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Monster Discussion / Re: Casta Fierce doll
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:43:52 PM »
Casta tends to transform people when her songs accidentally turn into spells, so she only performs on Halloween and has to distract herself to keep from overthinking her lyrics and messing up. There's a couple webisodes around her concert.

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Monster Discussion / Re: How would YOU reboot Monster High? Would you?
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:05:15 AM »
Collaboration dolls like Zomby Gaga (LOVE!) would be great, although I'm not sure that worked so well with Ari Hauntington, so I guess the collaboration has to be a good fit for the brand?
In what way was Ari Hauntington a collaboration doll? She was an original character that was solely Mattel's intellectual property, and had multiple releases as a cast member.

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Monster Discussion / Re: How would YOU reboot Monster High? Would you?
« on: February 06, 2019, 01:50:16 PM »
I'd push the monster angle even more so it didn't feel token. Every doll, even if they had additional facial details, was still a supermodel with a human face, and that kind of let down the whole "these are scary creatures and normal kids and that's cool" device they were using, both on the scary and normal sides. I'd also include more body diversity, which was oddly lacking for the franchise, and I'd make the heads smaller. I liked the spindly, almost Tim Burton vibe to the bodies, but I hate large heads in a more realistic aesthetic, so making them just a tiny bit smaller would be cool.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Favorite Monster High character
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:18:26 AM »
I always liked Twyla for her personality and the ingeniously creative ways they explored the concept of a boogeyman through her designs. Signature is probably my favorite normal one, but Freak du Chic is also stunning.

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Off Topic / Re: Don't do that to my customs!
« on: August 30, 2018, 05:22:10 AM »
I've learned firsthand that it's a huge no-no to "correct" or "improve" someone else's work, and I'd feel upset if I was in that situation, too. But the buyer probably thinks "if you're giving it up, it's no longer yours". I think explaining that it's more like owning a painting someone did would illustrate the issue better. Nobody would alter a framed piece of art they bought from an artist, after all. Drawing that parallel could make it clear that you want your work to stay as intended.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Draculaura Pre and Post Reboot, Differences?
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:24:24 AM »
I've been thinking about getting a post-reboot Draculaura doll. While she was never really a favorite of mine, I do adore cute dolls, and I was noticing that she seems a heck of a lot cuter now. I think it's because her eyes are bigger, but I was wondering - Is her mold actually the same? Is it just her paint job that gives her a wider eyed look?

Also, has her skin tone changed? I've seen some photos where she actually looks to have a 'normal'/human skin tone, rather than her signature pale pink. Can anyone confirm?

Draculaura is the only returning MH character in the reboot to have a new mold. So yes, it's different. She's still pink, though, not humanly Caucasian.

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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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