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10 Utterly Amazing Custom Monster High Dolls

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14283345266fe343b1df6ab7aae08bc5You probably don’t want to show your own little Monster High doll fanatic these because if she is anything like my daughter she will flip out and want every single one of them. Monster High dolls are a hot topic amongst parents, some parents hate them , some parents really hate them, and some parents love them. I do wish there was a little more diversity in body shape with the MH dolls (Barbie for that matter too) but I still like their message that kids should embrace their differences and how the dolls partner with anti-bullying groups. But I think one thing we can all agree on is the amount of talent and skill it takes someone to revamp a Monster High doll in a custom, one of a kind work of art.

I can barely even fashion my own kid’s dolls a dress out of scrap material, much less repaint their faces and reroot their hair and make them couture costumes. I cannot imagine the amount of work that goes into creating these. And even though I get spooked by like scary looking baby dolls all of these creations makes me feel like I’m a little girl and I want to own all of them.

I’ve been seeing a lot of the customs pop up on the Internet. Some are for sale, some aren’t, but I think they are all pretty incredible. I could have shown you guys a million of these, because there are so many incredible ones out there, but here are some of my favorites. [ITPGallery]

(Image: Karine Benard)

20 Comments

  1. pixie

    October 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Omg. I am in love with those. It makes me wish I had a lot more time and money so I could try to create something like these.

    • Eve Vawter

      October 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      I can’t even fathom how they do it. Some of them it looks like they remove all the face paint. It baffles me.

    • meteor_echo

      October 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Yup. They do repaints with brushes/an airbrush. As someone who paints model kits, I’m sort of familiar with the process.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      October 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

      It make me wish I had the ability to do something like those. If i could paint like that then would make the time to do some. I am always so jealous of people who have such amazing artistic skills to do things like that.

    • pixie

      October 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I doubt I could do anything nearly as good, but when my painting/drawing is in practice I’m pretty good. With my school schedule and starting to get ready to write my thesis I have very little free time and I’m way out of practice with artsy/craftsy things.

  2. Simone

    October 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    They are really, really beautiful and I admire the creativity and skill of their makers.
    But.
    Can I tell you what really bothers me about these dolls being marketed to children? Some of the lines are called Dead Tired, there’s a dolly called Ghoulia, I don’t know if the dolls are all undead or zombies or whatever but they are all about death and here’s what really bothers me about it: Real living girls (and living girl dolls) have feelings. Dead girl dollies feel nothing. You can do anything to a dead girl and she won’t object or feel pain or tell on you, and to me this is a really alarming meta-theme to be producing for young girls to absorb and even admire.
    Dead girls don’t tell, or say No, or stand up for their rights. They’re just, really thin and pale and cold and pretty. and that scares me.

    • G.S.

      October 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Um, I understand you’re concerned, but I think you’re looking way too much into this. All the dolls, even with some of them being based off of undead creatures, like ghosts and vampires, are presented as living people doing living people things. Sure, some of them sleep in coffins, but most of the time, they’re shown hanging out or going to school or shopping or whatever. I’ve never seen the show, but I can assume from commercials that they laugh and get angry or sad or scared, and have friends that they would do anything for. The fact that they’re undead creatures is never presented or portrayed in the way you’re describing. Now, if all they showed in commercials was the dolls lying around dead while people poked them with sticks, I might agree with you, but yeah, I really don’t think you have anything to worry about there.

    • Simone

      October 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      As a feminist sociologist, it’s my job to look at things differently and examine the underlying narratives involved in commonplace items. These are dead girl dolls. Dead things have no feelings. A theme doesn’t need to be overly portrayed to be omnipresent and influential nonetheless. You observe that the dolls aren’t portrayed the way I’m describing, but that is the essence of their existence: they’re already dead. Presenting this theme as a great way to market hypersexual and overly-cosmeticised dolls to young girls is bothersome to say the least.
      It’s really okay if you think I sound pompous or silly. If I had more time I would probably craft a response that gets the same point across in a less confrontational style, but you’ll forgive me if I haven’t the leisure to do that right now.

    • G.S.

      October 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      I can completely understand looking at things in a different way, and I do that a lot myself, but it just seems that the “dead things have no feelings” theme would be crossed out by the fact that the girls do have feelings and the dolls are used for imaginary play where girls usually make up their own story lines and personalities when they play with them. I’ve seen many movies and shows involving undead characters as protagonists, and they have all the makings of a not-dead protagonist, like a personality, arc and feelings, and they do evoke sympathy. As far as the audience is concerned, they’re “alive” and we want them to achieve their goals and don’t want them harmed and want them all to have a happy ending. In fact, I have more trouble with a not-dead girl character who’s a bland and passive blank slate than the plucky, friendly vampire girl who stands up for herself and her friends.

    • Simone

      October 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      With respectful interest then, in your view, what is the underlying meaning behind these girls all being dead? What can we infer from it, what additional and subtle meanings does this fact have?

      I acknowledge your point that the girls do demonstrate emotion in their cartoon, but in real life, all the dead girls we observe do not. They are quite often victims of male violence. What does it mean when we take this idea of the dead young girl, and turn it into the basis for a plaything for living young girls?

      A thing that is primarily associated with the dead or unliving body is its imperviousness to further damage. In light of elements of today’s society such as the ever-increasing physical harmfulness of pornography (with its focus on extremity), this theme of girls with bodies that can’t be further harmed is worrisome when placed alongside other wide-scale cultural and social practices (self-harm among girls, global rape culture, pornography etc). Take the dolls out of their small area of kids’ toys and place them alongside other dialogues around women’s bodies, and it doesn’t look good.

    • Allen

      October 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I’m pretty sure not all of them are meant to be dead. There are a few that are supposed to be creatures that generally are dead (like ghosts, zombies, and vampires), but there are also sea monsters, yetis, werewolves, and werecats.

      I think there are some factors that are fair to discuss and critique (such as the dolls’ thinness and mostly pale complexions), but I don’t think there’s a deeper meaning behind them being “dead,” especially since most of them aren’t supposed to be dead.

    • G.S.

      October 22, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Well, I looked it up, and it turns out that the dolls were born that way as vampires and ghosts and zombies and all that and actually didn’t die at all. Totally different species outside of humans. And this might sound kind of blunt, and kids dying sucks all around, but girls do die in other ways, like car accidents or disease or something. And I highly doubt that Monster High is playing the fact that they’re undead in a pornographic, exploitative way. It’s just a stylistic choice, since supernatural creatures are very trendy nowadays. I think the most you’d get in regards to how they would feel pain differently would be one of the characters falling through the ghost girl, and MAYBE having the zombie girl reattach her arm, TOPS. And even then, kids aren’t stupid. They can look at a monster creature reattach her arm and think, “If I lost my arm, that would be terrible, since I am a human, but since she is a made-up imaginary zombie, she can fix it easily.”

      Now, I can get the eyebrow-raising that the skeleton doll got, since she was Barbie doll thin and nothing but bones, but other than the usual qualms you get about unrealistic body proportions or too short skirts, or whatever, there doesn’t seem to be much that immediately skeeves the common person out.

    • Chrissy

      October 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      As a feminist social worker, I totally see your point. But I think they’re meant to be undead. As in they’re dead, sure, but they have emotions and feelings because they’re not dead in the classical sense. It’s actually a very common theme in pop culture going back to when that meant actual novels. Vampires, zombies, anthropomorphic skeletons, ghosts, etc. It’s a fixation with a recent resurgence with imaginary paranormal creatures. They’re all dead, but we project human emotions onto them in media as if they were alive. (For all of it’s really disturbing issues around feminism and stalking, Twilight gave all the characters emotions and personalities. They were UNdead because they’re vampires. It meant they COULD be hurt further and could still be killed.) I think you make some very valid points, but I also think it’s really a matter of imagination vs. literalism.

    • Eve Vawter

      October 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

      I think you would feel differently if you watched their movies. It’s very very GIRL POWER and it’s cute. They all have little things they stand for, conservation of the oceans, of the rainforest, Ghoulia is a zombie and a journalist, it’s really pretty empowering for girls, even though the dolls are all sort of “sexy”, but so is Barbie. At least these dolls are being used to talk about issues like bullying and self esteem and embracing your flaws. I was happily surprised by it. And they aren’t dead, at all, they are very active monster high school girls.

  3. Rachelle

    October 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    They are gorgeous. The teen in me desperately wants one/some/all of those dolls and Monster High dolls.

  4. Chrissy

    October 21, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    The fairy or whatever one is so creepy. And I want it. Right now.

    • G.S.

      October 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      If I gave her money, do you think she’ll make me a Pale Man to go with?

    • Chrissy

      October 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Throw all the money at her! I’ll chip in if you’ll time share it or we can have creepy Monster High playdates.

    • meteor_echo

      October 22, 2013 at 3:53 am

      HOLY CRAP.
      That would be the most awesome (and terrifying) doll in existence.

  5. Charlotte

    February 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Yes I do think that monster high SUCKS but these dolls are an exception to that I love them!

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