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While out toy hunting this weekend, I made an interesting discovery.  My friend and I asked a TRU worker to open a fresh case of Scaris for us, looking for a Skelita for her.  We discovered that the case had 3 Clawdeen, 2 Frankie and 1 Rochelle in it - no Jinafire or Skelita at all!

The TRU worker told us he keeps an eye on the Monster High dolls because his daughter is collecing them, and that they got in several cases like this, with only a couple of the cases having Skelita and Jinafire in them.   I can't possibly imagine what the justification for making the most desirable dolls so limited is.

So, if you're looking for Jinafire or Skelita, definitely try Justice first.  The Scaris cases they are getting in have 2 Jinafire, 1 Skelita, 1 Clawdeen, 1 Frankie and 1 Rochelle.

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That must be why Toys R Us cancelled my order for Skelita.  They never got enough in stock.  I had ordered her online and then received a cancellation notice a few days later.

Oh man, MATTEL WTH!?? Why would you only put the two new ghouls in ONE of the assortments??? That's pure idiocy!

I thought they'd learned a lesson after the farce of Skull Shores Gil but evidently they enjoy driving up the prices of these things on the second hand market -_-

So we've got two boxes, A and B. I wonder whether we'll see assortment A with the new ghouls discontinued as fast as Gil's SS box... Eugh.

This is going to make finding these two a pain in the butt, and creates a headache for the staff in stores as well because they'll get "Scaris assortment" into the warehouse and assume it contains what they were told they were getting, thus they'll advertise the new ghouls and lo and behold, they won't have any in the boxes. *sigh* This happened last assortment when Mattel decided "oh hey, here's a great plan. Let's do a rerelease box AND a box with two brand new characters in and release them simultaneously under the same assortment number! That's a fantastic idea and totally won't screw over several toy stores!"

It took several months for the UK stores to work through enough of the Cupid boxes before Venus and Robecca started to show up. A good 4 -6 weeks AFTER the date they were supposed to have appeared. Stores got in the basic assortment, but they got the wrong box and there's no way to tell unless you open the stupid thing.

What are Mattel doing? I refuse to believe they can be this clueless as to the desirability of their new characters. Eugh.

Well, we've got ages to wait here in the UK till Scaris appears anyway. I'm predicting mid Jan/early Feb at this point. We might see picture day and dance class before christmas but i'm not too optimistic. I just hope they're producing box A and B in equal numbers this time, logic of course would say "no they won't do that, girl dolls sell so they'll totally produce loads of Jinnafire and Skellita" but I dunno, I haven't much faith in mattel's logic these days. Maybe they've been taken over by monkeys. Skelita is going to be a NIGHTMARE to find, eugh. Unique body mould, day of the dead styling.. she's going to be crazy popular with collectors and that means insane second hand prices.

Why 3 Clawdeen's anyway? I know she's the star of the animated Scaris film and all but... is she really THAT popular a character that she deserves more dolls in one assortment than any other doll has ever had? I mean, put the two assortments together and we're talking4 Clawdeen (It's Skull Shores Ghoulia all over again!), 3 Frankie, 2 Rochelle, 2 Jinnafire and only ONE Skellita? Poor girl's getting the "boy doll" treatment!

Actually I think the Scaris assortments are being randomly packed. Ive had friends in other states got to Justice and their be no Jinfires, just Skelita's in a box. And I personally have seen boxes that come with both at TRU and Justice. There doesn't seem to be a consistent way of packing with this line.

If so, that's even more insane. Finding Skelita and Jinafire is going to be impossible if the workers in Indonesia are just tossing random dolls into boxes!

JemMH_Sister said:

Actually I think the Scaris assortments are being randomly packed. Ive had friends in other states got to Justice and their be no Jinfires, just Skelita's in a box. And I personally have seen boxes that come with both at TRU and Justice. There doesn't seem to be a consistent way of packing with this line.

Well, the scalpers will be making a killing off these lines then. *sigh*

Mattel knows what their doing,, watch how hard it'll be finding Deuce in the budget line "impossible ill bet" trust their marketing department has people reading these blogs, keeping up with groups ... Their playing all of us allowing the scalpers to drive up the prices..keeping the demand high!!


the hubby stopped by our tru today it was there truck day they had scaris ;) he got aubrey a jinafire long ;) there was no skelitta at my store just jinafire rochelle frankie and clawdeen going back tomorrow to get the other ghouls ;)
LittleoneLOVESMH said:

Found a Skelita today while hunting...picked her up. I ordered from TRU online and got a shipping notice but I picked her up just in case my order was cancelled.

Skelita's body is kind of fragile seeming (I played with mine a lot already), and the joints have a tendency to be stuck tight and take some work to get moving.  I feel like they would have a lot of reject parts with this doll and probably some returns due to serious defects as well.

I love the doll though, I am totally not trying to disparage her I am only saying that because of the entirely new body they have some bugs to work out. 

Triumvirate said:

I'm thinking what may be happening is that they are just continually packing Scaris boxes to send out for Christmas sales and if all five Scaris dolls are available then all five get put into the boxes, and if they are not, they just pack what they have and send it out that way. I doubt they would be short on Skelita and Jinafire on purpose. The Jinafire issue can be explained by the fact that she is supposed to ship two per box and maybe after sending out all the Jinafire they had that way they had already run out and production needs to catch up. I don't know why Skelita would be running out unless somehow she is slower to make because of her body mold or something? 
 
Draconia St George said:

If so, that's even more insane. Finding Skelita and Jinafire is going to be impossible if the workers in Indonesia are just tossing random dolls into boxes!

JemMH_Sister said:

Actually I think the Scaris assortments are being randomly packed. Ive had friends in other states got to Justice and their be no Jinfires, just Skelita's in a box. And I personally have seen boxes that come with both at TRU and Justice. There doesn't seem to be a consistent way of packing with this line.
I have SKELITA yes she's a gorgeous doll, but she has lots of issues,,, her joints don't bend correctly, knees , and elbows.. I see lots of broken dolls after the holidays,, problaby a recall in the future ... I love her, but she's not designed well at all.

That makes sense. I went to a TRU Wednesday and they only had Scaris Clawdeens. Oh well, the dolls will be plentiful eventually. 

I guess that's why the TRU by me had like 8 Clawdeens and 0 Jinafires yesterday.  STUPID

I found both Jin and Skelita at my local TRU and they had several of each.

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