Pros: Durable, High quality, encourages individuality, unique theme, fosters creativity
At first I was a bit annoyed at the notion of ANOTHER swimwear based Monster High series released so close to the Gloom Beach series. However, once I saw the dolls, of course I was hooked. Draculaura comes to you wearing a modest striped swimsuit that is reminiscent of the 1950's, an adorable sarong, and the cutest sailor hat. She comes with a refreshing tropical drink accessory in a flower shaped cup.
This version of Draculaura is highly desirable for customization, as her hair easily lends itself to restyling, and she is less expensive than many other versions of Draculaura.
Skull Shores Draculaura comes with a brush, and a doll stand, making her quite complete for one of the less expensive series!
As with all of the Monster High dolls, I recommend her for older kids right on up to adults. Mattel has specified the dolls as being appropriate for ages 6 and up, but I find that the limb construction just doesn't hold up well under the vigorous play of younger kids! As such, I recommend for ages 11 and up, unless your kids are very responsible beyond their years, and are very careful with their toys (in which case 8 or 9 years and up would be fine as far the toy holding up). My niece (age 6) has been given several of these dolls from well-meaning relatives and friends, and naturally having been exposed to the notion of "friendly, fab monsters", she believed she was ready for scary movies, only to find herself having nightmares, and unable to sleep with her dolls in her room.
Draculaura has a jointed body for endless posing possibilities. As such, she makes a great addition to ANY doll collection, whether it be for play, or display, right out of the box!