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Monster High High School Playset - A Doll House For The Ghouls
I'm a ghoulaholic, I admit... And as an adult I don't play with dolls, I'm a collector (it's so nice how they came up with this word as it makes me look less childish - although I am just a big kid inside).
But I kid you not, I truly am a collector when it comes to Monster High dolls as most of them are still neatly packed in their boxes where they look their best.
As my ghouls like to live their lives inside boxes this play set wasn't bought for me but for my 2 nieces for last Christmas. They were 6 and 8 at that time and have already managed to get quite a few Monster High dolls in their collection (not as neatly packed as mine and they must never find out I have them too) and as they really wanted a doll house for their dolls I decided to indulge them.
Buying this play set wasn't my original plan as I first thought I would get crafty and turn an old Barbie house into a Monster High dollhouse but in the end decided not to as it would cost me a lot and it would never look ghoulish enough - when I saw this playset I knew this was a way better option.
I picked it up at a local store (the price was a bit high but I'm an impulsive shopper) and thought the box is a bit small compared to the Barbie houses the store had but as this doll house is foldable it reassured myself it bigger than it seems to be.
It's the day (and days) after Christmas when we visit our relatives and do the gift-exchange (we are all gift crazy) and it's always the day the little ones in our family (I swear they are spreading like wildfire, there's more of them every year :) are eagerly anticipating.
I gave the gift to Nina and Barbara and I saw they were a bit confused (if not disappointed even) before unwrapping as it was only one gift for both of them but when the wrapping paper came of the screams of joy came in! They were ecstatic. We were forced into assembling the playset asap (their screaming pleas were persuasive) and it took us a bit more than 10 minutes to assemble it - it's easy and straightforward as all you need to do is add lights, webs and other small details and adding stickers if you wish to. Furniture will need assembly too (I don't know how long that needs as the girls were eager to play without and we left before everything was assembled that day). The excitement level was really high.
The play set folds into a suitcase looking house which is a plus if you live in a smaller apartment as they do as when girls are done playing it can easily be stored in the closet.
Once you set it up is quite spacious and two girls can play with it at the same time without problem.
It has 3 rooms (well two and a half to be honest) - the creepetaria and classroom as full rooms and balcony like room on second floor. The outside of this doll house is playable too - I really like the entrance (oh and the girls like it too) and the hoop on the other wall where boy ghouls can play basketball - they said their girl ghouls don't like basketball.
There are a lot of accessories that come with this set, I was surprised at how many as it's not just furniture - it's trophies, food, disco balls... Lots!
But enough about that, the most important thing is what girls think about it isn't it? Well it's been almost a year since they got it and and a few accessories got lost but they still love it as much as they did a year ago. They upgraded the house with some furniture and sometimes use it as a school playhouse and sometimes as a home for their favourite ghouls (Nina's is Draculaura while Barbara loves her Torelei). It's still as sturdy as it was in the beginning (not counting the cobweb they managed to brake).
As I can't get them the playset this year (there are some cool furniture playsets out there though) I'm thinking about getting each of them a new doll and these are some of the newest releases in Monster High family.
Catty Noir - I have to say I do have a bit mixed feelings about her - I love the pink and silver outfit but I think she's a bid dull looking otherwise.
I would never guess they will be releasing another Catrine DeMew so soon as she was an exclusive doll in the Scaris line. But here's she is and just in time for Christmas.
Jinafire Long has been a hit last Christmas and has been one of the most asked for ghouls of the year and here she is in the new Scaremester edition. Love her!