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Things We Saw Today: Wow, I Didn’t Know There Are No Female Characters In Adventure Time!

…at least that’s what you’d think if you looked at McDonalds’ line of Adventure Time Happy Meal toys, which has only male characters and is marketed “for boys,” while the Paul Frank monkeys are “for girls.” Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Lumpy Space Princess, etc. must have been figments of my imagination this whole time. (Serious Eats)

  • Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last surviving actress to play one of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, has passed away. She was 95. (Deadline)
  • Tomorrow sees the debut of State of Syn, a “3-D-enabled sci-fi motion novel,” on Hulu. It stars Firefly’s Jewel Staite “as a woman who begins investigating a tech monolith after her father dies mysteriously.” USA Today has more, including a trailer.
  • Sony swears that an HBO GO app is coming to the PS3 and PS4 “soon.” (PlayStation.Blog, via Digital Spy)

People still like Grumpy Cat, right? This is by Eric Proctor, who previously drew the grumpster as Ariel. (Neatorama)

  • The Frisky gives us a run-down of the gowns worn at last night’s Critics’ Choice Award. Don’t mind me, I’m just going to be gazing at Lupita Nyong’o for a while. Incidentally, she also won Best Supporting Actress there.
  • Helen Mirren has been named the Harvard theatrical society’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. (The Wrap)

With The Sugar Lab‘s 3D printed candy, we’re one step closer to being able to download a pizza. (That’s Nerdalicious)

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  • Anonymous

    I have a 4 1/2 year old boy who’s really into Paul Frank stuff, even more so than Adventure Time. I really wish fast food places didn’t divide the toys into boy/girl the way they do (and I think Wendy’s generally has gender neutral stuff, including some board games in the past, believe it or not). Quite frankly, I’d like PB, Marceline, LSP, etc figures for MYSELF. I’d make a special fast food trip for those.

  • Ashley Wright

    SO sick of McDonalds and their constant need to “gender split” ALL their toys. They used to do it very rarely, when they had the Barbie/Hot Wheels toys. Now they do it for almost every new round of toys, even when there really doesn’t need to be “girl” and “boy” toys. Especially when the “boy” toys are actual TOYS, and the “girl” toys are keychains and bracelets and stickers.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    When I worked at McDonalds in high school I waged a one person campaign against the “girl toy/boy toy” thing and always listed both toys as what they were, even if a customer specifically asked for a “girl toy” I’d re-ask which toy they wanted. I eventually got a few other servers to do the same, but not with the same dedication.
    As an aside, whenever we had the Paul Frank toys, no one wanted them. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Ugh I remember back when McDonalds did the same thing with Young Justice. They made a toy for Captain Cold (a character who appears in like 3 episodes as a minor villain and has maybe one line of dialogue in the entire show) but not Miss Martian or Artemis, who were main characters.

  • Adrian

    I believe the conventional thinking (tumblr) is that BMO has no specific gender and identifies as both male and female. But there’s a wealth of discussion about it out there so don’t take my word for it!

  • Anonymous

    BMO has no gender, but sometimes plays gender-specific characters in their games.

  • Lapin

    BMO has been referred to by both male and female pronouns in the show, and it pretends to be both in both female and male roles at different points. I basically think of BMO as genderqueer; others often describe it as genderless.

  • Anonymous
  • Mark Brown

    And I remember when we only got one third of a toyline for Avatar the Last Airbender.

  • Ryan Colson

    BMO is kinda gender neutral and I guess they need a villain… but really Marceline shoulda been in here…

  • MeatyStakes

    So glad I only have eaten at McDonals once, and hated it.

  • locuas

    so………why don’t market PB or FP as a girls toy?

  • Anonymous

    I hate how fast food places do that gender split with their toys. I mean, I know that when I was a kid I liked getting the barbie toys over the hot wheels, but I know that’s not how every kid is, and putting a really arbitrary and unnecessary label on the toys (especially when they aren’t as traditionally gendered as barbie and hot wheels are) seems…dumb. And limiting.

    Also, I still like Grumpy Cat. Grumpy Cat is adorable.

  • Revolution of Eva

    If you have only three toys, fair enough – the main character, his sidekick, and the main villain (who are all boys)….but god help them if they make Lemongrab before they make Princess Bubblegum.

  • locuas

    There is a BMO and a different Jake…

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even understand the point of doing this from a commercial viewpoint? Why not just give two alternatives and let the customers (the kids) decide which one to get? I bet a billion there are plenty of boys who’d love a Marceline character too. It’s just so… thick.
    And the creators of Adventure Land should speak out against this – harshly!

  • Anonymous

    You can see this great talk about BMO zir’s gender and third wave feminism here:

  • Anonymous

    I mean, come on, it’s called ADVENTURE Time, obviously only boys go adventuring…/sarcasm.

  • Bean

    It’s not just McDonalds that does this. I was looking around Target at the Power Ranger toys, even for the newest season-and I immediately noticed that the female rangers weren’t represented at all. Out of a five person team, there were precisely three action figures.

    Worse yet, This year is an anniversary year, and they’re selling little key/action figure things of all the past power rangers…I did a quick skim, and I only saw ONE female key-and I strongly suspect she snuck in because her color is blue, not pink or yellow.

    And this happens constantly whenever I enjoy a cartoon. I still harbour resentment over not being able to find a Rogue action figure from X-men: Evolution.

  • Amourah

    I *have* made special fast food trips to McDs for Star Wars toys. And even as an adult I am automatically given the “girl” toy. It can be rather annoying having to explain that I’m not at McDonald’s ordering a Happy meal for the substandard fare or the Barbie stickers – but that in fact I have come for YODA, so can I please trade this Barbie for Yoda?

    Sigh. Happens every time.

  • Lorewise

    I remember a time when they didn’t ask if it was for a boy or a girl at McDonalds or Hardies except on rare occasions, because the toy was Legos or some gender neutral movie tie in. Then of course Lego and McDonalds started gendering everything, and Hardies went out of business.

  • Anonymous

    No where was the gender specific toys more pronounced than in mid
    century America. As a baby boomer girl we were told we were told
    that on one hand we were a special generation with wide open options. On
    the other the choices were predictably limited. To assist in our
    journey was a board game called What Shall I Be? The Exciting Game of Career Girls which
    debuted in 1966 offering career guidance in becoming a stewardess, a
    model, a nurse or a teacher. For a peek at the retro career options

  • Amy W

    I always order by what the toys actually are, too, and am surprised how many servers get thrown off by that. We would have been an excellent server/customer match!