I was excited to see a sample of the new Monster High doll, but it also left me wondering. Meet Robecca Steam!

source: Facebook

At first glance, I’m pleased. The boots are to die for, the pet adorable, and the fact that the makers of the line acknowledged an awesome fashion is just plain admirable. But how do I feel about the conforming outfit and the blue plastics? About as confused at the fact that Monster High writers/creators think Dr. Jekyll is a monster and that Hyde has hair literally made of fire. The men in this series are a bit of a stretch, but what else is to be expected from a line that caters to girls? There will certainly be more outfits to come for all characters, each with great promise. If Draculaura’s entire Halloween Special (not yet released) outfit was so poppin’, imagine what the designers could do with a much more elaborate party version for Robecca.

I can’t wait to see Robecca in person, but the announcement via Facebook says she won’t be in stores till August. I also can’t wait for a doll of Rochelle Goyle, who puts to mind Gothic Lolita fashion. I hope Robecca’s clothes have as much detail as her shoes, but it looks unlikely based on pictures. Her skin texture, as little as I can see, is a nice touch. What, though, is she?

She is a robot designed by a mad scientist, and the Monster High Wiki goes at some length to describe the history of the robot without further mention of her father. The girls’ (in monster speak: ghouls’) fathers are typically the theme-setters for each doll, a change I hope we see as more themes are created. Where are the elder girl monsters? They can’t all be teachers.

I see a lot of room for improvement and experimentation for the line, and not just for Robecca. The boys could use some more character and outfit development. Why not introduce a more translucent Spectra? And Draculaura’s car looks like the Batmobile (there, I said it). The fun part is waiting to see what Mattel can do with these options.

Although I’m not one to mourn the mainstream turn of my favorite subculture (please, please, do let’s see this garb worn every day!), I’m not sure whether the people who dreamed her up took their cues from pop culture and not the influence of the culture itself. While I’m completely aware the dolls are modeled after stereotypes (Draculaura is the daughter of Dracula and not a modern vampire, and Operetta wears half of a white face mask), I wonder if inspiration is fandom for a subculture or a desire to hit the consumers who haven’t already been touched. Steampunk has never struck me as being monstrous. Mechanical, yes. I always thought Steampunk to be a call to technology of olde as a fashion, a nod to people in history like Jules Verne and H .G. Wells, and a recreation of Victorian and Edwardian fashion. If a person is created from a mad scientist, or has a science-fiction twist, does that entitle her to a horror theme?

It’s always exciting to see what Mattel will come out with next. Maybe they can create a genuine, gray-skinned, glowing-eyed robot next; perhaps he would be Robecca’s brother. (Pimpbot 5000, anyone? Just kidding.)

I love Monster High dolls and the concept behind the line. Since I haven’t yet seen every single episode and special from their website, I can only hope that, should there be more webisodes, they will feature more of the newer dolls so we can learn about their personalities.

Thoughts on Robecca and other MH characters, anyone?

“I’m in Barbie!” source: Time To Play Mag

It is with great pleasure that a lot of doll design hobbyists have taken to making Steampunk Monster High dolls, as well as Steampunk Barbie dolls and monsterous other dolls with Mattel models as bases. I hope the original Monster High creators can up the antie with future models.