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 play sets, play sets with exclusive dolls 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.
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.
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.
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 Clawdeen (V1) comes with the "Room to Howl" bed.
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.
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.
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 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.
The "Ghouls Rule" Abbey doll is a Walmart exclusive doll.
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 (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: (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: (2/15/13) I 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 (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.
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. I can't wait to see what this year's doll will be.
Please come back and check out my update posts as I add more dolls to my Monster High collection. There are a lot of new dolls scheduled for release this year. I can't wait to find them.
** 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. **er.