After months of being teased with Mattel’s publicity photos, Ever After High’s newest doll release is finally here. Cerise Hood, the daughter of Little Red Riding Hood, is out, and she’s a Rebel! Everyone knows her mother, but Cerise is harboring a secret: who is her father? Cerise doesn’t show any signs of telling any time soon, but you can glean some not-so-subtle hints from her story on the back of the box.
I’ve been eagerly waiting for this doll because I really loved her whole look and her outfit. Now that she’s out of the box, she doesn’t disappoint. When we think of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, we picture a sweet, innocent girl. Unlike her inspiration, Cerise is a wild child. (Does she take after her father more than her mother?) I’m glad she’s a Rebel. The Royals are so boring! Who wants to be one of the “popular” kids anyway?
Cerise’s look is a combination of goth and punk, with her white freak streak and her plaid bodice. There’s a lot of “leather” and chains accentuated by black lace and black tulle. She wears a red ring and a “leather” cuff.
Even her signature article of clothing has taken a darker turn: Her vivid red hooded cloak is decorated with eerie bare tree branches.
Her boots are modeled on fringed moccasins, and she wears “snakeskin” leggings. The leggings were a cool surprise because they aren’t so apparent in the photos as they are in person.
Cerise Hood comes with a stand, hairbrush and a bookmark that contains her story. Her purse is a basket, which does not open.
The official release date was January 14th but I wasn’t able to find her in stores. I ordered her from Mattel.com for $21.99 (plus tax and shipping). My package arrived within a week.
I like Cerise’s grey eyes and coordinating silver eyeshadow. She has some highlighting on her lips–three small dots–that give her a fuller, pouty look.
There really isn’t anything about this doll that I don’t like. Her bangs are pretty even. She shed a few hairs when I ran the brush through it, though. Her arms are a little stiff at the elbows. That’s about all the cons I can think of. I swore I wasn’t going to get into Ever After High, but I love this doll and the other Rebels so much I might just break down and buy an EAH playset. A return to Target may be in order.
Who else has been waiting for Cerise? Is she what you expected? Did you find the doll in your area before the official release date?
Here, for your enjoyment, are some pictures of Cerise acting suitably mysterious. And one picture of her giving the Heavy Metal salute. Rock on, Cerise!