Thursday, May 12, 2011

Monster High

I blog about horror, monsters, vampires, witches and stuff like that.  I enjoy webcomics like Eerie Cuties, Magick Chicks, School Bites and Shadow Girls.  One of my favorite games is Witch Girls Adventures.

So it should be no surprise really that I know about the Monster High Dolls from Mattel.  No, I don't own any of them (they don't have any witches from what I can tell) but I do get emails about them from readers letting me know about them.

But that is not why I am talking about them today.

I was reading this post from OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS about a father that wouldn't buy his daughter a Usagi Yojimbo doll.  Being a parent myself I have spent a lot of time in the toy stores (really that is my honest reason!) and I have seen a lot of parents do some really dumb things and say some really stupid shit about toys their kids wanted to buy.

Though there is one that will always stick in my mind. I was at Target one day this last month or so.  I forgot what it was I getting, but I was walking past the cash registers and there was this little boy, no more than 3 or 4 really.  In his hand was one of these Monster Dolls.  The look on his face as he looked down at his new doll and hugged it was priceless.  He was so in love with his little monster girl.  The mother, as any parent who has ever been in a Target, looked tired but she was obviously getting the toy for the little guy.

It really made me smile to see this little guy so happy and it made me feel good that this mother wasn't bowing to the pressure of buying a "Girl's Toy" for a little boy.  


John Matthew Stater said...

My daughter is a full-on freak for Monster High - reads the books, has the toys, went as Frankie Stein for Halloween.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

That is cool!

They look cute and I can support these more than the Bratz dolls.

Pulp Herb said...

I've been waiting all night to comment because yesterday when I read your Target story it made my day.

Probably my week and my month as's hard to explain but it just did.

Posted it elsewhere where I suspect more people got why it did so hopefully I got you some hits :)

Timothy S. Brannan said...

@Herb. Cool, glad it made your day. Where else did you post it, I am curious.

JB said...

I saw these toys at Fred Meyer the other day and I was both bemused and intrigued. The story is they're all at the beach? And why is there only one dude and five chicks? Is there like a Saturday Morning TV show that goes with these or something?

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Unknown said...

I have a couple of these. I see nothing wrong with a boy/girl or adult owning these because they look awesome. The fact that they are done in the vein of Universal Monsters makes them even cooler. Horror fans might be a little apprehensive about buying a toy that's marketed to little girls but why the hell not? Living Dead Dolls show up at every horror convention I've been to, so Monster High could be next.

Pulp Herb said...

@Tim, here we are six years later and I linked to this again. Last time I didn't tell you where as it was a members only community.

This time it is at

I think it is safe to say this is one of my favorite blog posts of all time.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I am happy this post still resonates with people.