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Robecca is one of the more interesting characters to be introduced into the Monster High roster. She’s a female robot who was constructed over a century ago by a mad scientist that she considers as her father. She had met both of Frankie’s parents, Draculaura, and Dracula. While her father was away on an expedition exploring catacombs, Robecca was severely damaged in a Roller Maze game which resulted in her being destroyed. Since her father’s group never returned from the catacombs, Robecca remained this way until the present.
A couple of interesting bits from the diary, the first of which is that the Roller Maze games have apparently been going on for quite a while (at least over one hundred years).
Something else intriguing is that Frankie’s dad tells Robecca that he’s sorry he couldn’t reassemble her after the accident, but her diary never actually says who did put her back together.
Also, her “father” is still missing but there’s proof that his expedition could still be alive. I’m curious to see how they’ll address that in future episodes/diaries.
As for the figure itself, Robecca is one of my favorite dolls in this line. I was really surprised to discover that she’s an entirely new sculpt. Her body has the same proportions as the other teen girls, but it’s been redesigned to look like it’s made out of copper plates which have been riveted together. I know that the steampunk style was a heavy influence on the figure’s design, especially her clothing and accessories, but I also wonder if the robot from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis may have also been an inspiration.
With an entirely new body, Robecca has more out of the ordinary characteristics than the average figure. The center panel of her chest is in a heart shape, which is a fun bit of eye candy. Her arms also have some extra sculpting beyond the riveted panels. There are some large circles shaped like screw heads, and a few spots where the sections look more like musculature. Her toes aren’t as distinct as the rest of the girls’, and instead they look more like a piece of metal that was hammered into the general shape of five toes. I also thought it was a bit funny that they sculpted her body with the trademark bumpy underwear. If there was one figure that didn’t really need it, I’d say it was Robecca.
The last bit of new sculpting is my favorite though. On the back of both her thighs are two small gears that stick out. These gears are articulated and do spin, but they don’t really perform a mechanical function. They just look cool, and I think they’re a great touch to the character.
Robecca’s entire body is molded in one color of dark copper plastic. I think the color fits her character well, but I’m kind of curious to know how she’d look in other dark metallics or even some rusty highlights. I may have to buy another figure to customize.
Like most of the figures, the paint apps are all on her face. Right away I loved that her irises were made of gears. I don’t know how much sense it makes mechanically, but I really like how it looks. I also think the darker lips look good on her. I’m not so sold on the pink eye makeup though. It’s kind of an odd choice that doesn’t seem to match anything else on her character.
Most of Robecca’s articulation is the same as we’re used to. Her head is ball jointed. Shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips are all swivel/hinges. But her knees are where it changes a bit. The joints themselves are the standard swivel/hinge, but the little bit of extra plastic that stops them from moving the wrong direction has been removed. This means she can bend her legs both backward and forward. I don’t know if this is how she controls her rocket boots or if it’s just an example that she’s not got the same limitations that muscle and skin provide. I am pretty positive that the designers did this on purpose though. Continue to page 2…