Monster High Ghouls Rule Clawdeen Review
Clawdeen Wolf — Ghouls Rule
The makeup on this doll is much simpler than the Cleo doll featuring details on one eye only. The left eye has a beautiful two toned green gradient and standard eyeliner. The only complaint is the fading of the black of the lashes. It’s extremely subtle but not intentional for sure. The right eye is identical to the left but with added black animal print and instead of the eyebrow this long sweeping gold curve that cuts across the nose. Unfortunately not only does the glitter get everywhere (and shows up in a few stray spots on the face) but there’s not enough of it. You don’t even have to look that closely to see the glue beneath the glitter. The overall affect is stunning but up close It’s mediocre at best. Clawdeen’s lips are the same bright purple as her hair with a light shimmer. Her fangs are barely visible due to the color but it’s still a striking effect. Unfortunately my dolls has damage two three parts of the mouth where the lipstick has been scratched away.
Let me start by staying, as a fellow faux-hawk sporter, I LOVE her hair in principle. I love the long curley volumous mowhawk with the fuzzy animal print sides, it’s such a cute style and very “Clawdeen”. On the doll itself the shaved sides are a fuzzy material like on Venus and the Wave 2 Clawd doll. It does not extend to under the longer hair instead dropping off at a very distinct line around the hair line. There is a visible groove in the doll’s head where the line drops off but no other damage spots that I can see. The hair itself down the middle is very sparse. I think perhaps Matell thought that because the hair is curly they wouldn’t need as much of it but they were sorely mistaken. Clawdeen’s hair isn’t nearly volumous enough to really pull off this style or resemble what it did in the movie. The top half is also pulled back into this uneven braid that does not serve the style at all. As with previous curly-haired dolls, the texture of the hair is greasy but not as much as it usually is. The curl doesn’t hold when brushed and turns into a frizzy mess. It’s not quite as bad as Wave 1 Lagoona but not as good as Wave 1 Clawdeen’s subtle curl and volume.
Clawdeen sports a costume I’d expect from the musical Cats before I would Monster High. The doll comes wearing a spandex body suit printing with gold lame details. The black arm fur is attached to the sleeves where as the leg-warmers are not. The arm warmers are distinctly longer than they appear in the movie and the fur itself is long, cumbersome, and sheds everywhere. The bulk of the arm warmers combined with the length makes it impossible to bend the doll’s arms into poses without consistently dislodging the arm joints. To reattach them you then have to remove the gold neck piece and then slide the tight bodysuit off which in itself a challenge and more of a hassle than it’s worth. It’s hard to take off any of the items without loosing handfuls of faux fur in the process. It’s a rough, unpleasant texture too. The edges are unsealed and rough with flecks of white showing through the black when the hair isn’t combed down. There is no stretch so getting the leg warmers to stay up with anything other than friction is a pain. The bodysuit itself fits well (if maybe just a little too loose—which makes getting the leg warmers on difficult as the bodysuit keeps riding up). Due to the nature of the material there is no fraying and the seams are well constructed.
The shoes are..interesting. They’re a very similar shape to Draculaura’s and slide on and off very easily. The heels is a bit thin and prone to bending. Sadly, the shoes cannot stand up on their own let alone while the doll is wearing them. The detail in the shoes is gorgeous even if its monochromatic. There’s buckle and stud details reminiscent of the other gold items in the clothing set. Unfortunately, you can see the seams on the shoes down the middle and the swirling where the metallic dye didn’t blend well in the plastic. The plastic is much softer than Cleo’s and can easily be dented with a fingernail.
Additional items include a removable belt, ankle cuffs, and belt chest piece. The leg pieces are fully closed with a glaring gap in the back held together with a tiny bar. I’m not sure why the gap isn’t fully open or closed. The cuffs are too thick for them to really bend with the leg so it seems useless. The belt fits very wonky on the hips of the doll. It closes with the standard overlapping hidden button. I can’t tell you how this is suppose to fit on the properly though as it isn’t styled like the version in the movie and rests too high on the hips of the doll. The chest piece is intricate and cool looking with 4 button closures. The buttons are not hidden well and stand out. The piece is highly flexible but a little ill-fit so it’s difficult to fully snap in place. It hangs off the doll’s breasts, jutting out at a strange angle instead of conforming to the shape best.
Posability and the doll:
As with the other Ghouls Rule dolls, the joints are very well constructed. They fit well and pose well without clothing. Please see my Cleo review for more details.
Not as much cracking on this doll’s leg seams but the seams are still prominent. Plastic hip joints.
The hands on this Clawdeen are clawed with plastic built-in fingerless gloves. The plastic is uneven with obvious seams and a damaged blotch on the inner corner of the left wrist. The green is painted odd and uneven against the wrist.
Clawdeen came with the jewelry mentioned in the clothing section as well as 4 semi transparent green earrings. According to the art she’s only supposed to have 3 earrings but I guess they didn’t want to change the mold on the ears. The earrings fit well. The plastic is a semi transparent green with glitter flecks inside the plastic.
Clawdeen also came with a trick-or-treat bucket and black coffin with green sludge. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be but it is definitely the worst made of the party-items. The entire container feels hallow and thin on top of being an indistinguishable item. The case closes well even with the green dripping outside of it but the hinges are flimsy so the item can only be completely opened or completely shut. There is no latch to hold the item shut either.
Clawdeen’s stand was the worst stand I’ve ever had. The doll holder is way too loose on the pole and the pole itself won’t stay stuck in bottom piece. It won’t even somewhat stay in place, you can’t lift it without it falling out. The stands have progressively been getting worse with the release of new dolls but this is inexcusable and completely unusable.
The mask is beautifully designed and made of a sturdy plastic. Clawdeen can’t hold it well, but it looks nice.
Final Score: 7.2