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Things We Saw Today: NYCC’s Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy Exclusive


Stop by next month’s New York Comic Con to get DC Collectibles’ Poison Ivy exclusive. (Psst, and go to our panel while you’re there.)

The way objects (toys, clothes, books, etc) get attributed to one gender or the other is, generally speaking, ridiculous, but I think I’ve found the peak: Gendered eggs. The mind boggles. (Jezebel)

  • ABC is doing a modern-day drama set in a world where the colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Mmm, mmm, mmm. I do love some alternate history. Deadline
  • … and FX is doing an American Psycho TV show, where Patrick Bateman is in his 50s and has taken on a protégé a part of a “sadistic social experiment” (/Film)

Hillary Clinton tweeted at J.K. Rowling. So that’s pretty cool. (Jezebel)

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  • Anonymous

    I dunno. Those eggs are from Norway, not America or Canada. I can’t really speak to the culture in Norway, but here there’s just not much call for personalized egg cartons. Parents buy the eggs, kids eat the eggs. Some eggs come in cartons, some don’t. It looks like the same sort of bizarre gimick the Heinz pulled in the ’90′s. Remember the different colored ketchup and mustard?
    Heck, I’m not even sure if “gender roles” are a big deal over there.

  • Anonymous

    The Deutsch have eggs for children. Kinder-Eggs! The epitome of cool. They’re not allowed in the US. :-(

  • Brittany K

    I don’t know where that myth got started, but I’ve had Kinder eggs before, and I’ve never been outside the US. Bought them at K-Mart if I recall correctly.

  • Janelle S

    http://gawker.com/5990806/us-ban-on-kinder-surprise-eggs-finally-lifted-kinda

    So far as I know, the chocolate in these eggs is vastly inferior to the wonderfully creamy chocolate of a true Kinder product.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because Kinder chocolate is European chocolate. Their’s is vastly superior to American chocolate. Of course the US won’t allow you to import European chocolate.

  • Anonymous

    They start having gendered chocolate kinder eggs in France too. And, drum roll, the toys are themed: Disney Princess for girls and.. Smurf for boys!
    And this is one of the biggest “What The Hell Are the Advertiser Smoking” since the gendered apericube (girl night or foot night, I did a face palm in the shop).

  • Laura Truxillo

    Preeetty sure we can import European chocolate. You have to, y’know, check, because the Cadbury bar you pick up at the grocery story was gonna be made by the Hershey factory, but the ones you get at World Market or places like that are the real thing. And, y’know, fancy European chocolate too.

    For kids candy, I guess they just don’t bother, though.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Preeetty sure we can import European chocolate. You have to, y’know, check, because the Cadbury bar you pick up at the grocery story was gonna be made by the Hershey factory, but the ones you get at World Market or places like that are the real thing. And, y’know, fancy European chocolate too.

    For kids candy, I guess they just don’t bother, though.

  • Anonymous

    Kinder eggs cannot be imported because they contain lil’ things inside, but they can be made in the US and sold here with inferior chocolate because reasons…

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yeah, Kinder Eggs have been denied to us, but European chocolate in general isn’t forbidden.

    Do the US Kinder Eggs have, like, a little plastic ball around the things inside? Because I remember that’s what they did with the whole “Wonder Ball” thing back in the day–added a plastic egg to keep kids from choking.

  • Anonymous

    That Poison Ivy doll is REALLY ugly. I mean, the figure is good – really nice, actually, I like it a lot – but that face is really odd. It’s a like a Bratz doll – actually it’s like a cheap knock-off Bratz doll. She’s got no nose – not even space for a nose, a strange tiny red blodge of a mouth… and those eyes. Oh my god, I’ll be seeing them in my nightmares.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, there’s a little plastic container inside the choclate egg (the chocolate is two layers, white and milk and is the best tasting thing on God’s green earth, by the way. Not to make you sad or anything).

    I feel personally betrayed by Kinder. This is like when Lego when all gendered and shit. I always credit continental Europe (especially places like Germany and the Scandinavian countries) with being way more progressive about gender politics, rightly or wrongly, than Britain and America so when they do shit like this it feels like a kick in the guts.

  • Laura Truxillo

    On the subject of the gendered Lego stuff, if you’re talking about the Lego Friends line, I have to say…I’m feeling a lot more sanguine about it. My best friend is a Lego fanatic, so he keeps on top of the sets that come out, and…they actually have a lot of really cool stuff in the Friends line–science labs and karate dojos and all the rest of that, while the general Lego line seems to exist in a police state (given that there’s less “general city” stuff in their non-movie/space/magic stuff and more police stations, etc). It would’ve been nicer with fewer prefab pieces and if the Friends had been on the same scale as regular Lego sets, but all in all, they’re not just making it about shopping and dollhouses. And unlike, say…OTHER companies that make a halfhearted attempt at marketing themselves towards women and then when it fails, they shrug and say, “welp, girls just don’t want it,” Lego actually pushed their new product like they had faith in it and knew girls *would* like to play with Lego, and it did really well.

    Is it perfect? Not by a long shot. But it’s not as annoyingly terrible as I thought at first glance.