Yes, having hoarding disorder can be a pain. I channel it into collecting, especially things like 12-inch action figures and Barbie Dolls. But it becomes such a mania that even the rules don’t contain it. These mint-in-box dolls with mutant big heads and bean bodies are part of a wacky collection that has caught hold of me with about the same ferocity as the flu. They are Monster High dolls to go along with the TV cartoons and direct-to-video movies used primarily to sell these ultra-weird toys to little girls. Supposedly each of the girls in the series is the daughter of a movie monster. Operetta above is the daughter of the Phantom of the Opera. Isi Dawndancer claims to be the daughter of a deer-spirit… a Native-American-style monster thingy. I suppose there is a benign rationalization behind these things other than trying to get little girls to identify with and emulate monsters. Believe me, from my years as a teacher, no little girl really needs encouragement to embrace the monster within. And that sort of thing has negative consequences.
Yes, the picture immediately above is of my Monster High collection as it stood a year ago. I have now added to it. And am admitting as reasonably as I can that it is probably evidence of looming insanity. Let me show you the new acquisitions from the current collecting year;
Besides Operetta and Isi, I have added the daughter of the Loch Ness Monster, the daughter of the rat king, and, apparently, the daughter of the man-eating plant from the movie Little Shop of Horrors. What is even worse, there are more dolls out there and available to this collection. I have followed the rules and limited my spending, but I wasted birthday and Christmas money from my mother on this stuff… and probably will do so again. I suppose it is because I don’t spend my toy-money on more manly things like guns and political donations to Donald Trump. But I have to satisfy my lurking doubts with the notion that the most impressive collections of things like this in museums are probably put together by fools like me with raging hoarding disorder.