Monster High

Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Product site connected to dolls is more cute than creepy.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 8+

Monster girls teaching being you is awesome!

I admit it, I'm a big fan of the doll line, and have been so since their 2010 beginning. As a teen struggling with Asperger's syndrome, bullying, suicidal thoughts and social ostracism, I found role models in the ghouls embracing their own freaky flaws, and the general "kintsukuroi" attitude they had to their own shortcomings. Kintsukuroi, for the less Japan-versed, is a Japanese pottery repair method and the accompanying philosophy that being broken and repaired makes the item (and person) more unique and beautiful than they initially were. And while it is true most of the dolls share the same body shape (there are exceptions to this, though, like Howleen, who is small and childlike, and Nefera, who is taller than the standard), it is understandable for manufacturing reasons, and most of the dolls do have things like scales, tails, webbed fingers, and stitches, that on more conventional doll beauty standards would be termed unacceptable. They also portray a wide variation of ethnicities, and the various characters take cues from horror characters from across the globe (there's a noppera-bo, an arachne girl, a Norwegian troll, a Mexican calaca, and the mummy sisters with Egyptian features, for example) The dolls' skin colors range from the normal browns and beiges to bright greens, golds, pinks and purples, and no one is treated any different for their heritage. When I was 12, I remember that my favorite ghoul was Robecca, the mad scientist's creation, because she was cool and had jetpack boots, and right now, I like Abbey, the yeti's daughter, because of how she is very blunt and straightforward, yet never tries to insult anyone who doesn't deserve it. Overall, apart from the Mattel-standard dose of consumerism, I think the dolls promote a healthy message of accepting yourself and others, and embracing your own quirks on the path to becoming a beautifully flawed, unique, you.

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Great messages
Too much consumerism
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age 6+

Be yourself, be unique

The show is very good to teach kids to be themselves and not bully anyone for their flaws. However there are some things I don’t like even though I love the show myself; The materialism. The girls have so many clothes and stuff and always buy new stuff to have the newest trendy clothes. Also most of them are obsessed over (dumb) boys which shouldn’t be teached in any age range. They need gender equality. But except these two things it’s a good show and not inappropriate or anything.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism

Website Details

  • Genre: Brand Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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