Ghouliette here. Today I’m reviewing Mattel’s Monster High Sweet Screams Draculaura and Frankie Stein dolls. I’ve been waiting for these dolls to hit the shelves ever I saw the advance publicity photos online before Christmas. I thought they were unique. Upon seeing them in person, I will say these dolls do not disappoint.
The Sweet Screams dolls, or as I like to call them, the Gothic Lolita Monster High dolls, are very different from any other Monster High doll. They look more avant-garde, with extremely stylized face-ups and clothing. The artwork on the boxes are very Tim Burton-esque, and the cartoons of Frankie and Draculaura are adorable.
The dolls come with mini comic books that explain the premise of the Sweet Screams line. In Dr. Seuss-like verse, they tell of a creepover with Frankie and Draculaura, during which Draculaura eats too much candy and has a nightmare. She dreams that she and Frankie turn into candy.
Strangely enough, Frankie has the same dream, even though she didn’t eat any candy.
The costumes of the Sweet Screams dolls represent Frankie and Draculaura as they appear in their nightmare. Frankie represents lollipops and hard candy. Conceptually it’s hard to get that from the costume alone (although the lollipop in her hair is a clue), but the artwork on the box makes that clear. Her colors of blue, red, and white reflect the colors of the giant swirled lollipop.
Even her trademark black-and-white hair has red streaks in it. It’s a new look for Frankie, as is the little mini-beehive she’s wearing (as if she’s wearing a “donut” or bump-it), and I like it.
Her shoes take the candy theme down to her toes. They look like hard candy melting in the hot sun.
Draculaura, on the other hand, has turned into bubblegum. With her pink and black colors, I would have thought she was licorice (she reminds me of Good ‘n Plenty).
Her hair is styled in crazy, enormous pink and black long pigtails with long spiral pigtail-holders keeping them in place.
Her shoes are the best feature of her outfit, and possibly the most creative Monster High shoe ever – perhaps even more creative than those of Scaremester Jinafire Long. They look like she’s just stepped in bubble gum and it stuck to the bottom of her shoes. And her pink fishnet ankle socks are totes adorbs (as Draculaura would say).
Frankie and Draculaura’s face-ups are very avant-garde, almost punk-like, in keeping with the surrealism of their nightmares.
The Sweet Screams dolls come with accessories. Included are the standard black stand and hairbrush. But these girls also have sweet (literally, ‘cuz they’re candy!) purses. Even their pets, Watzit and Count Fabulous, have turned into candy.The Sweet Screams line is different from anything Monster High has done before. I’m sure Monster High fans will either love it or hate it. I’m squarely in the camp of those who love it. The Sweet Screams dolls would have been perfect for Halloween, but they only just came out in my area this month. But the candy theme would also make them perfect for Valentine’s Day (albeit a gothy one), which is right around the corner. The Sweet Screams dolls are exclusive to Target.
Do you love or hate the Sweet Screams Monster High dolls?
Sweet screams are made of this.