Monday, November 14 2016 22:13

Holiday Wish Guide: Welcome to Monster High

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MattelPresented in partnership with Mattel’s Monster High

After recently sharing some thoughts as to whether or not our children can learn from monsters (Spoiler: Yes, they can!) - the students of Monster High have secured a spot in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide with some toys hand-picked by my resident experts, The Rock Daughters™.

Welcome to Monster High (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack)

With so many new students welcomed into the halls of Monster High this year, it’s only fitting that the new movie - an origin story - be at the top of the list for any Monster High fan (new or old). It’s a story about kindness and acceptance in a place where everyone is welcome, and all belong.

Monster High Deadluxe High School Playset

Monster High - Deadluxe High School Playset

Over the past few years, the High School itself has been done a few different ways, but this one tops them all! With some new colors and a ton of fabulous furniture and accessories, the Monster High stands 4’ tall, and opens up to 5’ wide! This is a true centerpiece for any collection, and it really brings some memories for me - thinking back to some other, iconic Mattel playsets from my own childhood. I had Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain, my girls have Monster High!


Monster High Fright Roast Coffee Play Set

It’s such a simple thing - a coffee cart and a pair of stools, but this little playset packs-in all the accessories that the students of Monster High need to be properly caffeinated. Personally, I love it since I’m a noted coffee enthusiast, but the girls love it since they know that mommy and daddy do love their coffee. Used with or without the High School, this is a lot of fun.

Monster High Fright Roast Coffee Play Set

Dance the Fright Away Playset and Dolls

In Welcome to Monster High, much of the climax takes place at the school dance - much like many classic “teen movies.” With the new playset, kids can re-live the action or tell their own stories - and with all the matching dolls, the students are looking their best and ready to rock! For added musical fun, pick up the singing Ari Hauntington doll.

Monster High Dance the Fright Away

Will there be some new ghouls under the tree at your house this year? Learn more at MonsterHigh.com, and follow along the freaky-fab fun with the ghouls here.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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