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This is a beautiful doll but DON'T pay a crazy price for it!,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
Abbey is yet another beautiful addition to the Monster High doll family. She is the daughter of a Yeti and she is a very unique looking doll. She has light blue, slightly glittery skin and white hair that has pink and blue streaks. She is dressed in furry boots and a matching hat and her dress has a white accent on the hemline. She is supposed to be from the freezing cold mountains in the Himalayas, so her tiny little dress probably would not be the warmest outfit...but the outfit is cute and fun and it is a toy so whatever. Her dress is on the short side but is still is in good taste. The jewelry on Abbey is especially cool, especially the necklace.
I was fortunate enough to find this doll when she first came out. I paid around 21 USA dollars for her at a store and that is a fair price for this toy. The 60-100$ that I am seeing the toy listed for is RIDICULOUS! This doll just came out in 2011. She isn't a collector's item and it is impossible for the toy to be worth that much this soon. Don't get me wrong, the toy is great but it simply IS NOT worth paying 4-5 times more than the doll should cost. The materials she is made of don't cost that much and she isn't all that rare. She can be found in stores but I had to look for her.
When I called Mattel they said the doll will be available in stores through 2012. More Abbey dolls supposedly come out in October 2011 and they will go for the suggested retail price. It took me three phone calls and two e-mails to simply get an answer from Mattel. Nobody seemed to know when the doll would be back in stock. This is one of THE WORST toy companies when it comes to customer service. They also must have a very poor marketing team, or a really slow factory. They released the Monster High cartoon featuring Abbey and the doll was OUT OF STOCK on their website the day the cartoon was released. Why would they release a video promoting Abbey's character then NOT have the doll available on their website? Naturally, kids and collectors are going to want the toy when they see a new Monster High character. Why would Mattel want to lose these sales?
This aside, I still will give the toy a five star rating. Monster High dolls are cute, fun and original and Mattel seems to have improved the durability a bit with this series. This is a great toy but as of now it isn't a collector's item or a limited edition. The hype is the main reason for all the price gouging that is going on. There isn't anything better about this doll over the others. She is equal in quality and she comes with the same amount of accessories. I am happy with this product and I will buy more.
I encourage other people to call Mattel and let them know: They need to do a better job of timing the release of the dolls with the webisodes. The online cartoons (see youtube) are no doubt intended as advertisements for the dolls. This is a great idea but...what good is a commercial when the company doesn't have the product in stock? This is not a complaint about this toy itself, which is why I gave it a good rating. This is not the fault of Amazon OR Abbey. Abbey is awesome but Mattel needs to step up their game! This is a popular toy and Mattel needs to be better prepared when it comes to meeting the demands of loyal customers! To parents kids and collectors: Abbey is a very cool doll but NOT worth 60-100$!
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2011 5:09:03 PM PST
Elizabeth Garay says:
YOU ARE VERY RIGHT.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 6:02:39 PM PST
Sara Cowan says:
Thanks for the suggestion. My daughter is wanting Abbey, Spectra, and Toralei. I was able to find Spectra and Toralei on Craigslist for a reasonable price but none the less I refuse to pay over $30 for these dolls. Good luck to all of you out there.
Posted on Dec 23, 2011 7:05:08 AM PST
thomas a d'eustachio says:
You are so right, people who do this type of thing with kids toys are TOTAL SCUM. Putting a toy out of reach for a kids parents who cant afford one is horrible. I have the means to buy one but refuse. Think about that poor kid who's family can't and the disappointment that little girl will feel.
Posted on Feb 4, 2012 7:28:04 PM PST
Kimberley L. Vergona says:
Very cool doll for this version. The Shull Shores version is a bit ridiculous for Abbey to "visit"!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 10:44:59 PM PST
Zoe Paris says:
Yeah...I didn't like the 'Skull Shores' Abbey as much as I like this version. There is a really cool new version that comes with 3 outfits but it doesn't come with the pet. You are right about a "beach" style Abbey being a little silly though. I had that thought too. Considering she usually wears a tiny little dress and sheds snow everywere she goes, I am guessing she would be the kind of monster to go skiing and not to the beach...But it's cute and it's a toy and as long as kids love it, that is what matters! I am just a collector.
Posted on Feb 1, 2013 12:02:11 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
As for why the cartoons before the release of doll; it's quite simple, it's so that people get to know the character before they get the doll. The exact thing they did with the whole line, they started the cartoon much before the dolls and when the cartoon created some buzz they finally released the dolls. The advance cartoon promotion was very effective as the "embracing the differences/freaky flaw factor" message came from the cartoons and you'll see people constantly mentioning it as a good reason behind Monster High dolls. Also they keep time if in case the character isn't a hit without some recognition. Although since the Monster High line has become so successful, they don't need to "advertise", i.e. show the characters in cartoons before the release of dolls anymore.
Posted on Mar 24, 2015 6:08:08 PM PDT
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