A new ghoul.

We did not go to that performance of Hamlet, nor do I have any intention of attending any of the upcoming performance. In all honesty, I’m not sure I’ll ever attend this Shakespeare festival.

Not only did the director modernize the play, but she abridged it and moved the ‘To be or not to be…’ speech to become the first lines you hear Hamlet utter. I’m rather sick of people having to butcher Shakespeare for a modern audience, some of us would like to see it performed the way it was written and in the time it is set in.

Regardless, the week has been a long one. I began reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which is thus far an interesting read. I had not realized it was such a long book (I’m reading on a tablet), so it obviously isn’t something you can read in an afternoon or two.

Yesterday I also made my first Monster High doll purchase in likely a year.

Monster High’s Twyla.

I had come across her a few days prior, but as my niece was short the money for a doll she wanted I bought her’s instead and hoped this girl would still be there later.  Or better yet, this town would get the dolls.  As it is, it would appear we’re about five months behind on new doll releases.

She is shorter than the other dolls (other than Howleen), and her eyes even glow in the dark.  I am not sure if this is a constant flaw with these dolls now or not, but her right elbow joint is very floppy.  I have a Dot Dead Gorgeous Spectra with the same issue so it makes me wonder.

The other issue with her is her hair.  It is a hot mess.  I trimmed it a little bit, but it might be getting more taken off.

The ghouls.

It might not be easy to see in the photo, but it frizzes horrid at the ends, I am wondering if they were going for waves and it just didn’t work out.  The furniture you see them with is actually going to be used to create a room on my shelf for the Ever After High dolls, whenever they actually make it to Canada.

Twyla with her hair pinned back.

It is interesting that these dolls have surpassed Barbie in sales, yet the quality control still seems lacking.  Although they are play line and I’ve been purchasing more collector dolls in the past year.  I am still eagerly awaiting Ever After High though, as fairy tales are a little more to my interest than monsters, although I do like the little collection of them I have.

In other doll related news, I am eagerly awaiting the release of this lovely girl.  I pre-ordered her from a different online store that expects her in stock the end of this month, so I dearly hope to have her by middle of August.

Strangely this coming autumn there are a few play lines I’m interested in, so I am hoping when our Target opens they are a little more on the ball than Wal Mart.  It would be nice to be able to buy these dolls without having to travel to a city, even if they do cost a few dollars more than Wal Mart.

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