Ghouliette here. Last week I reviewed the Monster High Slow Mo doll, which I had been searching for for months. This week I’ll be reviewing the new trio of Coffin Bean dolls, Frankie, Abbey, and Toralei. I had also been keeping an eye out for these dolls but I never saw them in stores. I finally decided to try eBay, but only if I could get them at retail (you can read my rant about scalpers in my Slow Mo review). Coffin Bean Frankie and Abbey are available on Amazon for retail price or less, but Toralei, the most coveted doll of this line, was going for twice the retail price. Fortunately, I was able to get all three dolls as a set for a very good price because the boxes were a little damaged, which doesn’t bother me because I planned on deboxing them anyway.
If you’re a die-hard Monster High fan, you’ll know there is a Coffin Bean playset that comes with a Coffin Bean Clawdeen (an exclusive Costco edition came with a bonus Coffin Bean Draculaura). This trio of Frankie, Abbey, and Toralei make up Wave One of the Coffin Bean line of loose dolls. The Coffin Bean dolls are budget-line dolls, so they don’t come with a stand or a hairbrush. Their accessories are very minimal. Each doll comes with only a beverage. Frankie comes with a cup of coffee to go:
Abbey enjoys a frozen beverage (because being a Yeti, everything is frozen with her):
And Toralei? Well, I really don’t know what she’s drinking. It’s pink and comes in a mini-cauldron. But she seems to like it.
Each doll is dressed in a basic outfit with accessories, and of course killer shoes. Frankie wears a blouse with a nuts-and-bolts and stitches design in blue, black, and white, and a skirt with lightning bolts in yellow, black, blue, and white. Her accessories are two bracelets, and her shoes are black and white high-heeled strappy platforms. Early promo photos showed her wearing First Wave Deuce Gorgon’s cassette belt, but the actual doll doesn’t come with it. Her trademark black and white hair has a large streak of yellow in it.
Abbey wears a dress with a pink icicle design against a black background and black fishnet sleeves, a blue ice bracelet, and an ice belt and ice boots. The early promo photos showed a pink belt and shoes, which matched the design on her dress, but the actual doll’s accessories are purple. I don’t know why the belt and shoes were done in purple rather than pink for the final doll. I think the pink accessories of the promo photo look better. Her silvery hair has streaks of pink and blue in it.
Toralei most closely resembles her promo photos. She wears a pink, black and white sleeveless top with a slashed pattern, as if a cat had swiped it, and a red-and-black checked skirt. The slashes and checks are a recurring theme in Toralei’s outfits. The clothing for First Wave Toralei, Power Ghoul Cat-Astrophe, and Toralei’s fashion pack all use slashes and checks. Coffin Bean Toralei wears a red studded belt and a pink spiked bracelet. She’s one tough cookie. Even her shoes are clawsome.
Toralei’s tail stays in very well, too.
Coffin Bean Toralei has bangs, and her hair is longer than her usual bobbed hairstyle. I think the longer hair makes her look sweeter and not as nasty as she really is! But Coffin Bean Toralei’s hair is oddly choppy, as shown in the promo photo. It looks like they’re trying to go for an asymmetrical look, but it ended up looking uneven. And my Toralei’s hair is even choppier and uneven.
I like the idea to extend the Coffin Bean playset into a line of dolls. It creates more possibilities for play or photographs using the playset. It’s fun to see how Frankie, Abbey, and Toralei would look for the casual after-school activity of going out for coffee. Promo photos of Wave Two of Coffin Bean dolls are already making the rounds on the Internet. Wave Two will consist of Twyla, Venus, and Robecca, and are slated to be released later this year. Sellers on eBay are already taking pre-orders for it (again, I direct you to my scalper rant).
The Coffin Bean Frankie is cute, although she’s not my favorite Frankie (that distinction belongs to Picnic Casket Frankie). I like Coffin Bean Abbey because she’s a little different than “regular” Abbey. I like when Mattel switches up her hairstyle and clothes to make her funkier, just as they did with the Home Ick Abbey that came in a two-pack with Heath. Don’t forget, Abbey is an exchange student from the Himalayas. When they make her funkier, it’s like she’s acclimating to life at Monster High. The Coffin Bean Toralei is my favorite Toralei because I really like her with longer hair and bangs.
Are you excited about the Monster High Coffin Bean dolls?