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Monster Discussion / Re: Do you talk to your dolls? Or am I weird?
« on: Yesterday at 01:05:47 PM »
Since I don't often have people to talk to, I'm generally the type to voice my thoughts aloud, and I'll occasionally vent my frustrations (domino collapse in the display cabinet, for example) by berating the characters the dolls portray. Mainly it's just a way for me to speak my mind when nobody else would care or want to hear it. But I never go into actual conversations or play scenarios, because the dolls are more objects of admiration to me than my other toys, which inspire me a bit more, and if I do act out hypothetical conversations with toy-based characters, the toys themselves often aren't even in the room with me, I'm just envisioning the scenes. Usually, I turn the things I come up with into writing, which is a bit more validating to me than having a fictional conversation for no reason, but sometimes I'm just bored.

Maybe if this were Descendants, but MH is too far on the campy cheese scale to be this self-aware.  Still, perfectly valid and I'd love to see these acknowledged, even though the canon is grinding to a halt.

Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:35:00 AM »
Is it me, or did Cleo get G2 Venus syndrome?

Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:02:29 PM »
Phew, I'm actually glad she doesn't have those weird little demon-baby bugs anymore. They were very distracting and looked like another toyline's spawn entirely.

Monster Discussion / Re: Predictions for SDCC 2017?
« on: May 16, 2017, 07:39:56 AM »
While I expect that's what she'll look like, I'm glad that picture is a fake, so I can hope that Ghoulia's eyes are a bit narrower than that. And I thought Clawdeen looked awful...
Please don't ruin her face, Mattel....

Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: May 13, 2017, 08:11:47 PM »
There are new pics of Treesa- there's no gap in her back-the part sticking out is a birdhouse!

It's a setting on my Samsung phone camera.

Catrine's Art Studio / Re: My amateur wishlist/collection drawings!
« on: May 06, 2017, 02:57:02 PM »
Thanks, guys! Your kind comments are very much appreciated. I haven't done any new drawings, but I found a few older ones that might be worth posting.

This is my attempt at a complete Inner Monster drawing, where I had to figure out how to cram every feature of the doll into the image. So I settled for bubbles labeling two of her mood-related accessories, and used a shadow for her back accessories and inner workings, while also having a balloon to show off her emotion gimmick. Her name is in those awkward blocks because I didn't think before trying to write "Valentina Lovett" in such a small space. Shh, we'll pretend it's intentional.

And here are some drawings from The Haunted Mansion, which is another spooky franchise I adore.

I started with the famed Hatbox Ghost (original figure) 2015 revamp (a special effect planned from the beginning but almost immediately removed once it proved not to work), and drew both phases of his titular gimmick. He's no easy likeness to capture, but I think it did okay. I'm also such a nerd that I downloaded the Haunted Mansion sign's font to trace over so his label would be on theme.

And here's Constance, the axe-wielding black widow bride who resides in the attic. The five wedding portraits all reveal the fate of her doomed husbands by fading away their heads, and there are hatboxes scattered around, even though the hats are on a rack. Hiding place of the evidence, maybe? The Hatbox Ghost, now reinstalled, seems to point toward this. So I made the hats and boxes clearly separate, and threw in a red hourglass because subtlety. For Connie's hairstyle, I copied the plush version of her, because the projection used in the ride doesn't have a clear view of it.

Thank you for your replies.

Here's a FdC Frankie photo I forgot to post.

"Is this your card?"

And here's the face I drew on my Anti-Styling Head. Yes, it's crude and not done with proper materials, but it gets the job done. Now, if I can only fix that hair...

I need to get some new dolls or perhaps look at some older ones again, because I haven't been struck with the photgraphic impulse lately.

Monster Discussion / Re: What's the last MH thing you bought? 3
« on: May 06, 2017, 10:39:51 AM »
I just scored a green first-wave Anti-Styling Head at my local rummage sale for $1.50. She needs some cleaning and hair work, but she came with most of her pieces and wasn't damaged. I've already wiped the lips and drawn a more approachable face on her, so she should be good to go.

Customs / Re: Body Matches(MH, EAH, Novi, EG)
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:50:21 PM »
Has anyone rebodied the collector edition Skelita head on a different body with any success or interesting results? Or has one and can post a pic with some potential body matches?

I might be waaaay off, but is Abby a potential match?

I believe collector Skelita is no different from regular Skelita in terms of matches- she seems to be the same size and vinyl color, just with more face paint.
I might be wrong, though.

Monster Discussion / Re: Who are the freakiest ghouls out there?
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:09:23 PM »
Of the ones that haven't been mentioned, I think Operetta could be a contender due to her scar. I also think Luna and Bonita have a lot of insectophobia potential.

Monster Discussion / Re: New character? Griselle Grande
« on: April 10, 2017, 11:36:00 AM »
They could be siblings? With the name "Griselle", there's almost no chance she's human.

Draculaura's Darkroom / Show Me Burton Alice On a Made to Move Body!
« on: April 09, 2017, 07:28:10 PM »
I was wondering about creating a hybrid Alice doll from her Alice Through the Looking Glass versions. I like her first-film dress which only Jakks provides, but the face is wrong, so I was planning to get the Disney Store Alice and dress her up in the Jakks dress. Then, because that wasn't complicated enough, I wondered if I could put the head of that doll and the dress of the other doll onto a third doll- a Made to Move Barbie body. I know Emily (at Toy Box Philosopher) didn't have success with her Belle head on this body, but I think that can be fixed- I just want to know how the size and color of the head would work with the pale MtM body.

Can someone please try this for me?

Customs / Re: Need help fixing Djinni's armpit
« on: April 05, 2017, 01:00:14 PM »
I've had a few swollen-shouldered dolls. My solution, crude though it is, is just to file down the underside of the shoulder ball until the arm fits into its socket. It's usually just excess on the bottom side, and shaving it off doesn't harm the structure of the joint.

Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« on: April 04, 2017, 08:43:25 AM »
The Alice Through the Looking Glass dolls have gotten my attention recently, as the character designs are the saving grace of the films. I got the Jakks Hatter and Red Queen dolls recently (great outfit on the former, superior proportions on the latter), and I'm waiting on the Disney Store Hatter (much better likeness) and China Girl (Oz) dolls I ordered from Amazon. I also got the Jakks White Queen for her crown to give to her sister, but I'm so disappointed I might look into the Disney Store version...and I don't even like the character! I just want to be un-disappointed by Mirana.

Monster Discussion / Re: New G2 Trademarks
« on: April 01, 2017, 12:16:12 PM »
Alivia is clever. "It's alive!" is the obvious inspiration. I hope she's a mom rather than a sister. I'd love to see MH's take on the Bride.

Monster Discussion / Re: New G2 Trademarks
« on: April 01, 2017, 06:55:31 AM »
Wow, how SHOCKING!  Alivia works better than Packlyn, since I actually know someone with that very spelling. My guess is Alivia would have the beehive going on, but Packlyn? I know she has a huge family, but another Clawdeen sibling that isn't Howleen feels unnecessary.
Interesting stuff today!

Monster Discussion / Re: Predictions for SDCC 2017?
« on: March 30, 2017, 10:07:59 AM »
The face is the most Cleo I've ever seen her. And I love it. Bringing Ghoulia back with her best friend makes a lot of sense to me. This might be one pack I'll have to try to get.

Monster Discussion / Re: Possible outfits from new lines?
« on: March 30, 2017, 10:05:28 AM »
I love that Cleo's face. Someone posted a pair of Skullette-patterned shorts as well.

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