Pros: High quality, Durable, unique fun theme, encourages creativity, encourages individuality, collectible
When Monster High first hit the shelves, I was an instant fan! I had the whole gang in my hands, making up my mind which ones to buy. I decided to keep Lagoona Blue, Frankie Stein, and Draculaura. I put Holt Hyde, and Clawdeen Wolf back on the shelf, a decision I had regretted until about a month ago. While I was able to get ahold of Clawdeen before she sold out, and aftermarket prices went crazy, I couldn't say the same for poor Holt!
I had all but given up on ever finding Holt Hyde for my collection at a reasonable price. Imagine my absolute SHOCK to walk into the store, about a month ago, to find Holt Hyde standing there on the shelf looking back at me! I scooped him up in a hurry, and went to the price checker (pinching myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming!) Holt came up "item not found", so I had to "see an associate". When I found someone who looked like they were knowledgable, I inquired about Holt. He informed me that he had just, not even five minutes before, found Holt in a dark corner in the back of the storeroom, tucked far behind other merchandise, and apparently forgotten about. (I speculate that some employee had stashed Holt away, for personal purchase, but forgotten about him.) THEN he told me that Holt's last clearance price had been $12.98, and IF the store manager would sell it to me, that was the lowest price they would give. (I tried NOT to overplay my hand!) If you ONLY knew the whole story about how I managed to snag Holt, it would curl your hair!
Holt comes to you ready to rock in striped pants with flames licking the hemlines, one awesome jacket, and his signature headphones! Of course, Holt has the Taijitu Taoist Yin Yang tattoo on his upper back, and his pet chameleon, Crossfade. Holt has the most unique blue hue, with translucent molded hair that catches the light just right to look like it really IS aglow! I have heard many people comment that they wished that Mattel had given Holt "regular" or flocked hair, but I think that the molded hair does a better job at representing what Holt really is: a fire elemental! Who knows? Maybe when Matty releases their "Ghoul's Alive/ It's Alive" series, maybe we'll see a whole new Holt with glowing hair!
I have heard tales of the elastic holding Holt's legs on coming apart. I personally have NOT had this trouble with my Holt Hyde doll. HOWEVER, I have had this happen to my Basic Draculaura, and after looking up info on the Internet, I found SEVERAL excellent, step-by-step tutorials with photos, and videos on how to fix them. Fixing her legs was super easy! There was even one creative person who figured out how to repair the dolls even if the leg pin holding the elastic in place snapped! So, since my Holt has NOT had issue with broken leg elastic, I am not considering it in my ratings. I just felt it WORTH mentioning, in case the reader has had issue with this problem, so that they know all is not lost! It is fairly easy to repair! If you can sew a button onto a shirt, you can fix the doll's legs!
In any event, I am thrilled to have Holt in my collection, and recommend him for older kids right on up to adults. He is perfect right out of the box for play, or display! All in all, Holt would make a fangtastic addition to ANY Monster High collection, whether he is brand new in a sealed box, or bought loose. I hope you will find Holt as killer awesome as I do! Thanks for reading! =^..^=
Pros: High quality, detailed, comes with accessories
Cons: not for young children
I was so happy to finally be able to get Holy Hyde, i've never once been able to find him in store. He's really unique with his blue skin and bright orangey-red hair. He's well made and comes with all his accessories. You know you just want to add him to your collection and bring him home too! :D
The Monster High theme is genius, my daughter loves them all, and now has them all too! The dolls are delicate but well articulated and really are not meant for really young kids. I am eager to see what else Mattel has in store for Monster High. The dolls are each unique and I think in a sense provide some educational value because they reinforce to children that everyone is different and unique. Mattel could market this theme to both boys and girls though.
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