Many kids over the years have grown up playing with the much loved Barbie Styling Head. In 2015 we welcome a new and fun twist on this classic toy with the Monster High Gore-Geous Ghoul Anti-Styling Head. Monster High has been rising in popularity since 2010 and the brand consists of a lovely range of dolls, TV series and movies with a super punky and spooky twist. The films and TV series follow the popular girls at school; Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf and Frankie Stein amongst others, and have appealed to children who might not otherwise like the classic Barbie doll.
This year Mattel have released a superb new styling head, where girls and boys can create their very own monster. Clip in hair extensions, earrings, tattoos and even neck bolts can all be used to create a new monster every time! The head comes in a coffin shaped box (so verrrry Monster High), and the head is displayed in a beautifully patterned bell-jar. The head glows in the dark too, so once play has finished children can display their creations and spook everyone out through the night on their bedroom shelves.
The 33 piece set comes with lots of fun accessories, and can all be stored in the draw on the bottom of the bell-jar, so they are always to hand when playing. The transfer are very easily applied to the monsters head, with a damp sponge. They stick on well and don’t easily flake off. They are still easily removed though, by rubbing a dry cloth over the transfer. It takes a little elbow grease but nothing un manageable for a child. The transfer pack includes different eyes, eyebrows (the leopard print ones are my favourite), facial decorations, stars, studs and even cobwebs. There is also a sheet of silver stickers too with monster scratches and cobwebs.
There are 3 clip in hair extensions in pink, yellow and white that can easily be clipped into the monster head easily. The monster head already has medium length black and blue hair that can be styled however your child wishes. I think the hair could have been a little long so more hair styles could have been achieved but I think the real focus of the toy is the make-up and accessories rather than her hair.
There are 2 pairs of ears to put on top of the head, 2 pairs of ear rings, neck bots, and horns. As well as 2 necklaces and a beautiful heart shaped eye-frame (is that what you would call it?!). A lovely set of accessories, that just push into the holes on the head. I did find attaching them a little tricky at first when the product was first opened, but after little play it did become easier.
The Monster High Gore-Geous Ghoul Anti-Styling head is a well made and sturdy toy that would last well, under heavy attention from 6 year olds and 25 year olds alike! I am very impressed with this modern twist on such a classic toy that I know of so well. I would like to have seen the lips changeable with lipstick transfers within the pack, And maybe some more transfers as I think my girls would go through them very quickly. It would be nice to see the transfer and sticker sheets sold separately too so play can last longer.
The Monster High Gore-Geous Ghoul Anti-Styling head is £29.99 RRP and is available in many stores and online including Smyths Asda and Argos. Do shop around for best prices, and let me know in the comments below what you think of this modern spin on such a classic toy.