2012, as the second year of Create-A-Monster, refined and expanded the line's concept. Where 2011's starter packs only contain one torso, 2012's contain two, including the re-releases of the 2011 re-releases. Stockphotos exist of the early 2012 starter packs without torsos, meaning the change came relatively late. Finishing up the 2011 releases, Mattel also released a special torso pack, only available online, for all five torso-less 2011 Create-A-Monster sets. Furthermore, 2012 aaw the addition of the Design Lab series, introduced at American International Toy Fair, to Create-A-Monster, which introduces tattoos to customize the dolls even more. All in all, the 2012 lineup consists of four starter packs (not counting the 2011 re-releases), four add-on packs, the exclusive torso set, the Design Lab playset, and two Design Lab add-on packs.
The Cat & Witch starter pack comes with a full body for both the cat and the witch. Included for the cat are a pink head, a pink torso, pink hands, full pink arms with black stripes, full pink legs with black stripes, and a pink tail. Included for the witch are a green head, a green torso, green hands, full green arms, and full green legs. There's only one wig, which is purple of color with blue streaks. The pack contains two outfits, one of which is a T-shirt-skirt combo. The skirt features diagonal tiger print in black and blue with a black waistband. The T-shirt is solid black with turtle color and a green dead bird depicted at chest height. The other outfit is a simple dress with accessories. The dress is sleeveless and solid black, with yellow and black ruffles at the top and bottom. The outfit comprises two accessories, one a black and orange mini-hat, the other a black belt with green Skullette-shaped buckle. There's only one pair of shoes, which are black high-heeled sandals with cat-design ankle binds.
The cat's and witch's shoes were also used for Cleo's Scaris: City of Frights doll.
The cat shares appearance with a backgrounder, while the witch is a unique design.
The Gargoyle & Vampire starter pack comes with a full body for both the vampire and the gargoyle. Included for the vampire are a pink head, a pink torso, pink hands, full pink arms with a black gothic tattoo, and full pink legs. The lower left arm sports a black tattoo. Included for the gargoyle are a specked grey head, a specked grey torso, specked grey hands, full specked grey arms, and full specked grey legs. There's only one wig, which is black of color with a red streak. The pack contains two outfits, one of which is a tank top-cargo shorts combo. The tank top is black with horizontal, red, dripping lines and red mini-sleeves. The cargo shorts are solid red. The other outfit is a Monster High sports uniform. The T-shirt is white and features the Monster High logo. It has black sleeves and a pink collar. The shorts are black and feature two lines in pink and white at the bottom. There's only one pair of shoes, which are black with red shoelaces and grey soles.
The gargoyle's and vampire's shoes were also used for Deuce's Scream Uniform outfit.
The vampire shares appearance with a backgrounder, while the gargoyle is a unique design.
The Mummy & Gorgon starter pack comes with a full body for both the mummy and the gorgon. Included for the mummy are a grey-green head, a grey-green torso, grey-green hands, full grey-green arms, and full grey-green legs. All limbs but the head sport a bandage design. Included for the gorgon are a green head, a green torso, green hands, full green arms, and full green legs. All limbs but the head sport a scale design. There's two wigs, one purple of color with black streaks, the other green and molded into a ponytail of snakes, with the snakes being rotatable and removable. The pack contains two outfits, one of which is a salmon dress with blue and red Egyptian hieroglyphics. The dress covers half the thighs, is sleeveless and mono-strapped. The other outfit is a sleeveless dress with a purple and white fading scale design and green ruffle underneath the skirt. There's only one pair of shoes, which are golden of color with open toes and wrapping pattern.
The mummy and gorgon have designs unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Ice & Blob starter pack comes with a full body for both the ice girl and the blob girl. Included for the ice girl are a blue head, a translucent blue torso, translucent blue hands, full translucent blue arms, and full translucent blue legs. Included for the blob girl are a pink head, a translucent pink torso, translucent pink hands, full translucent pink arms, and full translucent pink legs. There's two wigs, one blue of color with pink streaks, the other translucent pink and molded into shape. The pack contains two outfits, one of which is a black dress with pink and blue snowflake and icicle markings. The dress covers half the thighs and sports a halter neck. The other outfit is a blue dress with red goo markings. The dress covers half the thighs and features small blue sleeves. There's only one pair of shoes, which are translucent pink of color with ankle straps and goo heels.
The ice and blob have designs unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Ghost add-on pack consists of a white head, a hot pink and purple wig, white translucent hands, white translucent lower arms, and white translucent lower legs. Her outfit is a pink, black, and white dress with skull motif. The dress features a halter neck and ripped skirt. Her accessories comprise a hot pink, dripping necklace with purple chain motif, matched with hot pink high-heeled sandals with purple chain motif.
The ghost has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Puma add-on pack consists of a blue head with white marking, a black wig, blue hands, blue lower arms, blue lower legs, and a blue tail. His outfit consists of a blue tank top with three light blue slash markings and black cycling shorts with blue lining. He wears black sneakers with blue soles, blue shoelaces, and blue scratch marks.
The puma has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Siren add-on pack consists of a blue head, a blue and green wig, blue lower arms with pink fins, and a turqoise tail with pink fins. Her outfit is limited to a halter top with a black, pink and blue abalone shell pattern, and two belts; one pink with a starfish and shell, and one blue with an anchor.
The siren has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Harpy add-on pack consists of a pink head, a pink and black wig, lower arms with hands and wings attached, an extra set of hands, and lower legs designed to look like a bird's with three toes. Her outfit is a black, purple, and pink feather dress and her shoes are purple with a feather motif.
The harpy has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
In light of the 2011 starter pack re-releases of 2012 that come with a second torso, Mattel made a special torso set of five available only on MattelShop. The two limbless torsos are for the dragon and sea monster, and the three torsos that come with upper limbs are for the three-eyed ghoul, the insect, and the skeleton. With this torso set, all five dolls can be completed. However, the set was only available for a few months and is no longer sold.
The Design Lab playset takes the Create-A-Monster philosophy one step further. With the Design Lab, people can customize unpainted dolls with tattoos of facial and skin mark designs. By inserting body parts and tattoos into the device, the parts end up sporting the selected face and skin marks. The tattoos are removable, for which the box suggests using baby oil. The Design Lab playset comes with all the green body parts to make one full doll and a purple wig. A dress and shoes are included too, as well as several different 'tattoo' options.
The included doll has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Nocturnal lab add-on pack contains a semi-translucent orange head, a semi-translucent green extra head, semi-translucent orange clip-on ears, semi-translucent orange hands, semi-translucent orange lower arms, semi-translucent orange lower legs, and a semi-translucent orange tail. No wig or clothes are included, but the set does come with a number of glow-in-the-dark tattoos.
Nocturnal has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
The Mystical lab add-on pack contains a pearly light pink head, a pearly light green extra head, a pearly light pink horn headpiece, pearly light pink hands, pearly light pink lower arms, and pearly light pink lower legs. No wig or clothes are included, but the set does come with a number of glittery tattoos.
Mystical has a design unique to the Create-A-Monster line.
Since Create-A-Monster sets don't come with a lot of accessories, the only reused accessories are shoes.