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Monster High is one of those great properties that both kids and collectors can’t get enough of. Much like real world teenagers, the children of famous monsters find high school to be by turns fun and frustrating, friendly and frightening. Unlike most real teens, these teens embrace their ‘freaky flaws’. The wonderful web television series Read More →

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Perhaps inspired by Mattel’s Monster High dolls, Hasbro has decided to capitalize further on the current high popularity for the long running My Little Pony franchise and extend it into dolls. There’s been plenty of online debate about whether this was a good idea, especially given the questionable realm that is adult My Little Pony Read More →

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Capitalizing on the success of their Monster High web series, Mattel has launched a new series for their main girl Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse! Featuring both classic and new Barbie pals, I find myself drawn to new frenemy Raquelle. She’s spoiled, selfish, and looking to steal Ken away- quite a change from the normal Read More →

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The new Precarious line of Tonner dolls uses a new face sculpt and the popular Antoinette body first introduced in 2009. Although I’m a big Tonner fan, this is my first doll with this body (which Precarious also shares with the Cami & Jon line, among others). For size comparison purposes, she is pictured below Read More →

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Anyone seeing the original North American Sailor Moon 12 inch doll release had the same response, “Why doesn’t she have a nose?” For reasons that remain a mystery, rather than using their existing molds, Bandai/Irwin created new “stylized” molds that went beyond unattractive looking to achieve downright bizarre. Unsurprisingly, the original release sold poorly and Read More →

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Hasbro’s Star Wars Portrait Edition line has produced some breathtaking dolls, especially those based on the elaborate costumes and hairdos of The Phantom Menace’s Queen Amidala (apparently Leia’s preference for elaborate and slightly weird hairstyles was inherited). Last year, when Star Wars was favored to be the hottest craze around, three dolls were released in Read More →

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JAKKS Pacific is taking the doll world by storm with their two new lines: Elle (15 inch dolls) and G.I.R.L. Force (11.5 inches). G.I.R.L. Force dolls feature an impressive amount of poseability using a soft “skin” over an internal framework (similar to the Jewel Girl Barbie, only much more so). The amount of detail they Read More →

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Wonder Woman is an unusual figure in the world of comic books. When she was created in 1941, comic books were read by an overwhelming number of children and adults of both sexes, and her creator (noted psychologist, William Moulton Marston) was concerned that the popular comics media had no good FEMALE role models. His Read More →

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Vitamin C is a bit of a rarity among teen pop sensations- she can sing. Equally rare is Mattel’s decision to create a doll based on her- before the Spice Girls dolls became a huge hit for rival Hasbro, the company seemed to avoid dolls of this kind, at least in the US market. But Read More →

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Last fall, Mattel produced three fabulous Major League Baseball Barbies- one for the Dodgers, one for the Yankees, and one for the Cubs. Designed for the Barbie Collectibles line, as opposed to the play line, these dolls are extremely high quality with great eye appeal. Although I’ve never been a fan of any of the Read More →

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