I must confess I’ve been mulling over how I feel about Monster High’s 2016 reboot since it was announced back in December 2015 and I am just figuring out how I feel about it now. The whole community reacted strongly. My gut reaction in December was that I hated it and was going to stop collecting Monster High dolls as soon as the new faces came out.
Then again, I had been mulling over ending my collection anyway since I couldn’t find an Isi Dawndancer without insane eye wonk or basically any other Monster High doll without glue seeping out of her head (three 13 Wishes Twyla dolls before I threw in the towel). Now, having gone four months without a single new Monster High doll on my shelves, I have to confess that I’m warming up to the reboot. I may even be for it.
A lot of the reaction against the new faces seem to be centered around a hatred of Barbie (another Mattel doll line, by the way, so same company). Ironically, I gave Barbie another chance because I wanted a new doll to collect once I was done with Monster High. Now, the new, sweeter face of Monster High has started to appeal to me.
This may be because I collect the dolls in isolation from the rest of the Monster High franchise. I have no interest in ever seeing a Monster High movie, for example, and couldn’t care less about which characters are dating. From that perspective, I see them differently, because I have no attachment to a persona outside of the doll design itself.
Speaking of Barbie, had they never done their Fashionistas pseudo-reboot, I never would have collected them either, and maybe the Monster High reboot is exactly that I need to rekindle my waning interest in the Monster High doll series.
I know a lot of people will be walking away from Monster High dolls after the reboot this summer, but I think the number may be fewer than originally anticipated. I will be reserving my final judgement until more of the dolls themselves come out, but for now I am willing to give the reboot a chance.
What are your thoughts on the Monster High 2016 reboot? Are you willing to give the new face a chance or are you firmly against the redesign? Let me know in the comments!