Monster High Dolls, introduced in 2010 by the renowned toy manufacturing and entertainment company Mattel, have captured the hearts of girls around the world. Designed by Garrett Sander and his twin brother Darren, these dolls were born out of their observation that young girls were drawn to goth fashion. Mattel immediately embraced the idea and filed for a trademark on the name “Monster High” in 2007. The target audience for these unique dolls was pre-teen girls (ages 8 to 12) who were seeking a departure from the traditional Barbie dolls.
The Collector’s Appeal
While initially created for children, the unconventional design of Monster High Dolls also attracted the attention of collectors worldwide. Recognizing this market, Mattel began producing limited-edition collector’s dolls, both for special occasions and early on in the brand’s history. The dolls gained immense popularity and often sold out faster than Mattel could supply. After an abrupt hiatus in 2018, the franchise made a highly anticipated comeback in 2020, introducing premium collector’s dolls.
The 8 Rarest Monster High Dolls
Here, we present a list of the 8 rarest Monster High Dolls that have become highly sought-after collectibles. These dolls are mostly from the early days of the brand or were released as limited editions.
8. Djinni “Whisp” Grant
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Djinni “Whisp” Grant was created as a companion to Gigi Grant, who desired a friend. Initially introduced as a Shadow Genie, Djinni later evolved into a true Genie, assuming Gigi’s responsibilities. Clever, mischievous, and funny, Whisp is brimming with innovative ideas. However, she struggles with jealousy and keeps her emotions guarded.
A limited number of Djinni “Whisp” dolls were released in 2015 exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. These dolls feature blackish-purple lipstick, fading pink eyeshadow, and hair adorned with light blue, purple, and black streaks. The doll was only available as part of a 2-pack at Comic-Con, alongside another villain named Kieran Valentine.
Fun Fact: In 2015, an impressive 158 merchandise items were released for the Monster High franchise, making it one of the brand’s biggest years.
7. Skelita Calaveras
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Introduced in 2012, Skelita Calaveras is a skeleton with a warm and supportive family. Kind, soft-spoken, and friendly, Skelita occasionally grapples with shyness and insecurity. She is deeply passionate about art and draws strength from her creativity and her loving family.
In 2016, Mattel released a collector’s edition doll of Skelita Calaveras, featuring her signature Día de Los Muertos makeup. The doll’s dress pays homage to the culture of Mexico’s Oaxaca region, incorporating intricate floral motifs, lace, and captivating swirls.
Fun Fact: The original launch of Skelita Calaveras dolls in 2012 included a special packaging designed by Natalie Villegas, paying tribute to her own cultural heritage. These specially packaged dolls were sent to doll reviewers as part of the promotion.
6. Zomby Gaga
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Zomby Gaga is a limited edition collector’s doll that made its debut at the 2016 New York Toy Fair. This doll was exclusively available online through multiple retailers. Inspired by Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” music video and Rick Genest (also known as Zombie Boy), an artist featured in the video, Zomby Gaga celebrates Gaga’s unapologetic spirit.
Zomby Gaga is known for her free-spirited nature, embracing bravery, kindness, and acceptance. Her ‘clawesome’ talent and warm personality have earned her love and adoration from monsters worldwide. Zomby Gaga’s striking face resembles a skull, complete with brown eyes and dark patches. She sports bone tattoos on her neck and hands, with “LADY GAGA” inked across her knuckles. Her ensemble includes a stylish black tuxedo.
Fun Fact: Zomby Gaga was a collaborative creation between Lady Gaga’s sister, Natali Germanotta, and Mattel’s designers.
5. Wydowna Spider (Webarella)
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Wydowna Spider, initially released as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive in 2013, quickly gained collector’s attention. Back in 2011, Mattel conducted an on-site and online vote at Comic-Con, allowing fans to choose which doll they wanted to see produced. Wydowna Spider, Daughter of Arachne, emerged as the runner-up, promising her future release.
The debut of Wydowna Spider was met with much anticipation and excitement. The doll was available for pre-order in limited quantities, with strict purchasing restrictions to ensure fairness. The unique doll was briefly available for online purchase. However, the aftersale period allowed only one purchase per household.
Fun Fact: Wydowna Spider made a reappearance as an exclusive doll for New York Comic-Con, marking the first time Monster High participated in the event.
4. Scarah Screams
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Scarah Screams won the earlier mentioned fan vote, becoming the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. However, this doll wasn’t released individually; it was packaged as a 2-pack with Hoodude Voodoo. Revealed on May 25, 2012, the doll’s design opened for pre-orders on May 30. Just like the next year’s Comic-Con exclusive, purchasing limits were imposed to ensure fairness.
Fun Fact: This exclusive 2-pack was a special homage to backgrounders, the models created to populate the classrooms, halls, and various areas of Monster High.
3. Ghoulia Yelps
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Ghoulia Yelps, one of the first dolls released in the Monster High line, became an instant favorite among collectors. The Comic-Con exclusive Ghoulia Yelps was the sixth version of the doll. This version of Ghoulia is dressed as Ms. Dead Fast. Her unique look was first revealed on April 29, 2011, on Facebook. Pre-orders for this exclusive doll began on July 11.
During the convention on July 21, Mattel held a contest in collaboration with Just Jared Jr., with five lucky winners receiving an exclusive Ghoulia Yelps doll. The convention also made 1000 copies available for aftersale on August 1.
Fun Fact: After the initial release of Monster High dolls, Mattel faced criticism for their dolls being perceived as “hyper-sexualized.” Critics argued that the unrealistic bodies and revealing outfits could negatively influence young girls.
2. Frankie Stein (Gray Scale)
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Frankie Stein in black and white is one of the rarest Monster High dolls ever produced. As the first exclusive doll released by Mattel, it holds a special place in collectors’ hearts. During the early days of Monster High, these dolls were not yet recognized as valuable collectibles, resulting in limited preservation by owners.
The original colorful Frankie Stein doll was released as part of the Basic series in early July 2010. However, on July 22, 2010, a gray-scale version was launched as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. Sporting dark gray lipstick, eye makeup, and a gray complexion, this unique doll wears a distinctive black, gray, and white plaid dress.
Only 5000 dolls were produced, and they were exclusively available at the convention. A small number of grayscale Frankie Stein dolls were later briefly available for purchase at Justice and through online channels.
Fun Fact: To date, Mattel has released a staggering 114 versions of Frankie Stein dolls.
1. Sloman “Slo Mo” Mortavirch (Ghoul Spirit)
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The rarest Monster High Doll is the factory error version of Sloman “Slo Mo” Mortavirch from the Ghoul Spirit line. Initially released in early July 2013, this doll marked Sloman’s first-ever appearance. Shortly after its release, designers discovered an error—the doll’s hand was made using werewolf molds instead of the correct molds.
Realizing the mistake, Mattel quickly rectified it, sending out Sloman dolls with the correct hand mold to stores in late January 2014. Most of the dolls with the wrong hand molds were withdrawn from the market, resulting in only a few making their way into the hands of lucky customers. Obtaining one of these dolls has become extremely challenging, and they command high prices among collectors.
Fun Fact: Sloman embodies the classic zombie archetype, often seen lost in thought, staring into space, and occasionally letting out moans and groans.
These 8 rare and highly sought-after Monster High Dolls have become treasured collectibles among fans and collectors alike. With their unique designs, intricate details, and limited availability, these dolls hold a special place in the hearts of Monster High enthusiasts. Whether you’re a collector seeking to expand your collection or a fan nostalgic for the early days of Monster High, these dolls offer a glimpse into the rich history and allure of the franchise.