20 Best New Monster High Dolls of 2017

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When Mattel introduced the Monster High series of fashion doll collection in July 2010, they knew it would be an instant hit. That is why MGA followed suit in 2012 with its Bratzillaz, Playhut with Mystixx, Jakk Pacific with Zombie Girls, and WowWee with Once Upon a Zombie. These witch- and monster- themed dolls were all testament to Monster High’s success. This year, 2016, Mattel’s Monster High will be rebooted complete with new face molds for its Ghouls and Mansters, an animated film, and a song performed by American Idol season 6 winner Jordin Sparks.

We are here to present to you the newest line of Monster High dolls that will sure to elevate the playtime activities of your kids. Mind you, the Monster High series is not only good for girls, it has dolls for boys, too. So, check out our list of the 20 top new Monster High dolls you can give either as a Christmas present or even as a birthday gift for your child.

Top 20 New Monster High Dolls

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PictureModelAge RangeOur Rating
Monster High Boo York, Boo York Gala Ghoulfriends Luna Mothews Doll6-12 years5
Monster High Jane Boolittle Doll6-12 years4.96
Monster High Boo York, Boo York City Schemes Catty Noir Doll6-12 years4.92
Monster High Freaky Fusion Neighthan Rot Doll6-15 years4.89
Monster High Frights, Camera, Action! Elissabat Doll6-12 years4.85
Monster High Haunted Student Spirits River Styxx Doll6-15 years4.81

1Frights. Camera. Action! Elissabat Doll 

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

One of the most famous new Ghouls in Monster High, Elissabat exudes confidence as a movie star and a really enchanting actress. She’s got knee-high beautifully adorned leather boots to complement her modern corset complete with ruffled layers, a sleek and sexy high neck, and a bodice that laces up to reveal her marvelous figure. The doll set comes with Elissabat’s own signature hair brush, Elissabat’s diary, a silver hand trophy, and a doll stand. Elissabat also has a pink bangle to adorn her slim arm.

What We Like about It – This should be a fantastic addition to your kid’s collection of Monster High dolls, especially if she is already a fan of Elissabat. It’s great for helping encourage manipulative play to help in dressing up and grooming Elissabat’s gorgeous hair. The doll is an excellent tool for stimulating imaginative play which can be the foundation for creativity and divergent problem solving skills. 

2Frights. Camera. Action! Viperine Gorgon Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Known as the naturally talented make-up artist of Hauntlywood, Viperine Gorgon carries with her a very colorful makeup palette and brush to bring out the unnatural beauty of the other Monster High Ghouls. Her make-up kit can be stored in a pink make-up box that can also double as a portable mirror as well as a beautifully spooktacular handbag. The top of the make-up box opens to reveal a vanity which Viperine uses to keep her clients as scary as possible. The set comes complete with other accessories that complement Viperine’s boho chic outfit, pink sunglasses, and viper-tipped signature tall boots.

What We Like about It – It’s great for encouraging dramatic and fantasy play in kids helping them to use their full imagination in playing the role of a make-up artist. This can also help facilitate mastery of manual dexterity as well as for the enhancement of fine motor skills.

3Boo York Gala Ghoulfriends Luna Mothews Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Luna Mothews is one of the famed models and fashion icons of Boo York, alongside Mouscedes King and Elle Eedee. These three gals are essentially the new Ghoul friends of our Monster High ghouls preparing to celebrate the passing of the famed Crystal Comet over Boo York City. Luna Mothews sports a goth-moth fashion complete with moth wings and bright red orange head wear that’s shaped like a moth with an antenna. She also sports a red velvety bodice with silvery accents and a beautiful skirt that has been designed to mimic that of a moth’s wings. She’s got tall black leggings, too to complete her moth-terrific outfit. The set already includes Luna Mothews signature brush and a doll stand.

What We Like about It – It’s great for strengthening fine motor skills as well as manual dexterity. It is also helpful in encouraging dramatic play especially in playing the role of a fashion icon. This can help develop other cognitive skills.

4Boo York City Schemes Catty Noir Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Daughter of the catty and meowy Werecats, Catty Noir is one of the aspiring fashion models that are preparing to celebrate the passing of the Crystal Comet over Boo York City. Catty is known to have a very intense rivalry with Nefera de Nile especially when it comes to who has the best and scariest and most iconic to-die-for-comet fashion. Sporting a purple on black dress complete with silvery accents, Catty Noir provides a dramatic fashion statement for the comet celebration of the century. The silvery shoulders complement the equally silvery bodice, a cat’s tail, and a headband that has been purposely designed as a cat’s ear. Catty also has a blue handbag, silver necklace, and pink gloves that are fingerless.

What We Like about It – The intricate cat-like details of Catty’s fashion is simply amazing. It would be very interesting to see what kids will make up of this kind of fashion. It’s also great for helping master dexterity, self-help skills, and fine motor skills.

5Freak du Chic Gooliope Jellington Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Standing almost 17 inches tall, Gooliope Jellington is about 4 inches taller than your average Monster High Ghoul. The Freak du Chic line is a celebration of Monster High’s annual dance with all students skelebrating their individual freaky characters in the most ghoulish and monsterrific way possible. Gooliope Jellington has been helping the other characters of Freak du Chic in coming up with their scariest outfits. Perhaps it is her imposing 17 inch figure that is making her the go-to girl when it comes to fashion or maybe it’s just her  shimmery pink skin, yellow hair, and a beautifully monsterrific circus couture in red, black, and yellow print. The couture is adorned by a black and white belt with a shredded underskirt to bring the whole outfit together.

What We Like about It – The size is simply immense. Some consumers commented it’s twice the size of the other Monster High dolls. That said, it should be perfect for smaller hands as the larger accessories will be a lot easier to handle.

6Freaky Fusion Sirena von Boo Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

If you combine the genes of a ghost and a mermaid, what will you get? You will get Sirena von Boo, that’s what. The Freaky Fusion line of dolls from Monster High is their brand new line of genetic ghoulish and monsterrific hybrids, a combination of at least 2 different supernaturals. With Sirena, it’s all about the ectoplasmic characteristics of a ghost with the fairy tale-like mysticism of a mermaid. Sirena sports a really gore-geous looking mermaid’s tail complete with a chain overlay that will have you thinking it’s like a fish caught in a net. The wavy blue hair complements Sirena’s black caudal fin that spreads outwards like some sea coral. Sirena comes with a silver chain necklace, black streaming bracelets, and silver earrings.

What We Like about It – It’s going to be fantastic looking at how your kid will react to this kind of mutation. It’s still excellent for encouraging imagination and dramatic play, of course, while at the same time providing for opportunity to strengthen fine motor and self-help skills.

7Freaky Fusion Neighthan Rot Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

This one’s for the boys. Neightan Rot is a fusion between the famed legendary unicorn and the unrelenting zombie. With ears and the classic signature horn of the unicorn, Neightan Rot is one of Monster High’s newest additions characterized by the fusion of at least 2 legendary ghoulish and monsterrific creatures. The whole body outfit is designed as the interior of the human body complete with the rib cage, the lungs underneath it, the stomach, and the other digestive organs including the muscles and bones of the left lower limb. One arm is colored in blue while the other in red to signify the 2 different colors of blood. Neighthan has a hat, too.

What We Like about It – It’s amazing to see the glow in the eyes of kids when they see this. A fusion of unicorn and zombie is unheard of. This should help kids come up with their own crazy ideas of monster fusion.

8Haunted Student Spirits Kiyomi Haunterly Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

In the Monster High Haunted movie, things got a little spookier than expected. Our friends from Monster High made some new friends – student spirits – to help them save Spectra Vondergeist from being detained in chains for all eternity. Kiyomi Haunterly is one of these new ghostly friends alongside Vandala Doubloons, Porter Geiss, and River Styxx. Kiyomi is tha daughter of Noppera-Bo, otherwise known as the faceless ghost. Kiyomi sports a boo-tiful and fashionable outfit complete with translucent chain link, a really marvelous looking necklace that is designed to look like a dress collar, a fabulous looking handbag, and a ghoulish headband to make her lavenderish hair look more ghostly.

What We Like about It – This should be an interesting way to introduce to kids the idea of ghosts and spirits and should be an excellent addition to their collection of Monster High dolls.

9New Scaremester Gigi Grant Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Debuting in the movie Monster High 13 Wishes, Gigi Grant is joining the gang at Monster High for the new Scaremester. Daughter of the wish-granting Genie, this magical princess packs quite a fashionable punch of her own complete with a black top adorned with the golden print of a scorpion skeleton. The blue and pink wraparound skirt pairs beautifully with its matching blue and pink sheer sleeves. The mesh leggings complement the golden chain-like belt and golden cutout boots. Gigi also sports a color-block schoolbag together with her very own signature hair brush.

What We Like about It – It’s really a great way to help encourage children to learn to love school. By letting them explore and role-play their school-going activities, they will have a better understanding of their roles as learners. Great for psychomotor and cognitive development, too.

10Haunted Student Spirits Porter Geiss Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

Porter Geiss is one of the new ghostly characters that debuted in the Monster High Haunted movie. In the said film, things got a little out of hand leaving the ghouls from Monster High to form new alliances with student spirits, one of them is Porter Geiss, alongside Vandala Doubloons, Kiyomi Haunterly, and River Styxx. The group banded together to save Spectra Vondergeist from eternal damnation with detention chains. Porter sports a very colorful and boo-tiful outfit completely adorned with chains. He always carry with him several cans of spray paint to help provide a more colorful adventure for the whole group.

What We Like about It – Boys will surely love Porter’s character. Girls will adore him even more as they get to role-play social interactions and relationships among ghosts, ghouls, and spirits. This should make for an interesting imaginative play.

11Freaky Field Trip Clawdeen Wolf Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

Part of academic life is going on field trips. For the ghouls at Monster High a field trip is unlike any other as they venture through the howl-ways of the Museum of Unnatural Hiss-tory. Clawdeen Wolf is one of the newest ghouls to grace Monster High’s new Scaremester complete with a very unique slanted lower hem black strapless outfit with freakish fossil patterns. Her hair is beautifully highlighted in purple to accentuate the sticking werewolf ears. She’s got purple booties, a green sash, a golden creepy fossilized skull bracelet, and a cool folder.

What We Like about It – We adore the wavy hair which should be excellent for helping kids to learn how to properly groom Clawdeen. It is also ideal for encouraging imaginative and dramatic play. However, it is often ideal to get the rest of the Freaky Field Trip gang to reap the full benefits of role-playing.

12Great Scarrier Reef Glowsome Ghoulfish Toralei Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

A new addition to Monster High is the aquatic creatures that have swum the water of the Great Scarrier Reef. These include Glowsome Ghoulfish Toralei, electric eel Frankie Stein and sail fish Lagoona Blue. Toralei is a purrfect werecat that has been transformed into a magnificent lion fish complete with colorful black and orange dorsal fins, an equally colorful orange tail with black and white diagonal patterns, and a caudal fin that fans out beautifully allowing Toralei to glide seamless in the turquoise waters of the Great Scarrier Reef. And oh, we almost forgot. The beautiful dark accents actually glow in the dark to give it a bioluminescent effect.

What We Like about It – It’s a cross between a cat, a werewolf, and a lion fish. What else can they think up next? This can greatly stimulate any kid’s creativity and imagination by combining the features of current animals and other creatures to come up with an entirely new species. Now, that’s discovery at its best.

13Haunted Student Spirits Vandala Doubloons Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

When things got out of hand, more than what our friendly ghouls of Monster High had in mind, in the film Monster High Haunted, they turned to the open and welcome arms of student spirits that included Vandala Doubloons, River Styxx, Porter Geiss, and Kiyomi Haunterly. With the beefed up group, they embarked on a mission to free Spectra Vondergeist from eternal detention. The daughter of a ghastly Pirate ghost, Vandala Doubloons epitomizes the swashbuckling audacity of her father. Vandala sports a beautiful pirate’s hat, an accessory that’s shaped like a ship’s anchor, and a peg leg that is removable. Since Vandala is a spirit, you can expect most of her body to be translucent.

What We Like about It – For the fans of Captain Jack Sparrow, then this might as well be the spirit equivalent of the well-loved captain of the Black Pearl. Vandala can really help kids work their imagination as they try out different scenes and roles to play.

14Jane Boolittle Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Monster High has a new version of the famed children’s storybook character – Jane Boolittle. She walks around the campus of Monster High this Scaremester with her trusted sidekick – a voodoo sloth who is aptly named Needles. Needles just happens to be Jane’s backpack, too. This is where Jane hides all of her secrets and with Needles guarding the entrance to these treasured mementos, there is no one on Monster High who can gain access to such well-guarded secrets. Jane comes with a beautiful handbag to match here colorful blue on red outfit with skull belt, black knee-length pants, and tall boots. She also has a walking stick that’s actually a pen to write in her very own diary.

What We Like about It – We find the matching walking stick quite amazing as kids can use it to write on Jane’s diary. There’s no need to look for a writing instrument anymore. This can help enhance kids’ writing and language skills.

15Boo York Gala Ghoulfriends Mouscedes King Doll

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

Part of the group that is expected to come together in Boo York City to skull-ebrate the passing of the mythical Crystal Comet is Mouscedes King, the daughter of the mighty Rat King. Mouscedes is destined to celebrate the cosmic event with Elle Eeddee, Luna Mothews, Nefera de Nile, and catty Noir, outdoing one another in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all, to-die-for-comet fashion extravaganza. Wishing to do away with her murine nature, Mouscedes instead opted to wear a black bodice with golden polka dots and a tapered skirt with gold foil. She’s also wearing a bright blue tiara that complements her pink locks and protruding well-rounded mouse ears. Her beautiful pink tail naturally curves behind.

What We Like about It – Mouscedes is one beautiful rat. It should help teach children that anyone can actually be beautiful. Playing with the rest of the Boo York Gala dolls should make dramatic and imaginative play more interesting for kids.

16Draculaura Collector Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

Draculaura belongs to the royalty. She is a class above all other creatures in Monster High and rightfully so. Aside from the fact that Draculaura is the heir to Dracula’s empire, she is also a full 3 inches taller than other MH creatures at 15.2 inches. She wears a mermaid dress complete with a caudal fin-themed chiffon-ruffled skirt that fans out at the bottom. The black bodice is embroidered with pink web-like patterns which makes an interesting contrast to her bat wing-like cape. Her top hat is designed as a lace headgear to complement her killer shoes. She’s got the body of a real professional model, perfect for monsterrific display.

What We Like about It – This is one doll you certainly would want to display. Nevertheless, it should be a great addition to the MH doll collection of your kid. If she doesn’t have one yet, then this is a great way to start. Great for imaginative play.

17Freaky Fusion Avea Trotter Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

Avea Trotter is the offspring of a centaur and a harpy and is one of the newest addition to Monster High’s Freaky Fusion line. She sports a satin red jacket worn over a blue ruffled shirt. Her centaur body is adorned with a black bridle and rein that are dutifully connected to her black belt. Her centaur feet all have leg warmers. She’s got the ears of a centaur and the wings of a harpy.

What We Like about It – Like all fusion dolls, Avea can help stimulate kids’ imagination by thinking of different ways in which different creatures can be combined to form another creature. Great for problem solving skills, too.

18Travel Scaris Rochelle Goyle Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

Rochelle Goyle is taking to the skies as part of Monster High’s jetsetting crowd. Rochelle wears a beautiful pink dress with an Eiffel Tower design and lacy blouse. She’s got a beautiful cap and a striped leggings to complement her pink heels. She’s got batwings, a travelling suitcase, and a jewelry specifically for Rochelle. The set also comes with a travel journal.

What We Like about It – The doll is excellent for make-believe travel play. It can help foster imagination among kids especially when role-playing air travelers. It’s great for enhancing psychomotor skills, too.

19Haunted Student Spirits River Styxx Doll

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Age Range 6 to 15 years old

Part of the quartet of new student spirits helping the ghouls of Monster High rescue Spectra Vondergeist from being enslaved in her detention chain for eternity, River Styxx is also the daughter of the spookiest creature of them all, the Grim Reaper. Together with Kiyomi Haunterly, Vandala Doubloons, and Porter Geiss, River uses her famed scythe and bow to save the day for our ghoulish friends. River sports a glowing outfit and chains to complement her equally colorful pink and blue hair.

What We Like about It – This is one excellent way to help kids be as imaginative as they can be. However, we would strongly recommend completing the 4 student spirit friends as this can help improve their role-play. It’s nonetheless ideal for enhancing psychomotor and cognitive development while enhancing social and emotional skills.

20Boo York Frightseers Clawdeen Wolf Doll 

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Age Range 6 to 12 years old

While Clawdeen Wolf is not part of the group of ghouls for the Gala Night skull-ebrating the passing of the mythical Crystal Comet, she is nevertheless going to Boo York City to perform a monsterrific musical with Operetta and Draculaura. Clawdeen sports a gold short pants to complement her white shirt with black prints underneath a blue denim jacket. She’s also wearing an orange crystal-inspired eyeglasses that naturally enhances her wolf’s ears protruding through her highlighted locks. She also has a black keychain and lock-inspired shoulder bag that matches well with her golden boots.

What We Like about It – It’s one of those dolls that you are sure any kid will adore. The waist-length hair of Clawdeen can truly help kids master their self-help skills as well as fine motor skills. It’s also great for imaginative play.

How We Chose the Dolls in Our List

With so many Monster High doll figures and play sets to choose from, coming up with the top 20 new Monster High dolls is never an easy feat. Additionally, everything is made by the same company that has, for 6 years, dominated the monster-themed doll market and that has come to be the measuring stick of all other doll-makers that have come after it.

Well, we had to rely on the overall design of the Monster High doll. We had to make sure that they are appropriate for the developmental age of children who will be playing with these dolls. We had to carefully examine each one especially in terms of its benefits to the optimum development of children. We then had to read through the hundreds of customer reviews as well as parent feedbacks regarding the doll’s usefulness in either bringing joy to their children or helping their children grow and develop more optimally. It’s one of the trickiest and most challenging top 20s we have done so far. Nevertheless, we were able to pull it off.

Playing with Dolls and its Effects on Children’s Development

Many adults consider playing as a waste of time. They think that playing is a huge departure from their learning. What they fail to recognize is that at the heart of each play, learning takes place.

Playing with dolls allow kids to enjoy many types of play including dramatic play, manipulative play, fantasy play, and, to some extent, exploratory play. All of these play types can play a major role in the optimum growth and development of children.

For instance, dressing-up Monster High dolls will help develop, enhance, or strengthen the cognitive, self-help, and fine motor skills of children. For instance, they can play with dolls to help them master the fundamental skills of putting on clothes, buttoning one’s shirt and pants, removing one’s clothes, bathing, feeding, potty training, hygiene, and even grooming. While it takes many young kids to perfect these activities of daily living, they can learn and train for it using their dolls.

Now, many of these self-help skills require manual dexterity. For example, removing the buttons of one’s shirt require careful and very precise movements of the fingers as each button is carefully slotted out of its buttonhole. Buttoning is a similar endeavor where the different muscles of the fingers must be contracted at exactly the same time so that the button can be slotted through and in its hole. Perhaps more importantly is the mastery of using both hands in a coordinated manner. Buttoning, for example, requires one hand to hold the button while the other opens the buttonhole. This also requires hand-eye coordination, precision, and understanding of spatial relations. All self-help activities will require the balance and coordination of both hands. And all of these can be mastered using dolls such as those from Mattel’s Monster High.

Cognitively, kids playing with dolls learn about the different parts of the body especially those that can be readily seen such as the eyes, nose, lips, hair, skin, arms, legs, feet, and a whole lot more. This can also help in their language skills by expanding their vocabulary. You can also teach them the names of the different types of clothes like pants, dress, shirts, socks, and jammies, among other types of clothing. With Monster High dolls, there’s so much to learn especially with the different accessories that come with each package. The different body parts of the doll, its clothing, and its accessories can also be used to teach kids about adjectives, verbs, or feelings associated with such things. For example, kids can learn that their Monster High doll is “beautiful” and “tall” and that their dolls can go “hungry” if they are not able to “eat”. If they don’t eat in time, then they will be “sad”.

Playing with dolls also help children develop their pragmatic skills or social communication skills. This helps them understand that certain social situations may require different manner of communicating. It essentially helps kids to use language for a variety of purposes and be able to adapt his or her language to the needs of the other person or even the situation. Likewise, pragmatics allow children to follow some of the unspoken rules of conversation. These can all be enhanced by their playing with dolls as they can practice using their language through the different scenarios that they have conceived for their dramatic and fantasy play.

Dolls like those from Mattel’s Monster High can also be beneficial in enhancing the development of children’s emotional and social skills. They learn to care and nurture their dolls and often re-enact caring interactions they have received from Mom and Dad as well as other caregivers, siblings, relatives, and even friends. This can also help them to prepare for becoming an older sibling. By loving, nurturing, and caring for their dolls, children are able to develop a healthier sense of self which can also help in boosting their self-esteem. This can greatly influence their social interactions thus, leading to improved social development.

Perhaps one of the most often overlooked benefit of playing with dolls is the level of creativity and imagination it can help encourage in the child. By working with different doll accessories, children are able to think outside the box and create their very own hairstyles as well as fashion styles. Some can also use their dolls as wonderful instruments for exploratory play. They can think of many different ways in which the doll can be played with. Technically, this can give rise to the development of divergent problem solving skills wherein children learn that there may be more than one solution to any given problem. This lays the foundation for critical thinking and counterfactual reasoning.

Playing with dolls can truly have many benefits to children. From the development of their psychomotor and cognitive skills to the enhancement of their language, social, and emotional skills, dolls like those from the Monster High collection by Mattel are great instruments of child development. These can also help prepare children for the many essential roles they will have to play later in their lives as adults.

Thus, we feel deeply honored to have been given the chance to share with you the top 20 new Monster High dolls for 2016. We are very positive that any one of the dolls in our list will surely bring a wide smile in your child and reassurance in you that your kid will grow and develop to his or her full potential.

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