All You Need To Know About Monster High Dolls

Monster High is a popular line of fashion dolls manufactured by the giant toy company Mattel. The characters of the dolls are inspired by horror fiction and monster movies, which is why they are unique. These dolls are fashionable, cool and maybe just a little bit freaky. Some popular characters of the dolls include Frankie Stein, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf and Lagoona Blue. The franchise also includes stationery, accessories, plush toys, bags, and even apparel.

Where can I get the dolls?

The Monster High dolls were released in summer 2010 and have gained much popularity ever since. Due to high demand, some retailers do not even have them anymore. Some online stores might have the dolls but you would have to place a special order to get them. The Monster High dolls are always sold out because the franchise has a very strong fan base. Many children, teens, and even adults have fallen in love with the dolls and all they want to do is to collect all of the characters. Many online retailers receive numerous orders and they run out of the items quickly. Today, many websites link you to the major online retailers that sell the dolls. Thus you can get these cool toys more easily.

What are the features of the dolls?

Mattel is most famous for their Barbie dolls, but the Monster High line offers something different. The characters, costumes as well as accessories are unique. The height of the female dolls is ten and a half inches. They look adorable with their soft, brushable hair. The male ones are eleven inches tall and they have molded plastic hair. Each character is different from the others, so all the dolls have special attributes of the monsters they are related to such as fangs and wolf ears.

These toys are more suitable for older children. Many people complained about the limb construction which is specially designed to be easily disconnected to for costume changes. Thus the dolls are suitable for children older than five years old. The manufacturer’s recommended age is 6 to 12 years old.

Do the dolls come with accessories?

Yes, they do! In fact, all dolls come with a hair brush and a diary. Besides, each character has a special accessory; the Lagoona Blue doll comes with a pet piranha in a fishbowl shaped like a purse, and the Frankie Stein doll comes with a stylish black purse and a pet dog.

A History of Dolls

Definition of Doll:
A child’s (usually small) toy having the likeness of a human.
A pretty child.

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.”
Mark Twain

Dolls are prolific. The very existence of the doll coincides with the dawn of human civilization itself. Pre-historic dolls might have been crudely forged from whatever material could be easily fashioned into a desired likeness. Utilized in ancient times as the representation of a deity, dolls played a significant role in ceremonies, and rituals, related to religion. Historically speaking, dolls have taken on several different figures, and a variety of unique forms. A tangible child’s toy, most dolls embody the representation of a baby, or other human being. Dolls designed to resemble animals, or imaginary creatures have also risen in popularity with the progression of time. Throughout history dolls have evolved right along with the time period, often replicating the latest trends in fashion and style. As technology advanced, so also did the method of doll creation which eventually gave way to the simplified mass production of dolls. The historical popularity of dolls is not limited exclusively to children. Dolls in existence before the 1700’s were not solely considered to be the playthings of children; they were also designed for adults. These particular dolls were not only dressed like adults, they were shaped like an adult also. Ancient dolls were found to have resembled sculptures more closely than their toy counterparts. Dolls are not geographically isolated either. Children in all cultures, of all races spread throughout the earth seem to enjoy playing with “little play people.”

Many different types of dolls have been discovered strewn within the relics of ancient civilizations. Considered to be cult objects by primitive people, well preserved dolls fashioned out of stone, wood, clay, bone, ivory, and bronze have been found in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Dolls were thought to be used in a symbolic nature, but also as toys for their children. There are even examples of puppets with movable arms and legs, which have been found in what would have been ancient Greece. Crochet dolls, some of which considered artistic masterpieces were utilized as representations of the nativity in Roman Catholicism. Fifteenth century fashion dolls gained popularity as gifts amongst the monarchy and its courtiers. Surprisingly these fashion dolls also played a significant role in the spread of various styles of costume. Dolls brought over to the American colonies mirrored current trends in fashion and even modeled the latest hairstyles, exemplifying the current European culture in miniature. Where dolls are concerned, a child’s gender was not an issue. Seventeenth century dolls were played with by both boys, and girls. At this particular time in history Sonneberg, Germany came to be recognized as a sort of hub in the manufacture of wooden dolls. Keeping in line with their tradition, this same town later became a leading producer of the heads for dolls. These heads were made of china by the dawn of the nineteenth century. The Parisian doll industry began developing dolls that could close their eyes, and speak around this time also. The fact that the Parisian doll industry also specialized in the manufacture of “high fashion” dolls also, surprises me very little. The utilization of papier-mâché as a doll manufacturing material early in the nineteenth century seemed to stimulate the industry into doll manufacture on a larger scale, rapidly. Some of the other commonly used materials for making dolls at this time included wood, china, and wax. Hard rubber was introduced around eighteen-fifty, and bisque in eighteen-sixty two. Colonial cornhusk, and rag dolls had humble beginnings as mere domestic products. Both however quickly gained popularity commercially. The manufacture of dolls in the United States during the twentieth century has become a large and seemingly prosperous industry, to say the least.

Traditionally, dolls have been considered as toys for children. Although that may have been the original intent as to a doll’s purpose, dolls are no longer viewed only as a toy. Presently, adults are collecting dolls as a hobby more than any other time in history. Dolls are collected for reasons as unique and different as the individual collecting them. Some of the reasons people collect dolls include nostalgia, a doll’s beauty, a doll’s craftsmanship or design, historical relevance and purpose, or as an investment in a collectible doll’s appreciative monetary value. Dolls have a significance that is forever endearing to human beings, they are modeled after us. What other “toy” is specifically sought out, so it can be cared for and loved as no other possession?

Dora the Explorer to Dora Links Fashion Doll – Our Little Explorer Grows Up

Dora the Explorer grows up and is getting a “new look” in the soon to be released Dora Links Fashion Doll. Can we still call her Explorer? You all know Diego’s cousin…she is a young explorer full of spark and energy and she loves a good adventure. She is a kind, exciting, bilingual preschooler. She enjoys adventures and shares them with her friends, Boots Back Pack and sometimes her cousin Diego, the star of Go Diego Go. We have all enjoyed her show for years on Nick.

Wait…that describes the Old Dora…the one we knew and loved. As her audience ages, her parent company wants to keep up with her fans as they grow by making her older too! As with all of us, time has passed and our sweet little explorer has grown up…The Explorer is now a tween and we will see her new look this fall when Nickelodeon and Mattel introduce us to her new line and virtual world. Living in the city and going to middle school, it seems our explorer has grown into a Diva Girl…who likes to do tweenaged things like shop, wear jewelry and she is now into fashion. There’s even going to be a virtual Dora Links web world where we can hang out…just like with Webkinz, Neopets, Littlest Pet Shop Pets and the other very popular virtual world toys we have become familiar with. I guess this Virtual Shopping Explorer will have secret codes, code cheats, games and possibly some favorite tween secret recipes too!

There is no mention of Dora’s friends…You know the gang…Boots the Monkey…Swiper the Fox…Fiesta Trio…Backpack and Map…Isa…Tico and Benny the Bull. Since most of these characters are not city animals…it makes me think they won’t be included in this new world, but since it’s virtual, there might be a park in it for them. And I don’t know that Backpack and Map won’t be traded for Purse, Cel Phone and GPS! I’m just guessing of course, but it does make sense.

It makes us all wonder what the new grown up Links Fashion Doll will be like…will she be the same adventurous soul we knew and loved as a child? Of course, we certainly all hope we can recognize the old Spirit in this new grown up form. It’s not likely that such a spirited soul could totally disappear into a shrieking, shopping Teen Princess…is it? Nick and Mattel tell us that Tween Dora will still solve mysteries, let’s hope it’s not where to find the shiniest glitter eye shadow or the most exciting goth halloween costume!

With your new Dora Links Fashion Doll you can hook her up to your computer, and when you change her look virtually, you change your doll’s look in the real world too. How do they do that? This Magical world can change her hair, eyes…and more. When you visit this “Virtual World” it will be a Webkinz World kind of experience for tween girls. Girls will be able to explore, earn virtual money and be challenged by mysteries which will be introduced to you online. There is even an alert you will receive to notify you when a new mystery has been released. The company is marketing this new Dora at girls aged 5 and up…and it will probably retail at 59.00 each…will this doll pass our initial inspection? Most likely, her virtual world sounds really cool, and I imagine this older explorer doll will have quite a Webkinz like following among the soon to be Tweenaged girls. Bottom line, unless some information sneaks out, we will all have to wait for the release of this new Tween Dora Links Fashion Doll. We all will just have to wait and see if we like the new version of our favorite Explorer as much as we like the younger version we all are used to.