As well as Woody and friends I also have a batch of Monster High dolls at home for beauty treatment. These dolls were not as badly messed up as I originally thought. When I pulled them out of the bag several were missing arms and hands. Whose idea was it to make such fragile dolls and give them to little kids? Dumb, dumb, dumb. Anyway as I got to the bottom of the bag I found various limbs and I was able to match them all up so all the girls now have their arms and hands. They were a bit grubby and all of them had messy hair. Although some were naked there were clothes and shoes in the bag too and now it seems that there may be more clothes than dolls so everyone will be dressed.
Originally I was going to show each doll before and after but as there are eight of them and I was able to untangle their hair more quickly than expected I’ll just show ” Before and After” for some of them. I combed out all their hair while watching television in the evenings but some had hair that was very flyaway or greasy so they were then sent off to get their hair washed and conditioned. I used Johnson’s Baby Shampoo which is my favourite for doll hair and a tube of Pantene conditioner I have been using up on dolls. The doll on the left who I learned is Frankie Stein had especially flyaway hair and although it wasn’t tangled I thought conditioner would settle it down which it did.
I was so pleased with how well the hair came up on the first four I decided to do the remaining four dolls even though their hair was not as bad. Once they were washed, conditioned, combed and redressed the girls have come up a treat. I now can see the attraction for adult collectors as the detachable limbs are very handy when dressing dolls but I still think for under sevens they are a bad idea and sadly not many children over seven seem to want dolls now or they do but their mothers say they are too old for them.
I know these dolls are very popular but it was only when I started trying to put names to faces that I realised how popular; and how many of them there are.
I don’t know which came first, the cartoons or the dolls but in any case there are many characters and many versions of the same characters. As I’ve said previously I’m not a fan of dolls with large heads, anorexic bodies or weird skin colours. I’m a traditionalist. I like dolls that look like regular people. However, I did have quite a good time learning about the various dolls and posing them for their “After” shots but they are still going back to the shop in a week or so.
So what I believe we have; and please correct me if I am wrong are:
- Frankie Stein
- Lagoona Blue
- Catrine deMew
- Toralei Stripe- Freak du Chic
- Clawdeen Wolf
- Abbey Bominable
I know this is only seven dolls. I think there might be two Clawdeen’s in this lot but I really don’t know. I would have to spend a lot more time reading up on them. Perhaps someone who collects these can fill me in.
Here are the girls all together and a slide show of them individually.
If you are reading this and happen to live in Geeveston you can meet the girls at the Geeveston School and Community Op Shop on Friday 24 November during the Geeveston Primary School Twilight Fair 3:30pm -7:30pm.