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Dolls - Monster High Wiki. Monster High, while an ever- growing and ever- evolving multimedia franchise, is at its core a brand that revolves around dolls. A variety of merchandise may come and go, but the dolls are Monster High's raison d'. For this reason, all pieces of Monster High fiction are written and released to promote the dolls.
This isn't to say all dolls are promoted and available equally, or since 2. For instance, if an assortment contains dolls W, X, Y, and Z and the assortment's cases contain six dolls, then the first case could be filled 2x. W 2x. X and 2x. Z, with Y omitted from the first case. The second case could then contain 1x. W 1x. X 2x. Y and 2x. Z, and a third case could hold 3x. X 2x. Y and 1x. Z, and so on.
Cases can be changed in as little as three months time and once's a case has been changed, the old one no longer can be ordered. That is, a liquid material is forced into a mold and made to solidify, causing the material to take on a form opposite to the one of the mold. The mold is subsequently removed and the cast taken out to be worked into a doll with other, complementary casts. Spring dolls start hitting stores in October and Fall dolls start hitting stores in May. That is, a mold is filled up with liquid material that is made to solidify inside, causing the material to take on a form opposite to the one of the mold.
The mold is subsequently removed and the cast taken out, after which the mold can be reused for the next cast. Since one mold represents multiple casts, the term is also used to talk about a cast or even a full set of casts in general. Price points are set store prices (with a small range each) which serve as a guiding point for the manufacturer in deciding how to finance the design a particular new toy. Low price points correspond to .
Not only do scalpers profit from the shortage they help create, their actions also get in the way of those who enjoy the 'hunt' for new toys. New cases are only ordered when enough dolls of a previously ordered case have been sold, regardless of which dolls of it remain on the shelves. This means that, for instance, if a case contains six dolls set up as 1x. X 3x. Y and 2x. Z, only one doll X is available per case, meaning that it requires the sale of those other five dolls before another doll X will appear on the shelves. Dolls that are barely in a case compared to the other dolls are shortpacked, although the term is often reserved for dolls that never get a compensating proper amount in another case either. Skull Shores Gillington Webber and 'Between Classes' Jackson Jekyll are examples of shortpacked Monster High dolls.
It is a form of theft with the potential to cause further harm, because the returned toy is put back on the shelves. People who buy toys for themselves aren't likely to be tricked because they know what they are looking for, but there is a good chance someone who only buys toys as gifts is. Due to stricter store rules in other countries, the USA is the only one where toy swapping really happens.
These versions are called variants and the one initially produced tends to be the rarer one. Examples of Monster High variants include Picture Day Operetta (mask), Ghoul Spirit Sloman Mortavitch (hands), 'Make a Splash' Draculaura and Venus (faceup), Creepateria Cleo de Nile (Dress), Boo York, Boo York Astranova (Skin Tone) and, Freak du Chic Honey Swamp (Dress). Wave: The entirety of an assortment usually is not in stores all at once, but the contents are released in steps. These steps are called waves, which is only a loosely defined term.
Playsets are generally excluded from counting as a wave on their own, but they don't have to, and it depends on the nature of a multipack if it is considered a separate wave or not. The dolls of each group share roughly the same body mold, ranging from 2. The bodies are made from ABS plastic, while the heads are made from soft PVC plastic. Nearly each character has a unique head sculpt and since Late 2. The hair is made of saran or kanekalon fibers, sometimes with tinsel mixed in, but most of the male dolls have molded plastic hair.
Female dolls generally feature eleven articulation points, lacking articulated ankles. The male dolls started out with eleven articulation points too, lacking articulated wrists, but since Late 2. The degree of difference between dolls and accessories manufactured in Indonesia and dolls and accessories manufactured in China differs between releases.
Also, prior to December 2. Since then, stands and brushes have been absent from certain lines and packs, usually the budget ones, and those that do have them have them all in the same color, usually black or grey. Some dolls are only sold in multipacks or with a playset. A variety of other types of doll logs is included with the remaining doll lines. Prior to 2. 01. 2, the first doll of a character released in a 'Signature' subline was guaranteed to come with a pet figurine.
Starting Late 2. 01. Signature' dolls were released, there was no pet figurine included. Though introduced slowly, nowadays half of the cast has no pet. These dolls are the first six of the 'Basic' line, and represent all but one of the franchise's starter cast. The 'Basic' series would continue to be the first subline of the overarching 'Signature' series, which is the only line that is permanently ongoing, even if its nature has drastically changed since 2. Up to the fourth subline, characters primarily debuted in the 'Signature' series, but in 2.
The N2. 85. 1 assortment number follows the original subline track and is currently at its sixth subline, but the sublines have become themed and rarely debut a character as doll anymore. These days, most characters receive their first doll in the 'Signature'- derived setups of TV special tie- in lines, which is the second direction the 'Signature' series has taken. And thirdly, 2. 01. Signature' formula. Monster High since it didn't hit stores until July, went with nine character doll debuts, but 2. Four of these were 'Signature' subline dolls, three belonging to 'School's Out' and one to 'Campus Stroll'.
The character debut dolls of 'School's Out' were much more sought after than the line's repeat characters, and this preference will have been corroborated by 'Campus Stroll'. While Monster High was the launch success Mattel hoped for, in 2. Mattel began to make a more conscious effort to expand the cast and profit from the extra enthusiasm garnered for new characters. Since 2. 01. 2, character debut dolls have remained between ten and fifteen per year. Given that the franchise wasn't even three months old at the time of San Diego Comic- Con International 2.
Mattel not only put up a stand, but also produced an exclusive doll for the convention. Nonetheless, Monster High became an even bigger hit than Mattel was aiming for, and more SDCCI exclusives have been following yearly since. As of 2. 01. 3, Monster High is also present at New York Comic Con and the SDCCI exclusive is usually available there too, although this is not a guarantee. At both conventions the bulk of doll releases between July and February are revealed, while since 2.
February- July is revealed at American International Toy Fair. And during December of 2. Scream Uniform—and the first playsets—the Jewelry Box Coffin and the Mirror Bed—were released. Fashion packs would be released at an increasing pace until the end of 2.
Fiction at the time, such as Venus's flashion mob outfit in . It is currently unknown if any more Monster High fashion packs will ever be released. Notably, 2. 01. 2 started a trend with I Heart Fashion that can be described a fusing doll and fashion pack releases into one item, and this trend became more pronounced in 2. Prior to 2. 01. 2, playsets were character- bound, but the releases of the Coffin Bean and the High School moreso changed that. As well, 2. 01. 2 saw the start of store- exclusive alternative versions of playsets that include a doll or an extra doll, depending on if the regularly available playset contains one doll already.
Three stores received exclusives in 2. Walmart, Toys. 2. Costco, JCPenney, Kmart, and Kohl's, with 2. Justice. These latter five receive about one exclusive item per year.
Exclusives can be pretty much anything, such as special versions of playsets, character debut dolls, entire lines, and multipacks. Multipacks even are what started the store- exclusive doll system. Originally, store- exclusive multipacks principally were filled with dolls released previously as singlepacks and one doll that could only be obtained by buying the multipack.
The fandom did not respond well to this, and gradually Mattel has improved the ratio of repeat dolls and unique dolls in multipacks to make the purchase more worthwhile, to the point that by 2. While Monster High, like female franchises in general, treats its male characters much better than male franchises do their female characters, it is a fact that male dolls are on average harder to obtain than female dolls.
This goes back to 2. Deuce Gorgon, Jackson Jekyll, and Holt Hyde received their first dolls. None of them sold particularly well, and Holt even became a shelfwarmer. There are a few explanations for this, such as that Jackson and Holt had no fictional support at the time except for the books and a few doll diary appearances, which are both paid- for fiction, and that Deuce had limited fictional support while being only available in a 2- pack with Cleo de Nile, who back then was little more than a two- dimensional bully. The result of their poor sales was that, while male doll releases in absolute terms never dropped below three per year, they were excluded from the growth the rest of the lineup underwent. Male dolls (and fashion packs) accounted for 2.
Since Late 2. 01. Male dolls continue to be more likely to be shortpacked, only available as part of a multipack, and/or exclusive to a store or convention.
Whereas before all dolls came with doll stands in their specific signature color, Skull Shores and Sweet 1.