Friday, June 18, 2010

Monster High

Well, tonight I'm sharing with you the newest Mattel line of playline dolls called "Monster High".  The dolls are all teenage children of famous monsters.  The tagline is that they are "Wild, Fierce and Freaky Fabulous".  It has just recently been reported that there will be a Monster High musical film at some point in the future as well as a line of novels that will be available in the fall. 

Well, I succumbed to the cuteness and monstrousness of these darn dolls.  For those who know me, I have NEVER been into any playline dolls so this is a big change in my doll collecting.  So I'm here to do a little review about these cute dolls. 

Well, let's start then!  First their size:  The dolls are bigger than Bratz, yet smaller than MyScene.  They stand at 10 1/2" tall and their bodies are VERY skinny, so I don't really know what other clothing will fit them.  Someone I know suggested Moxie Girl clothing, but again, I'm not familiar with playline dolls so I can't confirm this and I like them as they are so I won't be redressing them.

Now poseability:  The dolls are articulated at the wrists, elbows and knees.  It seems the only thing they lack is a pivitol waist.  The hands pop out and the forearms pop out at the elbow for really easy redressing.  Honestly I don't know if we really need the arm to pop out at the elbow, but hey, it's something new to mess with. 

Packaging:  Each doll comes with a plastic stand with adjustable waist holder thingie, one accessory, a brush, a "diary" that has a code to unlock things on the official website and their personal pet.  They come in super cute packaging that is shaped like a school binder.  What I love about the packaging is that it's not impenetrable like so much stuff you buy nowadays that can drive a person crazy.  You know what I mean!

So on to the characters!  We've got Deuce Gorgon with his super cool snakehawk and sunglasses to keep from turning his friends to stone (althought it only lasts 24 hours).  He comes with his double tailed pet rat named Perseus and he's the son of Medusa.  (Medusa did not think it was funny that Deuce named his rat Perseus)

His girlfriend is Cleo de Nile, daughter of The Mummy and a bonafide Egyptian Princess.  She is the mean girl at Monster High and captain of the fearleading squad.  She comes with a purse and her pet Cobra named Hisette (who also wears a crown).  Oh, and she's the only monster that's afraid of the dark.

Then there are the three BFF's:  Frankie Stein, daughter of Frankenstein and his bride.  She's only 15 days old and comes with her pet Watzit, which is made from several animals.  Draculaura, daughter of Count Dracula.  She is a vegetarian and comes with her pet bat named Count Fabulous. Clawdeen Wolf, daughter of The Wolfman and who comes with a purse and her kitten Crescent.  Then to round out the bunch, there is Lagoona Blue (not pictured), daughter of The Sea Monster and friend to everyone. She's the surfer girl and comes with her pet Neptuna (which is a fish in a fishbowl purse). 

If you're interested in these dolls, they are available through Toys R Us and Amazon online.  There have been sightings of the dolls in local Targets and WalMarts in different areas.  They are fairly new so hopefully they'll be more readily available over the next month or so.  They run about $20 and the Cleo/Deuce giftset is about $35.  Mattel also released a promo picture of the next collection in the series called "Dawn of the Dance", in which Cleo, Frankie and Clawdeen are dressed and ready for their school dance all decked out in 80's style clothing.  I love this set!

Plus there will be a special greyscale version of Frankie Stein available only at Comic Con at the Mattel booth!  I sooo need to pick this girl up!

You can watch webisodes and check out other fun stuff on the official Monster High website HERE.  I must've watched those little videos way too much because that silly theme song has been playing in my head all day long,  LOL.  For more of my pictures you can check my Flickr page HERE.

**Promo photos are property of Mattel**


  1. Just think they look like slightly less stylized Bratz really

  2. I think these girls are pretty cute. My daughter Kate (who is nine) would totally go for these, I bet. She isn't quite old enough for Twilight (eek), but she has been reading this other vampire series, called My Sister the Vampire, and I bet she'd really think these are cute.

    Great photos--how many of these do you own? Would you maybe pick me up a gray-skin version of Frankiestein (she's my fave!) while you're at Comic Con?

  3. Kate says looks like they do look about the same size as Liv dolls--but Liv dolls don't detach at the elbow. (Are they wigged?) She also pointed out that the elbow thing will be great, since Liv dolls are hard to dress (with skinny sleeves and widely-spread fingers. She wants to go to Target now. (Like, "Mom-go-get-dressed" now.) ;)

  4. LOL, your daughter knows what she wants! Good luck finding them at Target. Mine didn't have them so I went to the TRU up in Escondido to get Clawdeen. The rest I picked up online at TRU.

    The only one I don't have is Lagoona Blue, but I didn't really care for her so I skipped her.

  5. Iam 7 years old an Iam a BIG FAN of monster high.

  6. i want them sooo ashamed to say that im...17! yes! i know what u r thinking but they are just too cute! so who really cares right?...(030)

  7. You're never too old to collect dolls! Don't be embarrassed. I think you should just be yourself. Me? I'm almost 38 and have four kids. I consider dolls to be an art form and a way to relax and play a little. Just be yourself--and buy one if you like.

    Especially these girls. They are really fun and cute! You could call them a "room decoration," if you like! ;)

  8. im 11 years old and i love monster high i know i may be old but i have goulia and draculara and i dont earn alot of can i get some quick

  9. 11 isn't too old for dolls, LOL! If you're 11, you should be old enough to babysit to earn extra money. And I'd check out your local Target--they have them at mine--they just got extra shipments.

    Check--because often they go on sale, especially the older versions--or see if you can find dolls with dented boxes, and ask the manager if you can have that one for a discount.

  10. Oh--also, I found some at Kohl's, too--if your parents have a Kohl's card, they get occasional discounts on them, too--when Kohl's has coupons and sales.

  11. i have all the dolls and black and white frankie

  12. My boyfriend's granddaughter has four of the dolls (she's nine). I'm thinking of getting Lagoona Blue for her this Christmas ;)

  13. That would be perfect. In fact, Mattel just released some new versions of these girls, and I think I saw the new Lagoona in our local Target last week.

  14. 11 is not too old for dolls in my eyes. im 12 and LOVE these dolls. im hoping for Abbey Bominable on Christmas!

  15. WORNING: They are junk they break too easy. Matell will not refund you as well as the store you got them from. Fraki's legs fell off as i took her out of the package. My 7 year old daughter who is not hard on her toys has been so sad. im sure she has depression over this by now. Dont go for it unless its for show.

  16. It actually depends on where you buy them. We actually bought a Laguna Blue, and she was missing a shoe. Mattel offered to send us a new doll, complete. I thought that was great.

    I'm really sorry to hear your daughter would get depressed over a broken toy. Have you thought of taking her on the Jerry Springer show? I'm sure that would help! :)

  17. My daughter has 13 of these dolls so far and still wants more to complete all the characters. I love them myself so I kinda "go along" of buying her more. I'm actually thinking it would make a fine collection, although I don't deprive her of playing with it, though I make sure she doesn't break it or lost some pieces.
    So far they are sturdy enough for a rough play. But sometimes there happens to be "factory defects" to some of them. So we shouldn't judge the product if we find one flow only to some of them.

  18. I'm 13 and I LOVE MONSTER HIGH! I found out about it in 2010 when there was only a website with 7 characters. no dolls or anything. now there's 21 characters with a new one coming soon. I'm starting to collect the dolls! i only have 5, but I'm getting a draculaura and operetta soon. the dolls are adorable! i can't resist them.


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