I am 20 years old, and I love collecting unique dolls-especially of the Gothic variety. However, the more popular Goth dolls (such as the Bleeding Edge and Living Dead brands) will set you back upwards of $30 per doll, and many of them are just downright creepy to look at. Not wanting a slew of Satanic looking dolls at my bedside, I began looking elsewhere for my collection. While babysitting my niece, I saw a commercial during one of her programs for Monster High Dolls, and I knew that I had to find them. I went to my local Wal-Mart and was able to find every single doll in the collection, for a low price similar to that of Amazon's. I purchased the Draculaura doll shown on this page, as well as the Gloom Beach Frankie Stein doll, and I am totally in love with them right now. Aside from brushing their hair, posing them, and then arranging them on their doll stands for display, I haven't touched them at all. However, even from this small amount of interaction, I can tell that the dolls are every child's--and probably every parent's--worst nightmare. Though I know that these dolls are made for children, according to the other reviews, it doesn't seem as if Mattel constructed them to be played with. I haven't had any poor experiences (yet), but I can definitely see my dolls permanently losing limbs in the near future. What I would like to know is why Mattel did not construct the Monster High Dolls like Barbies--giving them firm rubber bodies instead of hard plastic ones. Even the plastic Barbies from my childhood that could bend at the knees were more durable than these. Though I love my dolls for their aesthetic purpose (hence the 3 star rating), I don't recommend them for children under the age of 10--which pretty much covers the age group that these dolls are marketed to. I can't see the Monster High dolls holding up for sleepovers, play dates, or trips to the park, so I would save your kiddos the heartache and find another alternative. As an avid doll fanatic who owned just about every Barbie doll or Barbie-related product in existence when I was young, I am disappointed that Mattel would present such a shoddy product to its consumers. These dolls are cute as a button, but unless you only want to carefully pose them and then put them on a shelf for display, they won't be of much use. In my opinion, Mattel should take this extremely creative idea and go back to the drawing board.
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