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We've been having a fun discussion over in [livejournal.com profile] monster_high about some thoughts on reaching the property's fifth anniversary (Summer 2010 was when the dolls started becoming available in stores).  I wrote up a little questionnaire to help facilitate sharing, and reading the varied responses has been both enlightening and nostalgic.  I mean, I never really thought that Monster High would not only go this long, but be going so strong at this point in the timeline.

It's funny, I had just finished Pharmacy school when MH debuted.  I was studying for my boards, and the line was a nice shiny distraction from the stress that was threatening to devour me at the time.  MH's wonderful posabiltiy and detailed character diaries/bios allowed for something that I could get lost a little bit in, and I am still grateful to the property for that.  (The other thing I really got into at the same time was She-Ra.  I DEVOURED that series over the summer as "rewards" for spending time studying! XD)

1. Who was your first MH doll?
-- Deuce and Cleo, who I bought off of [livejournal.com profile] tanz_fanatika since they were an extra set for her.

2. Who was your most recent MH Doll?
-- I believe the most recent dollS who arrived (in a giant Amazon shipping box!) at my house were Boo York Cleo, Deuce, Nefera, Elle Eedee, and Luna Mothews. Boo York is one my favorite lines in quite some time apparently!

3. Who is your favorite MH Character (and why)?
-- Deuce has been my absolute fave from the beginning. His original diary set a standard for me to expect the boys to get just as good treatment as the girls in terms of development, and I have rarely been disappointed (Specials/movies aside :\)
-- I also really love anything in this line that touches on mythology.

4. Who is your favorite MH doll?
-- This changes all the time, haha. Currently I really love Elle and Boo York Nefera, but that might just be because of the shiny. XD

5. What is your favorite MH non-doll product?
-- I absolutely adore the new line of vinyls. They're adorable!

6. What is your favorite MH movie/special?
-- If we're going off of looks, I like New Ghoul @ School/Fright On (the flash animation specials), but of the CG specials I really enjoyed the globetrotting adventure of Frights, Camera, Action!

7. What about the concept drew you in? Why have you stayed interested?
-- The truly edgy look of the original six was really awesome. They were something truly new and exciting in playline dolls. Also, the integrated storytelling between the diaries/books/webisodes was really novel at the time, and it did a fabulous job of maintaining interest in the brand between the sometimes lengthy waits between the early dolls.
-- The breadth to which this line has grown is staggeringly awesome. Who ever thought we'd get a character like Wydowna? Or Neighthan? Or Manny/Iris? Monster High takes full advantage of its concept for the most part, and it has been a real joy to see.

8. What would you like to see produced going forward?
-- I'll always add my voice to the cry for more boys.
-- I still want parent packs to be released some time!
-- More graphic novels. The last one especially was lovely.
-- I'd love to see a version of MH where the characters are really allowed to grow and change. Maybe a college extension of the storyline?

I've really been enjoying the "Core 8" lately (Frankie, Draculaura, Clawdeen, Cleo, Deuce, Lagoona, Ghoulia, and Holt).  They have so much great going on design-wise.  Picking up the recently-released vinyls has given me an all-new appreciation for the great design work that went into that first batch!  (Here's hoping we get a Holt vinyl at some point.  Poor boy has basically been forgotten!)

My Amazon exclusive "Collector Draculaura" arrived today, and while she's a bit strange, she doesn't disappoint.  The hair is a bit of a dry mess, it's true (and they didn't do the large front curl that's in all the promo pictures, but even so, the overall presentation is superb.  Little touches like the box being coffin-shaped (wonderfully reminiscent of the cutout shape on the original boxes), to having a removable lid, and nice stiching on the dress.  The face feels a bit...off.  Like, definitely not the cheerful Draculaura face she usually wears.

But I actually like that too, the more I reflect on it.  It goes well with the more somber tone of her Diary.  And OMG, the diary is practically worth the price of admission alone!  I lovelovelove that we finally get some of Ula D's backstory answered, including her true connection with Dracula explained!  And can I just fanboy all over the place that she's actually ROMAN?  I need another Draculaura in a toga, stat.

Basically, I hope that this doll does well enought that we might someday see other characters join her in fabulous editions.  How cool would an Egyptian Queen Cleo and Spartan Warrior Deuce 2-Pack be?  Or a Sea Goddess Lagoona?  Or a Holiday Ghost of Chrismas Spectra?  Or a Traditional Phantom/Christine combo Operetta?  Haha, basically I want this to turn into some kind of historical cosplay theater sub-line. XD

But really, this Draculaura has reminded me why I loved the character in the first place.  I think she's become really one-note and annoying as the series has gone on (seriously though, tell me that her ridiculousness in the specials isn't infuriating).  Draculaura is a happy character, yes, but it's supposed to always be tempered by kindness and consideration for others.  (She is the character that tries to make "normie" Jackson comfortable in the Monster world and goes against type hanging out with werewolves, after all.)  And maybe a little bit of pain underneath (though well hidden).   I guess I just want her character to have a bit more depth - nobody who's been alive for 1600 years will be without a plethora of interesting stories to tell!
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