|"Here I am! Rock you like a hair-icane!"|
I got Catty a couple of weeks ago when the local Wal-Mart put her out early. She was only out on the shelf for 24 hours (I went back the next day to check), so either they pulled her after I bought her, or she was bought up completely in that time. She's supposed to be released on Friday the 13th, so we'll see if she suddenly re-appears then.
|"I feel... sparkly. Like millions of fairies were wrung out over me in a cloud of glitter."|
I tossed her nightmareish pink performance dress in the MH clothes box immediately after opening her, because I really don't care for the thing. It's sparkly, it's appropriate for her in her on-stage persona, and it's incredibly striking against her black skin/fur(?)... but it's like getting whalloped with a magenta-based glitterbomb every time you see it. So you won't be seeing Catty in it during this. I put Catrine in it though, just to show what it looks like. (The magenta looks good on her, the silver does not, really.)
Catty comes with a saddle stand, which is great if you want to pose her standing in shoes that are exactly the right height for it. In thinner-soled shoes, she floats a bit (as you can see with Catrine, above). In "float mode" your doll has more limited options for posing, as she has to be balanced in order to stay upright. With Catty's massive hair, that can get a little tricky.
Let's talk about Catty's hair for a moment. It's just... something close to terrible. It really is. The color is beautiful. It's a deep magenta with streaks of pink in it. The length is breathtaking and dramatic.
|Catty Noir IS Esmeralda in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame!"|
And the texture is super-thin and prone to flying all over. She sheds like a real cat when you brush her, and short of boil-straightening, there's not a lot you can do with it. I took her hair down out of the stock ponytail to look at her rooting, and it's rather thin up around and behind her ears, imo. There's so much of it that there's not a lot you can do with it. Braided, it makes a massive thick rope that's almost wider than Catty is at the shoulders.
|Singing a sweet, soulful love ballad?|
For all that, though, she is absolutely stunning and has tons of personality. She seems to really love costume changes, and it takes very little work to make her look stunning. Besides her pink nightmare dress and saddle stand, she comes with a metallic pink microphone, clear magenta earrings (hoops in one ear, "13" in the other), and four bracelets. Three in metallic pink (one with a bell, seen on her left wrist above) and the others cuffs with spikey grommets. One matching in silver. This is way too many bracelets, so I've put most of them away.
|Finally, someone who kind of pulls off this ugly, ugly dress...|
|"Talk to the claw, cuz the ears ain't listening!"|
|"No one will know that it's me! It's the perfect disguise!"|
|"Hope you can sing, rookie."|