Toy Guide: What is Monster High?

Monster High is a line of dolls and related products that first appeared in 2010 from Mattel. It has become tremendously popular with girls and teens as well as adult collectors. The dolls are very creative in design with full articulation and lots of neat little details. Along with the toys, a series of animated webisodes, specials, and movies have shaped the Monster High universe with various adventures, and lots of new characters and locales added along the way!


Monster High is a high school just for monsters, and the main characters are all the children of famous and legendary monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Mummy. Unlike other “monster schools” the different species intermix at Monster High. The hope is that all the various monsters will eventually learn to get along with each other, and one day even the “normies” (humans) will be able to join in as well.

One of my favorite things about the Monster High stories in the movies and TV specials is the emphasis on how the different characters’ “freaky flaws” actually make them unique and interesting.  Many stories revolve around characters recognizing their own freaky flaws and those of their friends, and how that makes all the characters become better friends to each other. There are strong messages about being yourself, not bullying others, and fighting prejudice.

The line started with six core characters, and most of the toys and related media still center on them. The core characters are:


Daughter of Dracula, she is a vampire who hates blood, eats vegan, and loves the color pink. She dates Clawd Wolf (brother of Clawdeen) and has a pet bat named Count Fabulous.

Cleo de Nile

Cleo is the daughter of the Mummy. She has an older sister, Nefara, who she doesn’t get along with. She is a bit of a spoiled brat, but has a good heart under it all. She dates Deuce Gorgon.

Clawdeen Wolf

Despite traditional enmity between werewolves and vampires, Clawdeen and Draculaura have become close friends. She has trouble controlling her werewolf side, but it does make her something of an athlete and she likes soccer and track and field.

Frankie Stein

Frankie is the daughter of Frankenstein and his bride. She was only brought to life a few weeks ago, so she is the newest and youngest student at Monster High. She’s kind and friendly but a little naive. She becomes close friends with Draculaura and Clawdeen. She is one of the most striking dolls with her half black/half white hair and eyes of two different colors.

Ghoulia Yelps

Ghoulia is the daughter of zombies and is therefore slow-moving and unable to talk very well, but she is very smart and loves to read. She is shy but her friendship with Cleo brings her out of her shell. She has a pet owl named Sir Hoots-a-Lot.

Lagoona Blue

Lagoona is the daughter of the Gill-Man and a nymph. She is a kind-hearted, friendly girl who loves swimming and water volleyball. She dates “Gill” Gillington.

You can get each of these dolls separately, but if you have a girl in your life who is just getting started with Monster High, the Monster High Original Ghouls collection includes all six of the original characters in one convenient set.


There are lots of playsets that form a backdrop for the dolls’ busy high school lives. Here are a few:


The Monster High Creepateria set is the perfect location for lunchtime socializing. It comes with a coffin-shaped table, two stools, a cabinet and a counter–with working “guillotine” sandwich slicer! Accessories include cafeteria trays, drink cups, and play food, including sandwiches that can be “sliced”.


The Beast Bites Cafe set comes with a similar assortment of table and two stools, counter, pretend food and drinks — but the set also includes a Draculaura doll as well. It’s a complete playset in itself or can be combined with other characters and sets.


The Monster High Deadluxe High School Playset packs an amazing amount of play space and fun into its large design. It comes in two halves that snap together for storage but can be opened up or separated for play time. It is full of neat touches like coffin-shaped windows and detailed decals on the walls that recreate the high school of the movies and webisodes. There are creepy staircases, a locker with tentacles (that form a seat), and even a secret passage! The set comes with tables, chairs, and a DJ radio booth for the school radio station. There are also smaller accessories like a lunch tray, books, and a computer. When not playing with the set, it can be used to display the doll collection, with 14 clips to hold the posed dolls around the school (even one to hold the vampire characters upside down!).

Finally, if you have a child in your life who loves Monster High but you aren’t sure what dolls and sets they already have, you could choose a related accessory such as a craft kit or game.


Monster High Uno includes the familiar card game with all Monster High-themed cards. It includes a tin to keep the cards in.


Monster High dolls are all about creative outfits and style, and the Fashion Angels Monster High Design Portfolio lets kids design their own outfits for their favorite Monster High characters. The set includes a sketch portfolio with traceable outlines of the different characters, several stencil plates with over a hundred stencils for outfits and details, and over 100 stickers to accessorize the designer creations.


Another creative option is the Fashion Angels Monster High Fangtastic Jewelry Workshop Bead Kit. The kit has all you need to make fabulous jewelry creations: 2500 beads in a storage case, 6 colors of embroidery floss and a friendship bracelet-making web, 9 colors of elastic cord, 10 yards of elastic thread, 8 charms, a bead scoop, and a design guide.

I’ve only just scratched the surface of the Monster High world of dolls and accessories here! Look for posts coming soon that dig into the latest and greatest Monster High sets.

Do you have a favorite Monster High character?


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