Friday, October 17, 2014

Monster High causes the fall of Barbi-lon





I am torn typing this since I grew up with America's fav blonde bombshell doll, but alas the time has come to face the truth after 54 years the queen of Barbi-lon must bow to others. I am sure Cleo and Nefera will be thrilled that the De Nile of Barbie has come to an end.


So let's get to the all of the freaky facts on this subject.

Barbie sales are still tumbling.


Barbie dolls are losing favor with kids. 
Sales of Mattel's signature doll dropped a whopping 21% last quarter, reports Matt Townsend at Bloomberg News. Revenue has declined more than 10% for the last four quarters. 
Mattel executives highlighted a few reasons that the iconic dolls are declining in popularity in an earnings call with investors. 
They also hinted at the future of Barbie, which CEO Bryan Stockton said is "still the number one dollar brand in the world" thanks to an empire of books, movies, clothing, and games. 
Here's why fewer girls are buying the dolls. 

1. Kids are spending more on tech.

The popularity of tablets, smartphones, and games is taking market share from Barbie dolls, Townsend writes. As kids increasingly spend their allowances on technology, plastic dolls aren't as exciting. 
To deal with this shift, Mattel has been offering a variety of Barbie apps, computer games, and movies.
The brand also sells a Barbie digital "makeover mirror" which allows girls to apply make-up to a Barbie doll's face.  
barbie digital makeover mirror Kohl'sBarbie's makeover mirror.

2. Girls want edgier toys.

Monter High dolls are "cannibalizing" Barbie sales as girls opt for the edgier toys, company executives said last year. 
Mattel created Monster High in 2010, and sales have been skyrocketing ever since they hit shelves.
The dolls are inspired by famous monsters like Dracula, the Mummy, Medusa, and Frankenstein's monster, and retail for around $20 each (compared with around $10 for Barbie). 
Monster High is "all about celebrating your differences," company execs said on the call, adding that the franchise appeals to both younger and older girls. 
monster high dollsReutersMonster High dolls are taking market share from Barbie.
Toys R 

Barbie wouldn't last a day at Monster High.
The latest fashion dolls from Mattel Inc. are a dramatic departure from the toy maker's most recognizable blond: As the offspring of famous monsters, the new Monster High girls are fearless, occasionally furry and a bit freaky.
There's Draculaura, daughter of Dracula, who is vegan and faints at the sight of blood. Her best friend Clawdeen Wolf, whose father is Werewolf, spends much of her time plucking and shaving her excessive, fast-growing hair. And classmate Frankie Stein, who sports stitches just like dad Frankenstein, loves to shop for "scary cute clothes that are absolutely to die for."
"They're fun characters to build a world around," said Tim Kilpin, general manager for Mattel Brands. "Who doesn't feel like a freak in high school? It started with that universal truth."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Party City Monster High Honey Swamp Costume Review

Party City

Party City Monster High Honey Swamp Costume Review








First, let me say this costume is very comfortable and great quality! The wig was suprisingly clawsome and is exactly like our favorite swamp-diva, Honey Swamp! The feathers do tickle a bit but thankfully Party City has a brilliant design team that thought of tights to cap off this killer design! It is very true to size so for our curvy ghouls make sure you try it on first, which Party city is happy to let you do in the 1000's of stores nationwide.

What do we get?

The Monster High Honey Swamp Child Costume from Party City comes 
Girls Deluxe Honey Swamp Costume includes:
  • Dress
  • Wig
  • Hat headband
  • Belt
  • Footless tights
Officially licensed © Mattel Monster High ™ costume.

Is It Fun?

For Monster High fans looking to dress up as their favorite fashion-forward swamptastic ghoul, this costume is well-suited for both Halloween and everyday dress-up.

Who It’s For?

The Monster High line of Children's Costumes are for ages 6 and up.

Maybe Honey Swamp isn't for you? Well here are some of our other personal favs from our friends at Party City
Skelita Calveras




If the name Party City sounds familiar, chances are you’ve come across it before. That’s because Party City is the country’s largest specialty party goods chain, with more than 600 company-owned and franchise stores located throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The company’s online party goods store is an extension of all the great offerings found in the brick-and-mortar stores.

Cleo De Nile
Although its competitors may specialize in birthdays or themed parties, Party City is the place to shop when it comes to everything Halloween. The site has tons of costumes and accessories and all the supplies you’ll need to throw a spooky, spectacular Halloween party. A few of our favorite items include tombstones, skeletons and life-size cutouts.

Once October 31st passes, Party City is still a great store to shop for all your other party needs. They offer basic party supplies for virtually every other holiday and celebratory occasion throughout the year. The site has an impressive collection of invitations and wedding supplies; brides-to-be will find all the accessories they need for the ceremony, reception and pre-wedding festivities.


While the site is simple to navigate and products can be found relatively easy, it lacks the extra features that many of their competitors offer, such as party-planning tips. However, one thing we liked was on the bottom of each product page is a section titled “More Ideas…” where a few other related products that you might be interested in are listed.


Ghouls Rule Draculaura
Ghouls Rule Clawdeen Wolf
Skelita 

Jinafire Long

Here are my top 3 costume tips:


1. Choose a costume that is comfortable and simple! Toddlers can't be bothered with carrying props, so stick to costumes that have everything included or aren't too complicated.

2. Dress in layers! Your child might decide when you arrive at a party that he has no desire to wear his costume any more. Don't be disappointed... be smart! Dress him in layers and make the bottom layer just as cute as the top. I love to buy skeleton pjs or cute Halloween shirts to put on under costumes so that when my kids choose to strip down (because they always do), they still look festive and cute.

3. Have low expectations and practice! Halloween is a crazy holiday for everyone and is different than the usual routine... so practice, practice, practice! Practice trick or treating around your house and practice having your child wear her costume a lot so that she becomes comfortable with it. Be flexible if your child isn't into wearing a costume. You will have plenty of years where they will LOVE dressing up... so don't worry too much if your little ones would rather forget about their costume and just have a lollipop. :)

What else would you add?


Disclosure: We received all costumes featured in this post for free from Party City. The opinions shared were not swayed by compensation/free products and are a valid representation of how we feel about the costumes. Your opinion may differ.




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Updated Photos of Monster High Kawaii and MORE!!!



Welcome back Mansters & Ghouls! I have a few new photos to share that are going to make you just blow a circuit!!! (Sorry Frankie) Enjoy and remember to join 12000 other fans on Facebook by liking us here





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Breaking News:Boo York Boo York


I am back again Mansters & Ghouls with some exciting news...I know many people have asked about the new trademark "Boo York, Boo York" and I can confirm that this is a new DVD launch. Now obviously I cannot show you the pictures as per copyright but I can tell you to expect some new ghouls from this movie. I have seen a robot dj's daugter, daughter of the stars, daughter of the rat king, and the daughter of the mothman! I promise as soon as I have permission to scoop the Monster High world yet again with UHHH_Mazing coverart from this new release!
Names below with * are not to be released yet so I removed them but gave you a synopsis of the new dvd

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York
Hey Ghouls and Mansters! Catty here. We have some fangtastic news--Monster High is headed to the fright lights, big city in our very first musical, Boo York, Boo York! All your favorite ghouls will be there - taking in the sights from Times Scare to the Monster Of Liberty! We'll be shopping for out-of-this-world fashions to wear to a fabulous party celebrating the rare Crystal Comet passing overhead! They say the Comet has mysterious magical powers - and the whole city is buzzing with "Comet Fever" about the big night! It's sure to be stellar.

We'll take in a show, but the plays on Bloodway aren't the only drama going on in Boo York when Monster High's favorite couple, Cleo and Deuce, BREAK UP! Though it all, we'll make some terror-riffic new friends! Like **** *****, the music-loving DJ daughter of a Robot... **** ******** - daughter of the Mothman, she was drawn to the bright lights of old Bloodway. Then there's ******** ****, the daughter of the Rat King from the Upper Beast Side--she's a bit of a spoiled rat, but has a heart of gold. And when the comet arrives - so does *********, a starry-eyed ghoul who pays a visit from the skies.

What magic does this crazy Comet have in store? Have you ever seen cooler fashios? You'll have to catch the movie to find out more!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Monster High Catacombs Hits Shelves








WARNING
Choke Hazard - Contains Small Parts
Creepy Cool Catacombs Set

Frankie Stein® has lost her spark! But her beast friends forever are rallying to give her a helping claw and get her recharged. Much of the action happens far below the howlways of Monster High® in the creepy cool catacombs - recreated with this play set. Three stories high and featuring multiple places for ghouls to fang out, the Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Catacombs set has all kinds of uhhmazing options for play and display - plus some scary cool secrets as well! 

Top to Bottom Play and Display
Enter the Catacombs from the Monster High® courtyard at the top. Enjoy a snack at the cafe table. Give it a spin to reveal creepy cool effects on the pillars and in the party rooms: eyes peek through cracks and the chandelier rotates. When no one is lurking, take the gravestone elevator down one floor to the hybrid lounge or pass through the black gates and take the winding stairs - they go all the way to the bottom. Spin the dragon statue to uncover a doll clip that allows a ghoul to fang out on the balcony. 

Transformation and Surprise
Go down one more flight - take the stairs on either side - to hit bottom! The lowest floor features a party room with a secret passage that leads to the underground lab - place the clock hands on “1” and “3” to open the hidden door and gain entry. Fang out on the couch and work at the bench. When the experiment is done, head next door to relax - the pool flips to reveal an uhhmazing party scene. 

Monster Entertainment
With additional clips for Monster High® ghouls to fang out (dolls sold separately), it’s sure to be a monster mash-up! Collect other Monster High® dolls and accessories to expand the storytelling fun to horrific proportions. Play out favorite scenes from the Freaky Fusion story. It’s monster entertainment. 

What’s in the Box?
Catacombs set, two lab tables, lab chair, two dining chairs, two settee chairs, lab container, laptop, textbook, notebook, feather pen, two candelabras, one candle, two skeleton torches, one bowl, one mug, one magazine, tray of cupcakes, extra doll clips
Added on August 01, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monster High recap comic con 2014

Well, mansters & ghouls comic con is a wrap and it was off the fang! Here are a few pictures from the reveals this year! We had so many reveals plus the synopsis of the new film "haunted".
It’s a Spectra movie! Looks like it features Frankie, Draculaura, Clawdeen, Twyla, Rochelle and Ghoulia.
The girls will be turned to ghosts and go to a haunted high school.
Becca is presenting Vandala Doubloons - she’s a pirate ghost. She’s very ocean and ship-wrecked themed.
Garrett presented River Styx. Daughter of the
 Grim Reaper. She has a candy color scheme and is very sweet.
And next is Monster Exchange - where new characters come to the school and some of MH girls go see other places. Looks like webisodes will introduce all the characters.
Lorna McNessie - daughter of the Lochness Monster. (As seen earlier via Facebook). Natalie is now presenting her doll. She’s shorter on the Howleen body but will have a longer neck










Thursday, July 24, 2014

San Diego Comic Con news Part 1


I am here at SanDiego Comic Con bringing you news, releases, and maybe even some scare-tastic rumors from our fav Mansters & Ghouls at Monster High! Most posts will be picture heavy and of course I will have a wrap up next week! Also join us on Facebook to get news LIVE!