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I went to a Walmart in another city and the had like 7-10 slim box budget dolls squished on a shelf and that was it. This was after the reset too.
This is exactly how my local store is now set up, too.  :cry:

Even Barbie's shelf space has been shrinking. She used to get a whole side of the aisle but now she shares it with some other doll brands. But hey at least finally the Series 2 Minis been appearing more places.

Monster Discussion / Re: Shriek wrecked movie? Help?
« on: Yesterday at 05:42:09 AM »
So I went looking for Shriekwrecked info, and found about a 10-minute animated clip that gets through how the ghouls turn into fish/maids, and meet Posea, and then have fish/maid swimming practice, with 3 tiny little mermaid creatures. So there wasn't anything further?

That was Great Scarrier Reef and it had a whole line of accompanying mermaid dolls.

Monster Discussion / Re: Shriek wrecked movie? Help?
« on: August 20, 2017, 02:55:29 PM »
Even though Sweet Screams didn't have any episode presence, they did have some for Freak du Chic, didn't they? I would have liked to see some for Shriek Wrecked, since it's one of my favorite MH lines, even though it's part of the reboot. It has my favorite Lagoona. <3
Yep. Sweet Screams had a piece-together storybook sold with the dolls in lieu of journals, Scarily Ever After had books, too, and Freak du Chic had three webisodes. Gloom 'n Bloom had a webisode arc fused with Monster Exchange.
Shriekwrecked is the first novelty line, now joined by Garden Ghouls, with no canon support. G2, everybody!

There were some stop motion episodes but they were really bad.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Any New 28 Inch Dolls?
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:03:46 AM »
I don't expect to see any this year.  My sister absolutely loves them, though she's missing the two Beast Freaky Friends from last year.  With the way MH is selling, and disappearing, I expect very little in the way of gimmicks for Christmas.

EAH was pretty much in the same situation last year but there was still a 28 inch Tea Party Maddie so I'm hoping for at least one. Maybe an established character instead of just something random?

Monster Discussion / Any New 28 Inch Dolls?
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:19:35 AM »
Do you think we are going to get any new 28 Inch Dolls this year or has Just Play totally replaced MH with Descendants? Last year we got both MH and EAH (as well as the usual big Barbies). Are we going to get Descendants and MH and Barbie or is it going to be just Descendants and Barbie?

Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:12:34 AM »
I wonder what is up with the Weredith on the left?

I really enjoyed it so this isn't so much a complaint as an observation but the ghouls look more like tweens than actual teenagers.

Monster Discussion / Re: New pop art/ comic book inspired outfit?
« on: August 11, 2017, 03:05:19 PM »
More outfits have been found, seems to be Lagoona and Frankie. I'm betting there will also be a Clawdeen.

I saw this one earlier, definitely looks comic book-like to me, though someone said it made them think deluxe emoji ghouls.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a "comic book heroes!" line that will make Power Ghouls spin in their graves.

One-sided print mini-dress for a character who has no canon interest in comics...yup, my Webarella is already a-spinning  :biggrin:

Hopefully it's just "Comic Book Club" and not actually superheroes this time.

Monster Discussion / Re: Monster high downsizing in srores
« on: August 11, 2017, 03:01:53 PM »
I've heard they put the Minis with the blind bags in some stores.

Lots of toy collecting communities keep going, even in the absence of new merchandise. G1 MLP still receives a great deal of attention, and the franchise has been rebooted around five times (G2, G3, G3.5, G4, and now G4.5) since then, lol! Lots of other retro properties still have devoted fanbases, even 30+ years later!

But MLP at least is still in stores. I dunno I just had always hoped MH would be like MLP or LPS is for Hasbro in that Mattel would just keep reinventing it but I guess for Mattel Barbie is that brand and no others.

I don't see that as a comparison. When the G1 community began MLP was not in stores. Nor was there any indication it was going to be. G2 was very unpopular when it was out and the community was entirely focused really around G1 until 2003 when G3 came out. The pony community online began in around 1996 yet ponies the fandom really welcomed and embraced were not back on shelves for a good seven years after that. G2 may have a following now but it was very hostile back then and we came through it all the same.

Really collecting isn't about what is on shelves now but an ongoing love of anything irrespective of whether it is or isn't still available. For me MH has all the hallmarks to make the same transition G1 MLP did from toy to collectable, but there is a transition period in which a lot of dolls will be sold off, collections liquidated, people drifting away. And then it will rebuilt again as the kids who grew up with MH come back into it and look to collect once again.

I may be wrong but that is the future I see for this community. But I deal in long term possibilities, because I'm a G1 pony collector who has been resolutely keeping G1 alive since 1994. I'm not really interested in whether there are ponies on shelves now or not. I sometimes buy a G4 and I keep up to date on what is out so people know but I don't feel anything particularly when I see them. They're MLP but not the MLP I collect so it's not necessarily the same thing. I suppose it's like the reboot MH dolls. Somepeople don't like them but it doesn't mean they are necessarily giving up on collecting the original dolls. Something being on shelves that is not popular can actually be more detrimental than good for a collecting community.

In any case, I think MH has a future as a collectable, but it also means the people collecting it now being able to make the transition and accept that it's a finite product which will vanish from stores...and there wil be a time when you can no  longer walk into a shop and buy a new one. Some people struggle with that idea, that they won't be able to keep the love of the item if there are no new surprises and no in store impulse finds..but for other people it wil be a relief to the wallet and will allow them to take time finding the dolls and pieces they missed out on before. Ultimately it will even itself out. But some prices will go up and some down.

At least, that's what 20 years in the MLP community has taught me. I don't see why MH shouldn't be like G1 MLP because it has all the story, creativity and uniqueness behind it to stick in people's minds long after the toy itself is gone from stores.

I also wanted to add to Lady Frostbite's comment - MH seems to be disappearing from Argos too. The onlyl  things in the new catalogue are clearance items, no new stock.

Smyths in London has downsized their MH area and Smyths here has clearanced some older dolls but both are stocking the new items still. TRU in London has stuff from across the past four years, still :P. Tesco and Asda haven't had stuff in my area for ages. Not a whole lot in B&M either. Just Electrified Frankie.

I have to admit when I got into MLP that G3 was currently available (I got into it as a side effect from reconnecting with LPS when the new ones came out).  I've never really been part of an active community for an inactive brand so I don't even know what it would be like. One thing I noticed was the MLP community had a very vibrant fanart and custom scene revolving around G1 so maybe the same would hold true for MH?

Monster Discussion / Re: Monster High Minis Discussion
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:36:01 PM »
I don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but wave 2 of season/series 2 (the blue lockers) starts with a G. I have been looking for F, and the way the Es are printed, it was going to be very hard to tell them apart.  I haven't opened mine yet, but if anyone wants them I can add the codes. It seems like Target is finally putting out wave 2 now that they have done their toy reset.

So no F codes? It goes from E to G?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but...

Site Support / Re: Embed Flickr photos?
« on: August 07, 2017, 10:01:25 PM »
What about a script to automatically embed Instagram pics. A couple other boards I'm on automatically turn them into a picture the same way this board turns image links into images without having to mess with BB Code. It even shows the account the picture comes from and the caption underneath. I found a mod for it.

I have to put a good word in for Instagram, especially if you take pics with your phone and double especially if you post from your phone a lot. I especially like it for the same reason I used to prefer Tumblr since it's very easy to link multiple pics with 1 link and going back and forth to post a lot of links is tedious as hell on a phone.

Monster Discussion / New pop art/ comic book inspired outfit?
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:22:33 PM »
Swipe until last pic.

Originally from the same account that had the Cleo siblings, I saved them to my account because they disappear when sold.

The outfits appeared on the Instagram source when the Cleo siblings were first found. I saved the pics to mine because they often disappear once they are sold.

Monster Discussion / Re: "New" Doll: Art Class Lala
« on: August 06, 2017, 03:20:53 PM »
Yeah, I just realized that I got every Scarnival except Draculaura, and the Art Class playset is actually rather nice, so I would love o have it. Even if that Lala is unarticulated.

You could always fix that with a thrift store or clearance articulated Draculaura body.

Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: August 06, 2017, 07:23:46 AM »
Speaking of, I've seen the Draculaura/Dracula playset at Smyths :) Dunno if it's an exclusive or anything, or if they've just happened to get it first.

I've seen it at Target.  But I don't know if it might be a Target exclusive here and a Smyths exclusive there.  It didn't have the "Only at Target" sticker on it though.

Mattel doesn't do the stickers anymore. The Ghouls Beast Pet exclusives didn't have a sticker either. However I've seem this set at TRU too and Walmart has a spot for it so it's probably not exclusive to anywhere like the Cleo sets probably are.

It's weird how Lagoona is basically a non-entity in Gen 2.
Well... it's not like she was much of a protagonist in G1...

I like the clips. The animation is quirky and the story seems to be going for arcs. probably family oriented...

But Yeah, Fangelica looks to be like 10-12 instead of the 6-8 doll

Tbh The problem isn't that Fangelica looks too old it's that the ghouls all look too young.

Monster Discussion / Re: Family Sets and the Clawd/Clawdeen 2 pack
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:12:33 PM »
The Clawdeen and Lagoona sets with Barker/Weredith and Kelpie are in Smyths in the UK now, saw them today. No sign of the Lala one and no Cleo yet but I imagine it will be a while before it appears. I like Kelpie but 24.99 is a bit steep at present...need to wait for them to come down. Nice to see them though. I am only interested in Kelpie so was a big relief to know she is on shelves here :D

I suspect Cleo is Target exclusive so she will probably appear wherever Target exclusives usually appear there.

Cleo and family are here! ^_^ The back of the box is interesting:

So maybe this is the format for the family waves? One family gets three separate releases, and the others each get two?

Here are the dolls themselves (I'll unbox later, lol):

Good news! The kids' bandages are actually much more aged/yellow in person! They look way better than the prototypes. :)

EDIT: Uggh, image host problems... Hang on a sec... FIXED!

Yet the Draculaura sets are missing from the Cleo box. Tho again those follow the 2 release pattern since there's the set with Dracula and Draculaura and then the single Fangelica doll.

I'm pretty sure the Cleo sets are Target Exclusives like the Ghouls Beast Pet ones. That wave had Cleo and Lagoona show up everywhere but Frankie and Draculaura and the Clawdeen playset were only at Target. So maybe even tho the regular Monster Family stuff has 2 per family, the Cleo ones have 3 because they are exclusives?

I wonder which families are going to be in the next wave besides Frankie's since all the main characters will have been covered. Maybe the Wolf's again with a new picnic theme since their family is huge? But if they do that who would be the third? I'd personally like to see Ari or Moanica siblings but I'm not gonna hold my breath. It will probably be some random G1 character. Tho maybe it will be werekitties. I wouldn't mind a few of those.

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