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This Doll Requires: Love, Fertilizer, and Several Victims
on August 20, 2012
Please note: Venus was at Target in Delran, NJ at the very beginning of August 2012. (Please see my review on "Robecca" for more details.)
Nothing to Sneeze At:
-Doll comes with two vine bracelets, two vine lower "calflets", a vine necklace held in place with a clear band, four small hoops in one ear, and one vine earring in the other ear. Most of the jewelry is firmly in place, with the exception of the calf adornments- these slip down, but can easily be supported with the upper edge of the doll's boots. They do not appear to be removable. I tried, but I think that pushing these vines down past her feet could break them, so I gave up after three tries. Bracelets can be removed if you remove the doll's hands first. If my daughter cuts the necklace band, I will update this review if the necklace seems too loose or whatnot.
-Boots have stylish teeth at the toes for easy mowing. Boots are easy to get off, but Venus' foot only fits into the boot partially. Her back heel is exposed, but I believe that that is intentional. The boots still fit very well, and are easy to get on as well. She is firmly supported by the boots, no worries.
-Hair is soft, with hot pink predominating at the back. Our Venus has a healthy dose of soft green in the front. Hair is layered at the back, and she does have a "shaved" patch on the right side of her head (her right). This patch is hot pink velour.
-Seven "fangs" protrude on our doll's lips...these are painted on. They look terrific. Three upper fangs; the balance are lower fangs.
-Denim shrug with Day-Glo yellow mohawk skull/"eco punk" motif is removable. The rest of the outfit is separates: polyester leggings with abstract vine and thorns print, black cotton miniskirt with fluorescent yellow stitching, and the poly top features the signature MH skull with mohawk, safety pins, tattoo banners, hearts, the words "eco punk", etc. Top and skirt have easy Velcro. The whole outfit is easy to remove and get back on.
-Skin on doll's hands is viny/plantlike; ears are leaflike.
-Comes with journal, brush, and stand.
Some Things to Sniff At:
-Chewlian, Venus' included pet plant, needs a wider base for easier support. He also needs some hamburger meat to tide him over.
-Included eco shopping bag has a ribcage and MH logo print, but not enough room to hold a copy of "Swamp Thing" in comic book form or DVD form. Needs improvement sizewise.
Little Sum-Up of Horror:
-The small above negatives do not affect us; I get all details out there for picky people. (Sometimes I will give a MH doll a lower rating if we acquired one with loose limbs, etc., I am reflecting our actual, tangible product.) Educational merits are intense here, due to Venus' whole eco message. Music and fashion history can also be passed on. Horticultural anything can be an inspiration. Hopefully, she will create future gardeners! I am still in shock about how earth and punk aware this doll actually is. Great combo (hope she's even straightedge). Get her- she'll grow on ya!