Their story is focused around a magical garden called Zardenia, which appears only at twilight. Each Zelf has their own personality and powers (described in their individual leaflets). The art of "Zardenia" featured on the packaging and inserts is lovely and just a touch gothic. If you have plans to display these in their packages, you're in luck; they're gorgeous. Even the blister bubbles are shaped like leaves. :)
Refreshingly, the series does not dwell exclusively on a given theme (such as monsters, fairies, vampires, etc.), instead featuring a wild and almost eclectic range of characters. There's a werewolf Zelf, a forest elf Zelf, a pegasus Zelf, and, yes, a vampire Zelf. But there's VARIETY, which sets this line apart.
And here's the Venus Flytrap Salon (the packaging can be preserved in deboxing, and makes a lovely display for the set!):
|Beauty Shop of Horrors|
These are super-easy to unpackage; just tear the plastic off the blister card and cut two small elastic bands. Each Zelf comes with a colorful, leaf-shaped comb, a unique charm, a leaflet, and three rubber bands (for styling that epic hair!).
The leaflets feature some basic info on their respective Zelfs (Zelves?), as well as a checklist of other Zelf products.
The Zelfs aren't particularly poseable, but what do you expect from 3" of rubber? ;) Their arms and legs can rotate and their heads can turn, giving them the ability to sit down, hug, raise their arms "surprise!" style, etc..
The images in their leaflets show a different hairstyle for each character, but they all come with the same standard Troll 'do. I had a lot of fun playing around with their hair and trying to replicate the styles shown in the art. :) The hair pretty much holds whatever shape you put it in.
The paint apps match their themes, giving each Zelf a greater individuality (Flamy has scales, Elfa features painted on plant designs, etc.). Molds have variations such as ears, fins, and various types of wings. The characters generally look pretty distinct, even those that share molds.
The aforementioned follow-me eyes are a cute feature:
I'm not exactly sure what you're supposed to do with the charms, to be honest. The leaflets and packages bear no elaboration on the subject, either. The Zelfs /can/ wear them as necklaces, but they hang past their feet. Still, if this is their intended purpose, they would HAVE to have that long of a string in order to fit over the Zelfs' large heads.
Bottom line: These are extremely cute toys that look even nicer in person than in photos. The quality is excellent, and the price is right at just 7.99 USD. :)
As for the Venus Flytrap Spin Salon!...
The Venus Flytrap Playset is elaborate, adorable, and looks lovely on display with the Zelfs. However, the hair-styling aspect is hardly worth mentioning. So far, none of my experimentation has been able to replicate the gorgeous, spiraling hairstyles shown on the box. In fact, I haven't been able to get the spin feature to make much change in my Zelfs' hair whatsoever. Nonetheless, it is not a purchase I regret in the least. The playset is very cute and comes with lots of nice accessories. :) It also exclusively comes with my favorite Zelf out of the entire series, Tressa.
Plus, my Zelfs now have everything they need to put on a theatrical production of "Little Shop of Horrors".
|"Let her go!!!"|
The little rooms created by the two sides of the open flowerpot are pretty fun, featuring a little set of drawers on one side (great for storing the tiny, vacuumable hairclips that come with the set) and a rack for hanging the (also vacuumable) hair extensions on the other.
As for Tressa, she is, as I said before, my favorite Zelf. :) Her colors are rich and complimentary, and her little flytrap markings are adorable (as are her little pointy teeth!). Her art shows her eyes as blue, but they're actually a brilliant amber color (which I think looks much nicer).
Finally, here are the accessories. You get a leaf-shaped brush, a crown, a small hairclip, two Zelf-sized "hair extensions", and Tressa's charm (all flytrap themed). Tressa's leaflet is also included. Isn't the hairclip cute? ^3^
Bottom line: This set is cute and original, but don't buy it for the gimmicky "spin-'n'-style" feature--it's a bit of a disappointment. Regardless, the playset more than redeems itself with aesthetic value, fun accessories, and one of the nicest looking Zelfs in the line.
|"'Feed me Seymoouur... Feed me alll night looonng..."|