Spectra Vondergeist doesn’t seem like the most popular Monster High doll to me, instead of her older releases being sold out, they’re available cheaper than when they were new. Released in June 2013, Ghouls Night Out Spectra Vondergeist is available for $14 on Amazon, though if you wait I bought mine (still in the package) for $8 on eBay. I love Spectra’s clear hands/feet, oddly high cheekbones, purple hair (my favorite color), and most importantly of all, purple sclera. Spectra is the only Monster High doll with a non-white white of the eye and I feel like this, along with her gradient limbs, makes her especially unique. Below I’ll be sharing the photos I took of my re-styled Ghouls Night Out Spectra, reviewing the stock doll, and telling you how to re-style your doll the same way if you so choose. One of my readers suggested that I post these restyles, so thank you for the idea!
My GNO Spectra looks a lot different from the stock image above, but the only new addition is a Walking Dead print skirt from Lovely Woods on Etsy. The skirt took a long time to arrive, but it wasn’t expensive, and it’s very well made. I removed the accessories from Spectra that I thought were too much, added the skirt over her dress, and she was done. I also boil straightened her hair; out of the box her hair was a poofy mess, but boil straightening went a long way toward fixing that (and ruining it, read on). Without so much jewelry weighing her down, GNO Spectra is a much prettier doll. On to the review:
GNO Spectra’s stock outfit and items consist of: silver chain necklace, silver chain earrings, purple and silver purse with detachable chains, silver compact, black cell phone, silver chain shoes, chain print dress, clear plastic trench, pillbox hat, and purple ribbon belt. I can’t accuse them of not being generous, because there are a ton of items here, though in the restyle I only kept her dress, belt, hat, and shoes (not shown because my photos were blurry, sigh).
Spectra’s earrings, necklace, belt, cell phone, and compact are not very original items. They feel predictable and bland to me, if they were in a pile I would never be able to remember which doll they were from. The purse, whose saving grace is the removable chains, the dress, and the shoes are somewhat original, using motifs from the character in interesting ways. The clear trench and pill box hat are very unique items that you cannot forget belong to GNO Spectra. However original a doll’s stock pieces are, it is more important that they are of a good quality.
The quality of the stock items is only so-so, while the chain shoes are really cool looking, she can’t actually stand on them because the chain stiletto spike bends so easily. The compact and cell phone just have stickers on them, and the earrings and necklace are clunky. The belt is cheap looking and my trench coat was not symmetrical. The purse has an opening at the top, which is good, but once I put the two items she came with in it, I had a hard time getting them back out again. The tube dress, while simple, is perfectly acceptable. Finally the pill box hat is well made and is standing up to being taken off and put back on.
The stars of GNO’s Spectra’s stock items are the shoes, the dress, and the pill box hat. The dress can be used on any Spectra and be very her, so you can add it to her wardrobe seamlessly. The same goes for the shoes, but they can be used with other dolls as well since they are mostly silver with a stripe of purple at the bottom. While the pillbox hat has Spectra’s chain motif, it’s so unusual that it ends up being the star of her stock items.
Now to discuss the doll herself. Girl’s Night Out Spectra has tri-colored lavender, purple, and magenta hair that, out of the box, was very frizzy. I boil straightened it once before the photos, and I gave her a second session after, which saved the day … sort of. Her hair is silky and beautiful now, but the dreaded glue grease is emerging from the scalp. I heard this can happen when you get the hair wet, especially with hot water, but she survived the first treatment just fine, and I guess I got overconfident. Regardless, the hair that wraps around the top of her head is secured underneath in a little ponytail, and she comes with her hair wrapped over her ears. I pushed the hair back so you can see her ears, which helps to change her matronly appearance to a more youthful one.
GNO Spectra’s faceup is beautiful, with orchid eyes shadow accented with glitter, violet eyebrows, and dark purple lips. Her eyes are a bit uneven and one eyebrow arches more than the other, but there’s no serious eye wonk issues. Her body is a little different than other Spectra’s with her clear hands being replaced with purple gloves. Normally I hate gloves on Monster High dolls, but they really work on this Spectra. My GNO Spectra has an arm issue where the left arm with not go down flat against her side as far as the right does. I personally find it very irksome when a doll can’t lower its arms to its side, I dread it almost as much as hair glue grease. Also there is a huge, raised L and R on her left and right elbows; was this necessary? You can’t see it in photos, but it’s not pretty close up.
Overall I really love Girl’s Night Out Spectra Vondergeist because she’s beautiful and very classy looking. My only real concern is fixing the glue grease issue with her hair because, for me, it’s keeping a very good Monster High doll from being a great doll. I have two, yes two, 13 Wishes Twyla dolls with greasy hair so I’m going to experiment on them. Wish me luck and I hope you enjoyed my first review and restyle!