Any fashion doll collecting Simpson’s fan should know what the phrase: ‘but she’s got a new hat!‘ means, and lately when it comes to my Monster High collecting, I’ve started to hear it in my own head. For instance, I bought the Day at the Maul fashion pack with the intention of buying a nude Lala and Frankie to put them in…only to go a head and buy the Killer Style dolls. The Killer Style doll clothes are just varients of the clothes in the fashion pack. I was also thinking of buying both varients of Abbey’s new ice skating outft. One has a purple skirt, one has blue.
Why? Do I want to be *that* much of a completionist? I guess it is only just starting to hit me just how hard getting *every* single doll in such a popular line is going to be. It is only in its second year and the line is showing no signs that it will calm down any time soon. Already Mattel is just releasing their new CAM and Roller Derby lines, Robecca Steam and Venus will be released soon as well as the announcement of Ghouls Rule, wave 2 Dead Tired, Dot Dead Gorgeous, Day at the Maul Clawdeen and Operetta (whose outfits are variants of the just-now released outfit packs), Scary Tales and we can’t forget the Skull Shores five pack including colour version Frankie plus Clawdeen and Cleo.
And all of that, doesn’t even include the playsets – Coffin Bean, Draculaura’s Powder Room, Cleo’s Vanity, Lab Pack, the High School, Ghoulia’s Scooter and Draculaura’s Roadster.
Speaking of the roadster, I bought one myself, a few weeks ago. Wasn’t cheap either (found it in a Toyworld and their prices can be a bit questionable at times) but I felt I couldn’t leave it there. Unlike the dolls (and their clothes) I haven’t bought all of the play sets. I never bought The coffin bed or Frankie’s mirror bed, and only bought the hydration station and Clawdeen’s bed because they came with dolls. Of the upcoming play sets the only one I thought I would be buying was the Coffin Bean (as it came with a doll and I would have use for a doll couch for displaying), until I read the powder room and scooter will have dolls. And the roadster is also to be re-released. With a doll.
I’m starting to feel overwhelmed. The thought of re-buying the roadster just for a Lala doll has got Smithers repeating that Simpson quote in my head over and over. Can I even hope to keep up if Mattel keeps pumping out these dolls for the next decade? Or for as long as the Queen of playline Barbie has been around? Is it best I just stick to the basic line of dolls like I had originally said I was going to back in late 2010/early 2011 – when my collection was as big as this: