If you are looking for a Halloween treat or Christmas gift for your elementary school-aged daughter that does not include chocolate and sugar, a Monster High Doll Set may be just what you are looking for. For those who are not familiar, Monster High dolls were released by Mattel in the summer of 2010 and have become must-have toys for many girls.
A Monster High doll set includes the doll, of course, which is essentially a Barbie-sized teenage monster doll that is apparently based on a character from a classic horror movie and boasts bendable arms and legs, the pet of that doll, a diary, other small accessories, and a doll stand. The back of each doll’s box provides the owner with some background and biographical information on the doll.
At this point, Mattel has released a total of six dolls:
- Draculaura, daughter of Dracula;
- Laguna Blue, daughter of the Sea Monster;
- Clawdeen Wolf, daughter of the Werewolf;
- Frankie Stein, daughter of Frankenstein; and
- Cleo De Nile, daughter of the mummy, and
- Deuce Gorgon, son of Medusa, who are sold as a set…they are apparently the “it” couple at Monster High.
Each doll displays features that connect him or her to the monster parent. Frankie Stein has stitches, Clawdeen Wolf sprouts fangs and ears, and Laguna Blue is adorned with fins. And, as previously mentioned, each doll is accompanied by its appropriate pet. For example, Draculaura has a pet bat, and Cleo De Nile cares for a pet snake.
Mattel does suggest the Monster High Doll Sets for children ages six and above due to the small pets and accessories and the fact that the limbs of the dolls are removable. Yes, you read that previous statement correctly; the hands and arms on Monster High dolls are removable. Why? Well, the dolls are monsters, and that supposedly speaks for itself; however, more practically, owners of the dolls suggest that it does make the dolls easier to dress.
In addition to the Monster High Doll Sets, Mattel has manufactured various other Monster High toys, such as Monster High stuffed dolls, and has even created a Monster High website, complete with character bios, games, downloadable music, and even Monster High webisodes. To date, there are fifteen webisodes available for viewing. Monster High, the novel, was released September 1, 2010, the sequel is expected in September 2011, and subsequent novels are expected in the years following. As with most books and movies, the collection of dolls and other accessories will eventually grow over time.
Other characters that appear on the Monster High website and in webisodes include Ghoulia Yelps, Holt Hyde and Jackson Jekyll; all of these characters are sure to appear as collectible dolls in the future.
These dolls are the hottest dolls on the market and are sure to bring fun and excitement this holiday season.