Ah, Comic-Con. Who doesn’t love this yearly event where you hear about upcoming new media, browse a massive artist alley, and enjoy new exclusive products? And one of the biggest sellers of these exclusive, rare items is Mattel. With over ten years of Comic-Con experience, Mattel certainly knows how to put on a show for its audiences.
At every San Diego Comic-Con, you can bet your weekend pass that this company has a little something for everyone. So, prepare to be dazzled by sparkling heroines and wicked fairy tales because here are the best Comic-Con exclusive dolls released by Mattel.
10 Little People Avatar The Last Airbender Figures
Avatar: The Last Airbender’s fanbase continues to grow. So much so that, at San Diego Comic-Con 2023, Mattel released a Little People collection based on this beloved animated classic.
Featuring the famous, frosty first meeting, this set showcases Katara, Sokka, and a very blue-faced Aang dressed in their Season One outfits. Not only are these figures impressive, but the box they come in just oozes nostalgia. It really makes you wonder if you should even unbox this collector’s item.
9 She-Ra And Shadow Weaver
Whether you were introduced to She-Ra in the 1980s or the 2018 remake, there’s no denying that this heroine brought both style and power to the battlefield. In 2019, thanks to the reboot’s popularity, Mattel released a Comic-Con exclusive doll of She-Ra. But not just She-Ra; paired with this Princess of Power was She-Ra’s nemesis, Shadow Weaver.
Both action dolls came with stunning show-accurate costumes, ball-jointed limbs, and weapons of cosmic destruction. Whether you display them as they are or pose them in a fight scene, these two are a must for any She-Ra fan.
8 DC Super Hero Girls Katana
DC Super Hero Girls was a series all about the heroines and villainesses of the DC universe. Some of these super girls obtained the coveted prize of becoming a San Diego Comic-Con action doll. Now, before you ask, yes, there was a Wonder Woman exclusive doll released for DC Super Hero Girls. But she’s not the one that caught everyone’s attention. Nope, that honor goes to the blade-wielding heroine, Katana.
Appearing at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Katana not only came with an amazing armored outfit (and red boots), but she was also packaged with many, many different weapons. So, if you ever wanted to recreate a DC fight scene, your Katana doll could choose from a shuriken, a Sai, a tanto, a naginata, or a katana. The sword, not the girl.
7 Voltageous Frankie Stein
Comic-Con and superhero content is like ice cream and a waffle cone. You can’t have one without the other. So it wasn’t too surprising when Mattel introduced their take on a hero in 2022. But what was a huge shock was the monstrous attributes this electric crime fighter had.
Modeled after the OG, Gen 1 Monster High doll, Voltageous Frankie Stein came with their signature neck bolts, a metallic silver and black jumpsuit, a black and white color scheme, and even a comic book. Evildoers, beware because Frankie’s here to cause a scare.
6 Ghostbusters Frankie Stein
Who are you going to call when something strange and paranormal happens? That’s right, Frankie Stein! For San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Mattel decided to combine two fan favorites and created Ghostbusters Frankie Stein.
Dressed in a more stylish version of the Ghostbusters’ uniform and armed with a proton pack, Frankie was ready to take on any supernatural activity that came their way. The doll even included a tiny Slimer pet, allowing Frankie to work on their aim before taking on even greater ghoulish foes.
5 Robecca And Hexiciah Steam
Robecca Steam is what you get when you mix together a robot, a fashion doll, and the steampunk aesthetic. And yes, she was as awesome as that sounds. Mattel must’ve thought so too because, at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Robecca and her father Hexiciah Steam were revealed as a Monster High exclusive two-pack.
What made these dolls special, besides the fact that Mattel actually released a parent doll to accompany a monster doll, was how vibrant the two looked. In bright blues and purples and with shiny bronze coloring, this father and daughter duo certainly wowed Monster High and steampunk fans.
4 Cedar Wood
Hailing from Ever After High, Cedar Wood was the daughter of Pinocchio, who, like her father, couldn’t tell a lie. But lying was the least of this puppet’s concerns when, at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Cedar was given some new… furry attributes. Modeled after that time Pinocchio became a donkey, this Cedar Wood had also sprouted donkey ears.
Additionally, Cedar’s body had become more marionette-like, as evidenced by the wood spirals on her face, her pointed nose, her wooden lips, and the strings attached to her arms. Despite the colorful and cute outfit on Cedar, this was probably one of Ever After High’s scariest take on a fairy tale, doubly so when it was revealed that Cedar and her friends were cursed to take on this puppet-donkey appearance.
3 Cerise Wolf
Cerise Hood is another character from the beloved Ever After High series. As the daughter of Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf, Cerise had a hard time keeping her family lineage (and her wolf ears) a secret from her classmates. But at 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con, Mattel released an exclusive reimagined version of this fairy tale.
As Cerise Wolf, Cerise wore an outfit inspired by both her mother and her father. While her original doll aimed to keep her more animalistic side hidden under her hood, Cerise Wolf’s look showcased her wild side and had fur, fangs, and even a wolf’s head!
2 Raven Queen
The best Ever After High heroine that got the Comic-Con makeover? That’s definitely Raven Queen. In 2015, Mattel showcased a version of Raven, who was a little more… evil. Rather than a destiny-denying Rebel, this Raven instead chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become the next Evil Queen. And wow, Raven certainly wore an outfit that reflected her choice.
As a villainess, Raven’s ensemble consisted of a black mermaid dress, a feathered cloak, and some very intense eye makeup. Although Raven would never turn to the dark side, it was still very cool to see what she would look like if she did.
1 Freak Du Chic Draculaura
Freak Du Chic was a Monster High doll line that saw the ghouls leaving the classroom and entering the circus tent. Alongside big top essentials, the ghouls were given circus-themed attire that helped to really make the show pop.
So imagine everyone’s surprise when, in 2023, Mattel added a new star to the Freak Du Chic lineup. That being a trapezing Draculaura doll. In a stunning hot pink and black, bat-inspired circus outfit, it seems that Mattel hasn’t forgotten about their Monster High alumni fans.
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