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I've made several guest appearances on podcasts lately discussing the latest 100 megaton drama bomb to hit our community, codenamed Equestria Girls.  Don't worry, me borthers (and sisters.)  Your humble narrator has no interest in rehashing the history of the animated film.  At this point we all know what it is, quite a few of us have seen it, and most all of us have made up our minds one way or t'other.

What I do want to talk about is a subject I bring up frequently in interviews- the comparison between the Equestria Girls as a brand and toy line and it's spiritual cousin Monster High.  While its not something I participate in with near the time commitment or veracity of MLP, I am a HUGE fan of Monster High.  As a lifelong horror fan and borderline gothy-type girl, I was certainly baited by the dolls when they first came out.  However, the hook wasn't well and truly set until the lovely :iconegophiliac: sent me my first doll as a present.  Soon after, I began buying up the entire line of creepy cuties, watching the webisodes and spending even MORE time in the pink aisle of any store with a toy department. 

At this point, we've all seen the incredibad Equestria Girls toy designs 

EQGIrlsDolls by PixelKitties

Applejack is wearing a fedora.  A FEDORA.  Why is a cowboy hat such a difficult concept to grasp!?!  I mean her shoes are brown!  Why doesn't her hat match...argh!

Ahem... and we're all keenly aware that the entire Equestria Girls brand is built around the idea of Hasbro wanting a piece of the wildly successful Monster High doll market.  Many MLP fans throw around the comparison to Monster High with the assumption that MH is essentially on par with, say, Bratz (there is a z in there isn't there?  Like LIMOZEEN!) and thus it's the association with Monster High that is damaging My Little Pony.

The truth is, however, that Monster High is the most popular toy line in the world right now because of very specific reasons.  Hasbro's approach to Equestria Girls isn't bad simply because of the Monster High aesthetic but in fact they're missing out on all the key points that have made MH an incredibly well-designed, high quality, and intricately themed successful toy line.  

Over the next few days I'd like to look at three of my favorite Monster High dolls and demonstrate just what it is about them that I personally find so exciting and fun and that make them truly revolutionary in terms of not only girl's toys but toys in general.  Tomorrow I'll start by looking at my personal favorite character, Ghoulia Yelps, a zombie and the smartest girl...ah, GHOUL in Monster High!  The particular doll I'll be looking at is one of the cheaper versions on the market, Skull Shores bathing suit Ghoulia.  After that we'll look at Skelita Calveras, a Dia de Los Muertos-themed skeleton from the Scaris: City of Frights line and the following day we'll close with Jinafire Long, a golden dragon also from City of Frights. 

Mh 001 Sm by PixelKitties

Thanks for the patience and indulging my other toy obsession!  Also, a word of note/warning- I'm going to upload the pics at absurdly high res so folks can see all the fancy details I'm discussing.  I'll try not to crash Skynet with giant-sized Monster High images!
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Ashtrol Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The books are my favorite. The author of them made the Clique series I believe, so they are very interesting, and has some really neat teen drama in them that makes the books more interesting.
Acheron187 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
YEAH! I have recently started collecting Monster High dolls, I very much enjoy them. I honestly get tired of people comparing EQG to MH...
PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My only regret is that I didn't start collecting them sooner! Now I'm having to pay top dollar for the Series 1 dolls!
BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Writer
Wait, Monster High ever needed "defending?" Since when? :O

No, really, this actually comes as a mild shock. I know an ample amount of folks with good heads on their shoulders who are into the series and dolls like you wouldn't believe. Looks like I'm adding you to that list. ;)

(Also thanks for providing a link to the websisodes in one easy place. Guess it's time I finally checked this out, eh?)
PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a pretty common judgment that folks see the big heads and long legs and want to lump Monster High in with, say, Bratz. It was especially obvious once the first pics of Equestria Girls were released and there were plenty of angry pony fans lamenting MLP turning into Monster High.

It's sad, because the truth is that MH is a toyline every manufacturer should strive to emulate, at least in terms of quality, detail, thematic dedication and value.
raya-lu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I'm excited to read these! I love Monster High and the designs are truly incredible (Ghoulia is a favorite of mine as well - I cosplayed as her recently).

Despite being an huge mlp fan, I don't keep up much with the community drama or news, so I hadn't seen those doll designs yet. Applejack really makes me cringe...
PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! And it's SO AWESOME that you got to cosplay as Ghoulia! I've been wanting to do that for some time, but the only cons or things I go to are pony-related, so I think the reference would be lost on most!

You are a very very smart fan for keeping out of the drama! It's really not good for anyone's health!

Thanks for reading my little journals and taking the time to comment! <3
Paintingkitteh Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want the equestria Girls dolls ;_;
PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I suspect I will still pick up a few because...well, they are pony things and I must own them! And if they happen to release a Trixie doll...well, I'll pretty much have to buy them all and turn them into a giant Trixie Voltron!
ender1200 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
It shouldn't be impossible to convert on of the dolls into Trixy. I know that there are some people who are good at converting MH dolls into customs and working with EQG shouldn't be too different.
Then again Maybe converting a MH doll into Trixie would be a better move.
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