(Gooliope is pronounced like Goo-LIE-o-pea)
Ok, so I haven’t been this excited for a new MH doll in a while. I’ve liked some of the new releases, but when giving each doll a one of a kind body and head sculpt becomes normal, how do you raise the bar? By making the doll twice as big and as poseable as a ball jointed doll! So here’s Gooliope in her box (which I LOVE):
Gooliope is packaged in a normal sized Monster High box, but she’s all crouched in it and pounding on the plastic (which is shattering) to get out. If I hadn’t been so excited to get her out of the box, I would have left her in because that packaging is just awesome. I never care about packaging, but that is just OMG genius.
Here’s what makes the new body fab: New points of articulation have been added at the top of each arm and thigh, so that the arms/legs can pivot as well as bend. The elbows and knees are now double jointed, bending above the joint as well as below. She has a bust joint, so her upper torso can lean forward/back and side/side as well as pivot a little. How much more poseable does that make her? Wow. She can hold her own against any doll I have. I’m going to post some comparative pictures tomorrow.
I also want to point out that the drips on her body are neither repeated nor symmetrical. It isn’t a big deal, but it does make her more realistic looking. I love those little extra touches that lets you know someone loved making this doll, and wasn’t just doing the minimum necessary to get it to production. Most Monster High dolls are like that, which is one of the things that makes me love them so much. Did they need to add extra articulation and re-engineer the joints to make a big doll? No! But they did, and the doll is only $5 more than a regular doll. With all the cost cutting going on in the Ever After High line, I’m really impressed the Monster High team was able to convince corporate to let them do this and not just enlarge the body/joints they already had. Good job!
The ears have little drips, too
Quality: All the Gooliopes that I saw at the store (around 8) did not have eye wonk, but the makeup that was printed on was slightly fuzzy. It isn’t that noticeable, but I will be touching up my girl’s face. Her hair isn’t great, but it also isn’t a solid mass of gel or frizzy. It’s gently curly, and kind of matted from the box, but if you brush it out with your fingers a bit it gets a lot nicer. That’s all I’ve got for negatives, and yeah, I did have to stretch just to get those. I will be taking her measurements and trying out scaling a couple of my patterns to the bigger body later.
Verdict: A+++++ This doll exploded my usual grading curve. I would have expected this doll to be twice the price (and still totally worth it) of a regular doll at least, not $5 more.
And just a FYI for people who don’t follow doll news, they will be releasing Frankie, Draculaura, and Clawdeen dolls in this size sometime this year. I can’t wait!