I can't believe this is my first blog post this year! Oh well, better late than never.
At any rate, I've been hearing quite a bit of buzz about the new Monster High Create your own Monster kits, and have been looking for them locally for weeks. I finally found what I thought was one at TRU last weekend.
Turns out, this is an "add-on" kit that has no torso. I searched and searched, but there was no "Starter" kit to be found. Oh well, I will just buy one online - so I thought. To my chagrin, the only starter kits I found online were on TRU's website, and they wanted $26.99 plus tax, plus shipping! So, I decided I could wait. TRU, Wally World, or Target were bound to get them sooner or later.
I didn't have to wait long as I found this starter set at TRU yesterday. I got all excited when I saw that it was half off - label said it was missing a dress, but that was okay since I intended to make custom fashions for her anyway. Upon closer inspection though, I noticed it was not the dress that was missing, but the torso! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised; from what I've read, the biggest complaint about these kits is that there is only one torso included, and people are selling torsos on Ebay for up to $40! Isn't that silly? Hell, you can buy a whole new kit for $25 eat TRU!
As you may have guessed, this was the only starter kit in stock. I bought it because of the clearance price thinking that I could perhaps buy a couple of the cheaper Gloom Beach dolls and use their torsos to build my own monster. Of course TRU had none, so off to Target I went. Target didn't have any of the cheaper dolls in stock, but they did have 1 lonely starter kit in stock - and it was only $19.99! I grabbed it, skipped to the checkout, and rushed home to build my monster!
She went together fairly easily, and I think she is adorable! I don't like the clothing, but that's not a big issue - I will make more. What I don't like is pretty much what everyone else doesn't like - only one torso! The kit costs as much as 2 Gloom Beach dolls, so why not include 2 torsos! At the very least,Mattel could sell the torsos separately - kind of like they do the heads for those crazy Swappin' Heads Fashionistas!
Though I love the Monster High dolls, I won't be buying any more of these create a Monster money getters!