Monster High is an American fashion doll franchise created by Mattel in July, 2010. The characters are inspired by monster movies, sci-fi horror, thriller fiction, and various creatures therefore distinguishing them from most fashion dolls. They were created by Garrett Sander, with illustrations by Kellee Riley.
The Monster High franchise also includes other consumer products such as stationery, bags, key chains, various toys and video games. There are also Monster High TV specials, a web series, a direct to DVD movie, and software. Lisi Harrison is the author of the Monster High books. The characters are depicted as being either related to or as offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, Medusa, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Phantom of the Opera, and zombies and more. The characters are usually referred to as ghouls, rather than girls.
The dolls are approximately 27 cm tall. Their bodies are made from ABS plastic, and their heads are made from soft PVC. The dolls have many different skin tones, including abnormal ones such as blue, green, and pink. Each character has a unique head mold, except for C. A. Cupid (Daughter of Eros)/Ghoulia (Daughter of the Zombies) and Meowlody/Purrsephone (Werecat twins). They all have rooted saran hair, except for some boys who have flocked or hard, colored plastic hair. The dolls are quite different in the characterization of their clothes. For the most part everything is unique, but occaisonally accessories are recolored and used on another doll. For example, 13 Wishes Howleen has the same bag as the original Clawdeen, but instead of black and gold, it is gold and turquoise. All of them have various attributes of the monsters they are related to (i.e. fangs, stitches, wolf ears, fins, bandages,snakes, etc.).
In July 2013, a new spin-off line launched as a companion line to Monster High, called Ever After High. Ever After High is based on the children of Fairytale characters. Monster High's Cupid is a main character in the Ever After High webisodes.
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