by Rebecca Pahle | 5:00 pm, March 18th, 2014
by Becky Chambers | 4:28 pm, March 9th, 2014
by Susana Polo | 11:25 am, February 13th, 2014
Mattel has decided to rehabilitate Barbie’s falling image in the toy market (a 13% drop this holiday season over last) by changing nothing, and dismissing criticism of Barbie by talking about her as if she were a real person and not an image entirely created and controlled by a massive toy empire. Also by putting her on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue and starting the hashtag #unapologetic.
It’s so cute, watching a more than half-century old media franchise discover the marketing power of intentionally creating internet outrage while trying to make it look like an accident. I recommend ThinkProgress’ take on the whole deal.
by Jill Pantozzi | 4:33 pm, February 7th, 2014
We posted the spectacular Noel Cruz’s work before. He has a knack for turning what are terribly disappointing depictions of actors’ doll counterparts and creating what could almost be a mirror image. His latest masterpiece? Jennifer Lawerence’s Katniss Everdeen. Check out a few more shots and find out how you can own it after the jump.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:39 pm, February 3rd, 2014
Barbie is many things: An astronaut. A gymnast. A fashionista. A career woman. “Someone with a realistic body shape” is not one of them. It’s something that’s caused a lot of flak to be sent Mattel’s way over the years, as critics (and studies) claim that the doll’s ultra-tiny waist and, er, ample bosoms cause girls to feel greater pressure to be thin.
According to Kim Culmone, Mattel’s Vice President of Design, that’s all hogwash. Promoting a particular body shape isn’t what Barbie’s about, and the fact that she has that body shape has zero harmful effect on the many millions of girls who’ve played with her over the years.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 3:30 pm, January 14th, 2014
French illustrator Sylvain Sarrailh may make you think you’re remembering childhood wrong with his series of “BADASS” character designs. Some may make you laugh, others may make you cry, but part of me is curled up in the corner rocking back and forth saying, “Can’t sleep, clown will eat me.”READ MORE
by Isabella Kapur | 4:35 pm, August 6th, 2013
Has NASA decided to celebrate the anniversary of the Mars Curiosity Rover landing by creating a Mars Explorer Barbie? Indeed, it has, and we’re happy to see another toy promoting women in science. Plus, Barbie probably has a better time balancing in Martian gravity, what with her unusual proportions. This adventuresome Barbie also comes with a little cardboard Curiosity Rover, with touches of pink and purple added to it, but it might be better paired with the Hot Wheels Curiosity Rover. Mars Explorer Barbie is the “Career of the Year” Barbie for 2013, and it’s certainly a plus to see a science oriented Barbie take center stage. The more science related and geeky fields Mattel puts Barbie in, the better, even if it’s a bit troubling that she doesn’t have gloves on her space suit. On the other hand, I think Mattel may be onto something with such a brightly colored rover.
by Susana Polo | 3:28 pm, May 20th, 2013
Shavaunna is a disembodied Barbie head with a great hairdo and two hands where her neck should be. She has an Instagram account that chronicles her life of learning to fly, playing piano, and hanging with her friends.
And I kind of love it?READ MORE
Things We Saw Today: Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans Looking Pointy and Dirty, Respectively, in Snowpiercer
by Rebecca Pahle | 5:27 pm, April 6th, 2013
by Susana Polo | 5:02 pm, December 6th, 2012