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Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: Yesterday at 02:19:06 PM »
Mattel lady said they were 6" in The Doll Circle vid (cca 1:20 in).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpSBH6RcX8s

I'm not sure that's accurate. If they were 6in they would be taller than Chelsea and up to the waist of regular MH dolls. If you pause the video at 0:18 you can see they aren't that tall.

https://youtu.be/TgCeuQcfqHk

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Monster Discussion / Re: Toy Fair 2017
« on: Yesterday at 01:42:02 AM »
Considering the MH Mega Bloks ghouls have awesome ball joints on their teeny tiny knees, I know what Mattel is capable of.

I have them and tbh their range isn't that great as well as being rather visible.

Hmm, I'm a fan. It's one of the main reasons I buy so many of them. If they had stick legs... yeah, it would be different.

Personally, I get over joint unattractiveness very easily, due to poseability benefits far increasing the realism of the doll, while smooth non-joints only increase the realism a little bit (in no way offsetting the awkward lack of posing). Even if they are only displayed, an army of dolls with no/very little difference in posture doesn't look realistic to me at all, unless maybe they were a literal robot army. If you wanted any other look (a crowd, people in a cafe, people...doing anything except being in squad formation...) no mid-limb joints isn't going to really look realistic if you have more than, say, 4 dolls.

My first glance of the MTM Barbie elbows and knees was not positive. But I knew how great single joints were so I had to try double joints. It was an OMG moment opening my first MTM Barbie. It was so joyful to pose her in such a variety of ultra-realistic poses. I figured I could give her clothes that cover the joints. Well, I don't even bother to. I don't even notice the look of the joints anymore. They are  pure positive to me now.

Oh I never said I didn't like the Mega figures. I like them despite the articulation being what it is. I just think that the articulation would be unsatisfying for someone who considers MH as a standard.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:00:53 PM »
The garden pixies could've been as cool as the Frightmares but they're not... The latter had some interesting designs and neat eye screenings but these ones are just...eh.
The dragonfly one looks the best but I don't like plastic clothing on humanoid dolls.

I think they are Polly Pocket sized which is even smaller than the Frightmares. If that's the case then these are pretty impressive.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Collector's Edition Abbey Bominable
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:57:10 PM »
This would be fine for a regular price ($19) playline retail release, but as a $30 Collector/Special Edition? Absolutely not!!!
She doesn't even come with tights.
And they didn't even bother making changes to Shiver from the Signature release. If not a new mold they could've at least given her a different paint job.

I dunno. I don't think $30 is too outrageous since the similarly detailed EAH TRU exclusive Apple and Raven were that much. However I'm not willing to pay that much since I would be making changes to her.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Collector's Edition Abbey Bominable
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:22:16 PM »
I can't say I like CE Abbey either.  The face is just blase' to me.  I don't get why she has this pink "mask" type thing across her eyes, like the Haunted Ghouls did.  Not a fan of the doe eyes either (grrrr reboot) nor the crimped hair.  Her dress is...interesting.  I wouldn't mind having that in a smaller scale for my standard size Abbey.

I'm pretty sure the CE dolls are the same size as the standard dolls now. Only Draculaura was a different scale but I guess she didn't sell well enough since all collector dolls since just used a standard G1 body.

I kinda want to get her to try and turn her into an Electrified Abbey since the hair is perfect for it. Unfortunately the dress doesn't work as well as the hair so if I ever do this I'll be making a new outfit.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Toy Fair 2017
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:13:02 PM »
Considering the MH Mega Bloks ghouls have awesome ball joints on their teeny tiny knees, I know what Mattel is capable of.

I have them and tbh their range isn't that great as well as being rather visible.

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Off Topic / Re: Anyone Else Love Blind Bags/Boxes?
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:51:56 PM »
Speaking of blind bags/box items I'm surprised Mattel had nothing at for My Mini Mixie Qs at Toy Fair. It seemed like they were doing ok.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: February 25, 2017, 06:28:26 AM »
Are most of the kitchen play-set parts reused? That cooker looks like they modified the kiln from the art class play set, although I'm not sure if the other bits are recycled.

No, those are all new pieces.
The design is similar to the kiln, but it's not identical.  I think that this is simply a case of there only being so many ways that you can work coffins into a design before they all start to look alike. XD
Thanks for the comparison pics, that really helps. You know what? If Mattel can put all that money into tooling new moulds for all those playset pieces why oh why have they given Drac stiff arms? It doesn't make sense to me  :shrug: :shrug:

Because the set is aimed at small kids who don't care about articulation?

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Monster Discussion / Re: Toy Fair 2017
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:33:22 PM »
I think what irritates me the most about the unarticulated little monsters is that we *know* Mattel can do it, and do it *well!*

We do?

Aren't there other, smaller dolls by Mattel that is jointed?
I do have a smallish Barbie Pixie(About 5-6 inches) that has decent articulation(neck, shoulders, hips and knees) and over the years there have been Kellys/Chelseas with arm/legs articulations(Although never both )

Legs are usually thicker than arms and the one with elbows was a Kelly and she was always a bit chubbier than Chelsea. I mean I guess some sturdy hinge knees would have been possible but it always looks kinda inelegant and doesn't add much.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High facing its end?
« on: February 23, 2017, 11:30:10 PM »
MH done by 2018?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-yRCqr_LsM

[spoiler]Is this person claiming to have confirmation of a cancellation on either count? Or is this just speculation?

The video makes some valid points, but at the same time seems a bit naive to how marketing and profitability actually work. It's fine and good to talk about dolls as an art form or how pandering to focus groups has brought down quality, but the bottom line is that MH and EAH were created to make money. If they are not serving that function, Mattel has no reason to keep them around. The reboot may not be revitalizing sales as Mattel had hoped, but sales were falling BEFORE the reboot...

As a huge fan of both franchises, this saddens me of course. But asking a major corporation to change their professionally-advised sales tactics in the name of "art" or to remain loyal to their "true fans"... is pretty childish, honestly. Mattel will do whatever they feel maximizes profitability. If that means upping the quality, they'll do that... But by the same token, they will also lessen the quality if that is in their best financial interest. Yes, we are paying customers who have helped to support the brand through the years... but toy companies are very much about the big picture. In the big picture, their sales are suffering and they need to try new things to fix that.

Yeah it's all good and well to talk about what children would prefer but in the real world it's about what they are happy to accept and what patents are willing to pay for. Except for blind bag pocket money toys most toy purchases are made by adults for children. Tbh EAH never really sold that well. It never caught on with kids in the way MH did.

I will agree with some of the points made in the video's comments about how adults affect the success of a product through reviews and media. That is true. However, some products still fail to turn a profit even when critically successful. Such was the case with a lot of the later MH releases, unfortunately. :(

It doesn't matter how much a kid likes a doll if the parents aren't willing to buy it. There was this doll line called Jem in the 80's. The show was well loved by kids and on a lot of kids wishlists was a Jem doll. But they were pricey and a lot of parents weren't willing to pay the price. I've heard a lot of stories from adults who grew up during that time who had wanted a Jem so badly but had to settle for a Barbie and the Rockers. I bet lots of parents of kids wanting EAH from seeing the specials settled for the much cheaper Disney Princess dolls.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High facing its end?
« on: February 23, 2017, 07:49:25 PM »
MH done by 2018?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-yRCqr_LsM

Is this person claiming to have confirmation of a cancellation on either count? Or is this just speculation?

The video makes some valid points, but at the same time seems a bit naive to how marketing and profitability actually work. It's fine and good to talk about dolls as an art form or how pandering to focus groups has brought down quality, but the bottom line is that MH and EAH were created to make money. If they are not serving that function, Mattel has no reason to keep them around. The reboot may not be revitalizing sales as Mattel had hoped, but sales were falling BEFORE the reboot...

As a huge fan of both franchises, this saddens me of course. But asking a major corporation to change their professionally-advised sales tactics in the name of "art" or to remain loyal to their "true fans"... is pretty childish, honestly. Mattel will do whatever they feel maximizes profitability. If that means upping the quality, they'll do that... But by the same token, they will also lessen the quality if that is in their best financial interest. Yes, we are paying customers who have helped to support the brand through the years... but toy companies are very much about the big picture. In the big picture, their sales are suffering and they need to try new things to fix that.

Yeah it's all good and well to talk about what children would prefer but in the real world it's about what they are happy to accept and what patents are willing to pay for. Except for blind bag pocket money toys most toy purchases are made by adults for children. Tbh EAH never really sold that well. It never caught on with kids in the way MH did.

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Off Topic / Re: Anyone Else Love Blind Bags/Boxes?
« on: February 23, 2017, 12:24:14 PM »
I do have the blind bag bug as well. I've always been a fan of cute minature things tho I tend to prefer ones with codes since I'm usually just aiming to get certain ones. One thing I tend to do if possible is stick with bigger packs if they have them unless it's something like Num Noms or MH Minis where some only come in the mystery packs and others only come in the sets.

With Shopkins I definitely prefer the sets because you know what you are getting at least with the visible ones tho people sometimes post what the hidden ones are too while with the 2 packs there's no way at all to tell what you are getting. I make an exception for the special series that only come in 2 packs like the holiday themed ones.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: February 23, 2017, 12:08:39 PM »
There are two interesting things about the tiny garden pixies I only noticed after watching another video from the show, not sure if you noticed.

First, they are completely plastic, top and skirt both (I don't personally mind that at all, they remind me of the MLP EG figures). The parts do seem removable, though, so maybe if they continue to make dolls of this scale, there could be some "redressing"..?

Second, they come with stands! And each one has a different stand design that seems to match their bug theme (the little bee's one looks kinda like a hive). They also double as seats, which kinda leads me to believe their knees might be articulated...? I mean, I can't really see them sitting with their legs outstretched like that... :D

They kinda remind me of recent Polly Pocket. I think they are that small too.

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Off Topic / Re: Who is excited for Tangled Before After?
« on: February 22, 2017, 10:16:18 PM »
pushing her back into the status quo only intensifies my soreness over how Disney abjectly refuses to let her character move on from being blonde and marketable where merchandise is concerned. Rapunzel's hair was integral to her misery in captivity and I just think it's dumb that she nearly always has it except when they're expressly acknowledging Tangled Ever After or in the little kiddie books.

This is something that bothers me, too. I'm excited for more Rapunzel and Eugene (they do get props from me for using his real name), but at the same time it's like... can the girl NOT have the long freaking blonde hair for a while? Please? It would have meant the world to me as a kid to have a princess who had short brown hair.

I mean yeah, I know... blah blah blah kids like long hair to play with and blonde is how she was for most of the movie so she's more recognizable that way. But come ON, she's so adorable with her short hair!

Her long hair wasn't just for show tho. She got really skilled doing amazing things that would only be possible if someone had long magic hair. She had learned to use her hair as a tool and I'm glad she has those abilities back for the show. I do wish it could have stayed brown tho.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Collector's Edition Abbey Bominable
« on: February 22, 2017, 02:29:36 PM »
Has Skelita ever gone on sale? I can't help but think with a few modifications she would make a great Electrified Abbey.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Toy Fair 2017
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:57:02 PM »
Mattel had hinted they have big plans for Ghoulia but there was no sign of her at Toy Fair. The Collector doll we were hoping for was Abbey instead. Do you think this means she is probably going to be an SDCC exclusive this year?

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Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:54:24 PM »
I don't get why people expect the little sisters to be articulated. Chelsea isn't articulated and MTM Barbies are even more articulated than MH. The thing is little sibling dolls are often skewed towards younger kids and younger kids break fragile elbow and wrist joints. I still think they are cute and a cooler alternative to the Barbie sister packs.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High facing its end?
« on: February 21, 2017, 05:46:53 PM »
I wonder if people from Mattel ever take a look at eBay. Some of the dolls there are going for two or three times the price they were originally. If Mattel would get their stuff together and listen to what the fans want, they'd probably pull in the kinds of figures that they want. Would it really be that difficult to put out some kind of questionnaire on the website asking "what do you want to see from Monster High"? Some kind of contest where people submit ideas for lines and the fans vote on which one they want? Even another "which character should we make next" poll would do. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like there's barely any communication between Mattel and the Monster High fanbase anymore.

They have those surveys (which unless you game the system are only available to parents) and playtest with actual kids. Because they are listening to the actual target audience. If they were to take into consideration what adult fans want it would end up being like Collector Barbies or Disney Designer dolls and be in the range of $50+ US each.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High facing its end?
« on: February 21, 2017, 11:10:32 AM »

Let's be honest, the reboot occurred because the highly-detailed, fully-articulated $20 ghouls weren't selling very well anymore.  And it wasn't us who stopped buying them, it was kids and their parents. 
They were $20 in the US, but $40-$60 in Europe and probably other parts of the world. Can't say for those parts but surely not all Europe is rich and with average monthly allowance of $400-500 not many parents are willing to spend one tenth of income on a toy for their child(ren). They may consider the toy ugly or they may not but the price is simply not affordable and the reboot changes nothing about this.

The US is still the main market tho. Mattel makes most of its decisions and choices based on what's going on at home. The rest of the world is just an afterthought.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Garden of Frights doll asst.
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:08:34 PM »
With Twyla it seems like they are going with the idea that the shadows can shift around on her body that they kinda toyed with in G1 with Haunted and FdC. They probably got a lot of complaints about the shoes scraping off the paint of the earliest dolls.

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