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Howleen Wolf, A Pink-Haird Charmer,
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This review is from: Monster High Dance Class Howleen Wolf Doll (Toy)
It's nice to see that Mattel has listened to fans requests for another Howleen doll. With the difficulties of finding (and the expense of a two pack) of her original doll, it's nice to see that they introduced her in a second (budget) release.
First off, the doll is adorable, she comes in with extremely soft hair as she was manufactured in China, and lacks the problematic glue that has haunted Mattel's Indonesian made releases. The articulation for my doll was tight, but not overly so. The plastic used for the hands for this release, however, is quite different. It is much more soft and pliable, so much so that the rubber bands holding her hands in place have left indentions in the mold. The hands seem to be the same material as the shoes she is wearing (which are also adorable), but it's a different quality than what Mattel previously used. I feel that moving forward, these pieces may discolor or stain easier because they seem to lack a "finish" that is normally seen on these dolls. For example, these pieces have a dull finish while previously releases have had a soft gloss finish.
In case you are not aware, this line of releases lack stands and brushes. The lack of stands is a disappointment, since the cost of the Monster High budget lines has risen approxiamately $4-5 since they were first released. It is also disappointing if you enjoy collecting the dolls and putting them on display. I hope that Mattel will decide to include them again in future budget lines, but I don't see it happening.
Overall, aside from the indentions in her hands (and the potential future worry over discoloration) and the lack of a stand, Dance Class Howleen is simply too adorable to pass up, especially if you missed her the first time around.