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Monster Discussion / New CEO at Mattel
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:36:38 PM »
https://www.wsj.com/articles/mattel-ceo-margo-georgiadis-in-talks-to-leave-the-company-1524166521

This new CEO has strong ties to the entertainment industry. Maybe he might have some fresh ideas to rejuvenate Monster High before it totally dies. For the first time in a while I'm hopeful for the future of MH.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:03:05 AM »
The biggest glaring problem for me is that characters like Ghoulia are missing bc she's too scary (or so I've heard).  Spectra is missing but they replaced her with Ari, so I'm not sure why that move was made.

I think the reasons for removing those characters are even sadder than that. DX Ghoulia was widely criticized by soccer moms... They interpreted her as a negative stereotype about “smart girls”—awkward, bad posture, speech impediment, “ugly”... Yeah, she moans and has bad posture... she’s a ZOMBIE. DUH. (Maybe those moms will feel better about Disney Channel’s new singing, dancing “Zombies”, lol.)

As for Spectra, she was criticized for being a gossip, and thus setting a bad example for all the little angels of the world.

Wow, remember the stuff The Misfits used to get up to on Jem and the Holograms? I seem to recall them sabotaging the brakes on Jem’s car and almost sending her off a cliff, once. XD And yet no one demanded the Misfits dolls be changed or removed from production. We sure live in a more policed/censored world these days. :P

Yeah the Misfits did awful stuff but they were also clearly the villains. But Spectra is ostensibly supposed to be a good guy so she can't have any bad habits. Moanica does some awful stuff and it's ok since she's the villain.

 
I apologize about that.  I was thinking that some girls might be into bugs, but now I realize maybe that's more for boys?  I really don't know.

I don't know.  When I was a little girl I loved bugs.  I used to spend hours watching earwigs crawl across my grandmother's patio.  And my daughter loves bugs as well.  We've caught her playing with wood lice, crickets, carpenter ants, and even an Oriental cockroach. :yucky:
On the flip-side of that: neither my husband nor my brother liked bugs when they were kids.  In fact, my husband had anxiety over insects when he was a little boy.  To this day he hates bugs, arachnids, rodents, and all reptiles.
So yeah, I'd be willing to venture that there are just as many little girls who like bugs as there are little boys, and just as many little boys who are afraid of bugs as there are little girls.

I know that there's just as many girls as boys that like bugs. I just mean it's not a typical thing for a doll line to cover.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:51:16 PM »
G1 ended when G2 came along.  I agree with Carrehz, the new faces ruined it.  But not just that, the themes are all "little girl" focused....insects, fairies (or wings), the ice scream (?) pack, new family members...to me these are all playline Barbie type themes.  The molded on items did (and don't) do anything for me.  The toned down brightly colored clothes and accessories didn't work either.  And the overall "cheapening out" of the whole line was the final straw. I was afraid this would backfire on them, and it looks like I was right, sadly.

I dunno. Even in the early days of G1 MH has taken what are traditionally "little girl" themes and gave them their own twist. (tho I'm not sure how insects count as a "little girl" theme since stereotypically girls are supposed to be afraid of bugs except maybe butterflies and ladybugs)

I still tend to think if they hadn't changed the faces and molds nobody would have noticed a big change in the line. But the drastic facial changes caused people to look at the past more forgivingly and at the present more critically.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Resurrecting the Corpse of Monster High
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:50:39 AM »
One of the things seldom discussed about the decline of MH is just the general decline of the popularity of monsters in mainstream media. Obviously monsters won’t go away completely but MH hit at the fever pitch of Twilight, Walking Dead and other zombie media, rebooting Teen Wolf, etc.

Superheroes and women’s empowerment are much more trendy right now (although I hope the latter just becomes second nature). Superhero monsters would be a bit weird but certainly MH’s “be yourself, be unique” would resonate and could help it gain some traction again.

Also classic fantasy creatures like unicorns and mermaids are trendy right now. I can't help but think if MH wasn't in decline and EAH had been more popular we would have gotten a crossover that leans more towards the EAH side of things.

Honestly, this. There are seeds in both franchises on how to make this some kind of dark ethereal franchise.

But since the current toy trend is collectibles and surprise toys instead of fashion dolls we get unicorns in Shopkins and LOL Surprise.

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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:17:15 PM »
I feel G1 ended when the molds and facial screenings changed.

Most the other stylistic changes I feel happened rather slowly and felt like the normal kind of evolving that would happen with any long running doll line. I have both G1 and G2 dolls and really other than the faces, there really isn't any kind of stark contrast between them. Of course I only get the lines that appeal to me and I do feel there's less that do now than in the past but that has more to do with less lines being produced to pick from.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Grief over the end of G1?
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:32:39 AM »
I feel the quality of the designs and details took a dive after Garrett Sander left the project :(

Also, I assume the articulation efforts went to the deals with WWE, their dolls and new products. Mattel still releases articulated MH dolls, but MH is now a line targeted to kids, and thus, i think articulation is more of an issue than anything else, with all the small parts and little accessories. So maybe that's why the details and articulation are becoming less and less prominent.

I don't think mattel thinks about their adult customers too much when it comes to MH nowadays, but it'd be nice if at least they'd do a playline for kids (kind of like a budget line) and kept the quality on a section of the line made for adults. I'm assuming the dolls would become a bit more expensive, but at least they would be worth the money invested.

I feel like the collector dolls and the comic con dolls can be considered for their adult collectors, but we haven't gotten many of those lately.

I'm over G2.  I admit I hated it then learned to be OK with it, bought the first two movies had a few of the dolls but I fell out of love quickly with it.  I loved the darker colors with G1 Monster High and the creep factor I guess.  The bright colors don't do it for me with G2 and the fact that they aren't High School age in my opinion.  I also don't like the face molds and the cheap quality of the clothing.


There were plenty of bright colors during G1 and G2 has plenty of creep factor like Moanica's awesome ribcage tiara. Honestly when I look at dolls from G2 and G1 together the only things that really stand out is G2 having tamer makeup and hemlines that are maybe a little lower so they don't show doll panty when you bend them over.

Anyways MH was in a sales decline well before G2 happened as a last ditch effort to save the brand. Monsters were no longer trendy. Unicorns and mermaids are now more popular than vampires and zombies. Add to that dolls being in a slump because blind packaged toys are a big thing right now. Timing is just not good right now but maybe someday when it is our monster friends will come out to play.

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Off Topic / Re: Mattel Closing New York Office
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:36:53 AM »
I wouldn't think that this would help with product quality at all.  They're $650 million in debt, so I'm guessing that whatever they save or earn by closing this office will need to go straight to their investors and lenders.  It wouldn't be available for pouring into production.

Right. I assumed so as well...it's a shame though, because Mattel is in a weird cycle of making "passable" quality products (sometimes not even that) and bland ideas which might put people off from buying them, then they cannot make as much as they would hope for, which then turns into them not being able to make better quality products due to lack of profit. I don't know how it is where you guys are, but here their products are gathering dust in the shelves everywhere, and they've been on sale since december.

Hopefully this two year plan to recover from the debt will help - I can't imagine how would it be if Mattel ever had to file for Bankrupcy :| I'm also super curious as to what caused them to be in such a huge debt.

It won't get to that point because another company will gobble them up. They still have lots of very valuable properties even if the company has been mismanaging them. Hasbro may very well get their wish someday.

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Off Topic / Re: Mattel Closing New York Office
« on: April 11, 2018, 10:02:08 PM »
I wouldn't read too much into it because supposedly it wasn't all that important an office and there's another one in another part of New York.

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Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:13:13 PM »
Blind toys don't strike me either, unless they're blind-packaged elements of a bigger, better toyline (like LEGO and Playmobil's figure series). The toys are usually static and low in detail or quality, and it seems like a waste of plastic and money to me especially because there's usually no way to figure out what you're getting. I guarantee these kids are gonna have a junk drawer full of them in the future, wondering why so many ended up in their possession.

Did you ever collect trading cards as a kid? Or those stickers that went in the books? If you got duplicates you would trade with other kids on the playground during recess. Same thing with these blind bag toys. Tbh as an adult collector I prefer when there's codes or hacks to let me cheat or they come in bigger packs where most of them are visible since the only way to trade is online and that adds shipping.

I personally never did that, but I understand the trading idea. I just don't think most blind toys are worth having in the first place. Most of them are solid lumps of plastic with a little paint, and I say this having once enjoyed things like that. So it's reaching a fair audience with kids but I don't understand the appeal to adults unless the toys are really nice quality.

For me it's all about if the design of the sculpts appeals to me or not. Some, like Shopkins and Grossery Gang, actually pack a lot of detail into their sculpts.

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Off Topic / Re: Unlife after Monster High
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:48:59 AM »
I'm a little obsessed with Shibajuku Girls right now. I've obtained 4 in the last month, and would like more. Except for the fact that I'm a little convinced Wave 3 Koe is a purple haired urban legend, and not an actual item for purchase.

She exists since I was able to find her at Target for someone. It's like she just appeared out of the blue all of a sudden. Funny thing is she wouldn't ring up at all.

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Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:42:07 AM »
Blind toys don't strike me either, unless they're blind-packaged elements of a bigger, better toyline (like LEGO and Playmobil's figure series). The toys are usually static and low in detail or quality, and it seems like a waste of plastic and money to me especially because there's usually no way to figure out what you're getting. I guarantee these kids are gonna have a junk drawer full of them in the future, wondering why so many ended up in their possession.

Did you ever collect trading cards as a kid? Or those stickers that went in the books? If you got duplicates you would trade with other kids on the playground during recess. Same thing with these blind bag toys. Tbh as an adult collector I prefer when there's codes or hacks to let me cheat or they come in bigger packs where most of them are visible since the only way to trade is online and that adds shipping.

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Off Topic / Re: What were they thinking?! toy lines
« on: April 05, 2018, 04:54:09 PM »
I don't mind some gross humor (I collect Grossery Gang occasionally and I probably would have gotten the Poopsy Pets if I wasn't stuck buying a doll I wasn't crazy about with them) but the Poopees take it way too far.

The Pimple Pete game is also really disgusting.

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Oh wow my last post sounded dumb but what I really meant is that even if they have listings on Amazon, that doesn't mean it will actually be in stock on Amazon.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Resurrecting the Corpse of Monster High
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:20:28 PM »
One of the things seldom discussed about the decline of MH is just the general decline of the popularity of monsters in mainstream media. Obviously monsters won’t go away completely but MH hit at the fever pitch of Twilight, Walking Dead and other zombie media, rebooting Teen Wolf, etc.

Superheroes and women’s empowerment are much more trendy right now (although I hope the latter just becomes second nature). Superhero monsters would be a bit weird but certainly MH’s “be yourself, be unique” would resonate and could help it gain some traction again.

Also classic fantasy creatures like unicorns and mermaids are trendy right now. I can't help but think if MH wasn't in decline and EAH had been more popular we would have gotten a crossover that leans more towards the EAH side of things.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Tinsel
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:33:28 AM »
I mostly am a fan of tinsel straight out of the box. The only one I am not too crazy about is the kind original Cleo had. It's like there is some kind of weird elastic string that likes to separate and it just looks weird.

I think it’s because I have a lot of second hand dolls, so the tinsel is not crisp or in good shape.

Yeah tinsel is one of those things, like pale flocking, that does not survive play well.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Tinsel
« on: March 15, 2018, 11:01:30 PM »
I mostly am a fan of tinsel straight out of the box. The only one I am not too crazy about is the kind original Cleo had. It's like there is some kind of weird elastic string that likes to separate and it just looks weird.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Fakies! Thread 2.0
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:52:36 AM »
I found this on Instagram. No clue how one would manage to order them tho.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgS9o1rHGNL/

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I really hope they at least end up actually available on Amazon. Seeing them pop up in Russia already has me worried. The last wave of Novi Stars popped up in Russia and never made it to even US Amazon.

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Off Topic / Re: Unlife after Monster High
« on: March 01, 2018, 11:58:03 AM »
Wow I didn't expect to see so many diverse answers. I collect and have always collected multiple toy lines tho MH was the first line to get me into fashion sized dolls so I was really wondering what was going to be the IT fashion doll everyone would collect but it seems like there isn't one.

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