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In Defense of Monster High Part 4- Jinafire LongFirst of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to read, comment, and give my foray into non-pony related content a chance. My impetus behind this series of journals was pushing back against many MLP fan's perception that the Monster High influence was Equestria Girls' biggest fault. Obviously I disagree, and I believe that, quite the opposite, what Monster High is a toyline that others should absolute emulate in terms of quality and design competency. It really means a lot to me that you all have taken the time to give these journals, and Monster High, half a chance! Thanks for reading!
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Over the past few days we've discussed both the aesthetic impressiveness of Monster High as well as the quality of the toys themselves. Today I'd like to wrap up by looking at both of these qualities in one doll- Jinafire Long, the golden dragon from Fanghai (If you haven't noticed already, puns abound in the Monster High universe!)
In Defense of Monster High Pt3- SkelitaBefore we begin, a quick apology. I am currently without power here at Pixelkitties Manor thanks to the ginormous storm that spanked Pittsburgh yesterday and last night, so I am posting this update via my tablet. I am a terrible typist and proofreader at the best of times, and sitting here pecking at a touchscreen, I worry that this is going to be an incoherent mess! If I sound like an idiot, it's mostly because I'm laboring under less-than-ideal circumstances. And...partially because I'm an idiot. Anyway, on with the stuff!
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Over the past few days I've discussed how detail and a commitment to both brand and character themes are one of the key factors making Monster High such a wildly successful line of dolls. Factors that the Equestria Girls are severely lacking despite a ready-made fandom, backstory, characters, themes and motivations.
Today we'll continue taking a look at the use of theming and details, while also examining how what's under the dol
In Defense of Monster High Pt 2- GhouliaYesterday I touched upon the idea that the real failing of Equestria Girls, at least insofar as the toyline, is that it is geared towards one specific goal- getting a piece of the monster-sized success of Monster High while ignoring the details that have made MH so successful.
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With the next few installments, I want to look at these details, and how they relate to making the individual dolls so excellent and the line so successful. First up- theming and attention to detail, both of which are, in my opinion, the keys to Monster High's success and factors which set them apart from most every other toy on the market.
Each MH doll is a character with not only a distinct, canon personality, but is also based on a monster or fictional creature from folklore or horror films. My example today happens to be not only my favorite character, but also represents my favorite monster as well. Meet Ghoulia Yelps, the zombie and smartest ghoul in school:
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