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Monster Discussion / What's made you go "wow, that's so clever"?
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:01:29 AM »
One thing I love about this brand is the creativity it's shown. Every doll used to have something really cool and creative about it, and some still do. What's stuck out to you in terms of MH's designs and details? I've already went over some of my favorite monster design concepts they did, so I won't re-list them here.

* If I list Twyla stuff here, I'll be here forever, so just...Twyla up to Electrified. Tons of cool ideas for her theme I never would have thought up.
* Whenever Operetta doesn't wear her typical mask. The alternatives they've come up with are nicely themed to the looks they're in and do the job just as well.
* C.A. Cupid. While she really didn't fit in this franchise, what they did to creep up a cherub was impressive and it's because I like her so much that her scarcity pains me.
* Gloom Beach Frankie's shoes. Once I realized the sandal straps were like the restraining straps on Frankenstein's lab table, I was sold.
* The Sweet Screams theming. Everyone had some kind of connection to their candy motif, and the eye alterations were also fun.
* Invisi Billy's outfits. Those confusing blurred-together dual-chromatic patterns and gradient blues all make him difficult to focus on, which is totally perfect for who he is.
* Marisol Coxi's shoes. They're not even big enough for her own feet, and the soles leave the classic footprint behind wherever she walks!
* Amanita's leaf-skeleton motif. It's suitably spooky and elegant without being too obvious, and it feels more like the restrained designs of the very first dolls.
* Luna's insect-leg eyelashes and antenna eyebrows. Also, her gala train is one of the cleverer ways they've slapped a Skullette on something.
* The Great Scarrier Reef forms for the main characters. I appreciate a good pun, and vampire-squid Draculaura takes the cake.
* The heart carved into Treesa's arm. Some lovebirds probably did that while she was sleeping.
* Alivia Stein. I know a lot of people are making their own versions, but all of her "flaws" to other people are actually hilarious ideas to my mind. Too identical? The Steins probably recycled Frankie's plans! Same eyes, but reversed= lazy? Those are the matches to Frankie's eyes, the ones they couldn't find when making her! I personally think it's a brilliant way to invoke family resemblance on a manufactured being, and the rest of her design is fine by me. I wouldn't hate a different dress, though.

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?

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.

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?

Rules & Regs! / How do I hide my links?
« on: March 04, 2017, 12:53:24 PM »
I'm probably missing something very obvious here, but how do I turn pictures or words into buried links? I've fooled around with the link buttons, but I'm not able to keep the URLs out of sight.

Draculaura's Darkroom / 8Brick's Photo Thread- 5% glamor shots, 95% fun!
« on: February 25, 2017, 06:31:54 PM »
Pretty pics out of the way first:

Now for some messing around!
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Fun with Harley- I literally could not stop taking photos of her. There's so much she can do, and when I took her to the family dollhouse, even more opened up for me! Apologies for the brutal flash- next time, I'll use a proper camera.
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Monster Discussion / Reboot Venus- Why?
« on: February 08, 2017, 09:06:02 AM »
So, what's the deal with the new body? It's common knowledge now that her joints are ugly and can't be disassembled, but what exactly is the reason? I've heard the idea that it's a test run for more sturdy dolls, but the poorly-assembled joints lead me to believe the theory that it was a construction error they were too lazy to fix.
Poor ghoul's gonna need to be rebodied left and right if I get any of her new releases.

Monster Discussion / Loose torso joint?
« on: January 21, 2017, 03:24:42 PM »
My new Gooliope has a rather floppy torso joint, which her head exacerbates. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Rubber bands either won't sit under the joint or will get sucked into the hollow space within, so I need a more reliable solution.

Trader Support / An Amazon grievance...
« on: January 17, 2017, 02:34:28 PM »
I've tried to order the CAM Gorgon/Mummy set from Amazon, and the listing was from a seller with recent positive reviews. However, they failed to ship the item within the proper time period the first time. I try again. And then I hear nothing. After about a week, I check the orders tab, which informs me that the package has been successfully delivered. Um, no. No. It hasn't. And yes, I've looked. We didn't have a drunken mailperson stash the box somewhere obscure. And the neighborhood I live in is not an unscrupulous place, so theft is highly unlikely. I've requested a replacement, but I didn't expect an ordinary item to turn into a grail purchase through the process of ordering it!
 Is it a crappy seller who bought themselves a good image, or horrendously bad luck with circumstance conspiring against me?

EDIT: The seller has replied in condolence and promises to get back to us...I'm hoping they're a kindhearted slacker, but their side of the story will be key to understanding this mess.

[Admin Edit - moved to Trader support] - Lilith

Clawdeen's Closet / Fright-Mare clothes?
« on: January 16, 2017, 02:09:28 PM »
Has anyone tried making outfits of cloth for the Fright-Mares? I can get around the articulation, but the painted-on outfits bug me, so I was wondering how easy/difficult it would be to create physical representations of their clothes. Merry's the only one I'm interested in, so I think only two fabrics would be needed- the black-and-white stripes and the pink for the dripping collar and one of the stripes. I just need to figure out the wings situation.

Does anyone have any experience with this, or any general clothing tips?

Off Topic / Failures/annoyances/embarrassing moments?
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:38:34 AM »
In doll collecting, I've learned that there are just some dolls that won't work for you. And then there are those that you mess up when you try to experiment. What are your shameful or frustrating stories with your collections?
Note: While this isn't a place for success stories, this is not a place to spread negativity, just to commiserate and sympathize.

I think one that I could not fix, no matter what, would be Kala Mer'ri. Her hair fiber is that awful material that doesn't hold its shape when boiled and stops behaving like hair after it, and despite tutorials on how to fix it with an "alternation wash" (normally a solid technique that I've used many times), neither of my attempts have been successful. I've accepted my second one, though, as she's not as bad as the first.

Another frustration that I'm sure many have shared is Casta. But for me, the awfully restrictive and not-closing dress was not my only problem. Mine has almost zero glue in her head, if at all, which means it only squishes when you try to move it up and down, and her hair sheds a lot. It's also really glossy and pretty when combed, but just loves to separate and look like a mess whenever it's handled. I'd love to love her, but the quality isn't there, and for my favorite monster type, I'm disappointed.

Dead Tired rerelease Cleo is the only one of them I genuinely regret buying, though, as she was an impulse purchase that failed to satisfy me. Her hair was also plagued with glue and wasn't that nice to begin with, due to the sloppy style and tinsel. I should have held out for a better Cleo and not given into my disappointment with not finding anything that day.

One that I should have left well enough alone was Freak du Chic Twyla. Despite my absolute and total love for everything about her stock design, I couldn't resist the tempation to mess with her hair, and the results were awful. Her rolled bangs were ruined, for a start, and try as I might, there was no way to get it to look good again- it wasn't straight or curly enough to be presentable. I'm in the market for a new one.

Another one would be Gooliope. I've already shared this stupidity, but it bears mentioning again. I was wondering if her stiff and heavy vinyl was due to a glue problem in her head, and I thought "maybe I can freeze it to loosen the excess glue!". Well, spoilers, it wasn't glue, just the thickness of the vinyl. And like a genius, instead of soaking her head in hot water to soften it enough to pull it off, I resorted to hacking off her neck post. I don't know, either. Fortunately, I guess, I wasn't too attached to that one, and I've seen a better one I want for my replacement.

Catrine's Art Studio / Custom CAM Skullettes!
« on: January 06, 2017, 04:06:05 PM »
I was thinking about the official Skullettes for each character, and wondered why I couldn't make some for the unnamed characters in the CAM world. More will probably follow, and opinions are appreciated- I'm not a Photoshop wizard.

I'm leaving them unlabeled as a test of their recognizability, but I'm putting identification in a spoiler.


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Monster Discussion / Collecting majorities?
« on: January 01, 2017, 11:05:30 AM »
What are you "mosts" in your collection, the patterns or trends that emerge to show what you go for?

Most of one character:
Since I don't have three of any character yet, it's a tie for several characters with two each. If I actually had any of them from my wishlist, my collection would probably be mostly Frankie and Draculaura, though.
Frankie, with three- Gloom Beach, Original Favorites, and Freak du Chic.

Most from any line:
I've collected the most from BYBY, with Elle, Luna, Mouscedes, and Cleo and Deuce, and Freak du Chic, with Gooliope, Twyla, Honey, Toralei, and Frankie.

Most multiple copies of one doll?
So far, I've only gotten two of one character, Kala Mer'ri, because the first one broke.

Most of a release format? (Standard, slim-box, multipack, etc.)
Probably standard and slim-box, as I tend to collect signature characters and, when not available or preferred, I go for the best economy version.

Most of any kind of touch-up work/customizing?
Hair, 99% of the time, and the extent of my customizing comes down to accessory redistribution and occasionally paint removal for features I don't like.

Most bought in one day?
My foray into MH consisted of sig Amanita, FCA Operetta, and Kala, and I don't think I've ever gotten three or more MH products on the same day since.

Customs / Deuce done right!
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:55:43 AM »
When I got the G2 Deuce, I was excited because his body was perfectly upgraded. But the more I looked at his face, the more I despised it, so I resolved to perform a head swap with a G1 Deuce when I got one. (I'm probably gonna do this when G2 Clawd comes out, too- I hate the hair and eye black, so I'll probably pop Scarnival on him.)

Well, here it is!

I was surprised that the BY outfit could squeeze onto him, but I'm glad it can.

Here he is undressed. They're not exact skintone matches, especially because of the shimmer, but I hate this face so much less, I don't even care.

And here he is in the DtFA stock with the leftovers.

Monster Discussion / Piercing oddities?
« on: December 13, 2016, 08:12:26 AM »
As I understand it, the majority of MH dolls have molded indents in their earlobes as guides for the piercing machine at the factory, and if additional piercings are a nonstandard feature, those are just punched in without guides. Obviously, if the character never wears earrings, like most of the boys or Bloodgood, they don't have guide marks.

Elissabat, for example, has molded piercing guides in two spots on each ear as proven by her unpierced Londoom doll (even though only her signature doll has multiple earrings per ear), while Venus only has them on the earlobes and extras are punched in for those dolls that have them.

However, I've noticed some strange stuff. Some signature dolls without earrings have guide marks (Kiyomi, for example, though her art indicates earrings were planned), some have none at all (Scarah), and some have functional piercings even though they have no earrings! (My Lorna has a pierced left ear, for no apparent reason-only her right has an earring).

Are there any other weird occurrences regarding the presence of molded guide marks and earrings?
And what are the worst machine-piercing placements you've seen? My Gloom Beach Frankie has earring holes actually under her ears, and my Gooliope has one slightly off the guide.

Customs / 8Brick's Custom Lab- All factory-style stuff!
« on: December 12, 2016, 02:16:49 PM »
Well, I was trying to take off Gooliope's head and I stupidly forgot I could soften her rock-hard vinyl with hot that means I essentially chopped her neck post off... :blush: I KNOW!

Anyways, I really don't want to buy a replacement for her (thus leaving behind an utterly useless Goo corpse- I don't customize) unless there's absolutely no way to repair her. I've tried hot glue, and while the neck post adheres pretty nicely, trying to push her head on at any softness puts too much pressure on it, and I've trimmed the wings and and the base of the post to make it easier with no luck. I know I made my own catastrophe here and nobody else is likely to have found themselves in such an idiotic situation, but would there be a better way to glue her neck post together? I think I can get the head on all the way, but not without undoing the glue job.

If not, Walmart has some still and I'll wait for a sale.

Monster Discussion / How to poof up Marisol's hair?
« on: December 10, 2016, 03:46:00 PM »
I'd like to give my Mari the eighties-style bouffant look from her art, but I'm not sure how to give it that shape. Any suggestions?

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Monster Discussion / The best of the reboot?
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:13:32 AM »
I know there are a lot of people upset and/or disappointed by the reboot output, but I wanted a place to discuss positive things about it. Here's what I like.

* Moanica D'Kay: She's just a great complete design, with separate pieces of clothing, all three kinds of jewelry and a belt and purse- add the expressive face and the interesting colors and a genuinely disturbing theme, and I think she's a real winner. It's great to see MH tackling the modern zombie genre with her.
* Shriek Wrecked Gooliope: It's completely awesome that she's being accepted quietly into the cast, and her design and hair are, to me, much more approachable than her signature.
* Shriek Wrecked as a whole, actually. While Rochelle and Draculaura are the only ones to interest me, they definitely put effort into the designs and they're preboot level.
* IHF Whisp: I'm not sure about the outfit/shoes tradeoff, but it's nice that the SDCC-surrogate line is continuing.
* Scream and Sugar two-pack: Amanita is another character who needed to return, and it's nice to see a second everyday look for Nefera, even if I don't like her design.
* The older characters' monster upgrades/technical fixes. Lagoona's scales and painted fins instead of painted arms and matching eyebrows, Clawdeen and Abbey's fur, Venus' vines, Cleo's wrappings and actual golden hair. It's surprising it took that long for them to be changed accordingly.
* Draculaura's face: She actually represents the character now, and generally looks more attractive, too.
* Lower hems: The outfits now are definitely more modest and decent, and really should have been from the start. They shouldn't have had to be changed for the younger market.
* The CG animation is much smoother and professional-looking, and a very welcome improvement.
* The more muscular male body. Hopefully, the appropriate characters will eventually get upgraded to it, since not all of the G1 guys suited that skinny frame. Ironically, though, they seem to be making the animation match the G1 body...?

Monster Discussion / Favorite personalities?
« on: December 07, 2016, 12:05:13 PM »
For those who are involved/interested in the canon of MH, and disregarding design and concept, who are your favorite characters? Who irritates you, and who almost makes themselves likable, but falls short?

* Cleo: After her reform, she's a really amusing character, with comical narcissism that doesn't get in the way of her true kindness. She's a lot of fun to watch, and must be a fun character to voice-act! I also love her rich backstory.
* Twyla: Basically 90% of my personality. I like her self-aware and sometimes snarky manner, but also appreciate her level-headedness and shyness.
* Bloodgood: The other 10%. Stern and upholding order, but a genuinely kind principal with a great sense of humor. I also love reading and/or tea.
* Whisp: Again, after her reform. She has a similar self-awareness, such as pointing out that her favorite food isn't at all relevant to her nature, and she's also a bookworm. I hope we see more of her.
* Jane: Maybe she's more pitiable than sympathetic, but her character arc won me over.
* Porter: He's endearingly annoying, and a good guy.
* Toralei: A good exection of a bully with a soft side.
* Abbey: Her accidental harshness leads to a lot of humor, and her introduction also had me on her side.
* Marisol: She's a lot of fun, and she has a great message.
* Mouscedes: I like that she has a concern for others despite being a princess, and she's got a good eye for monsters' feelings.
* Catrine: I really don't think she needs to exist, but her Scaremester planner surprised me. I think her reactions to American culture are amusing but not overdone, and I can appreciate a peaceful artist.

Want to Like:
* Amanita: I think there's a great opportunity to make her a comedic villain with her extreme self-centeredness and unknowing evil (I've even written her that way), but they seem to be going for straight-up detestable, which is boring after Nefera. I hope they develop her character to either be a harmless villain or to upgrade her morality.
* Robecca: I can identify with being an old-fashioned person in a modern age, but Robecca doesn't have much else going for her.
* Ghoulia: Everyone seems to love her, but she feels very distant to me, as she can't speak English and her writing tends to omit contractions. I can't really relate to that.
* Rochelle: I'm not sure exactly what I'm supposed to think of her, but her personality never really resonated with me.
* Frankie: She's just sort of bland. I like her dolls a lot, but her personality admittedly wasn't capable of carrying G1.
* Honey: Much like Ghoulia, she's not very relatable because, despite going to high school and supposedly being the swamp-monster equivalent of 15, she doesn't speak, act, or live like a teenager, and her behavior is almost annoyingly bygone.
* Moanica: We only have room for one one-dimensional villain, and I think Moanica needs some motivation or sympathy to make her a good character.
* Elle: Just sorta flat. Her musical passion has already been done to death, (and pushes the motif of BY over the edge) and she has the same alienating lack of contractions, and no important role in the movie. I wanted her to be a loud, passionate Boo Yawker, not a bland musician.
* Zomby Gaga: I'm not surprised that they Mary Sued her, and I don't expect more, but the partnership has lots of wasted potential so far, and the voice of the unique should be interesting herself.
* Astranova: For a pivotal character, she has very little personality. I think the "outsider" thing has been done too much already, so if they want to go with that, they have to exaggerate it a bit for a space alien's perspective.
* Operetta: Again, she seems to be a bit off-course in terms of personality. I like the idea of a rough, tough Southerner, but she's a bit mean sometimes for no real reason- the Dance Class webisode really annoyed me because of it.

* Deuce: I absolutely hate the dudebro archetype in real life and fiction, and they've progressively made Deuce stupider over time. (Boo York Deuce is a total idiot).
* Heath: I'm not sure what's so funny about a constant flirt. He's not a bad guy, but he has virtually no personality outside of being a pain.
* Sirena: The spaceyness is acceptable and could be a relatable trait, but they seriously overdid it and turned it into a joke. I think the webisodes were much kinder to her than the movies.
* Venus: One-dimensional. That's all.
* Batsy: I might be reading it wrong, but she comes off as a bit prickly and misanthropic in her diary, and the sympathetic elements don't help me to think of her in a better light.
* I'm obligated to put Nefera here because she is technically the worst, but I don't despise her as a concept. It is a bit disturbing, though, how pathologically evil she is to her sister, but what the hey. They needed someone purely evil, and she does that okay.

Clawdeen's Closet / Will these fit Gooliope?
« on: November 28, 2016, 06:43:59 AM »
I've seen the Elf on the Shelf outfit packs recently, and I was wondering if they would fit the 17-inch MH/EAH body size. Obviously, some of the pieces will be too short for their legs, but I was wondering if some of the pieces would fit. If anyone has both, could they try it?

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