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Introduction to Monster High for new Mummies and Daddies!




Be unique, Be Yourself, Be A Monster ?



So over the last five years I have heard more & more people of all ages asking “What is Monster High?” and “Why is Monster High so popular?” Well here is hopefully a very good answer to the parents who just don’t get it yet.

A leading Toy Expert stated recently “There’s a particularly important message for kids as our too-often-polarized culture defines people as groups—just as the high school culture can for kids still forming their identities.



Monster High is all about being an individual, celebrating what’s unique and different about each human being, seeing beyond the surface and somehow making it all work. It’s a very supportive message for kids delivered with appropriate humor and, of course, drop dead style.

I’ve always believed that we become what we play, that the identities we try on in the world of the imagination can become elements of ourselves as adults. Sure, the Monster High toys are beautiful and fun, but most importantly they encourage kids to explore their worlds and express themselves, and that’s the best play of all.” he stated. Truly an opinion many parents share across the world as well as the envy many of us share that our dolls growing up were not as “cool” as the Guys & Ghouls of Monster high.

    So What is Monster High ?

Monster High Dolls were released before Mid-Summer 2010. This year they are even bigger and have so many more dolls added to the range. Besides the original dolls we have now seen the Gloom Beach and Dead Tired series. Along with that has been the addition of further dolls such as Ghoulia Yelps, Jackson Jekyll, Holt Hyde, Clawd Wolf and Abbey Bominiable, Spectra Vondergeist. Another doll is due for release
this year known as called Toralei Stripe. These dolls are awesome and it’s great to see them modeled on how real high schools operate as well as including boy dolls in the series. Below is an article I wrote when Monster High Dolls first came out. I have added the latest dolls into the list of characters.




There’s some really thrilling news if you’re a doll lover. Monster High Dolls are the newest line from Mattel and are part of their new entertainment franchise.. Monster High Dolls are really cool teenage children that all come from famous monsters. They all attend Monster High where they experience regular teenage moments such as trying to fit in and make friends. The Monster High Dolls are refreshingly individual which will appeal to many doll fans.




Monster High Dolls are just a bit weird but with lots of style and humor. They all look so fashionable and stylish. Each doll comes with a pet, an accessory, a brush, a stand and a diary with a secret code that can unlock things on the website. The code gives you inside information on new characters, games and activities. The characters all have their own style and personality that is determined by their freaky flaw, for instance Draculaura can’t see her own reflection in a mirror.




So let’s introduce the guys & ghouls:

Frankie Stein

Frankie Stein is the daughter of Frankenstein and his bride. She’s 15 years old and comes with her pet Watzit which is made up of all different animal parts.




Draculaura

Draculaura is the daughter of Count Dracula. She’s centuries old but wow! she looks amazing. She comes with her pet bat Count Fabulous.




Clawdeen Wolf

Clawdeen Wolf is the daughter of the Werewolf. She’s 15 years old and comes with her little kitten, Crescent.




Lagoona Blue

The daughter of a Seamonster. She’s 15 years old and comes with her pet pirahna, Neptuna.




Cleo De Nile
The daughter of The Mummy. She’s the egyptian princess who’s over 5 thousand years old and like Draculaura she’s very well preserved. She comes with her pet cobra, Hissette.




Deuce Gorgon

The son of Medusa. He’s 16 years old and comes with his pet rat, Perseus.




Ghoulia Yelps

Ghoulia Yelps is the daughter of Zombies from the Zombie movie Night of The Living Dead. She is the smartest girl at Monster High. She has a baby blue colored owl named Sir Hoots-a-Lot.




Holt Hyde

Holt Hyde is the son of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He is also the school DJ. Holt Hyde has blue skin and fiery red hair. He comes dressed in a red jacket with striped purple pants to compliment his fiery red hair. Holt has a pet chameleon named Crossfade.




Jackson Jekyll

Jackson Jekyll is the son of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He is the alter ego of Holt Hyde. He’s the normal side and is the only human or “normie”  at Monster High.




Clawd Wolf

Clawd Wolf in the 17 year old son of the Werewolf and Clawdeen Wolf’s brother. He is one of the older Monster High Dolls and drives a car. Clawd Wolf is the big monster on the Monster High campus being the captain of the football team. He has a pet gargoyle bulldog named Rockseena.




Spectra Vondergeist

Spectra Vondergeist is the daughter of ghosts. She can float through the walls and possesses an “uncanny” ability to overhear school gossip.Spectra’s pet is a purple ghost ferret is named Rhuen.




Cleo De Nile and Deuce Gorgon are Monster High’s popular cool couple. Cleo is the mean girl of the school (every school has one) and Deuce is her super cool boyfriend. Frankie Stein, Draculaura and Clawdeen Wolf are BFF’s. Lagoona Blue fits in well with everyone




So far Mattel hasn’t released a full range of dolls clothes but that is all to come. In the meantime Bratz clothes will fit the Monster High gang even though they are a bit bigger than Bratz. The dolls are full articulated with the arms pulling apart at the elbow and wrist for easier redressing. For this reason and the fact that the earrings come off makes these dolls unsuitable for smaller kids. There’s a plush version available for the younger kids though. Yes, Mattel has thought of everything.




Mattel has big plans for the Monster High Franchise. The Monster High website has animated webisodes on it. Mattel has also released a further collection of dolls called “Dawn Of The Dance” where the dolls will be wearing 80′s style clothes to the school dance. There are also other versions out now too such as the “Dead Tired” series. A full live action feature film is coming out with Universal pictures which will propel Monster High even further.




Of course a Universal Picture can’t be released without a full range of clothes, handbags, shoes, fashion accessories, hair accessories, jewelry, socks, slippers, costumes, you name it Monster High will have it. There’s are 2 series of Monster High books written by Lisi Harrison and Giity Danshvari .




Vampires and Werewolves have taken over the world due to the Twilight series which is aimed towards the older teen, Monster High will fill in the gaps and entertain the younger teens that are just a bit to young for Twilight. Monster High will definitely appeal to them. Monster High Dolls are already  a monstrous hit.




Will Monster High Dolls appeal to you?




Let’s see, there’s nothing on the market like them. They’re unique and different and will appeal to not only kids but adults who love collecting dolls. Horror fans are going to love these dolls. Besides being a little bit freaky they are actually drop dead gorgeous so if you’re into fashion you’re going to love them. Everyone will love Monster High Dolls

Mattel really have outdone themselves with a line of dolls that truly are a breath of fresh air.


Plus Size & disabled ghouls would be welcome at Monster High

A recent posting in a Facebook group, Plus Size Modeling, has raised a fascinating question about Mattel‘s classic doll, Barbie — “Should (Mattel) start making plus-sized Barbie dolls?”
At the time of this writing, the post, which comes with an artist’s conception of a plus-size Barbie, has attracted over 40,000 “Likes” — the equivalent of a “Yes” vote for the plus-size Barbie. Meanwhile, there were over 4,700 comments — an equivalent of a “No” vote.

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Source: Facebook, author’s edits.
Barbie has been around for 53 years, and the doll has often been criticized for teaching impressionable young girls some questionable life lessons. The most common criticisms are her unrealistic figure, which some say could lead to girls becoming anorexic, and her shallow personality.
A 1965 version of the doll came with a bathroom scale permanently set to 110 pounds, and a 1992 talking version known as Teen Talk Barbie rattled off one-liners such as,“Will we ever have enough clothes?,” “I love shopping!,” and“Math class is tough!”
That’s not to say Mattel hasn’t improved Barbie over the years, though.
In 1967, Mattel released the first African-American Barbie, a bold move during a tumultuous time in America. Additional Barbie dolls from other ethnic groups were released over the following years. In 1997, Mattel widened the doll’s waist to fit more realistic, contemporary fashions.
Plus-size or obese?
The plus-size Barbie debate, however, poses an interesting question — is the artist’s depiction plus-size or obese? Critics have pointed out that the design, with a double chin, suggests that plus-size Barbie is not just curvy, but unhealthily obese.
To clarify things, we should compare some statistics — 60% of American women reportedly identify themselves as “plus-size”. However, according to a Gallup-Healthways poll, only 26% are obese — defined as having a BMI (body mass index) equal to or greater than 30.
While the artist may have missed the mark of creating a realistic, curvy Barbie with the mockup, the debate is still valid.
Sure, Barbie is a stylized doll, and dolls don’t have to be realistically proportioned. However, Barbie is different, since the doll has the body of a grown woman and is targeted at young girls.
Therefore, should Mattel make a more realistically proportioned version of Barbie? Perhaps they should, since a dramatic change could actually help the company sell more Barbie dolls in the long run.
What Barbie means for Mattel
To understand why Mattel should be concerned about the public perception of Barbie, we need to see how important the franchise is to the company’s top line. Mattel’s business is divided into three business segments: Mattel Girls & Boys Brands, Fisher-Price Brands, and American Girl.
Let’s see what these businesses sell and how they fared last quarter:
Business Segment
3Q revenue
YOY growth
Notable Brands
Mattel Girls & Boys Brands
$1.48 billion
8%
Barbie, Monster High, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
Fisher-Price Brands
$789.3 million
0%
Fisher-Price, Power Wheels
American Girl
$122.3 million
20%
My American Girl, Bitty Baby, Historical dolls
Source: Mattel 3Q report.
Digging deeper into Mattel’s Girls & Boys Brands segment, we can see that Barbie products actually account for 30% of the Girls & Boys Brands’ segment’s revenue and 18% of Mattel’s top line.
That’s why Barbie’s future is so important to Mattel.
Sub-group
Barbie(dolls, accessories, other products)
Other Girls Brands (including Monster High)
Wheels(toy cars)
Entertainment(Radica Games and other games)
3Q sales
$443.3 million
$447.7 million
$241.7 million
$347.0 million
YOY growth
3%
28%
(9%)
7%
Source: Mattel 3Q report.
Unfortunately, Barbie just hasn’t been all that popular lately, posting a meager 3% year-over-year growth in sales last quarter.
However, that 3% growth was extremely significant for Mattel, since it was the first time in four consecutive quartersthat the Barbie franchise posted positive sales growth.
Comparing Miley Cyrus to Doris Day
Another line of Mattel dolls, Monster High, has been growing at a much faster rate.
Although Mattel didn’t disclose the exact number of Monster High dolls sold, the company primarily attributed the 28% gain in its Other Girls Brands to rising sales of the “Goth Barbies,” which debuted in July 2010.
Monster High dolls. Source: Company website.
The Monster High dolls were created by Garrett Sander, with illustrations by Kellee Riley. The line features offspring and relatives of classic monsters such as Medusa, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The franchise, like Barbie, also includes TV specials, direct-to-DVD movies, books, accessories, and software.
Yet the popularity of Monster High is a double-edged sword. It boosts Mattel’s top line while cannibalizing Barbie sales. More importantly, it highlights another image problem that Mattel has with Barbie — although Monster High dolls are just as thin as Barbie dolls, they’re simply newer, edgier, and cooler. It’s like comparing Miley Cyrus to Doris Day.
Is it time to reboot Barbie?
For over five decades, Barbie has been the “All-American” doll. However, the role and image of the woman in American society has changed dramatically during that period.
An interesting comparison can be made between Barbie andHasbro‘s G.I. Joe toys.
Hasbro’s original G.I. Joes, made in the 1960s, resembled Ken dolls with uniforms, scars, and over-sized dog tags. By the 1980s, however, boys’ tastes had changed — they were obsessed with comic book-like heroes and villains. In response, Hasbro rebooted G.I. Joe in 1982 under the brand “Real American Hero,” with the help of a Marvel comic book series and an animated series. The classic soldiers were replaced by superhero-like soldiers wielding special weapons such as katanas and laser guns — forming a new foundation for the franchise that has been expanded upon by the two recent live-action films.
With Barbie, it may be time for Mattel to consider a similar reboot. After all, its own Monster High dolls could soon eclipse the classic doll in popularity.
The big question, however, will be how to reboot Barbie. Will she be an astronaut, a business woman, or a doctor instead? Will she have more realistic body proportions than her classic model? Will Mattel make model-size, regular-size, and plus-size versions of the doll just to satisfy everyone?
What do you think Mattel should do with Barbie, dear readers? Let me know in the comments section below!
The article Plus-Size Barbie Sparks Debate About the Classic Doll’s Future originally appeared on Fool.com.
I truly believe that even though many people say Barbie should remain classic in her look that the student body at Monster High would welcome not only a plus size ghoul but would embrace her beauty. I also would welcome a disabled ghoul, and a guy/ghoul going through chemotherapy.  
Like we say at Monster High…
Be Unique Be yourself, be your own 
MONSTER!