Although there are 4 Family Dollar stores within a 10 minute drive of my house, shopping there used to be as scary as walking through a graveyard on All Hallows' Eve. There were always homeless beggars camped in front of the entrances and the one closest to my house had a height chart painted next to the exit so that the cashiers could give the police accurate descriptions of the armed robbery suspects after yet another stick up. Yet, when D7ana posted about the Midnight Magic dolls a few weeks ago, I knew I had to have these $5 Monster High clones even if it meant combing through every seedy Family Dollar in Atlanta.
From pictures of boxed specimens I could see that the dolls had articulated elbows and wrists and I wondered what the legs were like. I ventured to the Family Dollar that is a block from my house last weekend and was pleased to see that the parking lot of the strip mall where it is located was being re-paved. I still had to pass some vagrants to enter but they were at least two yards from the door. Inside I found a fresh case of the Midnight Magic dolls and was intrigued to see that they are manufactured by the Lovely Patsy company.
Apparently monsters and vampires have become so popular that even the purveyors of princesses and fairies are eager to join in the danse macabre.
What is even more amazing is that this line of clones has a background story and each doll comes with a secret code, which is supposed to unlock games and other special content on the Midnight Magic website.
Given that these days Lovely Patsy dolls usually have hollow plastic bodies with stiff legs, I was impressed to see that Pippa has vinyl legs with click jointed knees.
Her knees are very stiff, however. Indeed all of her joints are very stiff. I suspect they are also very fragile. Still she is more poseable than a $5 Barbie. Her hair is not as thickly rooted as Mattel products usually are but it has a luscious, silky texture.
Yet, the more I looked at Pippa and Nefera, the more I came to suspect that Mattel and Lovely Patsy may have reached a secret agreement that allows Mattel to profit from the inevitable discount clones of their popular Monster High line.
Pippa’s pelvis is slightly deeper than Nefera’s.
The shape of her bosom is a little different and her feet are just a tad bit wider.
but the hands would be even more similar if it weren't for the extra flash on Pippa's fingers.
I believe that Mattel should use creativity rather than lawsuits to bury the competition, but I have to admit that the Midnight Magic dolls are blatant copies. Nevertheless I hope that Lovely Patsy will keep giving us these cheap thrills for some time to come.