|American Horror Story: Coven Marie Laveau by Integrity Toys, the box, side view|
I have never watched an episode of American Horror Story: Coven and never plan on doing so. In fact, I had not even heard of the series until I saw photos circulating in late October of Integrity Toys' Marie Laveau doll, made in the likeness of actress, Angela Bassett, who plays the role of Marie Laveau. I wanted the doll solely because IT seemed to have adequately captured Bassett's likeness and in my collection she would be Angela Bassett, not Marie Laveau.
Marie Laveau, who also had a daughter Marie Laveau II, is described as a 19th century Louisiana voodoo priestess. The sinister legend and lore that voodoo connotes posed a problem for me. Even though I knew the doll itself was not a voodoo doll and was a mere representation of the actress, I was momentarily hesitant about ordering. Do I really want this doll?
According to an entry on Wikipedia.com, Louisiana Voodoo, also known as New Orleans Voodoo describes a set of spiritual folkways that developed from the traditions of the African diaspora. It is a cultural form of the Afro-American religions developed by enslaved West Africans and the French, Spanish, and Creole populations of the U. S. state of Louisiana. Voodoo is one of many incarnations of African-based spiritual folkways rooted in West African Dahomeyan Vodun. Its liturgical language is Louisiana Creole French, the language of the Louisiana Creole people.
I decided to order.
Angela, arrived on November 8, the day America held the election for the 45th President of the United States. With the horrific election results revealed the following morning, I wondered, "Will this presidency be a true American horror story?" I pray not and continue to pray in that regard. But I digress, back to the doll.
I love Angela, the fashion, accessories, and her rooted two-strand twisted braids. As I felt they had done prior to seeing the doll in person, the sculptor(s) captured Bassett's likeness almost to perfection.
Had I not been forewarned about the back of box graphics, one image in particular, I would have been shocked when seeing it initially. Because I knew it was there before the doll arrived and thankfully it is much smaller than I had imagined, it has no shock value. The box will never be placed for the image to be visible.
I have not removed Angela from the box to write a detailed review. The following video by Mike and Elio illustrates all the fine details I would have written.
The video was helpful in writing the doll's description for my Excel spreadsheet entry, an image of which is shown below:
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