If any of y'all out there are from Connecticut, you have my prayers and sympathy whether you knew any of the victims or not. My prayers are also with the families of the victims, and the family of the shooter as well, for they have to live with the fact that their loved one committed such a heinous act. May God show his love and his mercy for them all.
Before I get too far into the review, let's discuss the backstory. Some folks appreciate that in a review, so here goes: C.A. Cupid is the daughter of Eros, the Greek god of desire, affection, and..."erotic" love. C.A. Cupid, however, does not do the same work her father does. Where her father works with humans (or "normies," as the monsters call humans), Cupid works on monsters only. She admits that she is a terrible shot, but makes up for it by offering advice on love and romance. She considers herself a girly-girl, loves psychology and the color pink, and is not a big fan of math (like me). In the U.S. she is a Wal-Mart exclusive; I understand that she's available in other stores outside of the States. This is the first Cupid doll ever produced so she could be considered a first-wave doll. I'm not really sure about that one yet...lemme get back to you on that.
Anyway, the Cupid doll is 10.5 inches tall, the height of most female Monster High dolls. She's unlike most of the Monster High dolls that I own, in that she has heavily lacquered hair. Sometimes these dolls have poorly-set hair; I paid extra attention to this aspect and picked the doll with the best hair.
Tell me, Cupid...why do fools fall in love?
One thing worth noticing is the back of Cupid's hair.
Moving along, Cupid's face.
The only other makeup that Cupid has is on her lips. No blush or anything, just lipstick. And even that's not a lot.
Notice that this geisha's lip paint does not fully cover her lips. Such a feature is common among geisha, but I can only speculate if this was the effect Mattel wanted for Cupid. I know that the original Eros was a Greek entity and not a Japanese one, but it is still an interesting idea!
But then again, Cupid's clothing doesn't look very Japanese. It doesn't look very Greek either. It looks...well, it looks like...like this!
Regardless of who or what influenced it, this is a simple but cute dress. It is all one piece, but it has at least four different fabrics in play. The straps are made of this soft, sheer, black material, and the bodice is a sparkly pink knit. Both of these fabrics stretch. The waist is wrapped in more of the sheer black material, helping it blend in with the skirt.
The skirt is a satiny, tri-colored fabric. The top part is black.
This black print appears to be dripping or melting down onto the rest of the dress. I'm not sure what that's supposed to symbolize. Could it be cake icing? Cupid is a part of a birthday line, after all. Or perhaps it is candle wax, again echoing the theme of a birthday (though somewhat more vaguely). Could it be paint? Or slime? Or...black BLOOD??? Nah, I doubt Mattel would put blood of any sort onto a toy like this. That's just something that we'll have to speculate about.
Underneath the black print the fabric is white. This white deepens into a blush shade of pink at the hem of the skirt.
Printed on the pink area are these fancy hearts. Some are inverted and some are right-side-up. The hearts are mostly black with some gray areas mixed in.
Under the satin skirt is a black tulle petticoat.
In addition to the dress, Cupid has these cute shoes.
The soles are black, and the straps are pink and white. The heel of the right shoe is a small bow, and the heel of the left shoe is an arrow. Pretty cute!
Regarding accessories, Cupid is pretty well endowed. She has some sort of do-dad on her right arm (probably an arm protector, something that archers tend to need), and this cute bow and arrow ring on her right hand. It's a real ring, too!
A pair of earrings (a bow and an arrow, no less):
And a plastic purse:
The purse echoes the dripping black motif on the dress, and the bow and arrow theme is replayed as well; the purse's handles are little pink arrows. It is elaborately painted on one side, but not on the other.
This is open, by the way. It's not just a hunk of plastic that dangles from Cupid's arm. It could carry some small items, like her jewelry, or an Icoffin if she had one (Icoffins are the Monster High equivalent of Ipods, seen on Dawn of the Dance dolls).
Cupid may have had plenty of trinkets with which to accessorize, but her extras are few and far between. She comes with a pink three-piece stand and a card that tells her life story.
The doll is very serious looking, but the card portrays Cupid as a light-hearted, smiling sort.
Oh yes, there's also this. I'm not sure where this fits in on the review, but...Cupid has wings.
I love this particular feature, because Cupid's wings are made out of BONES!!! They've been reshaped to look something like butterfly wings, but they're bones all the same. If you look closely you can see ribs and a spinal column. They're even yellowed and cracked, just like real bones look when they've been aged!
These wings are held around Cupid's neck by a small white arrow. The white arrow blends in well with the body and looks almost like a choker.
The stand even has a gap that accommodates the lower part of the spinal column, allowing the wings to hang straight when Cupid is on her stand.
That's a pretty cute little touch, but I have to wonder...where did those bones come from??? Is there a side to Cupid's story that we don't know about? Hmm...let's not discuss that right now. Regardless of where Cupid got her bony wings, I like those wings very much.
I want to draw your attention now to Cupid's paint job. We've talked about her face, but her body is also elaborately painted. She's mostly a snow white color, but her lower arms, hands lower legs, and feet are black. Both the hands and the legs look like they're covered in lace, which is fitting because Cupid states that lace is one of her favorite fabrics. She looks almost like she's wearing fancy stockings and gloves. Woven into this "lace" are more hearts; each leg has three hearts, and each hand has one.
Now the verdict. Would I recommend this doll? Yes, I would...to a child aged appropriately, or to a teenage or adult collector. She IS a toy, but if you're planning on giving this doll to your child, make sure to warn her not to brush Cupid's hair; it will become a complete rat's nest, and that style will be difficult to replicate once upset. Cupid's snowy body also could dirty easily, the paint could chip, and the clothes could snag (all the fabrics involved are the kinds that snag if mistreated). There are also small pieces that could get lost or swallowed. That being said, I still give C.A. Cupid two thumbs up. Her facepaint is gorgeous, her outfit is adorable and well-constructed, and she's covered in little details that would make the heart of a collector (or a little girl) sing. If you love pink but are tired of the same-old, same-old with Draculaura, then C.A. Cupid is for you. The same goes for any child who loves pink or is a girly girl. If your daughter is old enough and careful with her things, then she'll probably fall in love with Cupid.
What else is there to say? I know that a doll review is a paltry and superficial way to pay tribute to little kids, but as I said in the beginning children love toys, and this toy represents a symbol of love. It will be easy to politicize this tragedy, to start screaming for tougher laws on guns and such, but I'm not going to get on my high horse about that. I'm just going to publish this and see what happens. I hope it doesn't sound too superfluous or shallow. If you have children or if there's a set of kids that you're close to, don't forget to hug them and tell them that you love them. And don't forget that true to the song, Jesus loves the little children. Just because children died today doesn't mean He stopped loving them.
God bless Newtown,
UPDATE, 9/24/2017: I had no idea when I wrote this review, but Cupid and Ghoulia Yelps share a head mold. See?
Seriously, it took me five years to figure this out, and it took another blog to help me see it. Kudos to Purple Monkfish for this little tidbit.