Friday, 12 September 2014

Monster High Freaky Fusion Hybrids doll review - Avea Trotter

Now that I am almost 35 (tomorrow eeeek!) I love toys more than I ever did as a child! In particular, Monster High and Ever After High dolls! They bring out new dolls VERY often....and they aren't cheap. They are, however, extremely well made and are like mini works of art....great to display for collectors, and, I should imagine, great fun for kids to play with! Unlike Barbie, these dolls promote acceptance and that everyone is beautiful in their own way. The characters are the offspring of famous monsters and fairy tale figures. The dolls are accompanied by webisodes and TV movies, all of which have a storyline which promotes friendship and morals. I'd much rather my little girl, should I be lucky enough to have one, play with these dolls than the ones I grew up with!

The current Monster High event is Freaky Fusion, which goes on sale on 30th September. Frankie Stein (who is the daughter of Frankenstein, geddit?!) causes her 'ghoulfriends' some issues!

From the back of the Freaky Fusion boxes:

During the Bite-Centennial, the ghouls discover an old scientist's workshop and travel back 200 years to the beginning of Monster High. But when they try to get home, they go through a vortex that fuses some of the ghouls together! With the help of the Hybrids, the new monsters in school, they learn how to control their combined flaws and together face their greatest Save Frankie!

Luckily, just in time for all this to kick off, new students arrive at Monster High. These are the Hybrids....Avea Trotter, Sirena Von Boo and Bonita Femur (there is also another doll, Neighthan Rot, but I'm not too sure where he comes in).

Today I'll review Avea Trotter, with some rather nice photos by my lovely husband Ian!

First up....Avea is half centaur and half harpy. A centaur is a mythological figure, with the head and upper body of a human and the body and legs of a horse. A harpy, again a mythological creature, with the body of a bird and the face of a woman. They were believed to carry evildoers to the Erinyes (Furies).

Avea's lower body is a nice mid purple colour, with mini pink skullettes on her left hind leg, and right front leg. Each leg has a black shin protector, made to look like leather with chunky buckles. The front legs are articulated at shoulder, knee and ankle. No articulation in the hind legs sadly, other than slightly at the hip. Her tail, like her hair, is a beautiful multihued blue, and is tied with a black plastic piece, styled, again, to look like leather strapping.

Her upper body is a lighter shade of purple, with slight articulation in her chest. Her arms are textured, to resemble feathers, her hands are painted black to look like gloves.  I really dislike this new development....just give her gloves! At least then you could take them off if you wanted to! There are joints in her wrists, elbows and shoulders, but her hands are stuck in the same odd pose, which isn't ideal. She has a few different chunky looking bangles on both wrists.Her wings are detachable, which graduate from black to metallic green. The wings have simple peg attachments, which are relatively secure. Her outfit is very equestrian inspired, with a shiny blue shirt underneath a shiny pink and black diamond patterned overshirt/jacket. The belt is a chunky plastic strap, which continues into a design which resembles a harness on her back.

Her hair is up in a ponytail, with a black strap to match her tail. She has adorable little horse ears poking through her hair on the top of her head. Her hat is, again, quite equestrian in style, but also gives a nod to steampunk. Its a simple black top hot, with pink plastic 'feathers' and band, it secures under her chin like a riding hat. Her neck/head is fully articulated.

Her face is beautiful. They've outdone themselves with her 'make up'. As you can see, there are stylised feathers round her eyes, in pinks and greens, with a winged effect that would make beauty gurus weep with envy! Her eyebrows are a darker purple than her skin, and her lips are a deep purple. She looks gorgeous basically!

As she can stand on her own she doesn't come with a stand, which come as standard with most deluxe Monster High dolls. She comes with a bright yellow skullette brush, which differs from the usual black version. Like other deluxe dolls she has a diary.

Overall I love this doll. It feels well made and is great quality. Obviously, the price, at £26.99 at many retailers, is steep, and certainly too high for pocket money purchases. As a special line, however, the price seems less harsh. You do get a lot of doll for your money here, and, unlike many dolls and action figures, you are sure to get top quality in every doll. I've never seen any that were even slightly shoddy. Yes, there are issues, but for the most part they've created a really nice product, for collectors or kids of any age!

Do you collect anything? What do you think of this doll? Monster High in general? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!



  1. I went through a phase of buying a couple of Monster High dolls a week at one stage! I only stopped when I ran out of room to display them. They are highly addictive, as are the Ever After High dolls. I'm not so up to date with the latest releases because I try not to get sucked back in, but Avea really caught my eye. She's so gorgeous. I might have to purchase her at some point. My most recent addition to my collection was Slo Mo. Felt like I'd been waiting for him forever!

    Sara Bloo

  2. I have loads, but we also ran out of space...along with the cost of getting them in the UK. We've still never managed to find Slo Mo, he's in the Student Disembodied Council set but it is still expensive! We have Avea and Sirena, they were the 2 that caught my eye, and we managed to get a good deal, buy 2 get 1 free. I do like Bonita but not quite as much just yet. My next purchase will be Invisibilly I think!