Big Brother Has Enormous Plastic Boobs: 'Hello Barbie' Can Spy on Kids

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood—a children's privacy advocacy group—released a petition today calling for Mattel to cease production of Hello Barbie, an "interactive" doll created in the hopes of reviving the toymaker's stumbling brand. » 3/11/15 7:10pm 3/11/15 7:10pm

Barbie's Entire Wardrobe Cost $136 In 1963

Whenever I needed a Barbie "club outfit," I'd cut up some electric tape from my dad's toolbox and fashion it into a LBD. Little did I know that literally everyone was doing some form of this technique I thought I invented. It was like a Herve Leger design before Herve Leger, but more so a way to avoid harassing my mom… » 3/09/15 7:20pm 3/09/15 7:20pm

Dad Incapable Of Saying No to Daughters Very Angry With Frozen Movie

There’s a dad out there in pain, guys. His two daughters won’t let him rest because of their Frozen addiction. But instead of telling them no, he’s allowing his girls, 6 and 2, to ruin his life while blaming his struggle on a cartoon. » 9/25/14 10:20am 9/25/14 10:20am

Goodbye, Barbie: Lego Dethrones Mattel As the World's Top Toymaker

Please keep Barbie, Ken and Skipper in your prayers because it isn't going so well for the famous family: Lego has just surged past Mattel as the world's largest producer of small tchotchkes that are easily lost and hurt like the very devil when you step on them in the middle of the night. » 9/04/14 4:10pm 9/04/14 4:10pm

Barbie Design Boss Explains Doll's Ludicrous Measurements

For years, Barbie has been the go-to example of the ways our culture teaches girls to strive toward unrealistic beauty standards. Well, the brand's VP of design has finally responded to the critics. She counters that the realism isn't the point—the doll's design is mostly about making tiny clothes that actually fit. » 2/03/14 11:00am 2/03/14 11:00am

Toy Company Profits Are on the Rise Thanks to Girls Toys

Both Hasbro and Mattel have reported a growth in sales this month due to profits from products that skew pink. For Hasbro, that means Furby and My Little Pony. For Mattel, that means American Girl dolls and the ever-present Barbie doll. » 10/21/13 12:30pm 10/21/13 12:30pm

Barbie Is Still Hella Super Rich

Despite the best efforts of many feminazis hell bent on tearing down the impractically built and impossibly chipper Barbie, the original B is still making mad cheddar. (Which she doesn't eat, of course. No other way to keep that 39-18-33 brick house-ish measurements.) » 10/18/13 9:30am 10/18/13 9:30am

Mars Explorer Barbie Accessorizes With Pretty Pink Helmet and Rover

To celebrate the first anniversary of Curiosity's landing on Mars, Mattel has issued a special Barbie doll. And yes, she's wearing pink. » 8/07/13 12:40pm 8/07/13 12:40pm

Remember When American Girls Dolls Used to Stand for Something?

American Girl Dolls, the brand that had a deep impact on the formative years of thousands of girls who grew up in the nineties, was originally founded in 1986 with three dolls— Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly. Each doll came with a history and a personality which was revealed through a six-book series. Felicity and Addy… » 4/23/13 1:25pm 4/23/13 1:25pm

Why Is It So Hard to Celebrate Your Birthday With Black Barbie?

It took Mattel decades to introduce and widely distribute black Barbies, and the company still advertises its line with dolls as blue-eyed and flaxen-haired as a neo-Nazi child (see above.) Now, Harlem mother Karen Braithwaite is leading a group of 14 Harlem moms and thousands of others who have signed a Change.org… » 4/01/13 6:30pm 4/01/13 6:30pm

Man Repaints Celebrity Dolls for Amazing Accuracy

You know how when Mattel puts out a doll based on an iconic celebrity or a movie character it never actually looks like that person, but just one of Barbie's generic friends? Portrait artist Noel Cruz has proven that an accurate recreation is simply a matter of some extra effort and a lot of talent. He "repaints"… » 11/02/12 1:50pm 11/02/12 1:50pm

Rooti Dolls Aim To Foster African Pride, End Up a Hit/Miss

Since the '80s and early-'90s days of Christie, Barbie's black friend, Mattel has tried to repair the damage done to young African-American girls' self-image with 2009's So In Style line of African-American Barbies with "fuller noses" and "fuller lips" rather than simply choosing a brown shade of plastic and using the… » 10/06/12 2:30pm 10/06/12 2:30pm

Drag Queen Barbie Is Not a Drag Queen, Says Mattel

If you've noticed an extra spring in the steps of your local drag enthusiasts these past few weeks, it may have something to the release of a special edition Barbie doll designed by the Blonds (David and Phillipe), a famous NYC fashion duo known for their opulent designs (they've dressed the likes of Lady Gaga,… » 8/23/12 12:00pm 8/23/12 12:00pm

Vatican Newspaper Wonders Why Bald Barbie Isn’t Actually in Any Stores

The Vatican's daily newspaper has called for Mattel to start selling its recently-introduced line of bald Barbies, which were introduced earlier this year following a prolonged Facebook campaign started by the mother of a young girl who underwent chemotherapy. Mattel currently donates the bald doll to hospitals, but… » 8/19/12 5:00pm 8/19/12 5:00pm

The Royal Wedding Barbie You Didn't Even Know You Needed

Just when you were starting to worry that you wouldn't have enough preciously small commemorative dolls to properly celebrate the one-year anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Mattel has come through for you. They've announced they are releasing the Royal Wedding William and Catherine Doll Set, which as… » 2/15/12 11:15pm 2/15/12 11:15pm

Barbie And Ken Break Up, And It's All Greenpeace's Fault

Greenpeace just totally broke up Barbie and Ken. When a surprisingly flamboyant Ken learns the truth about his plastic soulmate's cruel ways, he kinda flips and — according to facebook (below) — dumps Barbie. » 6/09/11 2:20pm 6/09/11 2:20pm

Mattel Spoils Ken & Barbie Reunion "Surprise"

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mattel has announced the results of Ken's creepy online campaign to win back Barbie's love: She said yes! In a statement to USA Today, Barbie declared, "Ken and I were made for each other. Our love is grander than any dream house." » 2/13/11 10:45pm 2/13/11 10:45pm

Ken's Nefarious Plot To Win Barbie Back

Ken and Barbie split in 2004, but now he's mounting a campaign to win her back by Valentine's Day. While some hope they'll give love another chance, insiders suggest their relationship is just a sham designed to sell dolls. » 1/28/11 2:45pm 1/28/11 2:45pm