12/18/12

Monster High Dollies

I've been wanting to further explore the Monster High phenom on my blog for a while now. But I've avoided it mainly because I have a manly anti-dolly image to preserve.

But a lot of my readers love Monster High dollies (both male and female readers - shocking I know!) so I suppose I owe it to them to report what I see.

And once again, with Christmas upon us (and with Monster High on my daughter's wish list) I'm back in the strange and foreign dolly aisles looking at what they have to offer.

Now that Monster High has gone through all the basic monster themes (vampire, werewolf, Frankenstein's monster, zombie etc) it's interesting to see what they come up with to keep the line fresh (outside of re-releasing the same old characters in new sub-sets ala roller derby, sleep-over and prom.)

I found one today that is pretty neat and unique and takes the line in a direction I didn't anticipate but makes perfect sense. But before we get to her, let's run down the dollies my daughter already has in her collection...

It all started with Lagoona Blue:


Lagoona is obviously based on the Creature from the Black Lagoon, a personal monster favorite.
Next my daughter wanted Clawdeen Wolf. Werewolves are also very cool, so this one is tops!

I later got Operetta for my daughter's birthday, but we opened her up and she was broken (you can tell it's Mattel,) so we had to return her, and could only find Nefera De Nile...

Fortunately I was able to soon find another Operetta. Based on the Phantom of the Opera, Operetta is one of my own favorites, as her rockabilly styling is quite keen, Deady-O!
A couple months ago we found Rochelle Goyle. Based on a gargoyle (naturally) Rochelle is a unique concept and proves that the creativity of the Monster High line is far from dead.

Which brings us to my daughter's newest Monster High dolly, to be presented to her on Christmas:


Skelita Calaveras. Skelita is very unique and surprised me when I saw her on the shelves. Probably the skinniest fashion doll ever (she's an actual skeleton!) Skelita is based on the sugar skull designs of El Dia De Los Muertos. How cool is that?!?! And while many figures are released as individuals first and later as part of a sub-line, Skelita appears to be new to the Scaris: City of Frights sub-set (along with a Chinese Dragon based Jinafire Long.)

Monster High dollies have been surprisingly well received, it can be hard to find new releases on shelves as they are snapped up by collectors and speculators alike. And really, who can find fault with such a sure-fire formula: Monster based teen fashion dolls.

In the future, I hope to get my daughter a couple more of the cooler new releases I've seen around recently, like Robecca Steam...

 ...and Venus McFlytrap (who makes a great Poison Ivy stand-in!)
I guess it's a good thing I have daughters. I wouldn't want anyone thinking I am buying these for myself!


12 comments:

  1. "...my daughter already has in her collection." Uh huh... sure. ;)

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  2. My niece has a few of these and she's also into Scooby Doo so I'd say they're a good way to get girls into monster culture. I've seen a knockoff line at WalGreens called something like Midnight Magic. I don't think the stuff the come with (if anything) is as cool as MH though.

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    1. You know it's successful when other brands start copying the concept.

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  3. Honestly I think they are cute and it is nice when staring down a long aisle of unending pink to see some black.

    I talked about them last year too.
    http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/2011/05/monster-high.html.

    If they had a witch girl I'd snap that up in a flash.

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    1. I'm surprised a witch hasn't happened yet - seems pretty obvious!

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  4. Those things are HUGE in Mexico! Girls have them everywhere. Of course they bring them to the Monster Cafe to show them off too.

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  5. Ha! The secret uncovered at last! BubbaShelby Dollie Lover! lol. : )

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  6. Oh I am a huge fan of this line. I even did a cute Clueless/Monster High spoof in photos http://www.diaryofadorkette.blogspot.com/search/label/Monster%20High

    The thing I love about this line is that the new releases will be rare at first, but Mattel knows what they have with this line and eventually make the dolls in higher numbers so they are easy to come by. The Headless Headmistress Bloodgood will also be getting a TRY exclusive and she looks so cool. These are a lot of fun.

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  7. For a hard core superhero fan like me I never really took a serious look at these dolls. However, when I did I wanted these. They are so well designed, unique and they display very well.

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  8. I have to say, I'm not a doll fan at all, but man, these are some of the coolest and best designed ones out there. I have to assume that any kid that asks for these things by name has to be cool.

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