Mom Flips Lid Because Kid's Barbie Sounds Like It's Saying 'Fuck'

A U.K. mother has complained that her 7-year-old's Talkin' Barbie says "What the fuck?" in addition to programmed phrases like "Amaze!" and "I love a makeover!" Is this the work of a disgruntled Mattel employee or has Barbie finally grown sentient and realized how bullshit it is that she works about 50 jobs and all… » 9/16/14 1:45pm 9/16/14 1:45pm

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

Lego to Launch Female Scientist Series Following Gender Controversy

Lego has announced that it will launch science-themed play sets featuring female scientists and their lab tools. The series was chosen as the latest winner of Legos Ideas—in which people can submit and vote on proposals for play sets they'd like the toy company to sell—and comes on the heels of criticism surrounding… » 6/05/14 2:20pm 6/05/14 2:20pm

Doctor Barbie Makes Girls Care Less About Becoming Doctor People

Astronaut, computer engineer, Hawaiian haver of "fun" —Barbie's held more jobs for which she's clearly unqualified than Ryan Seacrest. But all of her career costumes were supposed to be a means to an end, a way for girls to play with a doll who would encourage them to pursue their big dreams. Turns out, career-having… » 3/05/14 3:00pm 3/05/14 3:00pm

What Bizarre and Depraved Things Did You Subject Your Barbies To?

If you have been on the Internet in the past few weeks, it's likely been brought to your attention that Barbie, a little hunk of plastic shaped like a woman with synthetic hair on it, appeared in Sports Illustrated. Many feminists see this unholy union as a perfect reification of the problems with both crumbling… » 2/21/14 1:20pm 2/21/14 1:20pm

Golden Girls Legos Are the Best Presents That Don't Exist (Yet)

Think of all the hilarious scenarios you could create with a Lego version of The Golden Girls kitchen. You could even start a Lego Golden Girls web series about how the gals all got trapped Childsplay-style in their Lego avatars, and now terrorize unsuspecting children with clever quips about being old. » 12/22/13 6:00pm 12/22/13 6:00pm

These Adorable Little Boys Will Solve The Cleaning Gender Gap

The other night I found myself perusing toddler cleaning sets on Amazon, as one does. There I was, looking through the toy Dysons and the tiny play ironing sets when I saw them, and caught a glimpse into our future. A future in which equality reigns and beruffled rubber gloves with faux jewels glued to them in an… » 12/20/13 6:15pm 12/20/13 6:15pm

The Glorious, Unmitigated Hysteria of the American Girl Doll Store

"This place is three floors? Oh my God," a wide-eyed dad let slip after taking a quick pic of his gleeful daughter. "Holy cow," he added a moment later, still unable to process what he'd gotten himself into. Clearly someone had not been properly prepared for the sublime majesty of the Fifth Avenue American Girl Place. » 12/19/13 4:05pm 12/19/13 4:05pm

If You Won’t Buy Your Kids Racist Presents, Don’t Buy Them Sexist Ones

Maybe it's because Santa is an old, white guy, but Christmas season has a special way of bringing out the inner sexist in grown-ups. In fact, I started my blog, Reel Girl, 2 days after Christmas, 4 years ago, because I was blown away by the gender stereotyped presents my three daughters, then ages 10 months, 3 and 6… » 12/11/13 11:30am 12/11/13 11:30am

iPotty, The iPad-Holding Latrine for Tots, Officially 2013's Worst Toy

The Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood held their annual TOADY competition, where consumers could vote on the worst toy of the year. Well, the results are in, and the coveted TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) award went to the iPotty, the iPad holder with a toilet that lets your baby look… » 12/10/13 4:00pm 12/10/13 4:00pm

Beastie Boys to Girls: Get Your Own Damn Song

The Beastie Boys are threatening to sue GoldieBlox because the toy company used a parody of the Beastie Boys' song Girls in their awesome video showing little girls using an enormous Rube Goldberg contraption to turn off a shitty princess TV ad. Along with Universal Music, the Beastie Boys sent a letter to GoldieBlox… » 11/24/13 11:30pm 11/24/13 11:30pm

There's No 'Hot Holiday Toy' This Year. Can Christmas Even Happen?

It's a holiday tradition as American as eating too much and falling asleep in a chair while inane football comedy blares loudly from the flatscreen — adults deciding that all kids should be just nuts for a Hot Holiday Toy, and then redirecting that hysteria into ruining Christmas. This year, however, a problem: there … » 11/22/13 3:00pm 11/22/13 3:00pm