips of her pigtails?
Thank you! I'll definitely try, but my curling skills aren't as great as my combing skills.

Customs / Re: 8Brick's Custom Lab- Boil-bangs technique successful!
« on: March 22, 2017, 05:58:00 AM »
I just got my new Harley Quinn, and I've complained before about her inaccurate hair. I was determined to fix it, because I was annoyed that this was how she compared to her other depictions.

So I decided to try my first practical use of the "boil-bangs" technique I think I invented.

 I simply combed out some hair in the rooting pattern of bangs (her side part's not a huge issue because her bangs are messy anyway), and this is my super-technical setup- her shirt sloppily holding the hair down in place.

Simply pour hot water over it to set, and then cut into the messy pointed bangs and framing tendrils.
Now, I am not a hair technician, but her hair is a bit more lenient, so I think I replicated it pretty well- I'm very pleased, and I can't believe this idea worked. I also lifted up her pigtails a bit with additional elastic bands and trimmed them a bit shorter.

Now Harley looks like she should!

And here's the group- art, action figure, and action doll, matching at last.

Monster Discussion / Re: Possible outfits from new lines?
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:32:56 AM »
I wonder if the gray top is for Clawdeen's mom? Or Claudia? It looks a bit big sister in proportions to me.

It looks pretty well-fitted on the waist, though, and Clawdia at least has never had anything like it. Ghoulia is known for her retro style and red accents, and she's sported the drippy look, so it seems like it might be her debut outfit. There's speculation that she's an SDCC exclusive this year, and the level of construction on the top suggests that with the large pocket, embroidered pocket, cuffs, puffed sleeves, and simulated button row. Most main-line dolls now just resort to prints and have few finishing details.

Monster Discussion / Re: Possible outfits from new lines?
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:48:46 AM »
I agree, that's definitely a Ghoulia piece, or at least it looks like one. I like it. The bodysuit is more intriguing, since it doesn't look like it comes from anything we've seen or heard of yet. Although, I think we're getting a bit Cleo-overdosed by now.

Not really- Meeshell is wearing very Bunny-inspired shoes.

Yeah, I might consider grabbing a Back to School Maddie to put on the newest sig version, as the US ones didn't get the new faces.

Monster Discussion / Re: Predictions for SDCC 2017?
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:30:26 PM »
I expect we'll have more than one doll, either via a two-pack or a separate, or both like last year. It seems likely for Ghoulia to get a solo doll, which is completely unfair to fans but does target the collectors who really miss her, and either Johnny and a new Operetta or maybe Johnny and Raythe in a buddy pack?
I dunno. At least one of those characters should be in the lineup.

Monster Discussion / Re: Lots of Looks Draculaura
« on: March 15, 2017, 11:28:33 AM »
That tulle skirt is starting to bug me- there shouldn't be a piece that can't be used modestly without something under it.

Darling has gone from an awesome action princess to a stupid Marilyn wannabe. What happened?
EAH is still here, but is it even alive anymore? I think it's gone as far from its original intentions as possible while staying technically recognizable.

Monster Discussion / Re: Lots of Looks Draculaura
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:00:19 AM »
Clawd's worn them, and they're part of Gaga's pants (not sure if Robecca's coverall skirt counts, too) but yeah, it does seem to be a recurring thing with Drac now.

Monster Discussion / Predictions for SDCC 2017?
« on: March 15, 2017, 06:01:32 AM »
I was thinking about who the exclusive(s) this year could be. Usually, it's at least one previously unmerchandised character (Iris, Hoodude, Scarah, Manny, Wydowna, Hexiciah) or a variant of an existing character that we've never seen on a doll before, which can either be from an outfit, (GB Frankie), color (B/W Frankie) or both (Robecca).

For the new character...I think it has a good chance of being Raythe. Mattel loves to make Con-exclusive male dolls, and I don't think he's big enough for a main-line release, especially since they're so stingy with the new characters now. I personally wouldn't mind too much, but I know he's got some fans. None of the other forgotten movie characters seem relevant enough to make people interested, and I doubt they still remember Andy.

For an unmade outfit, I'm not sure. It might be another licensed promotion, but maybe it'll be an existing design we never got in the line.

Monster Discussion / Re: Lots of Looks Draculaura
« on: March 15, 2017, 05:36:02 AM »
I like her, especially with that dress. Good to see the yellow isn't gone. Though the Boo York purse is odd. I wonder if this line is going to be the replacement for I <3 Fashion, which at the end, only existed to give us SDCC substitutes, and last year's Con didn't give us any valid candidates (read: new ghouls) for the line.

Customs / Re: Head recommendations for shrunken-head custom?
« on: March 14, 2017, 05:46:32 AM »
I was considering the shrinking potential and wondering about other dolls with smaller heads, but I'm not sure. The Fright-Mares all have horns or ears that I would have to get rid of, and none of them have the hair/skin combination I want. I want something with minimal effort- If I don't have to do a reroot or full head paint, I won't.

Customs / Re: Head recommendations for shrunken-head custom?
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:25:46 PM »
I'm thinking maybe my bad-hair-day Jane would be a good candidate- her skin is close to the greyish one Freddie produces, she has long dark (approproately messy) hair thanks to my boiling disaster, and she's ethnically in line with the idea.

Customs / Head recommendations for shrunken-head custom?
« on: March 13, 2017, 12:10:26 PM »
The witch-doctor type, not the proportional adjustment. Yes, I'm probably a psycho.
Basically, I'd like to make a shrunken head accessory for Descendants' Freddie Facilier, per the brief gag where she presents one. This would be done by a head shrink and repaint. Ideally, it would be from someone with black-haired and an unnatural skin tone, but if I need to, I can paint the whole head to be less healthy-looking. I'm thinking Scarah would be the best candidate because her hair and skin colors match up, but I'm wondering if the lips will be distractingly full.

Any other suggestions for this most demented of projects?

Monster Discussion / Re: Silvi and Clawd?
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:45:04 AM »
I think Clawd's overall portrayal outside of his doll/bio/diary is just an epic fail, honestly. His bio makes this big point of saying how he's not some "dumb jock", so then he shows up in the movie... and he's kind of a dumb jock. :| I wish they had stayed true to his original design.

In any case, I hope Silvi continues to appear in G2. I really love her overall design, and the fact that she was given an actual wolf nose. Has any last name been revealed for her yet? Mattel's getting lazy about surnames. XD

Clawd's at least pretty okay in the webisodes, though. Deuce is the one I can't stand. Dumber as time went on...

Silvi's last name is Timberwolf- it was first revealed with her trademark.

Monster Discussion / Re: Silvi and Clawd?
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:45:00 PM »
Clawdeen's mom, Harriet Wolf.

Monster Discussion / Re: Silvi and Clawd?
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:49:55 PM »
I subscribe to the theory that they're using older characters in the doll lines to keep older fans happy while having no intention/plans to use them in the animated material. 

But Silvi...don't count on her being huge. She's not one of the G2 group, and she's not an antagonist, so I don't expect much more from her. I want to think G2 will be better about not forgetting its characters (Kelpie's back, for one), but guilty until proven innocent. There are too many G1 movie characters left behind for me to be optimistic.

As for Draculaura/Clawd...I'm totally ambivalent on it. I can see where people are creeped out, but I don't really care either way. It would be odd to change the relationship, though, if Clawd comes back in the animation. Unless Mattel got complaints from parents about the couple, I don't see why they'd do something else.

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