Saturday, February 2, 2013

My Collection Picture Post- Monster High Dolls


My toy collection goes in all directions.  If it was something that I was into as a kid, chances are I have some sort of collection.  lol  No, I don't need a Hoarders intervention.  I regularly decide to sell whole collections or duplicate items.  But, there are some items that I will never willingly part with.

Right now, as far as doll collecting goes, I am really into Monster High.  I really fell in love with the dolls when they first came out.  I love the whole concept of them being teenage children of famous movie monsters.  It was a  breath of fresh air in the fashion doll market.  Don't get me wrong, I love Barbie, but sometimes the line gets tired.  

If you aren't familiar with Monster High, I hope this post will give you some more information about the dolls.  If you are a fan of Monster High, I am hope you enjoy looking at my collection.   This is not a complete collection post.   I am only focusing on the dolls, however some are not pictured.   I also have not included any pictures of playsets or fashion packs.   I may do those in later posts.  




The first wave of MH dolls are Lagoona, Frankie, Clawdeen, and Draculaura.  When I first started collecting, Lagoona was the one that really sparked my interest.   I think over all, she is just a beautifully designed doll.


The original 4 girls were followed by Ghoulia, Holt, and the Cleo & Deuce 2pk.  Ghoulia is another one of my favorite dolls.  It is sad that in some of the other MH lines, she has become a shelf warmer.





 Pictured with the Deuce and Cleo 2pk is the "Forbitten Love: 2 pk which is Clawd Wolf and Draculaura.   It actually was released later on in the toy line.






The Dawn of the Dance doll line, features the main dolls in a party attire.  The Draculaura doll was featured in a Walmart 3 pk along with Frankie and Clawdeen.    I don't have a 3 pk in box.   I picked up the Draculaura loose complete from a Craigslist listing.   She was a steal at $10.

The second set of DOTD dolls features Ghoulia, Deuce, and Lagoona.   Mattel likes to short pack the guys.  So Deuce is very sought after.   The DOTD Lagoona is another of my favorite MH dolls.  I love her dress and hair combination.  She reminds me of a seahorse, which is completely fitting for her.





The Wave 2 basic dolls, also called  "School's Out" Dolls.   This set features Frankie, Clawdeen, Cleo and Lagoona.    My Lagoona is de-boxed.  I can't help myself.  She really is one of the prettiest dolls.




"Day at the Maul"  Draculaura and  Frankie are budget line dolls.   Which are dressed in their signature colors, but do not have all of the accessories that the deluxe dolls have.   The clothes these dolls are wearing were also packaged in the Day at the Maul Fashion pack.



The "Gloom Beach" doll line features the girls of Monster High in bathing suits.   Frankie, Cleo, Draculaura, Clawdeen, and Jackson make up this budget line of dolls.   This also marked the first release of the character Jackson.   I opted not to purchase the dolls individually.   Target offered a "Gloom Beach" 5 pk, that included an exclusive Ghoulia doll.   I felt it was more cost effective to purchase this line of dolls this way.

 These 3 dolls are the "Classroom" Dolls.   The line features Physical Deaducation Ghoulia, Home Ick Frankie, and Mad Science Lagoona.   Each doll comes with an extra outfit, locker, hair brush, stand, and accessories that go with each class.
These dolls were re-released at Christmas (2012) without their lockers.   Those dolls I believe were available only at Walmart and retailed for around $10. I think they were an item included in the Black Friday sales.   However, I am not sure if that information is completely accurate.   They may have been available at other stores.




The "Sweet 1600" doll line, celebrates Draculaura's Sweet 1,600th birthday.   This line features Draculaura, Frankie, Clawdeen, and Clawd Wolf   (Clawdeen's brother and Draculaura's boyfriend)   Each doll comes with a gift for Draculaura.
 Pictured below with the Feerleading 3 pack is C.A Cupid.   Cupid was  originally a Walmart "Sweet 1600"   exclusive doll.   The box was later changed and the character had a wider re-release to other stores.   The re-released doll also included a diary.


The Feerleading 3 pk is a Toys R Us exclusive set.   It features Cleo and Draculaura is scream team uniforms and Ghoulia as the Monster High #1 fan.   Ghoulia comes with a foam figure which is hilarious.  For me, that totally makes this set worth it.





Ghouls just want to have fund and nothing is more fun then having a sleepover with your ghoul friends.  The first wave of Dead Tired dolls features Frankie, Ghoulia, Cleo, and Draculaura.  These are budget dolls retailing for around $12.99.

Dead Tired Lagoon comes with a Hydration Station.   This is another favorite item.  The Hydration Station can be filled with water.   Lagoona is placed in the "sleep" chamber.  When you push a button, the station lights up and bubbles.
Dead Tired Clawdeen (V1) comes with the "Room to Howl" bed.

The second wave of "Dead Tired" includes another Draculaura, Clawdeen, and the addition of Abbey.    Not pictured is Abbey.   I was kind of disappointed with the rehash of the same characters.  Although, the Abbey is rather cute.   I would have loved to see Spectra or another of the new characters.


As the Monster High doll line has grown in popularity, new basic edition characters have been added.    Spectra and Abbey were two of the hardest dolls for me to find.    It took me several long and very frustrating months to find Abbey, not only for myself but also for me little girl.   Abbey is her favorite because of those fuzzy boots.

 Pictured in this grouping is the basic character dolls of Operetta.   She is the daughter of the Phantom of the Opera.    This one has quickly become one of my favorites, simple because of her being related to the Phantom.   Although, I wish her doll had been styled differently. Torali, is the daughter of a werecat. And lastly, is Nefra.    She is Cleo's older sister and unfortunately not very popular.  For awhile, I would refer to her as "the Egyptian plague"    For the longest time, she was the only doll that could be found on the shelves.   What makes Nefera unique is that she is the tallest of the girls, because she is older then them.

Rochelle is the daughter of the Gargoyles.   This doll is really strikingly beautiful.   Her skin looks like stone.    The other doll pictured is the basic edition Jackson.   He is the alter ego of Holt Hyde who was introduced early in the doll line.

I love the way the next two dolls are styled.  They really are stunning in person.  Robecca Steam is the daughter of a Mad Scientist.   The detailing on her body is really spectacular.   The second doll is Venus McFlytrap.  I love the color of this doll.   She is a plant on a mission to save the Earth.   The pets with these two are some of the cutest by far.




The "Skull Shores" doll line is another beach line.  This set has Ghoulia (which sadly was a shelf warmer), Draculaura, Lagoona, Abbey, and Gil.   Gil is one of the impossible dolls to get.  I saw him several times and passed on him.   I finally got an open doll at a reasonable price.
This set also has the special edition Black and White Frankie doll.   She was released for sell on a Friday the 13th for the sale price of $4.13.

I ended up buying each of these dolls individually.  Then Target released a new exclusive 5 pack of this set.   The 5 pack includes  an exclusive color version of Frankie, Cleo, and Clawdeen.    I love the Cleo and Clawdeen dolls from this pack.

The "Skull Shores" special also inspired me to make my first Monster High inspired custom doll.   You can read about my Tiki doll in another post.

With the dolls becoming more and more popular, more store exclusive dolls have been produced.   The Werecat 2 pack is a Toys R Us exclusive set.
The Wolf sister set is an exclusive set unique to Target.  It is also the first Howleen doll.   Howleen is smaller then the other dolls because she is younger then the other girls.



The "Scary Tales"  line of dolls is another Target exclusive.   This set features Frankie as "Thearderella", Draculaura as "Snow Bite, and Clawdeen as "Little Dead Riding Hood".   I love this set because of their beautiful costumes.






 The "Dot Dead Georgous" line is very similar to the DOTD series.   Again, the girls are dressed in party dresses.   The basic dolls are Lagoona, Operetta, and Spectra.    I was really surprised when I found a loose DDG Operetta at the Goodwill.  You can read more about that find in another post.







Again, Walmart offered an exclusive 3 pk. This set includes "Dot Dead Gorgeous"  Draculaura, Abbey, and Ghoulia.



The "Roller Maze" doll line comes from the "Friday Night Frights" special which was supposed to air on television but never did.   It later was released on DVD as a double feature with "Why do Ghouls Fall in Love?".  There is also a video game inspired by the Roller Maze dolls.

The budget line of dolls features the ghouls dressed as roller derby girls.    There is Frankie, Lagoona, Operetta, and Ghoulia.





K-Mart had an exclusive 2 pack with Ghoulia and Abbey.
















 And just recently,  Mattel released a Roller Maze Clawdeen and single Abbey.

UPDATE (3/10/13):   I picked up a Roller Maze Clawdeen today at my local Target.   I think I am
going to pass on the single boxed Abbey doll.   She is just like the doll that was previously released in the K-Mart 2 pk.



I (heart) Fashion  dolls are exclusives from Toys R Us.   The Abbey and Frankie come with extra outfits and shoes.   I have them as part of my collection but they aren't necessarily in my favorites.





"Ghouls Rule" dolls were released in connection with the" Ghouls Rule" feature dvd.   The ghouls are dressed for a spectacular Halloween.   The doll line includes Draculaura, Clawdeen, Cleo, and Frankie.    The Ghouls Rule Clawdeen is one of my least favorite.  I do not care for her costume at all.  I dare say that she is just ugly.

The "Ghouls Rule" Abbey doll is a Walmart exclusive doll.









The "Scaris: City of Fright"  doll line features two new characters.    Skelita and Jinafire are new additions.   I absolutely love both of these dolls.  Skelita is inspired by the sugar skulls associated with Dia de Los Muertos.    Jinafire is inspired by Chinese dragons.  Both are beautifully designed and there costumes include a lot of detailing.     Along with Skelita and Jinafire, there is another Frankie, Clawdeen, and Rochelle.









UPDATE:  I added Scaris Catrine Demew to my collection on 2/3/2013.   Catrine DeMew is a Walmart exclusive doll for the Scaris line.

There is also a budget line of Scaris dolls.   Those include a new Deuce, Ghoulia, Draculaura, and Abbey.












UPDATE: (2/22/13):   I purchased Scaris Deuce from a friend in a MH dolls group and it arrived today.   I am still hoping that I can find one locally.  Just have not seen him in any stores.

(3/8/13)  Picked up another Scaris Deuce.  I got him out of the case at Walmart.

(3/13/13)  Picked up another Scaris Deuce today at the TRU.   I have learned my lesson about the boys.   I have a feeling that the extras will become trade fodder later on.

UPDATE (3-13-13)   I picked up the Scaris 2 pk featuring Lagoona and Cleo.   This pack is a Toys R Us exclusive.   I am really excited about these dolls.   I think they are 2 of the prettiest to come out in a while.












UPDATE (3/29/13)-   I picked up Scaris Draculaura, Abbey, Ghoulia, and another Deuce while they were on sale at Walmart for $10.  This purchase completes the Scaris line for me.





The "Picture Day" line of dolls is kind of like the wave 2 line.   This time the ghouls are dressed their best for school picture day.  THe line includes Draculaura, Abbey, Cleo and Spectra.   I think the stand out doll in this line is Cleo.  I love the vivid blue of her outfit.   The only doll not pictured is Spectra.

UPDATE (2/22/13) Picked up a Picture Day Spectra today.   I had passed on getting her when I got the others because the box was beat up.




Update (5/19/13)-  Picked up the second wave of the Picture Day dolls.  It has been a while
since I found anything new.    Adding Picture Day Lagoona and Frankie to my collection.  Still need to pick up the Picture Day Operetta.













UPDATE: (2/9/13)   I added the newest Venus McFlytrap in bathing suit to my collection.     There is also a new beach Draculaura and Lagoona.














UPDATE: (2/15/13I just picked up the Draculaura and the Lagoon that go with the beach Venus.   I absolutely love these dolls.  Happy to see they new accessories.










UPDATE (2/15/13)The Power Ghouls Polterghoul and Wonder Wolf are Target exclusives.  These dolls make my top 5 favorite Monster High dolls.    I can not wait to get the Frankie and Toralei dolls that are part of this line.    I have these displayed with my SDCC Ghoulia.









UPDATE 10/25/13:  Picked up Frankie as Voltageous and Toralei as Catastrophe.  So I now have all of the current Power Ghoul dolls.   I really hope they do more characters for this line.  It is one of the best designed sub-lines in the Monster High franchise.













UPDATE (2/16/13)-  Picked up 3 of the Dance class dolls from Justice.   Thanks to a nice sale, the dolls were less then the price at Walmart and Target.   Each doll represents a different style of dance.   Lagoona is ballet, Operetta is swing, Rebecca is tap, and Howleen is hip hop.

Not pictured yet is Howleen.



Update (3/29/13)-  Picked up the new Werecat Fearleading pack.  I love this set!  I was afraid this set would be hard to get, but so far the TRU exclusives have proven to be the easiest to acquire.









Update (5/30/13) - I picked up Headmistress Bloodgood.   She is a Toys R Us exclusive.  She comes packaged with her horse Nightmare.  I was happy my local store finally got their shipment of her.

















UPDATE (6/21/13)-  My local Toys R Us had the new 13 Wishes line of dolls in stock, along with the two newest Classroom 2 packs.   Tywla, Lagoona, and Howleen pictured along with the Heath and Abbey Home Ick and Ghoulia and Cleo Mad Science 2 pk.




















Update 12/3/13-  I no longer purchase the budget line dolls.  I am only going to concentrate on new characters.   I may continue with store exclusives, depending on the character and clothing.    All of my single boxed budget line dolls pictured in this post have been donated to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree.   The only budget dolls I kept are those not available in 5 packs.

Update 8/6/14-  A long overdue update to the collection. SDCC exclusive Manny & Iris, Jane Boolittle, Honey Swamp, Viperine, .

 From my Update post, pictured dolls are Jane Boolittle.  She is the daughter of a witch doctor.  And from the Frights, Camera, Action doll line Viperine.  For pictures of Manny and Iris (see below) posted with the other SDCC dolls.   More pictures to follow












Some of the rarest and hardest to get Monster High dolls are those that come from San Diego Comic Con.   The first Comic Con exclusive doll was released in 2010, which was a Black and White Frankie doll.   I have not added her to my collection yet.  It is my hope that I will be able to add her this year.






 However, I do have the 2011 and 2012 SDCC exclusive dolls.   The 2011 doll is Dead Fast Ghoulia.   She is dressed as her favorite comic book character Dead Fast.   I really relate to this doll, as I also love to cosplay and attend conventions.  This Ghoulia was a gift from my husband.











The 2012 SDCC doll is actually a 2 pack.   Scarah Screams and Hoodude.   Both of these characters appear in the webisodes.   Admittedly, I was not overly excited when it was announced that Scarah was the Comic Con doll.   But, after seeing her in person, she has grown on me.













The SDCC 2013 doll is Weberella.   I just recently added her to my collection after a trade.   This doll is very interesting.  She still doesn't blow me away as much as the SDCC Ghoulia.   But I do like the detail in her boots and her pet.







The SDCC 2014 doll set is Manny and Iris.  My doll just arrived yesterday (see update post above).
 I think this is one of the nicest sets, better then years past.  Still none compare to Deadfast Ghoulia.












 Please come back and check out my update posts as I add more dolls to my Monster High collection.
















** This post is in no way sponsored by Mattel or Monster High.  I have received no compensation for this post.  I have purchased all of the dolls pictured in this post for my personal  collection.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own. **

8 comments:

  1. Oh wow! You have an impressive collection! I started out collecting these at beginning too and have a decent collection, though I haven't gotten them all. I loved reading this over! Very cool! I did a little spin on Clueless with my MH dolls. http://www.diaryofadorkette.blogspot.com/2012/04/dorky-snaps-monster-high-movie-edition.html I really enjoy this line for sure.

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    1. No, they aren't for sale. Just sharing my collection

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  3. Ohhh... so much dolls! I want those -_-... Someone should count how much you have been using money in these :D

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    1. Lol I have a lot invested in these. I started collecting when they first came out. It has been awhile since I updated this page. I have more to add, but now I mainly only collect new characters.

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  4. You should collect ever after high dolls

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    1. Actually, I do. But with those I only buy ones that interestt me. I have Apple, Raven, Blondie, Cedar and Maddy

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  5. Hi there. What a wonderful collection!

    It's very hard to get hold of many rare ones (SDCC release) in the UK and I daren't try to order them. Doll costs plus postage would make me poor rather quickly. I guess those ghouls still have to grow on us over here.

    I only began buying them Summer 2014. As of today I have 41 dolls, the majority of which are OUT of their boxes but are all very loved and cared for. I have them all posed and displayed. Certainly not looking to sell. I love them far too much!

    Helpful collection blogs like yours mean I don't trip up and unbox the rarities, since a LOT of these ranges don't often wash up on our shores. Managed to get Wonder Wolf and Polterghoul today which utterly surprised me, since it was from a random budget shop that mostly sells trashy bargain-bin rubbish. Still have their 'Only at Target' stickers on so they must have come from the US!

    Anyway, end ramble!
    Stay Clawsome! :D

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